About Religious Education (RE)
What is CRE?
CRE is Children’s Religious Education. That’s what we call Sunday classes for children at the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (USSB).
Do I need to enroll my children?
Yes, please! The information we collect on the Enrollment Form helps us keep your child safe. Click here for registration form.
Who Teaches CRE?
All of our classes are taught by professional staff assisted by a volunteer church member.
When do classes take place?
Classes begin after the time for all ages. Our 9:15 AM classes are more age specific and our 11:15 AM class includes children of all ages.
Why do we do CRE?
Our children are taught progressive Unitarian Universalist values, character, ethics and are encouraged in a lifelong spiritual search for truth and meaning. We also believe in religious literacy, that children should be familiarized with the spiritual and religious practices of the world’s great faiths.
We provide children and youth with an environment that is nurturing and supportive; one that encourages personal exploration and grounds them in our Unitarian Universalist faith. We are committed to providing an environment that encourages and empowers children to seek and to learn.
Welcome High School Youth!
Our first gathering of the year will be on September 22nd at 11:15 AM in the Blake Lounge. Please join us for some doughnuts and beverages. We are looking forward to an exciting year making connections and working together for social justice. And any adults out there who have a passion for working with youth WE WANT YOU!
More info Coming Soon on age specific classes!
Social Justice Sundays
Social Justice Sundays occur once a month and provide an opportunity for children and youth to “put legs on their faith” by doing good works for the community. Activities will usually be linked to the monthly organization the church is sharing our collection with. One Sunday we might sell lemonade to benefit Showers of Blessing for the homeless while another Sunday we might make stuffed animals for Cottage Hospital. Social Justice Sundays are All-Community projects that take place during our middle hour, between 10:15 and 11:15. This allows families and congregants to work together.
What do my children learn in CRE?
At USSB, we follow a theme based ministry. The themes are explored in worship, in children and adult classes and in small group study. In addition, resources are available to help parents, a child’s primary religious educator, extend the themes at home. The themes are followed for the 9:15 Class hour each Sunday (except for the KMM Sundays)
For 2019- 2020 our themes include:
Classes begin with a welcome and review of our class covenant, the agreement that we make about how to be together. After lighting the chalice, the symbol of our Unitarian Universalist faith, the theme is introduced. Then the theme is explored through a variety of activities that may include reading, games and crafts. Finally our theme is summarized, the chalice is extinguished, and we say goodbye and thank you to our church family until the following week.