Education

Welcome! What good fortune that our spiritual paths have crossed, here among members and friends at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Roanoke. As Unitarian Universalists, at UUCR we are serious yet joyful about Lifespan Faith Development (LFD), a term we use to encompass the overlapping concepts of Religious Education, Lifelong Learning, and Faith Formation. We are committed to the free and responsible search for truth and meaning. We encourage individual, congregational, and universal spiritual growth with love and acceptance of one another. We don’t tell one what to believe, rather we support each individual in the discovery of their own beliefs. We are here to help you and your family to learn and to explore your own spiritual journey.

Alan Moore, Director of Faith Development

Bonnie Evans, Faith Development Administrator

Faith Development Council: Laura Weatherford Burns (chair), Danielle Teague, Elizabeth Rodriguez, Betsy Biesenbach, Wilson Shi-Wang (Youth Liason), Dave Perry (Board Liason)

Lifespan Faith Development Goals

  • Catalyze and nurture learning and growth
  • Foster religious literacy and our individual and congregational UU identity
  • Provide relevant, inclusive, multi-generational faith development opportunities
  • Act as individuals to develop our social conscience and take compassionate steps to live our faith in community

‘UU Identity’ is the underlying theme of our Religious Education programs for 2019-2020. We aim to provide multicultural religious education and engagement opportunities for all ages, and we seek to support social action programs which foster diversity and liberation from oppression.

Accessibility, Inclusion, and Safety

We strive to provide safe, welcoming, and courageous spaces for people of all backgrounds and abilities. We are working on a long-term plan to provide comprehensive access to classrooms on the second floor. In the short-term we have ground floor classroom space available for Sunday RE classes and weekly programs. UUCR has a two background-checked adult policy for all work with minors as part of an overall child abuse prevention policy, in addition to clear policies and procedures for childcare, behavior, visitors, safety, and emergencies.

Sacred Spaces

Worship, memorials, celebrations and other gatherings take place in our Sanctuary. The Fellowship Hall adjacent to the sanctuary provides a substantial space for meetings and our Sunday coffee fellowship. Meetings and pastoral care often take place in the Olin Room on the ground floor as well as meetings and classes in classrooms upstairs. The Olin Room is also home to our Church Library. Our kitchen, renovated in summer 2018, supports events, potlucks, and other faith development opportunities through the blessings of the earth. Outside are found our playground and memorial garden areas, which offer spaces for both reflective and active pursuits.

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Learn more about Adult Religious Education

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