What We Offer Through the Lifespan

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We provide children, youth, young adults, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious exploration programs offer all ages, inspiring:

  • Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
  • Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
  • Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.

Religious exploration programs include more than classes. On a Sunday you might find the preschoolers singing songs about kindness, the 2nd graders engaging with a story about loss and bereavement, the 5th graders talking with a Muslim couple about Islam, and the high-school youth raising money for the local homeless shelter. Many programs incorporate social justice activities, worship opportunities, service trips, fellowship, and fun.

Children and youth religious exploration programs are typically offered on Sunday mornings. Adult programs are usually offered on afternoons or evenings. For more information, please contact our Chair of Religious Exploration at rechair@uucolumbia.org.

Elementary, Middle, and High School CYRE Classes meet online on the first and third Sundays. CYRE Classes for October 18 are:

  • 10:00 am – 10:45 am – Grades 2 – 5 Our faith reminds us that we renew ourselves by being true to ourselves. This is captured most directly in our celebration of the “worth and dignity of every person.” This week, we will focus on applying this first UU principle to ourselves. We will explore how we are renewed by loving who we are. Please make sure our explorers have access to a couple sheets of paper and a stamp pad. If you don’t have a stamp pad, a pencil and some clear tape will work just fine! Ask your kiddos to begin thinking of some of the things that make them unique that they would like to share with the group. Brandi Mimbs and Amanda Segura will lead this lesson.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm – Middle School This is “Tack Day” in our exploration of Unitarian Universalism, where we will start to delve in-depth into what it means to be UU. We’ll play several online games–differing perspectives, and a treasure hunt to find symbols related to eight different ways of being, in class, and as a UU. We’ll also virtually “toss” a thread and talk about what makes youth feel most like themselves. Sybil Argintar will be lead teacher, with Karen Brown assisting.

11:15 am – 12:00 pm – High School This week we will focus on Inherent Worth. Learning to value ourselves and others is a key aspect of building relationships and community, as well as remaining “grounded” in life. This can be difficult, given all the well-meaning (and sometimes not!) feedback we receive daily in our world. “Taking care of yourself doesn’t mean me first, it means me too.” L.R Knost. Robin Scherer will be our lead teacher, with Ivy Coleman assisting.

Please request the Zoom code for all these classes via email to dre@uucolumbia.org.

  • For information about online group activities in Children and Youth Religious Education contact our Religious Education Youth Ministeries Assistant at reassist@uucolumbia.org.

Register here for Children and Youth Religious Exploration any time!

Please print the registration form, complete and mail to:

CYRE UUCC –

2701 Heyward Street

Columbia SC 29205

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