About Religious Education (RE)

What is CRE?

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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.

How do we do CRE?


RE Kickoff Beach Carnival

Join us for this fun family event. We will celebrate the new RE year with a beach themed party. There will be a bouncy castle, hot dogs, popcorn, snow cones, activities, games and prizes.

September 15, 2019 10:15 AM – 2:00 PM
In the RE Courtyard and playground

Contact Kathleen@ussb.org to help with any of the carnival


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! Contact kathleen@ussb.org


Kids Making Music

This is an all ages curriculum created by Kathleen Hogue. The children and youth will gather together once per month during the 9:15 AM class time and occasionally during the middle hour. Each session will focus on a UU Principle and a song to go with each principle. This will culminate in a service that the kids will present on June 7th 2020. The program will be led by Kathleen Hogue, Ken Ryals, choir members, other musicians and the teaching staff. If your child does not like to sing there are many other roles for them so please encourage them to participate.

Date Who/Where Plan Notes

Sept 22, 2019
Middle Hour (All in Jefferson) Begin with Do, Re, Me Principles Song Intro/Singing Basics

Oct 13, 2019 (All in Jefferson) Session 1
Principle 1 Different kinds of instruments
Can we make drums?

Nov 17, 2019 Younger & Older Elem (Jefferson)
Session 2 Principle 2 Heart Song/Let There Be Peace

Jan 19, 2020 All Except Pre/K in Jefferson Session 3
Principle 3 Practice song lyrics & Work on Skit

Feb 16, 2020 (Just Elem) Jefferson Session 4
Principle 4 Spirit of Life Signed

March 15, 2020 (All) Jefferson
Session 5
Principle 5 Rainforest Song, May The Light

April 19, 2020 (All Except Pre/K) Jefferson Session 6
Principle 6 Rainforest Song

May 17, 2020 (All in Jefferson) Session 7

Principle 7 Let There Be Peace


June 6, 2020 (Saturday) (All in Jefferson)
Session 8
Rehearse all songs


• Rainforest Song (All) with focus on Elementary singing chorus including Congregational participation with instruments made by the kids
• Pre/K will do Heart Song and include congregational participation. This should be during the offering
• Children will lead the congregation on signing/singing the Spirit of Life Song
• All songs will have lyrics projected or in the order of service
• We will focus on one song each session and all songs will be practiced each session once they are introduced
• There will be additional rehearsal opportunities after RE classes and as needed during middle hour
• Message for All- “Horace and Boris Join the Chorus” Acted out by children and youth

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bXdQYUEKhF4 Rainforest Song


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:

September: Expectation
October: Belonging
November: Attention
December: Awe
January: Integrity
February: Resilience
March: Wisdom
April: Liberation
May: Thresholds
​June: Play

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.




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