Get to Know Us at a Welcome Class!

Would you like to sit down and talk with church leaders and newcomers to learn more about our congregation and ask questions? Are you familiar with our community but want to get more involved? Are you considering membership at our church? If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," consider taking a Welcome or Membership class. Sign up at the Activities Table during Sunday morning coffee hours (after each worship service), or contact the church office.

Welcome and Membership Classes

Welcome to Unitarian Universalism covers a brief history of our faith and the non-creedal tradition. If there isn’t a creed, what do we believe? Whether you’re new to Unitarian Universalism or a longtime member, you are welcome to attend this UU overview. 

Thursday, October 8, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Wednesday, November 11, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 8, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Thursday, May 26, 6:00 - 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, August 7, 11:45 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Exploring UUCGL provides a deeper understanding of our particular UU congregation with an opportunity to get to know others exploring our faith as well as leaders in several areas of congregational life. The Membership Committee facilitates conversations with staff and some committee and group leaders. This class will start you thinking about your own faith journey, talents, and interests while presenting opportunities for involvement at UUCGL and explaining how the congregation conducts business and makes decisions. This class is perfect for those who have taken the Welcome class and for Unitarian Universalists who come from another church and want to learn about UUCGL.

Thursdays, October 22 and 29, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, April 5 and 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Tuesdays, June 1 and 8, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Taking the Leap is for those who have decided to commit to UUCGL as members. Our Senior Minister, the Rev. Kathryn Bert, will lead discussion and ceremony as new members join the church in covenant. If you haven't taken the Welcome and Exploring classes, please speak to Rev. Bert before registering.

Tuesday, November 3, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 18, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, April 28, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
and by appointment

Programs for Children and Youth

The daylight is noticeably changing, and the slower pace of summer is about to merge into fall and the faster pace of the school year. September greetings! We are beginning a tremendously big year. Things are quickening in the Religious Education (RE) office as preparations for the year begin for both our RE programs and for our big move. This will be a year of “lasts,” the last time we’ll gather in this building for our fall startup, the last Halloween Party here, the last Game Night, and the last Deck the Halls. We’ll plan with the children and youth how to say goodbye to this church home that we’ve inhabited for generations, and we’ll look forward to anointing and celebrating our new spacious RE digs!

Each year, we take a look at our RE demographics, such as the number of children in each age group, so we know how to divide the classes. See the Religious Education Sessions listed below for this year's configuration.

To kick things off, bring the family and join us for RE-UUnion on Sunday, September 13. This is our first day of returning to RE classes at both services. We’ll get to know each other in class for a bit, then gather to celebrate our return with cider, donuts, and games.

Parent orientations are in the works so you will know what’s planned and how you can help in your child’s class this year. In a new change, you can now register your children for RE electronically! Yearly registration is required for each child so we have current contact information and any other information to help us help your child have a successful RE experience.

I suspect we’ll need to be flexible and have the vision to work closely together this year with all the change on the horizon. But I’m looking forward to another RE year and this exciting journey we’re on together.

All parents and guardians who are raising children up to age 18 are welcome to join our UUCGL Parents Facebook group.

All emerging adults ages 18-25 are welcome to join our UUCGL 18-25s Facebook group.

Religious Education Sessions

Childcare for Babies and Toddlers to Age Four: 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. (10:00 - 11:30 on single service Sundays)

A child may have her or his first church experience here. The nursery is staffed by paid providers and is a warm and welcoming place. We hope each child develops a sense of belonging.

Preschool - Kindergarten (9:15 service)

Our preschool and kindergarten program is drawn from classic UU curricula. It provides children with opportunities to grow in their sense of trust and caring and to develop a self-identity and a sense of connectedness with all of life. They learn about our congregation and religious tradition as they discover and express their own uniqueness.

Kindergarten - 5th Grade (both services)

At 9:15, we have one big class for 1st - 5th graders. At 11:15, we have separate classes for K - 3rd and 4th - 5th.

Elementary-aged children experience workshop rotations. Based on the theory that learning occurs in different ways, children participate in a variety of workshops that relate to our churchwide monthly themes. Each theme is explored through art, games, drama, science, video, nature, music, storytelling, cooking, or language arts.

Our September workshops are centered on the churchwide theme of vision. The elementary-aged children will examine vision in a couple of different ways: scientifically, how our eyes and mind work together; and creatively, from an art perspective. 

Middle School - High School (11:15 service only)

This year, 6th graders will have their own class and use a new UUA curriculum.

7th and 8th graders will gain the knowledge, values, and skills to lead sexually healthy and responsible lives with the help of Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality education program. Contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development, for more information. All 7th and 8th grade youth are welcome to attend the first day of class, but parents or guardians must attend a Parent Orientation before the youth may continue to participate. There are two opportunities to attend the OWL Parent Orientation: Sunday, September 13, 12:30 - 3:00 p.m. or Wednesday, September 16, 6:30 - 9:00 p.m.

On alternating years, the Coming of Age program marks 7th and 8th graders' transition from childhood to youth. 

The high school youth engage throughout each year in learning experiences, worship, community building, social action projects for both the church and the larger community, and fun. They create a much-anticipated worship service each year with the leadership of the Teens on the Committee of UU Leadership (ToCUUL).

Growing and Changing Together

We offer many opportunities to explore diverse faith traditions and ways we can grow as individuals, a congregation, and a larger society. Teachers and facilitators of our educational programs include members of the congregation as well as visiting experts, and you don't need to be a church member to sign up. The classes listed below are suitable for adults as well as interested youth, unless otherwise noted. (Children's Religious Education is offered on Sunday mornings.)

Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race and Ethnicity
Friday, September 25, 6:00 - 9:30 p.m. (food provided); Saturday, September 26, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (lunch included); continuing conversations at a variety of dates and times

Beloved Conversations offers an opportunity for deep reflection on diversity. If you can attend the weekend retreat, you may sign up for continued conversations at various dates and times at the Activities Table at church. Please contact the church office to register if you are not able to come to church on a Sunday morning.

Update: Our fall classes have filled up quickly! There is an overflow sheet to sign up for the Beloved Conversations retreat even though all currently scheduled continuing conversations have filled. The Enlightened Brain: Peace, Love, and Neuroscience; End of Life Planning; and Ballroom Dancing are now full. We hope to offer repeats of some of these classes this winter; details will be announced later this fall.

Register at church during coffee hours on Sunday mornings, or contact the church office. Scholarships are available for classes with fees, and childcare and accessibility needs can be arranged. Fees can be paid by check, cash, or online here. Please contact the facilitator of a class or the church office if you have questions or want to sign up within 10 days of the first class.