Why Do Your Kids Need Formation?
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?
Our Summer 2020 faith formation invites families to attend worship together at 10:00 each Sunday on Zoom. Following worship, children and families will join a special break out room for fun and fellowship.
Full faith formation programming will resume in the fall.
What will the fall programs be like?
During our faith formation sessions, children explore Unitarian Universalism through themed stories, games, activities, and play. Grounded in our Seven Principles (link) our children learn progressive values and compassion.
On Sundays, 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.
Our teachers then lead the children in Summer Sunday Story Time. Children explore our faith through classic Unitarian Universalist stories.
The sessions close with the extinguishing of our chalice.
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. She leads our Summer Family Breakout Groups. She is assisted by Cara Keyser, who also adds music into our programs.
What programs are offered on Sundays?
During the Summer 2020, families are encouraged to worship together as we meet through the Zoom platform each Sunday at 10:00. Learning how to worship is central to forming an understanding of faith.
At a typical worship service, you can expect music, readings, the sharing of personal joys and sorrows, prayer or meditation, a story for the children, and a message from our minister or pulpit guest. The worship is usually organized around a theme, often from our Soul Matters partners.
During the summer months when our minister enjoys personal leave, our pulpit is filled by guests and members of the church. Join us on Sunday mornings at 10:00.
For security purposes you will enter a waiting room before being admitted to our worship or faith formation sessions. For Zoom events that include children, you may be asked to answer a few questions.
We are glad you are here. Please use the form below to tell us about your family so we can welcome you.
How do I get my children involved?
Give us a try! Log on and join your children. 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.