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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse – UUCGT

All are welcome here! Every Individual has Inherent Worth and Dignity (The UU First Principle).  We have a mission to free minds, grow souls, and change the world. We are choosing the Way With Heart – Join us!

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6726 Center Road, Traverse City, MI, 49684
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Learning

Religious Education classes have resumed.

Children are always welcome to join the service in the Sanctuary with their families.

Children and Youth Religious Education Overview

Our congregation is a place of spiritual learning, community building, and social justice-making for people of all ages. Through stories and activities, children and youth learn about themselves, their own spirits, Unitarian Universalism, and neighboring faiths. We also take part in service projects.

We do not tell children what to believe, rather we provide a framework and support for them to develop their own sense of truth and meaning. By nurturing their compassion, curiosity, and sense of wonder, we guide children and youth in developing a respect for our Earth and all living things.

The community we create becomes a safe space for children and youth as they grow and learn together. Whether sharing their joys and sorrows, discussing life’s big questions, or figuring out ways to make the world a better place, children and youth will experience being part of a community that will welcome and accept them just as they are, while also supporting them on their individual journey of self-discovery.

Children and youth begin each Sunday in the sanctuary with the rest of the congregation. There is a designated Children’s Worship Space at the front of the room with pillows and quiet activities. Children are invited to engage in the weekly service topic through the Time for All Ages – usually a story and short lesson. 

After the Time for All Ages, children leave for the RE classroom, where they take part in small group lessons and activities.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

“Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives.  It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives.” – uua.org

UUCGT is pleased to be offering Our Whole Lives, a comprehensive sexuality education program, during the 2022-2023 school year. The course is open to all 7th-9th graders, regardless of religious affiliation.  

Our Whole Lives will be facilitated by Rev. Alex Jensen and Betsy Hammerberg. Interested families can email Betsy at dre@uucgt.org. For more information on the program, visit uua.org/re/owl

Adult Religious Education

The purpose of Adult RE is to engage UU members in meaningful, enriching ways. Some programs use established UU curriculum, and other are developed inhouse using UU principles and practices, or utilize external programs in line with UU beliefs and philosophies.

Offerings often include a variety of small group Soul Matters Sharing Circles; book clubs; and the Starting Point small group ministry. Please check the Flash newsletter or call the front office for current Adult RE offerings. 

Starting Point

Starting Point is a brand new pilot small group ministry especially designed for newcomers and those looking to discover Unitarian Universalism and their church all over again. This program will help participants live Unitarian Universalism more fully, bring our history and theology to life, and leave everyone feeling grounded, connected and renewed.  This class is a 3-4 class series.  Contact the office if you are interested in this class.