6th _ 8th Grade
Our Middle School class will engaging with two great curricula this year from the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith collection.
In the fall they’ll be using Amazing Grace by Richard S. Kimball. Amazing Grace helps students understand right and wrong and act on their new understanding. It equips them for moving safely and productively through the middle- and high school years, when they will be continually tugged toward both ends of the ethics continuum. Through their involvement in the class, youth will come to recognize and depend on their Unitarian Universalist identity and resources as essential to their movement toward understanding, independence, and fulfillment of personal promise.
In the spring the group will move into Heeding the Call, written by Jodi Tharan and Nicole Bowmer. Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others. Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice. Additionally, the program includes more concrete tools, such as suggestions on how to be a good ally and tips on the language of conflict resolution. True stories of courage, sacrifice and collaboration, role-plays, games, and a program-long justice project will feed youth’s rising realization that as people of faith we are all called to love justice—not just with our words, but also with our deeds.
6th-8th Grade Religious Education classes will be held at the Fillmore Center (adjacent to the main church building) every Sunday from 3:30-4:45pm.