Religious Education Resource Library
Our church has the below children’s religious education materials for loan to other UU communities. To make borrowing arrangements or for more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Around the Church, Around the Year (selected parts) lower gradesMyself, My Church; Our Room Our Community; A Walk Around My Meeting Place; More Church Friends – A People Hunt; Our Church and Its Setting, Halloween, Challis Designs, Worship with Our Church Family, I’m Unique and Unrepeatable,Our Church’s Babies – Making Gifts, Meet Befana
Activity Based Lessons for Upper Elementary Students
Rachel Brown, 1998
First Unitarian Society MinneapolisEight-session curriculum designed for people new to content and to religious education classroom. Easily adaptable by experienced teachers. Series of structured but flexible lessons, each a full and active hour. Curriculum is activity based, emphasizing how to teach about Buddhism rather than spelling out what Buddhism is. Specific content information about Buddhism and meditation can be found from resource list provided Additional resources needed.
- Carry the Flame
with Leaders Guide
First Religious Society, Carlisle, MA 1993A self discovery and religious identity program for UU youth using a workbook/journal for each child which would need copies. Based on UU principles.
- Celebrating Our Roots and Branches
Betty Jo Middleton
Ages 5–9.This is a curriculum celebrating the contributions of many ethnic groups to our North American culture. Examines concepts of race and color; fosters appreciation of diversity; affirms the uniqueness of each person. Suggests activities for use of the discovery method. Samples customs, traditions, food, games, songs and stories. Encourages family participation. Revised.
- Contemporary Issues – Facing Family Crises – Caring and CopingGirl Scouts of America, 1988
- Contemporary Issues – A Challenge for Environmental Action – Earth MattersGirl Scouts of America, 1990
- From Long Ago and Far Away
Sophia Fahs, 1959For all ages these are stories told in new edition featuring 41 stories from the original collection, lesson plans for teachers and one new story to honor Native American culture. Helpful new lesson plans include concise story summaries, discussion questions and fun activities to enhance the spiritual ethical meanings of each tale.
- Hanukkah: The Festival of Lights
A storybook with Activities, 1988Ages 5-9.
- Hide and Seek with GodMary Ann Moore, Skinner House Books, 1994, ages 4-8
- How to Be a Perfect Stranger: A Guide to Etiquette in Other People’s Religious CeremoniesMagida & Matlins, 1997
Easy to use introduction to the rituals and celebrations of major American religions and denominations. Helps any well-meaning guest of another faith to feel at ease, participate as much as possible and avoid violating anyone’s religious principles.
Includes Baptist, Buddhist, Episcopalian, Jewish, Methodist, Quaker, Roman Catholic and many more religions.
Includes African American Methodist, Baha’i, Mennonite/Amish, Native American, Unitarian Universalist, and many other faiths.
- Images for Our Lives: Judeo-Christian HeritageUnity Church Unitarian, St. Paul
Twelve-week unit: Judeo-Christian Heritage. The unit includes detailed lesson plans divided into the following levels: grades 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, junior high. This curriculum can be described as a “tradition-sensitive, child-centered, values-oriented religious education program for grades 1st–junior high.”
- Images for Our Lives: World ReligionsUnity Church Unitarian, St. Paul
Twelve-week units: World Religions. Each unit includes detailed lesson plans divided into the following levels: grades 1–2, 3–4, 5–6, junior high. This curriculum can be described as a “tradition-sensitive, child-centered, values-oriented religious education program for grades 1st–junior high.”
- In Our Hands – A Peace and Social Justice Program
Samuel Goldenberg, Eleanor Hunting, Mary Thomson: UUA, 1989, grades 1-3
Life in a Plains Camp
Kalman, Bobbie; Crabtree Publishing Co.; 2001This book introduces children to the traditional daily life of the Native people who lived on the Great Plains of North America. A Teacher’s Guide for the Fort Union Trading Post National Historic Site is included. This guide has references to the Native people on pages 3, 9-12, 14, and 17-21; brochures published by the National Historic Site are also included.
- Life Issues for Teenagers
UUA (selected parts)Communication Skills; Conflict and Emotions, Divorce, Intimacy, Sexual Expression, Depression, Choices in Alcohol Use, Suicide, Spiritual Identity, Values and Ethical Decision-making, Family Systems, Sex Role Stereotypes, Peer Pressure and Conformity, Crisis Intervention, Choices in Drug Use, Rape, Loss and Grief, Life After High School.
- Love RemembersHelping Kids Heal After a Death. Several copies of this brochure are available for people to take. Leave at least one copy so we can make more copies.
- One World One EarthNew Society Publishers, 1993
Ages 3–15. Imaginative learning activities and discussion starters make this the perfect guide for explaining difficult and sensitive issues — human rights, environmental concerns and more. Includes suggestions for action and reading.
- Our Whole Lives – Sexuality Education for Grades 4-6
Casparian, Elizabeth & Goldfarb, Eva; UUA; 2000This is an eight session curriculum designed to help fourth, fifth, and sixth-grade children gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life enhancing was. This curriculum is an expression o the belief that educating institutions – religious communities, community organizations, and schools – can form meaningful partnerships with parents to provide positive and responsible sexuality education.
- Peace ResourcesUU Peace Network
A five-session curriculum offering over 100 activities and specific lesson plans for K–2, 3–4, 5–6, junior high, senior high; a workshop for adults; an intergenerational celebration; and a teacher training workshop. Materials could be adapted for a weekend workshop.
