Children’s Spiritual Development
First Parish Dorchester offers a vibrant volunteer-led Religious Education Program for children and youth under the direction of our Director of Religious Education, Lucas Gonzalez Milliken. We provide children, youth, and adults with an opportunity to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious education programs seek to inspire:
- 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.
Lucas’s background as a youth advisor, seminarian, musician, and activist – as well as his deep interest in spirituality and foundation in Unitarian Universalism – helps him to serve the children and larger community of Dorchester. He is assisted by all the parents and other adults who participate in our cooperative Sunday School program.
This year we are intentionally working on deepening the connections between the larger church community and the Religious Education program. To that end, our Sunday School sessions are using materials provided by the Soul Matters themes of the month, which the church is also exploring.
Using the Workshop Rotation model our program structure is generally as follows: the first and second Sundays each month are Classroom Sundays, with lesson plans modeled on Soul Matters materials. The third Sundays of each month are dedicated to a collaboratively planned RE Worship Service, led by the kids present. On the fourth Sunday of each month, a guest from the congregation is invited to join us and share about their Unitarian Universalist faith, and how being a member of First Parish in Dorchester is meaningful to them.
For some of the spiritual growth and practices we share on Sundays, see Taking Sunday School Home!
We invite you to explore these pages and contact Lucas (firstname.lastname@example.org) to get connected.