Our Vision of Religious Exploration

The Unitarian Fellowship strives to provide a Religious Exploration program that encourages spiritual growth and development and grounds our children and youth in Unitarian Universalist principles and values.

We commit ourselves to fostering a supportive and respectful environment of lifespan learning in which we promote and model the skills for being in community, and for living ethically in our changing world.

UU Principles & Sources for Children & Youth

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Our children & youth’s Religious Exploration (RE) program is guided by the same seven principles that guide adult Unitarian Universalists, which have been reworded to make them more accessible to the young:

  • Each and every person is important.
  • All people should be treated fairly.
  • In our Fellowship, we accept one another and learn together.
  • Each person is free to search for what is true and right.
  • Everyone deserves the right to speak out and vote on things that matter to them.
  • We work for a peaceful, fair, and free world.
  • We care for our planet Earth and every living thing that shares it with us.

In the same way, the sources of wisdom from which Unitarian Universalists grow are reworded for our youth. These ideas come from many places:

  • The sense of wonder we all share;
  • Women and men long ago and today whose lives remind us to be kind and fair;
  • Jewish and Christian teachings, which tell us to love all others as we love ourselves;
  • The use of reason and the discoveries of science;
  • The harmony of nature and the sacred circle of life;
  • Faithful words and actions that shape our Unitarian and Universalist heritage.

Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings, September- end of June, we offer dynamic programs for children and youth ages 6-14, rooted in the principles of acceptance, dignity, mutual respect, equality, compassion, democratic process, and a belief in the interdependence of all life.

We follow an experiential learning model and offer a range of learning opportunities in each session, including arts activities, cooperative games, nature activities, and group sharing and discussion.

The program is led by a our Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) and a team of enthusiastic and caring volunteers.

High-quality care for infants and children up to age 5 is provided by paid child care workers. Individualized attention with appropriate toys and activities are provided to help create a safe and comforting environment.

We offer multigenerational services approximately six times a year where adults and children gather in the sanctuary to worship together.

Thursday evenings

Our Senior Youth Group (Grades 9 and up) meets at UFP on Thursday evenings at 7:30pm, September-end of June. Under the supervision of our trained Youth Advisor volunteers, our youth are encouraged to develop their own program and to share their talents with the Fellowship through special projects such as youth-led services. Throughout the year, the youth have the opportunity to connect with other UU youth when they travel with our Youth Advisors to UU “Cons” (weekend youth conferences), including the CUC annual youth conference “CanUUdle” in May.

Youth Group begins meeting again on Thursday Sept. 13th 2018, 7:30pm.

Special Youth Event at UFP in February 2019

The Peterborough Youth Group invites you Feb. 22-24, 2019, to a Self Care Youth Con (for youth grades 9-12): 

Self care is important in many ways.
We have to take care of ourselves all throughout the days.
Mental & emotional care is a must.
Don’t forget that physical care is a plus.
Our spiritUUal selves requires a mention
So we can ensure holistic attention.
We’ll have some games and snacks and activities too
So much fun that you won’t know what to choose!
So come on down to our fun lil’ con
Where you too can get your Dr.Seuss on!

When:

Starts Friday Feb. 22, 2019: Check-in 5:30-7pm.
Ends at 10am on Sunday February 24th, 2019

Where:

Unitarian Fellowship of Peterborough: 775 Weller Street, Peterborough, ON, Canada

Fee:

Youth participant: $55
Youth advisors: no charge

Subsidies are available:

to youth through the CUC. Click here to go to CUC’s subsidy form on their website. For more information about CUC subsidies contact Asha Philar, CUC Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development staff (asha@cuc.ca) or call the CUC Office at 1-888-568-5723.

Registration & All Other Forms:

For Youth & Youth Advisors to register and fill out other necessary Youth Con forms click hereLast day to Register is Monday Feb. 11, 2019.
All youth participants who are under 18 must submit an Informed Consent Form, signed by a parent or guardian. For Informed Consent Form click here

Need more information? Have questions or concerns?

Contact Carol Andrews, UFP volunteer Youth Advisor candrews@pipcom.com

or  leave a message for her at UFP office: (705) 741-0968

Seeking volunteers to help with our Youth Conference in February 2019

Seeking a Food Coordinator:

-Create a simple meal plan: vegetarian as per building rules.
-With help from UFP Youth Group and Youth Advisors, recruit meal donations and meal preparation volunteers from parents and UFP congregation.
-Coordinate meal donations. May require some grocery shopping and meal preparation.
-Coordinate meal preparation volunteers to be on hand in the kitchen during the actual Youth Conference.
If you can fill this coordinator role, please email UFP Youth Advisor Kim Thomas   kim.thomas8883@gmail.com

Seeking donated meals or people to help prepare meals:

If you can donate a meal for Sat. Feb. 23rd or help prepare meals on Friday Feb 22 or Sat. Feb. 23 or Sunday morning Feb 24, contact Kim Thomas kim.thomas8883@gmail.com

Seeking 8 overnight volunteers:

If you can be an overnight volunteer for a shift, either Friday or Saturday night, please contact Tracy Galvin, our Overnight Volunteer Coordinator:  tgalvinize@yahoo.ca  705-741-7654. 

Shifts:

Friday Feb. 22 1st shift: 10pm – 2am.  2nd shift: 2am- 7am.

Saturday Feb. 23 1st shift: 10pm – 2am.  2nd shift: 2am- 7am.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education program

Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives.

For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (“OWL”), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality and relationships education curricula delivered in age groupings from age 5 to adult. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

To learn more about the OWL programs offered at UFP, click here.

To learn more about OWL program in general, including the curriculum for the different ages, click here.

Volunteer Participation

Volunteer involvement is integral to our cooperative Religious Exploration program, and we encourage your participation. Whatever your schedule or talents, there’s always room for you to help make this an extraordinary program for our treasured children and youth. We welcome volunteers all year long! To discuss your interest in the program, please contact Gloria Proctor-Bennett, rec.peterborough@gmail.com,  our temporary RE Coordinator while our DRE, Kate Huband, is way until April 14, 2019.

Email: rec.peterborough@gmail.com
Phone UFP office: (705) 741-0968