Exploring Our Beliefs Overview
UUCJ promotes every person’s right to a free and responsible search for truth and meaning–no matter their age! Through learning and growing together we encourage and support one another, and our children, to engage in religious questioning, personal change, and discovering ways to live and to help change the world for the better. We provide opportunities for people to explore their own beliefs independently, in small groups, and in our services. Learn how you can participate and help support others on their personal and spiritual path…
Exploring Our Beliefs Ministry Team Chairs: Bob Keller & Esther Newell
The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our own minds upon the young, but to stir up their own; Not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with 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
Lifespan Religious Education and Exploration
UUCJ offers small group religious education/exploration classes for children and youth from preschool through high school in mixed age groups each Sunday at 11:00 a.m. Starting Fall 2019, our RE classes, along with the rest of the congregation, will explore a new theme each month, such as expectation, belonging, integrity, and wisdom, through a variety of activities, including stories, rituals, spiritual practices, art, nature, and play.
UUCJ offers opportunities for adults to explore the monthly theme in our services, forums, and reflection groups. We also offer a variety of other opportunities to explore religious topics through structured classes, workshop series, book and film circles, religious affinity groups (for exploring specific traditions, such as Buddhism or Wicca), etc. RE classes for adults are held at a variety of scheduled times on Sundays and throughout the week. Some groups use formal curricula, such as the Tapestry of Faith materials, while others are more informal studies of books, films, articles, and other materials.
UUCJ offers opportunities for all ages to explore together! We regularly hold special intergenerational services and frequently share a story for all ages. Each month we provide a new handout for families to explore the monthly theme together at home.
All classes are free to attend and most materials are provided.
Volunteer to Help!
There are many opportunities to volunteer to assist our lead teachers in RE classes for an event, a short series, or on rotation. Please contact the Exploring Our Beliefs Ministry Team below to find out how you can help!
Our lead teachers are also volunteers; however, in keeping with our Abuse Prevention Policy, they must complete Volunteer Application and undergo a background check. If you would like to be considered for a role as a lead teacher, please contact the Exploring Our Beliefs Ministry Team.