Love Connects Us

Sunday Morning Program for Children in Grades 3rd-6th

Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. — Helen Keller, author and activist for people with disabilities

Love Connects Us celebrates important ways Unitarian Universalists live our faith in covenanted community. Moved by love and gathered in spirit, we embrace our responsibility toward one another and the world at large. We encourage one another's search for truth and meaning. We strive to be active in peace-making and other efforts to improve our world.

In Love Connects Us, our 3rd-6th graders explore our legacy, from both Universalism and Unitarianism, of living our connections in loving service, inquiry, and action for social justice. At the same time, the program builds active participants in our faith. Children learn how our actions create a new heritage of connecting in love which will shape the faith of future generations.

By exploring the key ideas of the Blake covenant, children grow in Unitarian Universalist identity, explore their connections to one another in our beloved communities, and discover ways they are called to act in our congregations and the wider world.

Crafts and games that use tying and knots make tangible the concept of connections we share with one another. Children physically explore what it means to be linked to others and how one person's actions can affect the whole system to which they belong. Many activities involve participants in teams or small groups, emphasizing their experience as individuals working together in community.

Children participating in Love Connects Us start their Sundays in the service with their parents and then head to their classrooms with their teachers after Time for All Ages. Religious Education classes run a full hour, ending at approximately 11:45 (about 15 minutes after the adult service lets out). Children will be released at that time and given the option to go to the activity room, which is open until 12:30.

If you have any questions, you can reach Karen Magoon Pearson, our Director of Religious Education, at dre@ocuuc.org. She and our dedicated volunteer teachers can’t wait to get to know you and your children.