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Natural Awakenings Westchester / Putnam / Dutchess New York

UU Classes for Children Begin in September in Westchester: Pre-K though 8th graders and youth groups for teens

Sep 03, 2015 06:22PM

Peter Bowden UU kids at the People's Climate March in NYC

Unitarian Universalism is one of the few religions in the United States whose numbers have increased steadily over the past decade. Westchester County is home to five UU congregations (in Croton, Hastings, Mohegan Lake, Mt. Kisco and White Plains), each of which is kicking off a new school year of weekly classes for children, usually held concurrently with Sunday services. Classes are offered for pre-K though 8th graders, and there are also youth groups and programs for teens.  

UU’s curriculum for children focuses on compassion for others, exploration of values, and concern for the world around them. It includes various age-appropriate activities, discussions, music and service projects.     

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that welcomes a diversity of thought and strives to deepen human connections and advance social justice. Though its roots date back to the third century, its belief in the equal worth of all people and concern for the natural world seem to resonate with people in the 21st century. Since Unitarian Universalism is a nondogmatic religion and spiritual home to people from diverse social, racial, lifestyle, cultural and religious backgrounds, many families who were previously religiously unaffiliated say they have found a place there.

Sunday services and classes for kids in pre-K through 8th grade will begin September 13 in Croton (11 a.m.), Hastings (10:30 a.m.), Mohegan Lake (10:30 a.m.), Mt. Kisco (10:30 a.m.) and White Plains (10 a.m.). For more info, visit WestchesterUU.com.