“The great end in religious instruction is not to stamp our minds on the young, but to stir up their own. Not to make them see with our eyes, but to look inquiringly and steadily with their own. Not to give them a definite amount of knowledge, but to inspire a fervent love of truth. Not to impose religion upon them in the form of arbitrary rules, but to awaken the conscience, the moral discernment . . .  In a word, the great end is to awaken the soul . . .”                                              

William Ellery Channing (1839)

Welcome to the Religious Exploration program for children and youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia! Please browse these pages for information on children and youth programs, curricula, calendars and more.


Stephanie Vesey Picture

For information about our program, please contact Stephanie Palmer-Smith, Director of Religious Exploration (aka our DRE) via email ( or phone (803-799-0845). The DRE’s usual in-office hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. She is also available by appointment at other times.

Mckenzie Scott serves as our Youth Ministries Assistant and may be reached at

Dress:  Children and youth are encouraged to dress to have a good, and possibly messy, time.




Register here at any time for CYRE.

Please print the form, complete and mail to:


2701 Heyward Street

Columbia SC 29205