World Religions – Grade 3-5

Each month will focus on a different religion and will follow the structure of week one learning about the religion, week two preparing for the visit, week three visiting a service of the other religion (note: these will, by necessity not all be on Sunday mornings).

The faith traditions covered include:

  • Unitarian Universalism
  • Judaism
  • Christianity
  • Catholicism
  • Islam
  • Sikh
  • Buddhism
  • Indigenous Spirituality
  • Hinduism
  • Paganism

We aren’t just visiting other faith traditions; we are learning how to engage with other people of faith, and diversity in general. This program doesn’t just fill our children’s heads with knowledge, it also helps them develop practices and skills that will help them in all aspects of their life.

Schedule

The program will primarily run on Sunday mornings. There will be visits to other faith communities worship services throughout the program – some of these will necessarily be at other times. The program will run from September 2019 until June 2020, in three blocks (September – December, January – March, and April – June). Children may register for one or more blocks.

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Chaperones and drivers may be needed for the offsite visits to various faith communities. If you are willing to be a driver/chaperone for these visits please Email Arran.

Families

We want to empower you to engage your child in what they are learning and experiencing. In other words, we want this to be a family journey!
We also want to invite you to learn and deepen your own faith through talking with your youth and engaging some material on your own. In other words, we want you to share in the journey.

We will regularly email or text you “Dinner and Drive Time Tips.” These tips support engagement with your youth during strategic moments when you have your youth’s attention, like dinner time or while driving them to or from events. These tips will help your youth be better prepared for the upcoming session. We will send you questions to talk about with your youth before and after each session.

These tips will also be for your own reflection. We don’t just want you to ask your child what they are doing; we want your child’s experience to be an invitation for you to reflect on your own faith.

Younger Siblings?

Some parents of children who’d like to join the program have discussed planning activities for younger siblings while the program participants are attending services of other religions. the idea is some parents will attend the service and others will take younger kids to a park, rec centre or similar activity depending on the interest of the kids. If this is something you are interested in please Email Arran to be connected with the group.

Fees

This year we are offering this as a pilot project. Members of FUCV or other UU congregations are free. Non-members may participate by donation (as a guideline, around $50-100 per term would cover the costs of the program).