Religious Exploration at CUU
CUU’s Religious Exploration program has three primary goals:
- To provide a community within a community in which seekers learn to share their thoughts and feelings with others in a safe, accepting environment;
- To treat others with respect and compassion;
- To participate in a wide variety of experiences that contribute to overall spiritual, emotional, social, and intellectual development.
Additionally, the Religious Exploration program serves to open student’s hearts and minds to all available sources of wisdom. This exploration provides them with the necessary information to embark on their own lifelong search for truth and meaning. Students are encouraged to ask probing questions and consider that there are many paths to the truth.
The Religious Exploration program is strongly rooted in the Unitarian Universalist Statement of Principles and Purposes and is anchored by teachings of ethics and morality. This foundation guides participants in forming their own personal values and encourages them to seek out ways to embody their convictions. As they seek, they are led to an understanding of their rich heritage, hopefully resulting in a sense of identify as Unitarian Universalists.
The Religious Exploration Coordinator, Tom Zeller, works alongside staff and lay leaders to develop a lifespan curriculum that fosters the goals of the program. The objective is to create a curriculum that is consistent and clear and yet flexible enough to evolve with the changing needs of the congregation. A strong emphasis is placed on supporting the physical and emotional safety of all participants in accordance with CUU’s safe congregation policies.