Welcome to the Religious Exploration (RE) program! We strive to provide a program rich in opportunities for our children to grow spiritually in a caring and loving environment. We value diversity and inclusiveness, believing that there are many spiritual paths, not just one. We affirm the uniqueness of each child in his or her spiritual development.

The goals of RE are to:

  • Create a sense of belonging to a religious tradition with a long history
  • Nurture spirituality through an appreciation of searching and seeking with an openness to other religious traditions
  • Learn how to lead an ethical life grounded in the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism

For children, the focus is on initiating and encouraging their development as Unitarian Universalists. Working together, the RE Committee, the Minister, and the Director of RE develop an overall plan to provide programs to foster these goals.

Your Role

Parents are the primary providers of their children’s RE. It is in the context of the family that the largest part of their spiritual growth takes place. We encourage you to talk opening with your children about religious issues and to model the values that you consider important.

The success of our Sunday program depends on cooperation between children, parents and teachers. We encourage you to:

  • Bring your child regularly and on time to help us foster a strong sense of community
  • Introduce yourself to your child’s teachers, stay informed and pass along information about your child
  • Volunteer to help in your child’s class with special events and projects
  • Attend multigenerational services and church social events
  • Consider joining the RE Committee or volunteering as a teacher

Classes begin in September and run through May.

RE is offered each Sunday during the 9:30 a.m. worship service from mid-September until Memorial Day weekend and during the single 10:00 a.m. service during the summer. On Sundays that offer multigenerational services, children are encouraged to participate in the entire service and no classes are held.

When our UUCL classes have ended for the year in May, our Summer Fun program kicks in. Relaxed activities are selected based on adult congregants’ availability and talents, as well as our theme for the summer.

Volunteer to be part of a teaching team! We ask our members and friends, particularly parents and guardians with children and youth in the RE program, to volunteer to be teachers. We can’t offer this essential programming without your help. Contact Kate Savidan at dre@uuloudoun.org for more information. In order to participate, please complete the RE registration form and UUCL background check form  below..