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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: Devon Hempe, Mina Weymouth-Little, Jared Perez, Sam Engelhardt, Gabby Albanese,
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
Wonderful Welcome: Theme: Intangible gifts we can use to be welcoming and inclusive. In this program, children identify intangible gifts central to Unitarian Universalism such as friendship, hospitality and fairness, and share these gifts with others. Content: Establishes welcoming as part of one's UU identity; welcoming is grounded in values and spirituality. Challenges leaders and children alike to explore how and why we are willing to welcome others into our lives.
Second and Third Grades
Leaders: Janet Kagel, Amy Hammock, Jaymie Meliker with parent assistants
Faithful Journeys: Theme:How Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Equips children with language and experiences to develop and articulate a strong Unitarian Universalist faith identity. Through historic and contemporary stories of Unitarian Universalist faith in action. Content: Participants learn who Unitarian Universalists are, what we believe, and how we live our faith; equips participants with language and experiences to develop and articulate their UU identity.
Fourth and Fifth Grades
Leaders: Jennifer Kubinski and Wendy Engelhardt with parent assistants
Windows and Mirrors: Theme: Nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others. Nurtures respect for cultural diversity. Teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters. The metaphor of windows and mirrors represents the dynamic relationship among our awareness of self, our perceptions of others, and others' perceptions of us. Content: Guides children to identify and respect their own values, views and needs as well as those of others in a variety of contexts. Provides children with practice in observation, interpretation and critical thinking. Develops children's empathy, open-mindedness and respect for differences, seen and unseen.
Sixth-Eighth Grades: Middle School
Leaders: Dan Dunmire, Peggy Fort 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 twice a month 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.