At First UU Church of New Orleans, we offer our children and youth a safe, caring community of intergenerational sharing, respect, and joy.
We encourage them to grow into Unitarian Universalists who:
- Can articulate a personal religious philosophy
- Are compassionate with a commitment for social justice
- Feel awe at the wonder of the universe
- Have faith that their positive efforts are worthwhile
To meet these ends, Religious Education at First UU Church draws on various programming. During the official RE year (roughly Labor Day- Memorial Day), children participate in age appropriate Religious Education classes Sunday mornings during Worship Service. Our RE classes are taught by trained volunteer teachers. Our RE curriculum is on a three year rotation between the UU Religious Education themes of UU Identity, History, and Theology; World Religions; and Social Justice. Our Youth Group meets weekly following services for discussion, community, and worship.
To complement and supplement their classes, children and youth participate in ritualized worship through Children’s Chapel once per season and attend intergenerational services with the congregation at large throughout the year. Children and youth also plan social justice projects with RE volunteers throughout the year to put their faith into action.
We end each Religious Education year with two RE services: one the annual Youth Service planned and led by the youth group, and our annual RE Sunday where our children share their RE lessons and we honor our many RE volunteers.
During the summer months, we offer a smaller RE program to accommodate people’s various summer schedules. Our children participate in an all-ages (4-12) RE program, and our youth group meets less frequently—usually once or twice a month.
Religious Education Programs 2011-2012
Special RE Dates
Frequently Asked Questions
Volunteering with RE
About the Youth Group
Note on Health and Safety
If you have any further questions, concerns, or feedback about Religious Education at First UU Church please contact the Director of Religious Education, Barton Frost. He is always happy to discuss any issues related to RE.
You can find Bart at First Church in his office (inside the nursery) on Monday, Wednesday, and Sundays from 9am-1pm. Please call/email before arriving. You can also email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him at (504)866-9010 (church). He will respond to inquiries within 48 hours.