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Our Children

We are committed to our community's children and youth whether they come with their families or on their own.

We teach openness and tolerance at Shawnee Mission UU Church and practice this in our classrooms. Our classrooms often include children from a variety of backgrounds, learning styles, and families. Our goal is to include all children in a welcoming and open atmosphere. We work closely with our children to practice acceptance by teaching and living our first principle — we believe that each and every person is important.

The Unitarian Universalist faith doesn't give children absolutes – ours is a religion that embraces paradox, complexity, and diversity. Our faith doesn't pretend to give children all the answers to life's big questions – we put faith in our own ability to explore the unknown together – we don't pretend to take away the mystery.

Religious Education at Shawnee Mission UU Church is designed to foster independent thinking, to give kids the tools they need to make up their own minds about life's big questions. We do this by providing a foundation in the history and principles of our own religious movement and the stories, beliefs, theologies, and practices of the world's great religions and great thinkers. We help children develop strong values and a sense of respect and acceptance for difference.

UUs want their children to stay open to their own inner knowing. We want children to trust themselves, the world we bring them into, and ultimately to take responsibility to make our world more trustworthy. We want them to grow up knowing that it matters that they are alive and that they can and do make a difference.