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
Tues - 12-4, Wed – 3-6, Thurs – 1-5

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.

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This is a time of great uncertainty. Without a roadmap, we can respond in so many different ways -- with fear, anxiety, anger. However, we can also choose to pause, be present, notice our feelings and connect deeply with one another through this time. We can create our own roadmap, based on our values and principles. There are new opportunities for us in creating our own map and coming together to care for ourselves and one another at this time. I hope that our community can provide the support that your family needs during this time. How can we best support you and your family? 

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to me to talk and connect or find out about our online parent & caregiver groups: Jessica Harwood, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 584-1390 x 203

Family RE

Here are various resources for your family, from a picture book to family activity packets that will take 20-30 minutes. These are opportunities to connect with each other, your experiences right now, and your faith. 

The word worship comes from an old English word that means to shape worth -- it is a time to come together to consider and celebrate what we believe to be worthy. When there is so much that feels uncertain, it is especially important to pause and notice what is worthwhile in your lives. I hope you can take time with your family to be present with each other and with all that you find worthwhile. This week, I have been thinking about the value of presence -- to our feelings, to each moment, to each other. 

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

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.. 

Colin Reading to Kids 3Early Childhood: 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.  

Classes for K-8 occur every Sunday, 10:15-11:20. This year, we are focused on anti-bias education. The classes include games, art, social justice projects, group building, mindfulness, and reflection.

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").

Racial Justice
Throughout the year there will be discussion groups, book clubs, movie nights, and other opportunities to explore racism, priviledge, bias, and how to stand up against injustice.

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
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  • 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.