Love Surrounds Us

Sunday Morning Program for Children in Grades PreK-2nd

It is not a matter of thinking a great deal but of loving a great deal, so do whatever arouses you most to love. — St. Teresa of Avila, The Interior Castle (1575)

At the core of our Unitarian Universalist community are our seven Principles. The Principles encompass all the ingredients of a good and faith-filled life based on equality, freedom, peace, acceptance, truth, care, and love. Children from PreK-2nd grade are invited to explore all the Principles in the context of Beloved Community.

Love Surrounds Us concentrates on the communities that are most recognizable to young children—their Beloved Communities of family/home, school, neighborhood. They engage in activities that emphasize the love they feel in community.

Principles are introduced with opening activities and story. Processing through wonder questions allows children to see the Principles at work in the world. Rather than listing the ways love surrounds us when we are treated equally, the children engage in ways to identify equality by the love shown in community. By the end of the program, children will be able to articulate all seven Principles.

Sessions based on the Principles allow children to articulate their faith in the world. Children come knowing they are Unitarian Universalists and leave knowing why, as the Principles help answer the question "Why do I belong?"

Children participating in Love Surrounds 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). You can pick up your children at that time from their classroom, or teachers will walk them over 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.