A Church for the Whole Family

Our Religious Education (RE) program for children has been lively this summer. Of the 35 different families or so who’ve brought their children to RE, 19 are new or visiting! It could be our awesome new building, its location, or maybe it’s the loving, accepting, welcoming-to-all message that is Unitarian Universalism. Whatever the reason, we are glad you are here!

We moved to 5509 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing from our former home in East Lansing this spring. Our new classrooms and outdoor areas are larger and more accessible. It is good to be together!

This fall, we are once again offering our Coming of Age program for youth entering 7th and 8th grades. During this September through May, youth will consider their values, what’s important in life, and their personal spiritual beliefs. There are two weekend retreats. Each youth has a mentor, and each youth creates a statement of faith. Participating is a big commitment for participants and their families, but graduates of the program tell us it’s worth it! Announcements will go out this month to families previously registered in Religious Education. If you are new to our congregation and want to know more, or if you know of a youth who may be interested, please contact me at tputnam@uulansing.org.

In an interesting bit of trivia, in 2006, we wrote and self-published our Coming of Age program. Now Unitarian Universalist congregations all over the country are using it, and we have sent out 246 copies!

our annual Yankee Springs retreat

At UUCGL and in many UU congregations, our traditional end-of-the-summer service is Water Communion. On September 11, you are invited to bring a bit of water from a summer activity or meandering. There is no RE class that day; children are invited to attend with their families. During the service, you’ll be invited to share, in one or two sentences, why this water holds meaning for you and your family. After worship, we'll go outside to eat and play at our annual Church Picnic!

Then on September 18, we return to regular Religious Education classes for children and youth.

Have a joyful August!

Director of Lifespan Faith Development


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

All college and graduate students are welcome to join our UUCGL Campus Ministry Facebook group.