People often wonder what we mean by Faith Development in Unitarian Universalism. One way of understanding different stages of faith development is to use an analogy of trees. SAPLINGS are those folks, regardless of age, who are relatively new to Unitarian Universalism, perhaps coming out of a faith tradition that didn’t work for them, who define themselves by what they DON’T believe. TREES are those folks who have engaged with Unitarian Universalism and who define themselves by what they DO believe. And OLD GROWTH trees are those, from youth through adulthood, who define themselves by what they Do believe and what they DO to act on those beliefs.*
Our goal in Faith Development is to grow UUs who integrate their beliefs and core values with their actions. What does it mean to be part of the “interconnected web of existence” in this faith community? How do we grow and mature into being a congregation that has the strength to change ourselves and our world?
Some say it starts with the children…so even if you are not involved with the Children and Youth program at UUCNH you are invited to our Open House to meet people and find out what is going on in this part of our faith community.
This Sunday, March 26, during coffee hour, you are invited to come to the classrooms upstairs and in the nursery wing. Look around, chat with teachers, and collect leaves from each class. If you present leaves from each room to Melissa Nelson in the library, you will be entered in the drawing for a terrific gift basket donated by the Stewardship Team to be raffled that day.
Sapling, Tree or Old Growth, we invite you to make connections with our classes. With nurture and care our roots will go deeper and wider…
Interim Director of Lifespan Faith Development