School of the Spirit
Our lifespan program, School of the Spirit, is in its third year of interim work. It is an exciting time, one of discovering what our unique identity is and sharing in a process to find our next director.
What We Offer Through the Lifespan Program
We provide children, youth, and adults an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual and justice-making community. Our Unitarian Universalist religious education program, which we call the School of the Spirit, offer all ages, inspiring:
- Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.
- Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.
- Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.
Our School of the Spirit Programs
SpiritJam: We offer multi-age “Jams” or learning experiences with staff teachers. SpiritJam activities are similar to summer camp activities, including thoughtful art projects, meditation practice, music, community service activities, playground games, and more. We focus on experiential learning and sculpting the learning to our audience, allowing us to offer engaging experiences for a very diverse range of mindsets and personalities.
Early Childhood Education (ECE): Our ECE program maintains the same structure as our SpiritJam program, but with a greater focus on activities, readings, and care geared towards preschool-age children.
Summer Day Camp: We offer an annual week-long summer day camp for kindergarteners through 5th graders. Older kids and youth can apply to be camp counselors or counselors-in-training. Read about this past year’s camp.
Our Whole Lives (OWL): is a nationally renowned series of sexuality education curricula developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association in partnership with the United Church of Christ. At BVUUF we try to offer the program for different age groups in alternating years. OWL equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture to help them make informed, responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, OWL provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. In 2018-19, we will be offering the program for 7/8th graders and 11/12th graders; registration is required.
8/9th Grade Coming of Age: COA celebrates the transition from childhood to youth. The teenage years are a time of tremendous growth and change. Throughout history, many cultures marked this human passage with rituals, learning, testing, and celebration; we do the same. Two retreats bookend the program with classes between, where each youth will pair with an adult mentor to tackle the “big questions” and develop their faith statements. Registration is required for participation in Coming of Age.
High School Youth Group: Our high school youth meet on Sunday evenings with youth from the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder and participate in activities planned and led by the youth themselves. In addition, the youth are active with regional UU youth activities, including several weekend gatherings called “cons” and a week-long summer camp called QUUest, held at a camp near Colorado Springs in early July. Youth are also encouraged to participate in the various parts of congregational life, and serve on committees, lead services on Sunday mornings, and volunteer in the preschool room with the younger children. Please email Ellen at YouthCoordinator@bvuuf.org if you or your youth would like to be part of the conversation as we grow our Youth Programming.
Adult Classes: We offer an ever-changing array of classes for adults to continue their faith formation. Click here to see our current offerings, or to share an idea you have for a class in the future.
School of the Spirit Council
(SoSC) governs and guides the lifespan programs of the School of the Spirit which includes adult classes, youth program, and SpiritJam, our elementary program. Our mission is to Wonder, Deepen, Discern, and Act.