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Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson

Religious Education

Families and children are valued members of our community and we are glad you are here! Children are always welcome to stay in the Sanctuary for Sunday service, but we also offer age-appropriate Religious Education classes for those who want to attend.

We are a deliberately open and affirming community, and we welcome you, your family, and all that you bring on your spiritual journey, to join all of us on ours.

Our Vision

Our lifespan learning community seeks to nurture and stimulate the spiritual, intellectual, emotional, and social growth of people of all ages, stages of faith and levels of religious experience. We envision a program that is rooted in our UU principles  and in a free and responsible search for meaning that through the thoughts and actions of our lives, transforms us, our community, and our world.

Families on Sunday

Our numbers of families is growing and we are overjoyed to have you with us every week!  There are many options for where you and your children are on Sundays, and we support you in making the best decisions for you and the kids.

  • In Service! Unless the topic is one specifically for adult ears, children of all ages are welcome to stay in the sanctuary every week.  We will hold specific “intergenerational services” about once per month and these will have active elements specifically to engage young people.
  • The Nursery for children under 10 years! Families, remember, if you need to leave service to take your child to nursery, you’re welcome to return!
  • In Religious Education (RE)! They can drop in as their needs dictate or attend every week.  There are no fees for RE; just a registration form found here.

What's Happening (Curricula and Programs)

Fall programming is here!  We are super excited about our focus this year: learning about ourselves and all our gifts and strengths. Then completing a couple of service projects.

Nursery (children birth to 10 years old) --We offer a loving and stimulating environment for the very youngest in our church family. Our nursery, staffed by paid and trained caregivers, gives our little ones a place to move around and play with people their ages! Adults are welcome to stay with their children.

Superhero Academy (5-11 years old) –What are your superpowers? What makes you special and unique? How can you bring your uniqueness to make a difference in the world? 

What Happens on Sunday?

All children and youth begin Sundays in their classrooms or in the Sanctuary with the adults. Adults are welcome to walk children to the classrooms or nursery at any point during the service.  All children and youth are welcome to stay in the sanctuary for the entire service, if you or they would prefer. 

Religious Education Class Schedule

10:00am –Nursery opens. All children who want to participate in RE should go to the nursery.

10:30am –Service begins in Holland Sanctuary.  The teachers for Superhero Academy will pick up the kids from the nursery. Adults are welcome to walk their kids over to Awareness room after 10:30am. 

11:30am –Classes end. Children can be picked up in the Nursery.

**Note** All children in childcare must be picked up 45 minutes after the end of service unless prior arrangements are made. 

Where Are The Classes?

All classes take place in the (RE) Religious Education buildings in the courtyard on the west side of Goddard Hall.  See the campus map for details.

The nursery is open at 10:00 AM and is primarily for children newborn to 3 years old, but kids up to age 10 who need supervision are welcome. 

When is Class Over and Where Can I Find My Child?

Nursery to kids 9 years old must be picked up from their classrooms or playground and be signed out by a parent or other person designated on the RE registration forms. 

Youth 10 years and older are permitted to leave class on their own and will meet you at Coffee Hour in Goddard. 

Who Teaches RE?

Teachers are volunteers; they are parents, educators, Unitarian Universalists, and youth advocates.  They come from all walks of life with one goal: to grow courageous kids and youth who bring kindness and love to themselves, their families, their communities and their world. 

UUCT provides teachers a curriculum which engages the young people on questions of belief, social justice, and Unitarian Universalist principles. 

Childcare in the nursery is provided by trained childcare professionals and by assistants who have completed a babysitter training.

What is Our Whole Lives (OWL)?

Our Whole Lives (OWL)- OWL is a series of age-appropriate sexuality education curricula for five age groups: grades K-1, grades 4-6, grades 7-9, grades 10-12, and young adults. The curriculum focuses on accuracy, respect, and responsibility. Classes are led by trained facilitators. These classes are offered outside of Sunday school classes. For more information: https://uuctucson.org/education/our-whole-lives-owl.html

What is Coming of Age (CoA)?

