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..

Important Docs: Here is a link to our 2019-2020 Religious Education CalendarRegistration form, & Online Registration

 

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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! 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 or here for Online Registration

Early Childhood Program
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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 Dec 29.  

Faith Development Offerings, 2019-2020

Classes are open to the community and aim to empower children and youth as individuals and activists. Our education program dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and builds community. Some classes are offered for free, some have a sliding scale cost for anyone who does not already contribute to the Unitarian Society. 

To learn more, email Jessica Harwood, Director of Faith Development and Community Engagement at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

Classes for K-8 occur every Sunday, 10:15-11:20. If they are not the specialized curriculum (Active Bystander or Racial Justice), the classes include games, art, social justice projects, group building, mindfulness, and reflection.

Anti-Bias Education
Grades K-3 & 4-7: Sundays, 10-11:20, October-December

Racial Justice Education: Black Lives Matter 
Grades K-3 & 4-7: Sundays, 10-11:20, January & February 

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.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education 

  • Grades 10-12: One Saturday per month, 10:30-2:30, October-March. 
  • Grades K-1: Sundays, 10:15-11:20, March-May.
  • Older Adult: Fridays, 2:00-4:00, March-May. Ages 50 and up, although participants, partners, spouses, and caregivers may be younger.

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 from January through April, 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 04 globe orig 2

  • 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.