School of the Spirit
Our lifespan program, School of the Spirit, is in it’s 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.
Youth Activities: Join our youth for regular activities like monthly High School Youth Group and district conferences. 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.
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.
9th Grade Trip to Hopi/Navajo Lands: For over 50 years, 9th graders from Front Range UU congregations have met for retreats and classes that culminate in a 10-day trip to Hopi and Navajo Lands to learn more about the people who live there and to participate in service projects and other activities with them. See the 9th Grade Trip website for more information.
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.
“Follow Your Star!” Summer Camp 2018: We offer an annual summer camp for kindergarteners through 5th graders. Older kids and youth can apply to be camp counselors or counselors-in-training. Read more about this year’s camp.