"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. 

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.