"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 Eight Principles of Unitarian Universalism.  RE brings together community members of all ages to learn, grow, grapple, celebrate, love, and serve together.

Vision Statement

Religious Education at USNF is:

  • a primary hub to develop a robust and affirming sense of self, community, and faith
  • a nurturing environment to 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.
  • a web of support, sharing, grounding, and fun for children, youth, and families. 

What happens on a Sunday morning?

Children of all ages are welcome to attend our services. We offer early childhood and primary classes from 10 am to 11 am downstairs. Classes for children and youth from 2nd through 8th grade start around 10:20, after they have taken part in the opening of the service. This group is sung out together and proceeds downstairs. When you arrive for the first time, we will welcome you and orient you to the building and teachers. You can email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ahead of time so we know to look for you. 

To register a child or youth for our faith formation program, please complete the 2021-2022 USNF Faith Formation Registration form.

Please use the drop down menu under "Education" in our main menu, for more information about our programs for children and youth.