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TAPESTRY OF FAITH
Embodying a faith development focus for our congregations, Tapestry of Faith is a series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has created the first ever online lifespan curriculum for our congregations. Each program includes stories, activities, worship and social action ideas to nurture people in ethics, spirit, and faith. Every session features Taking It Home and Find Out More sections for families to explore at home. And parents can go online and read the curriculum that their children are experiencing in their congregation each week.
Nursery - Infants and toddlers (3 and under)
Aides: Mina Weymouth-Little, Jared Perez, Sam Engelhardt, Gabby Albanese, Sam Dunmire
For the youngest children, we provide warm, friendly care. We ask parents to stay with their children until they feel comfortable. Please pick up your children as soon as the service ends.
Four- to Six-Year-Olds
Leaders: Melissa Albanese, Jamie Casper-Cusumano with parent assistants
Love Surrounds Us: Theme: This curriculum explores UU principles in the context of Beloved Community of family/home, school and neighborhood. Activities emphasize the love experienced in community
Second and Third Grades
Leaders: Linda Volkersz and Suzanne Goldstein with parent assistants
Love Will Guide Us: Theme: In this curriculum, children learn to seek guidance in life through the lens of our Unitarian Universalist sources, with an emphasis on love.
Content: Teaches the Seven Sources (7th = UU history and heritage). Emphasizes love as the guiding force in UU faith. Provides an opportunity for children to address theological questions and formulate their own ideas and beliefs.
Fourth and Fifth Grades
Leaders: Wendy Engelhardt and with parent assistants
Love Connects Us: Theme: This curriculum celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community.
Content: Explores our legacy, from both Universalism and Unitarianism, of loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations.
Sixth-Eighth Grades: Middle School
Leaders: Dan Dunmire and Chris D' Orso and guest speakers
Building Bridges is a world religions program. Our world and our neighborhood include people of many faith traditions. It is exciting to find out what others believe and how they put those beliefs into practice. It is important when deciding on one's own religious path, that one is doing it fully informed of the options. Being thus informed strengthens one's own convictions. Youth learn the history, beliefs and rituals of faith groups, take field trips to visit houses of worship and compare those faith traditions with Unitarian Universalism and the youth's own beliefs. The goals, while visiting other houses of worship, are for the youth to not simply go as observers but to experience the spirituality of that religion, to share experiences, ideas and beliefs with people of different faiths, to reflect on the unique and universal religious experience and to explore their own values and beliefs. We want the youth to see the connection between Unitarian Universalism and other faith traditions so as to increase their understanding and appreciation of religious diversity and to strengthen their commitment to Unitarian Universalism and our community.
7-8-9: OWL (Our Whole Lives) offered afternoons in the Fall through LIAC
7-8-9: COA (Coming of Age) offered afternoons in the spring through LIAC
Ninth-Twelfth Grades: Senior High Youth Group
10-11-12: OWL (Our Whole Lives) offered afternoons in the winter through LIAC
Youth Group Leaders: Melissa Elliott-Brogan, Ted Masters, Judd Kramarcik, Gretta Johnson-Sally with other UUFSB helpers
In these groups, young people meet and discuss topics ranging from current issues in Unitarian Universalism and other religions, to their spirituality. The Youth Group, which meets on Sundays from 5-7pm, has a youth worship and business meeting. They plan activities and social action projects within our Fellowship as well as in the community. Many youth also attend Metro NY CONs to spend time with other Unitarian Universalist Youth.
UUCONNECT is a Long Island wide group of Unitarian Universalist families. Events are planned monthly throughout Long Island. In the past, these events have included: an apple-picking afternoon, a skating party, a Talent Show and Pasta Night, Picnics at Jones Beach and Eisenhower Park and an annual trip to New York City. Parents are required to attend with younger children. Senior High youth may attend on their own with parental permission. It is an excellent opportunity for our children and youth to meet other Unitarian Universalists.