- PEOPLEPeter Spier, 1980
For ages 3 and older, this also provides material for intergenerational celebrations and activities.
- PRIMATIVE FAITHS
by Elizabeth Stone Macdonald, 1937, Beacon PressThis introductory unit and Leader’s Manual may be adapted for all elementary students and encourages research into our latest knowledge on the subject.
- Religions: Encountering people of Other FaithsCharles Hambrick and others, 1995
Introduces youth to other faith traditions. Features nine-session plans with discussion topics, articles, activities, games and other learning experiences. Also includes a glossary and statistics on world religions.
A video appropriate for senior high and adults which portrays the life of a healer in ancient France.
- Spinning Tales Weaving Hope: Stories of Peace, Justice, and the EnvironmentNew Society Publishers
All ages. Children will be enchanted by these classic tales on how to live with yourself, others, and the earth. Each story is enriched by storyteller’s tips, discussion questions and suggestions for adapting the story to your audience.
- Stick Up For Yourself
Gershen Kaufman, Ph. D., Lev Raphael, Ph. D., and Pamela Espeland, free spirit publishing, 2000Every kid’s guide to personal power and positive self-esteem. A ten part course. Teacher’s Guide included. Ages 8-12.
- The Good Path
Ojibwe learning and activity book for kids
Thomas Peacock and Marlene Wisuri
Afton Historical Society Press, 2002For elementary age children. This is a history of the Ojibwe culture that focuses on the teachings of the Good Path, nine core values that are the fundamental basis of Ojibwe philosophy.
- To Every Thing There is a SeasonLeo and Diane Dillon, 1998 (lower grades)
- Travel in Time
Lois E. Ecklund, 1989, grades 5 and 6This is a history of Unitarian Universals in North America, its affirmations and principles and the many ways they live their religious beliefs.
- The UU Kids Book
Puzzles, Stories, games, projects, songs, stamp collecting, draw and color pages, codes, paperdolls.
Under the Wisdom Tree (selected portions) (for lower grades, may be adapted for upper grades and adults)The Wiggle Tree, Lesson 18 – What does discrimination mean?; Lesson 29 What is Perserverance; Lesson 31 – What does it mean to respect the inherent worth and dignity of all beings?; Lesson 32 – What does it mean to be in a family?; Lesson 33 – What is Curiosity? What is Prudence?; Halloween Lesson – What does Halloween really mean?; Thanksgiving Lesson – How do we become thankful?
- We Believe: Living and Learning Our Unitarian Universalist PrinciplesFields and Goodwin
Twenty hour-long sessions for multi-age groupings of unpredictable sizes, this curriculum contains a 180 page Leader’s guide, a 96-page workbook, an audio cassette, and inflatable globe and PEOPLE by Peter Spier. For ages 3 and older, this also provides material for intergenerational celebrations and activities.
- Why Do Bad Things Happen?
Charlene Brotman, 1996
UUAEleven units for ages 9 to adult.. This curriculum seeks out some of the human answers to this eternal question. The kit includes stories, “idea pages”, a detailed leader’s guide and bibliography. Uses sources such as the Bible, Lao Tze, Buddha, classical Greece and ideas and information from other cultures as well as from UU traditions. The proposition is offered that we will always be searching and wondering, all the while trying to make good things happen for ourselves and our communities.
- Wise Guyz Program
Casey Trandem, 2003Planned Parenthood, Brainard, MN
- Religious Education for Young Men: Emphasizing male responsibility.
- Sexual Growth and Development (Male Anatomy and Physiology, Female Anatomy and Physiology, Maturation Process, Body Changes: Boys, Wet Dreams (Seminal Emissions), Body Changes: Girls Menstruation, Sexual Orientation)
- Teen Sex and Pregnancy (Prenatal Care, Pregnancy Options, Abortion, Marriage and Parenting, Adoption, Single Parenting)
- Employment (Job Skills, Resume, Job Application, Personal Job Leads, The Interview, Selecting an Occupation)
- Decision Making (Who Decides, Decision Making Model, Life Plans, Do You Really Know Your Parents?, Tips For Communicating with Parents, Sexual Activity)
- Birth Control (Abstinence, Outercourse, Condoms, Condoms for Women, The Diaphragm, Contraceptive Foam, Contraceptive Film, The Pill, The Morning After Pill, Birth Control Injections, Norplant Implants,IUD, Choices and Consequences)
- Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) (Consequences to You, Your Partner, Your Child, Types of STD, Genital Warts, Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Crabs, Herpes, Syphilis, HIV, Preventing STD, Living with Aids)
- Teen Health, Drugs, Sex and Violence (Alcohol, Marijuana, Speed/Amphetamines, Cocaine, Crack Cocaine, Inhalants, Rohypnol (Date Rape Drug), Sexual Assault, Sexual Harassment, Sexual Abuse, Depression, Eating Disorders)
- World Religions
Usborne, Educational Development Corporation, 2009This thought provoking book offers a balanced exploration of the beliefs, history, and customs of all the major world religions, as well as many less well-known faiths, past and present. Spiritually inspiring photographs and engaging illustrations, as well as informative maps and a time chart, will help you to gain a better understanding of what people of different faiths believe, where and how people worship, the impact of religion on society, and rites of passage, customs, and festivals