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Children's Religious
Education at FUS
Growing Together in Spirit and Mind

Greetings!

Leslie Ross

Welcome to our 2015-16 year of Children’s Religious Education (CRE). We are pleased to continue our tradition of offering a progressive, community-focused program to our kids and we look forward to your family being a part of the journey! Each year we offer classes that help us to deepen our understanding of our Unitarian Universalism, our individual uniqueness, the religiously diverse world we live in, and our responsibility to care for this magnificent earth we call “home.” We have a mantra in our CRE program: Community trumps curriculum! More than anything, we want all children to feel welcomed here, to feel “at home,” and to know in their bones that this is a safe place for them to explore and expand who they are. Fortunately we have great curricula to accompany them on their journey!

FUS boasts of having one of the three largest Children’s RE programs in the country, closing each school year with over 500 enrollees. Our CRE program serves kids in pre-school through 9th grade. We cannot do this without the commitment and contributions of parents. All CRE parents are asked to volunteer in some capacity and that’s a win/win. Our program is benefited by your time and talent, and hopefully your life is enriched by the connections you make along the way. Be sure to review the list of options and select volunteer opportunities that speak to your interests (you select three; we assign you to one).

I’m looking forward to our time together this year. Please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have.

Joyfully yours,


Leslie Ross, Director of Children's Religious Education

Our Hopes

The First Unitarian Society’s (FUS) Children’s Religious Education Program facilitates ethical and spiritual development in our children. Through our liberal religious education, children and youth are empowered to become free thinking individuals who know and respect themselves and others, who contribute to their human and natural communities, and who make informed decisions regarding their spiritual paths.

The goals for our program include:

  • Create a feeling of community within the classroom and the congregation, and to experience FUS as their spiritual “home.”
  • Help children and youth understand the historical roots of UU and the contemporary expressions of our faith.
  • Promote values that strengthen them to stand against racism, homophobia, sexism, ableism, and other forms of prejudice.
  • Help children and youth develop respect for the interdependent nature of all existence.
  • Inspire an appreciation for our Judeo-Christian heritage and the world’s other great religions.
  • Guide and support children and youth in the development and expression of a personal faith.
  • Develop participants’ eagerness to act with integrity,  responsibility, equity, and love. 

Note to parents

Our children paint, run, play on the playground, dig in the dirt, and do other things that may get messy. Comfortable and casual clothing is encouraged! Also, parents are required to stay on the premises while their children are in class. 


Contact Us!

Leslie Ross
Director of Children's Religious Education
233-9774 x 119
Click here to email Leslie.