Why Do Your Kids Need Formation?
Children learn faith primarily from their families. At UUFD we take seriously the job of helping parents with this important task.
This is an interim time for us – we have hired trained interim staff to help us envision the future of our program and begin the work toward our new vision. At a workshop in the fall of 2019 parents and congregational leaders met to begin the process of creating our new vision. Our primary goal was to “actively support the parents of the 21st century by listening to their challenges.” This has been especially important during this time of pandemic.
Parents and caregivers often come to the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango to be a part of a community that helps them raise their children to become kind, respectful, fair-minded, and caring. At UUFD, we want our children to lead us into the future to side with love and fight for justice.
Unitarian Universalist faith formation, participation in worship, social justice work, and multigenerational gatherings reinforce what parents teach at home. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and the progressive moral values that will shape and support our children as they grow.
All are welcome in our community. You are welcome no matter your racial identity, class, gender identity, sexual orientation or theology.
This is the faith of the open minds,
This is the faith of the helping hands,
This is the faith of the loving hearts.
What are the Faith Formation sessions like?
Faith Formation at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango begins in our worship service on the Zoom platform beginning at 10 a.m. each Sunday. Children participate in worship through the Time for All Ages story which takes place about 15-20 minutes into the service.
Following the children’s story delivered to the whole congregation, kids move to a 30-minute lesson while parents remain in worship.
Our sessions begin with a lighting of the Chalice, the symbol of our faith. Chalice lighting words bring us into community, setting the time apart as special. This is usually followed by “Sads and Glads”. This ritual provides a way for children to share important events that happened in their worlds since they last met with the group. Sharing is an important part of creating a connected group.
For more information about our Summer 2021 program click here.
Who leads the faith formation sessions?
All our sessions are led by paid teachers. This provides the continuity that children need and ensures a higher quality of programming. To ensure safety, all online sessions include two adult teachers.
Sara Sautter is our Interim Director of Faith Formation. A Credentialed Religious Educator, Sara has worked as a religious professional for 24 years. She is serving the congregation as an interim.
Kiara Stacey is a student in Elementary Education at Fort Lewis College and leads the older elementary class. Cara Keyser leads our younger elementary class. A talented singer and musician, Cara often adds live music to our program .
For security purposes you will enter a waiting room before being admitted to our worship or faith formation sessions.
We are glad you are here.
Please use the form below to tell us about your family so we may welcome you.
How do I get my children involved?
Give us a try! Log on this Sunday and join us.
If it seems like a good fit, we encourage you to enroll your children. This enrollment provides important safety information.
Information will be shared with the Director of Faith Formation and the Membership team. Our goal is to keep children safe and include your family in communications about the life of the church.