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 meets 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 2019-2020 (It gets updated periodically, so check back): 
2019-2020 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 2019-2020.  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
Colin Reading to Kids 3

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.  

Faith Development Offerings for Next Year, 2019-2020

Please help us spread the word about our educational offerings next year! The following are offered to members, friends, and guests.

Racial Justice and Equity: Next year, our religious education classes will have a particular focus on anti-bias training, racial justice, and practicing Beloved Community. From elementary workshops and service projects to adult conversation groups and racial justice movie nights, we will endeavor to understand systems of oppression and how we can be better allies and upstanders.

OWL: In 2019-2020, we will be offering the 10-12 OWL class one Saturday per month, October-March and the K-1 OWL class in the spring, March-May. In the spring, we will also offering Older Adult OWL, which focuses on aging and life transitions. Please help us spread the word about these classes. Interested families can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to sign up.

Coming of Age: Coming of Age, for 8th-10th graders, is an introduction to faith, spirituality, and social justice that culminates in each student writing their credo or “This I Believe” statement. The program includes outings, service projects, activities, visits to different houses of worship, and other learning experiences. We are also looking for mentors. Let Jessica, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., know if you are interested.

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. 

Credo Exploration
Explore your beliefs about spiriuality, values, theology, and what matters. As a culmination of this class, the adults will write a credo statement, sharing their beliefs and values. 

Spiritual Practices
Once a month on Wednesdays, we will offer an opportunity to worship in different ways, from creating art to singing to Lectio Divina ("Divine Reading").

Children & Youth

"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.

2019-2020 Registration Form. 

Please use the drop down menu above for more information.

See our calendar here.