Lifespan Religious Education at MVUUF

Currently, MVUUF is closed to all in-person events and gatherings, but our Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) classes continue to meet online during this time.

As always, all CYRE classes are taught by dedicated teams of volunteer teachers from our congregation. All classes are held on Sundays:

  • PreK-5th grade from 1:00-2:00 PM
  • Middle School/High School from 2:30-3:30 PM on alternating weeks

Please direct any questions about CYRE to our Director of Religious Education, Somaya Bernard, at re @ You can register your child or children for CYRE online here.


What is Lifespan Religious Education?


Lifespan Religious Education (LRE) is for everyone!re_dover_mcquinn_360px

It includes Adult Religious Education (ARE), Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE), and teen and young adult programs.

As believers in a faith that values the free and responsible search for truth and meaning, we engage in religious education all the time. It is essential to who we are as Unitarian Universalists.

We invite you to read on and learn more about religious education at MVUUF and hope you will come and visit.

Please review our Sunday schedule and our information for visitors as you plan your visit.

Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE)

At MVUUF, Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) includes regular Sunday classes as well as periodic extra programs such as Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sexuality education classes and classes that help children and youth explore their personal faith formation.

CYRE also hosts fun special events throughout the year like a Halloween celebration, Holiday craft-making afternoon, and an Easter Egg hunt. Stay up to date with announcements about upcoming classes, special events, and more by learning how to stay connected to CYRE.

All children and youth attending CYRE classes must register. Visitors may use the guest registration form; however, after three visits, please complete the full registration form (called “MVUUF Youth Religious Education Registration (2020-21)”).

Registration helps us learn names, track attendance, plan for activities, and accommodate any special needs.

Our CYRE program evolves as new families join us. Our children are also continuously growing, learning, and teaching us what it truly means to live our seven UU Principles:

Respect the importance and value of every person

Offer fair and kind treatment to everyone

Yes to spiritual growth and learning together

Grow by exploring ideas and finding your truth

Believe in our ideals and voice your vote

Insist on justice, freedom, and peace for all

Value our responsibility in the web of life

Adult Religious Education (ARE)

Adult religious education classes provide an opportunity to read, think, and talk about personal faith formation with other adults in a diverse setting.

ARE offerings include:

  • Build Your Own Theology – A 12-week workshop created by Rev. Richard Gilbert that examines the roots of personal theology, this class includes discussions of human nature, ultimate reality, the history of Unitarian Universalism, ethics, and creating meaning in our lives.
  • New UU – This seven-week curriculum created by the Unitarian Universalist Association looks at UU history, principles, worship, community, theology, and membership.
  • Compassionate Communication – Based on Marshall Rosenberg’s book Nonviolent Communication, this 10-12-week course offers discussion and practice of the methodology of observation, feelings, needs, and requests.

Making Our Program Work

Did you know that all of our religious education classes are taught by dedicated teams of volunteer teachers from our congregation?  In addition to our two paid staff, volunteers also plan and coordinate our special events throughout the year. If you’ve enjoyed the classes and events that you and your family attend at the Fellowship, please consider volunteering!

In addition to the Director of Religious Education and Assistant Director of Religious Education, the Youth Religious Education Committee and Adult Religious Education Committee help coordinate and plan classes and special events through the year. Committee members serve two-year terms and meet monthly.