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Religious Education

Religious Education for Children and Youth

Many people come to Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation for our unique children’s and youth programming. Rather than teach children what to believe, we strive to foster a free and responsible exploration of religious thoughts and values in an environment of mutual caring and respect.

Emerson teaches the 7 Unitarian Universalist Principles:

  1. The inherent worth and dignity of every person;
  2. Justice, equity and compassion in human relations;
  3. Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations;
  4. A free and responsible search for truth and meaning;
  5. The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  6. The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  7. Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


Unitarian Universalism (UU) draws from many sources, including:

  • Direct experience of that transcending mystery and wonder, affirmed in all cultures, which moves us to a renewal of the spirit and an openness to the forces which create and uphold life;
  • Words and deeds of prophetic women and men which challenge us to confront powers and structures of evil with justice, compassion, and the transforming power of love;
  • Wisdom from the world's religions which inspires us in our ethical and spiritual life;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings which call us to respond to God's love by loving our neighbors as ourselves;
  • Humanist teachings which counsel us to heed the guidance of reason and the results of science, and warn us against idolatries of the mind and spirit;
  • Spiritual teachings of earth-centered traditions which celebrate the sacred circle of life and instruct us to live in harmony with the rhythms of nature.

Religious education (RE) classes are led by volunteer facilitators who have had background checks and teacher training. Our program is supervised by our Director of Religious Education, Beth Kline, who has had professional training in UU Religious Ed though the Unitarian Unversalist Association and Early Childhood Development training as a PreSchool teacher.

Our program goal is to prepare children to live spiritually, responsibly, compassionately and intentionally in a complex world.

We have a growing, vibrant Children’s & Youth RE Program
for your family to participate in!

Families are welcome to visit and contact Beth Kline (Director of Religious Education) or Jude Cooks (Chair of RE Committee) with any questions. Beth Kline, our Director of RE, has church office hours Tuesdays-Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Occasionally Beth is out of the office for RE-related meetings during office hours so it is best to contact Beth before coming to the office to see her. Sunday afternoons and Mondays are her Sabbath times. Emails are checked during office hours and Saturday mornings. Her office phone number at church is #770-578-1533 to reach her during office hours.