Enviro pionerReligious Education: We offer a vibrant and active Religious Education program for children and youth, crawling babies through 18, primarily on Sundays.  Religious Education includes classes, groups, multigenerational worship, social events, community service projects, field trips, and social justice activities.

 Questions? For more information, please email Jessica at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The High School Youth Group has an open entry period through November 2. They meet every Sunday from 4 to 6 pm. For more information, please email Annie at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is a link to our calendar for 2018-2019 (It gets updated periodically, so check back): 
2018-2019 Religious Education Calendar

Forms: Please click on the links below for the following forms.Gleaning

Director of Religious Education Office Hours
Monday 1-4
Tuesday 3-6
Wednesday 1-6
Thursday 1-4

Come Visit! You are also welcome to simply drop in during the year! 
If you are visiting for the first time, please know that all children are welcome in our
RE program on Sunday mornings.  Please check in with Jessica Harwood, the
Director of Religious Education, or a member of the RE Council before worship begins so that we can properly welcome and accommodate your child. You can also email Jessica ahead of time at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Here is the calendar for school year 2018-19.  Feel free to get in touch with us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 413-584-1390 ext. 203, if you have enrollment or other questions. Click here for the Registration Form

Early Childhood Program. 
Early childhood room

Ages Crawling Babies - 5 years old. Sundays, 10-11:15 (Begin in the early childhood room).

Join our excellent early childhood teacher, Asa Spelman, for child-centered play and exploration.  We offer age appropriate, safe, and responsible support for babies and toddlers. We provide infant/toddler childcare and preschool classes at all services except Christmas and New Year's Day.  

Elementary Program

Grades K-5. Sundays, 10:00-11:20 (Begin in the Sanctuary).

Elementary-aged students begin each Sunday in the Sanctuary for the beginning of the service. After the story for all ages, the class departs for lessons that align with the service. Lessons involve art, games, projects, service learning, and outdoor exploration to teach about the monthly themes, UU principles and sources, and UU history. The class learns how to be together and create a learning community with kindness, equity, and social justice.

Junior Youth

Grades 6-8. Sundays, 10:00-11:20 (Begin in the Sanctuary, unless otherwise informed).

This year, our Junior Youth Group will engage in a variety of activities and lessons to help them build a sense of identity, community, leadership, and social justice. They will learn about activists and justice makers, while cultivating their skills as facilitators and leaders. Additionally, they will have the experience of small group ministry as they ponder big questions and integrate their learning through spiritual conversations. Once a month, the class will help with the multigenerational service as Worship Assistants to learn more about worship, while making important connections with others in the community.

Other Events

Junior Youth will also participate in community service projects, adult worship, and social events with the Amherst Unitarian Society and our Youth Group. Junior Youth events may also take place on occasional Friday evenings and Sunday afternoons.

Youth Group CampaignOur Whole Lives (OWL)

Grades 7-9. One Saturday per month, 10am-4pm.

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and their relationship with others.  Our team of facilitators have many years of experience teaching this curriculum and working with young people. 

Youth Group 

Grades 9-12. Sundays, 4-6pm.

Youth Group is open to teens of high school age. This is a youth-led group, providing many opprortunities for leadership development and community building, with the support of a This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and adult youth advisors. The youth group explores social and racial justice, community, faith, identity and more in a safe environment where the youth feel that they get to be themselves. 

Adult Education

Parents & Caregivers Group
This group generally meets once a month after the service. This is a small group to explore topics around parenting from a thoughtful, spiritual, social justice orientation; how to be a UU parent. Childcare and snacks provided. 

UU 101
For people new to UU and those raised as UU, we will meet twice per month to explore UU history and identity as well as our personal faith identities. 

Religious Education

"The great end in religious instruction, is not to stamp our minds upon the young, but to stir up their own….In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul; to bring understanding, conscience and heart into earnest vigorous action on religious and moral truth, to excite and cherish spiritual life."

-William Ellery Channing

Mission Statement
Religious Education at USNF engages children and youth with lessons, activities, community service, and events which exemplify the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism.  RE brings together community members of all ages to learn, grow, grapple, celebrate, and serve together.

Vision Statement
Religious Education at USNF is:SM 2018 09 03 Bubbles

  • a primary hub through which members of the congregation develop a robust and affirming sense of self, community, and faith.
  • a nurturing environment in which members of the congregation become religiously literate by exploring Unitarian Universalist history, principles, and values, and gaining an appreciation of our neighboring faiths. 
  • an affirming community in which all members feel valued, and become invested in valuing others.
  • an incubator for personal and communal work for social justice.  
  • a space where children and youth experience safety and radical acceptance.

2018-2019 Registration Form. 

Please use the drop down menu above for more information.

See our calendar here.