Religious Exploration is offered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami
The Religious Exploration program begins on Aug. 22, 2021, with registration beginning on Aug 15. These structured learning adventures are free to members of UUMiami, and available to the community for a reasonable fee.
A well-planned and unique Religious Exploration Program for children and youth is a wonderful thing the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami is offering our entire community: Happy Childcare, ages 0-3
Children’s Class, ages 4-11
Teens, ages 12-17.
NATURAL BEINGS IN A NATURAL WORLD teaches pre-k to grade 5 children the skills of communing with all that is alive around us. The course, designed with former pre-kindergarten teacher Betty Osceola of the Miccosukee Tribe of Florida, focuses on the ecosystems of South Florida, the ancestral home of the Tequesta and Calusa, and the lands of the Miccosukee and Seminole.
Sunday morning explorations, often enjoyed outside on the five-acre campus of UUMiami, fosters “seeing back in time” as we learn of the flora and fauna of our home, the soil, water, and minerals here, and, of course, our reptiles and mammals. We will take a special interest in our bat population, learning to build and support this important member of our ecosystem. Much of the learning will be captured in crafts that allow children to anchor their learning in a tangible “take home.”
Field learning experiences, called monthly “Sunday Out,” will provide whole family outings to help us know both the wild and historical parts of this corner of the world, hopefully developing our own sense of land stewardship shared from our indigenous neighbors.
- Looking at Nature in Big & Small Ways
- Past & Present
- Outdoor Experiences
- Exploring Ways of Knowing: Interconnections (What Depends on That)
- Making Art/Craft & Anchoring Knowledge
- Vocabulary Development
- Stories of Spiritual Depth
- Indigenous Stories
- Native Plants & Trees
- Fun Songs
NATURAL BEINGS IN A NATURAL WORLD will be taught by a recently retired teacher who loves to combine science, art, history and stories in experiences where learning is fun. Every class is anchored with movement, voice, and sharing.
COMING OF AGE is a curriculum of structured experiences that help middle and high school youth to develop their own “credo,” an ability to express their beliefs and values, their gifts, strengths and weaknesses. A Ropes Course, a Vision Quest, an Improvisation Retreat are all designed to challenge teens in ways that help them understand themselves—no easy feat—and develop useful tools for working with others and with themselves!
Some Sundays may be spent exploring the key beliefs in the faith traditions that fuel Unitarian Universalism, and some Sundays offer a chance to serve our congregation. Teens can volunteer to assist with the Indigenous Worldview outings planned for the children’s program as well. For those interested, we offer eight-sessions of sexuality education called Our Whole Lives (OWL) with a trained and credentialed facilitator. In addition, up-to-date college and career exploration will be a component that accompanies the “stretch” toward self-definition and growth. We seek to empower youth with habits of mind to shape their path toward adulthood.