Children and Youth Faith Formation and Religious Education
Welcome to Faith Formation and Religious Education [F.F.R.E.] at First Universalist Church of Denver
Is This Program Right for Us?
Trying to bring up a healthy family? Want thinking, caring kids with helping hands and open minds? We're here to help you raise your kids and become an enriched Unitarian Universalist family, with faith formation and religious education, music, drama, community outreach and youth activities that nurture and support spiritual development. We offer community. Social action. Sex education. Parenting support. Family learning. And lots of love.
We provide a full Sunday morning’s worth of programming. Each part is designed to broaden and deepen your child’s faith formation. We engage our children and youth in time for learning, experiencing, reflecting and synthesizing, so they can live our Unitarian Universalist values each and every day, inside and outside of church. By offering a comprehensive program with several distinct components, our goal is to promote and empower people who feel strongly supported by and are actively supportive of our progressive, liberal faith. The programs and events sponsored by FFRE are designed to be personally and collectively transforming, so our church truly is a church without walls, as each and every one of us is touched by something meaningful and finds the tools and willingness to make meaning in the world.
Our Faith Formation and Religious Education [F.F.R.E.] Goals
The following goals embody the vision we have for our faith formation and religious education program and guide the curriculum choices we make. We want our children and youth to have:
- A strong sense of self worth and the ability to make healthy choices.
- A sense of belonging to the First Universalist community.
- An appreciation, openness and acceptance of the many differences in others including religious, ethnic, and cultural diversity.
- An eagerness to engage in the universal search for truth, meaning, and purpose during their entire life.
- A certainty that they are supported and guided in their search.
- An understanding of Unitarian Universalist values and history, including our Jewish and Christian heritage, and knowledge of other world religions.
- An appreciation of something larger than self, and a sense of responsibility toward others and the environment.
- A respect for the interdependent web of all existence.
- A strong belief in and knowledge of the Seven UU Principles which provide the means to create their own UU identity.
- The opportunity for deep, personal connections.
- An eagerness to engage in social action and community building events.
- An emotional/spiritual toolbox that will equip them to engage in the challenging and rewarding experiences of life with confidence, integrity, and compassion.