The Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation actively seeks to provide a path for spiritual inquiry for people of all ages. We are proud to offer a lifespan spiritual development approach which will incorporate children, teens and adults. For questions about any of our Religious Education (RE) programs, please call the church office: 701.223.6788.
Our children our the future of our liberal faith and values. We emphasis and encourage curiousity in a safe learning atmosphere, where warmth, love, acceptance and joy can be found.
Religious education for children in pre-school or older is offered September through May. We encourage all children to join the congregation for the start of the service. After opening words, our chalice lighting, a song and sometimes a story, the children are lovingly sung out to their classrooms by the congregation.
In our classrooms, we use the UUA developed curriculum, Tapestry of Faith. Tapestry of Faith is a new series of programs and resources for all ages that nurture Unitarian Universalist identity, spiritual growth, a transforming faith, and vital communities of justice and love. These resources are being developed out of a broad series of conversations that articulated a future direction for Unitarian Universalist religious growth and learning and denomination-wide focus groups which helped shape a program that would offer a variety of resources—downloadable, printed, viewable, interactive, and more—a religious growth and learning program for the twenty-first century.
Our Nursery is supervised and offers a loving, nurturing environment year-round for those children three and under.
Our future goal in all elementary classrooms will be integrating the Our Whole Lives (OWL) curriculum. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. As we integrate this special curriculum, parents will be kept informed and involved every step of the way.
Teens are invited to participate in the Sunday morning programming. Specific religious education activities will be announced as special events are planned.
We are a community of seekers and learners, our whole lives long. Just as our children learn and grow together in their Sunday morning classes, so do we as adults continue our spiritual exploration always. Our lifespan spiritual development programs engage on many levels: spiritual, intellectual, ethical, emotional, and theological. Our Adult Religious Education involves different weekday evening offerings which will be announced throughout the year. In addition, we plan several Circle Suppers to include relevant discussion themes which make the experience more spiritually meaningful.
Our Place in History Video Series Begins
One of the ways we may characterize ourselves as Unitarian Universalists is as 'a people who choose'* and 'we seek the balanced growth of our minds and our spirits.'* As we develop that balance and our capacity to choose in our journey on this earth, it is helpful to have an understanding of our roots in the wider world and in the history of religious thought. The video series "A Long Strange Trip" offers a fascinating and very accessible six part overview of religious history and thought. We will show the series beginning Wednesday February 12, 2014 and continuing every other Wednesday. Sessions will begin at 7 p.m. at the church and conclude by 8:30. If you have questions, please contact Janis Cheney at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the church office. Pre-registration is not required.
*phrases taken from essays in A Chosen Faith by John A. Buehrens and F. Forrester Church
For more information about the video series, "A Long Strange Trip", click HERE.