Coming of Age (CoA)- Moving from childhood to adulthood can be a stressful, confusing time.  CoA program offers students a safe place to walk this journey.  Students will explore theology, spirituality and history through discussion, drama, music, writing and art. It is offered to 8th to 10th grade youth.

Where Do We Sign Up?

We have a form! [RE Registration New Students REV 2019.pdf]

Or you can complete the online registration here: https://forms.gle/X4qzn7xufmbuLpd76 

Children of school age (about 6) are welcome to attend RE for two weeks as a “visitor” and then we ask that each family complete a RE Registration form for children attending classes. All children 5 or younger must have a registration form on file before being left with a teacher.

How Do I Find Out More?

Contact us!  For questions specifically about the Religious Education and youth programs, please contact Jamili Omar at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For questions about Unitarian Universalism, check out the rest of the UUCT website or the Unitarian Universalist Association at www.uua.org.


We know that joining a new group can be confusing.  What does RE mean?  What is the Message for All Ages?  Sometimes it feels like we are speaking a different language!

This glossary is here to help!  Some of the most common terms we use are listed below.  Have a question or want to add one?  Let us know!  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Director of Religious Education (DRE).  I’m the staff member who coordinates all the youth and children’s programming at UUCT.

Message For All Ages.  During this time in the service there will be a short message from the Director of Lifespan Religious Education, Minister, or other church member. The message is designed to be engaging for congregants of all ages and may be a story, skit, or general information. It generally happens 10-15 minutes after the service begins. Following this, the children are dismissed to their classes with the Children’s Benediction.

Religious Education (RE).  (Not your typical) Sunday School.  RE generally refers to the programing that happens on Sunday mornings. 

Unitarian Universalist and Unitarian Universalist Association.  Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religious tradition that was formed from the consolidation of two religions: Unitarianism and Universalism. “We are brave, curious, and compassionate thinkers and doers. We are diverse in faith, ethnicity, history and spirituality, but aligned in our desire to make a difference for the good. We have a track record of standing on the side of love, justice, and peace.” <link https://www.uua.org/justice-old> Find out more about who we are at: https://www.uua.org/beliefs/who-we-are

Worship or Sunday Service.  Gathering together is a life-affirming, humanizing activity and we gather on Sunday mornings.  Service is a mix of social justice, inspiration, music, and reflection.  We hope you’ll join us!  To see what’s happening at UUCT check out <insert link https://uuctucson.org/worship.html>.  To see what other UUs do, check out <insert link https://www.uua.org/beliefs/what-we-do/worship>

Evacuation Procedures

Updated August 11, 2018

In the event of a fire (or fire drill)….

  1. DRE sounds the fire alarm (from Blackwell room) and calls 911 to alert the fire department.
  1. Lead Teacher calmly leads their class out the appropriate door.
  2. Assistant Teacher takes the class notebook with them.
  3. Nursery staff will take nursery notebook with them. Staff will use whatever equipment needed to get the children to safety.
  1. Classes proceed along their designated routes to the unpaved parking lot (see map).
  1. At the unpaved parking lot teachers take attendance to make sure their class has safely and completely evacuated.
  1. The Lead Teacher of the YRUU class will check with the lead teacher from all other classes to be sure all children/youth are accounted for. If any children/youth are missing, immediately notify the DRE by phone: 281.755.3328 (call or text).
  1. Teachers/advisors wait with their classes/groups in the unpaved parking area.
    1. In the case of a real emergency, parents would meet their children in this spot.
    2. Teachers note on the attendance sheet when children/youth are picked up by their parents or a designated adult (noted in their class notebooks).
  1. DRE does a check of all RE spaces to ensure a complete evacuation, and notifies the fire personnel, the office administrator (if on site), and the RE Board Portfolio Holder (if on site).
  1. ALL CLEAR: DRE gives the “All Clear” and children and youth return with their teachers / advisors to their group rooms, along the same paths they used for evacuation.
  1. EMERENCY: Once the emergency is “under control” (that is emergency personnel on site, rooms evacuated, etc), the DRE will contact the RE Board Portfolio Holder and Board President.

Communication of Evacuation Procedures.

These procedures will be

  • Reviewed by the Board in August yearly.
  • Kept in ALL class notebooks.
  • Communicated to parents annually by the DRE.



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