Whole-Church Faith Formation
Welcome to First Unitarian’s programs for faith formation, where we engage in spiritual exploration and worldview formation!
Mx. jo mosher is our Director of Faith Formation. In addition to contributing to our online Sunday morning services, jo serves our community by weaving offerings of socialization, education, and community building for all ages.
Every week, jo facilitates Zoom calls for parents, high schoolers, middle schoolers, and elementary schoolers. You can email jo at the address below for links to these calls.
Special events also happen periodically via Zoom, such as our June 2020 open mic night. In the 2020-21 congregational year, we look forward to many exciting additions to our programming, including: workshops on intersectional liberation, minority identities, and different faith traditions; Netflix watch parties for shows themed around Universalism or social justice; socially distanced music socials at the park; a possible Zoom regional social mixer for folx of all faiths; and hoped-for college and young adult programming.
For more information on programming, please don’t hesitate to contact Mx. jo mosher, Director of Faith Formation, at email@example.com.
A Pre-COVID Sunday Morning at FUCSJ
On Sunday mornings, we all join in the Sanctuary for the first part of worship at 11 AM. During the service, everyone is invited to sit on the Labyrinth and hear the story during the Story for All Ages. The Congregation will then sing the children out of the Sanctuary as they gather downstairs for their time together.
All children, of all ages, are very welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for the entire service. We welcome the gurgles and cries of the youngest and we invite children of all ages to be VIP’s (Very Inquisitive People) and to stay and participate in the Worship service. For many children, the hour of worship can be a gift of calm in the busy-ness of their life.
Our Sunday Morning Program will engage children in exploring our Unitarian Universalist principles and sources.
Nursery: Birth–Five Years Lower Level Starting 10:45 to 12:30
We provide loving attention, care, and support for each child in initiating play activities at their own developmental level. Each week our staff provides a loving presence as they engage children in games, stories and crafts.
Grades 1-6: Inspiration and Conversation Classrooms 4 and 6
The children will explore how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and every day actions. Our Sunday program is structured around a Welcome activity, an Inspiration, and a Conversation on a focused question. Each Sunday includes some crafts and other activities.
Grades 6 through 9, Middle School+ Conference Room
From January through May 2020, our Middle School children will be engaged in Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality program. The classes will take place both at FUCSJ and at Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Church in Fremont. OWL is a cornerstone of the Unitarian Universalist faith formation for all ages and works to offer honest, accurate information about sexuality. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. To find more information visit www.uua.org/re/OWL. During this time, we will have no Middle School classes. On Sundays, children who are in 6th grad or older are welcome to join in the Grade 1-6 class or to stay in the Worship service.