School of the Spirit
Staying Connected while Physically Distant
Our School of the Spirit Provides Special Opportunities for the Whole Family to Connect Throughout the Week!
Our 2020-21 Registration form is live! Registering your children and youth each year helps us plan and prepare our gatherings and activities accordingly. It is quick and painless and should take you less than 5 minutes (full family on one form!), please, register your kids today!
For the kids:
Parents of Preschoolers – Join other parents of preschool-aged kiddos for a time of connection and meaning-making through POP!
Parents of Preschoolers is a video-based, at-home offering grounded in Unitarian Universalism and designed specifically for parents of kids ages 2 to 5. People across the country will be watching these videos and exploring the same themes.
The Longmont UU POP! will be launched by Emily Conger, Minister of the Longmont UU Presence and toddler parent. We’ll meet monthly on Zoom (2nd Tuesdays at 8pm MT) to talk about what is important to us, using the theme as a starting point.
To find out more check out the curriculum trailer and join the Longmont UU POP! Facebook group for updates!
This group is hosted by the Longmont UU Presence and is open to any interested UU families from the Fellowship and UUCB.
Monthly Take-Home Packs + Show-and-Share We know it is especially hard for little ones to connect with online learning so we’re offering monthly take-home packs you can do with your kiddos at home.
Mist Ari will be leading 2 monthly Show and Share opportunities say hi, check in, show us what you’ve done from your Take Home Kit. Our Virtual Show and Share will take place every 2nd Sunday online in the SoS Zoom Room at 3:30pm. Then on the 4th Sunday’s we’ll meet at 3:30pm, outdoors and socially distant at the ‘Ship.
Elementary Age Kiddos Join us on Sundays from 2-3pm either outdoors and in-person at the ‘Ship or in our virtual School of the Spirit room via Zoom video conferencing. Check out the School of the Spirit Blog or the latest Connections Weekly to find out where we’re meeting each week.
Middle School Hangout on Sunday afternoons from 2-3pm. Chill, check-in, and play a game with your UU buds. Kitty will provide a fun and relaxed space to be yourself and connect with others. Meetings will alternate between outdoor, in-person meetings at the ‘Ship and online hangouts in our virtual space linked above.
High School Youth Group gathers every Sunday from 4-6 p.m. Contact Kitty for more info about how to get hooked up!
For the entire family:
Sunday Services at 10 a.m. – Complete with a story and interactive sharing there’s something for everyone!
Just for parents:
Monthly Parent Happy-Hour/Check-In Friday evenings at 8pm.
Come as you are, if you can get away from the kids or not. This will be a lightly facilitated and open space for parents to connect with one another and share what’s on our hearts and minds. Think “Happy Hour with Heart” – drinks optional.
Please see below for the age breakdown for each week. If you have children in multiple age groups you are welcome to attend as many or as few of the weeks as you’d like.
- 1st Fridays – Parents/Caregivers of kids 5 yrs and under
- 2nd Fridays – Parents/Caregivers of Elementary Aged Kids
- 3rd Fridays – Parents/Caregivers of Middle School Aged Kids
- 4th Fridays – Parents/Caregivers of High School Aged Kids
All Zoom links above can be accessed from any computer or mobile device with an internet connection.
If you haven’t used Zoom before we suggest clicking the link a few minutes early as you’ll need to install a browser plugin (or app if on a mobile device) which should just take a minute or two.
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
This year our School of the Spirit staff are focusing on our need for connection during this unprecedented time. Additional content is available in the form of monthly packs you can do with your children at home.
Our Whole Lives (OWL): Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic we are unable to offer OWL classes at this time. We will update this page when we are able to offer classes again. In the meantime please check out our School of the Spirit Blog for age-appropriate, fact based resources you can use at home with your kids.
Our Whole Lives 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.
Click here to view our 10 year plan for Our Whole Lives classes (subject to change)
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.
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: We are thrilled to offer a combined high school youth program with our sister congregation, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder (UUCB).
On Sundays our youth alternate meeting at the Fellowship (2nd & 4th Sundays) and at UUCB (1st and 3rd Sundays).
We also offer opportunities for involvement in regional UU youth activities including several weekend gatherings called “cons” and a week-long summer camp called QUUest.
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 Kitty 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 development. Click here to see our current offerings, or to share an idea you have for a class in the future.
Lifespan Faith Formation Council
(LFFC) 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.