Religious Education Philosophy and Mission

Welcome to the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara’s Religious Education program! Whether you are new to Unitarian Universalism or are a member of this congregation, thanks for  visiting this page to learn more about our Religious Education Program for Children and Youth.


At the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara (USSB) we create a nurturing and supportive environment for our children and youth that encourages age appropriate faith exploration and grounds our children in our Unitarian Universalist faith.

Unitarian Universalism is a covenantal faith. We may not all agree on what to believe, but we agree on how we will be together in our work of supporting each other, regardless of age, on our lifelong journey of spiritual searching.

Every congregation has covenanted to “affirm and promote” our “Principles and Practices” and to promise “one another our mutual trust and support.”

Unitarian Universalist Principles in Children’s Language: What We Believe

1st Principle
: We believe that each and every person is important.

2nd Principle: We believe that all people should be treated fairly and kindly.

3rd Principle: We believe that we should accept one another and keep on learning together.

4th Principle: We believe that each person must be free to search for what is true and right in life.

5th Principle: We believe that all persons should have a vote about the things that concern them.

6th Principle: We believe in working for a peaceful, fair, and free world.

7th Principle: We believe in caring for our planet Earth, the home we share with all living things.


We welcome newcomers throughout the year, and your family is welcome to visit any of our Religious Education classes. We hold two services each Sunday morning, at 9:15 and 11:15 a.m. Childcare is available 9am to 12:30pm. Classes for Preschool through 8th grade are held concurrent with both services at 9:15 and 11:15. Check out the RE News page for this month’s CRE schedule and family friendly events.

Mission Statement

Together we create a fun and supportive multigenerational community that fosters curious minds, generous hearts, and a passion for justice.

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