Religious Education

The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our 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;

Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge,
but to inspire a fervent love of truth;

Not to form an outward regularity,
but to touch inward springs…

—William Ellery Channing, “The Sunday School”

The Religious Education Program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham strives to support congregants in their lifelong search for meaning and spiritual growth. We do this in an environment that is nurturing, loving, challenging, and stimulating.

We offer classes, community gatherings, worship services, social justice opportunities, music, and more.

For more information on each program, please click the header of appropriate section.

Children

Are you looking for open-minded, loving hearted religious education for your children? Searching for a community you can call your own? We hope you will find all that and more here.

Youth

Middle and high school can be challenging enough without having values that fall outside the cultural mainstream. For this reason and more, we aim to create an environment for youth that is welcoming, accepting, engaging, and fun.

Adults

In a religion that draws on six main sources, and whose fourth principle is “a free and responsible search for truth and meaning,” lifelong learning is essential! No matter where someone is on their life’s journey, there are always new things to learn, new relationships to forge, and new understandings that can emerge.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Our Whole Lives is an amazing sexuality education program that spans from Kindergarden to adulthood. OWL “helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. . . . Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.”

Special Events

From Picnics on the Playground to Campfires in our Outdoor Chapel, from Holiday Pageants to Church Retreats, our calendar each year is filled with a number of fun community-building activities. Sometimes these are purely social, and sometimes they include more of a holiday celebration or worship element. Check the calendar to see what’s happening soon!

Worship

Children and youth participate in worship in a variety of different ways, from a “Time for All Ages” at the beginning of regular church services in the Sanctuary, to monthly Children’s Chapels downstairs, to periodic Intergenerational Services with the entire congregation. There are many opportunities to notice and celebrate all that gives life meaning and sustains us.

We also have a Family Room across the Narthex from the Sanctuary where parents can tend to their children while listening to the service over the loudspeaker. This room is particularly popular with nursing moms or those with toddlers who prefer to stay with their parents rather than go to class. We are delighted that the loudspeaker in our Family Room is once again working, so you can hear the service from in there.

Get Involved

We have an ambitious religious education program here at UUCB. Parents’ and guardians’ participation as leaders, helpers, and resource people is vital to its success. Bringing your children to church regularly is one way of showing that you recognize the importance of spirituality and faith development. Your pledge also contributes to our ability to provide ambitious programming.

Perhaps most important, though, is your involvement as a volunteer. Working with the Religious Education Program demonstrates by example that you value the program and its goals. Our program is successful because of everyone’s commitment to our church’s children and youth.

Office Hours for DRE

Nothing from Fri, May 26 to Thu, Jun 8.