First Unitarian Universalist Church of Berks County

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Religious Education (RE) Program

Our Religious Education (RE) Program

The cornerstone of our Children and Youth’s Religious Education Program are our RE classes, which consist of at least 45-minute long spiritual and life lessons and take place after the first 15 minutes of our worship service. Every Sunday, children and youth meet with dedicated volunteers and their developmental peers to explore our UU tradition and how it relates to our lives, personal beliefs, and all of our surrounding larger communities.


Seven UU Principles, Simply Stated

 1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.

2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.


Our RE Classes

  • Sparks (Preschool-K)

This class is for children ages 3-5 years, who are ready for simple lessons in addition to play time. Classes include circle time, a story, a creative activity, and snack time.

  •  Discoverers (Grades 1-2)

This group, which usually includes children ages 5-8 years, delves into more in-depth lessons, stories, and creative activities.

  •  Explorers (Grades 3-6)

This group of children ranging from ages 8-12 years continues to explore their UU faith more deeply, while learning how to put faith into action.

  •  Coming of Age (COA)/ Youth Group (Grades 7-12)

Youth in grades 7-12 continue to explore our UU tradition and develop their own spiritual beliefs, leadership, and independent thinking skills. They are encouraged think deeply about how their spiritual beliefs interface with day-to-day life and the world at large, reflect on their values, cultivate their spiritual inquiry processes, and to embrace the social justice aspect of our living faith. Together they take on an active role in the leadership of this unified and dynamic group, and prepare an annual youth-led service for our congregation each spring.

 *2016-17 Coming of Age participants have an attendance quota; engage in extra projects, events, and assignments; and are paired with a Mentor. Please contact  our Director of Religious Education Elizabeth Bromley, with any questions.

DRE Contact Information

Elizabeth Bromley:

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