Children and Family Ministry Overview
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane offers a vibrant and engaging Children and Family Ministry Program which includes community and family events, opportunities for multi-generational spiritual growth, and ongoing religious exploration for children and youth.
The Unitarian Universalist Seven Principles and Six Sources are at the heart of all the programming we provide and we hope to provide all our children and youth with a strong UU identity. Our mission is to give our children and youth, and their families, the tools to move through this world with compassion, integrity, and the ability to think critically. Please take this opportunity to explore our website and the wide variety of classes and programs available.
If you would like to find out more information about our ministry to children and their families, please get in touch with our team via email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Principles and Sources:
As a Unitarian Universalist congregation, our Seven Principles guide and describe the way that we move through the world. Please click here to view our seven principles in other languages.
1st Principle: We believe that each and every person is important.
2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.
3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.
4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.
5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.
6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.
Ours is a living tradition, which draws from a variety of sources for wisdom and spirituality: We affirm and promote these Six Sources:
- 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 people 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.
Family Information Form:
Filling out a Family Information Form each year and returning it to the Children and Family Ministry Office allows us to keep you up-to-date on events and programs. We will use the information you provide to inform the types of programs we offer and to best serve our community. This will also help us insure that we have all of the information we need to keep your child safe.
Paper forms can be found in the Children and Family Ministry Office. You are also encouraged to register online here.
Between supplies, snack, and other associated expenses, it costs about $75 per child to provide meaningful ministry to children and families. We encourage families to make a donation of $50-$75 per child when registering, to help offset those costs.
Aria sends out a newsletter about every other week which includes a number of ways to incorporate the values and spiritual development we explore at church, into the home using art, games, and music. It also includes information about upcoming events and programs specific to children and youth that may not show up in the SUUN or Focus.
You can sign up to receive this newsletter by clicking here.