Youth Religious Education
The Youth Religious Education (YRE) program provides experiences to enable our young people to develop their own religious philosophy and approach to life in the context of a Unitarian Universalist religious community. We honor the world's great religions and expose our youth to their basic teachings. We teach the principles of peace, justice and kindness, the underlying principles of all the world's religions and show how these principles can be practiced in everyday living. Our Seven Principles form the foundation of all we do.
We welcome our children just as they are, no matter their culture, race, family, gender, ability, or sexual orientation. Classes for K-12 are offered September – May, with childcare available in the summer months. Childcare for ages 0 - 4 is provided year round, with monthly nature classes for preschoolers during the school year.
Children start their Sunday morning in the main service, starting at 10:30 a.m., where they participate in Words for All Ages (WFAA). After WFAA, all children walk as a group over to Water's Hall for their classes. Parents may stay with their children or pick up their children at Water's Hall after the service.
Adult Exploration (AE), UUCOV's adult Lifespan Education program, provides a learning environment through courses that value religious freedom, encourage open dialogue on questions of faith, and offer encouragement, assistance, guidance, and support to each individual in his/her search for a personal philosophy/theology to live by. Course offerings are available in the fall, October - December, and winter, January - March. More information and class offerings are available here.
UUCOV offers interest groups ranging from Socrates Cafe, a philosophical discussion group that reflects on current events and issues to a crafts group that produces items that are sold with proceeds going to UUCOV. Other interest groups include an afternoon book group, yoga, and a Readers' Theatre Group. More information and a calendar of offerings are available here.
Spiritual Fellowship Groups
Spiritual Fellowship Groups is a Covenant Ministry program where 7-10 people gather to discuss issues of personal and spiritual interest in an atmosphere of openness and confidentiality. Topics range from such things as "Approval," "Dealing with Loss," "Humor," "Fulfillment," and "Loneliness," to name a few. Each group is led by a trained facilitator who is a member of UUCOV and supported by the Minister and the Spiritual Fellowship Group Committee. The program has existed for over 8 years and has become an indespensible part of many a UUCOVer's spiritual journey.
The UUCOV Library
While we thrive on group activities while pursuing our spiritual journeys, time spent alone reading can be just as important. Our library, located in Waters Hall, is available to all members and friends of UUCOV. The small collection of books covers topics from philosophy and religion to psychology and social issues. Books are free to borrow or browse at any time.