Vision, Mission, and Objectives

Kids and Teachers walking in Newburyport

In the 2006-07 and 2007-08 church years, the religious education committee took part in a church-wide visioning process. With the data collected during that process, the committee created the following vision, mission, and mission objectives. This is what currently guides us in the work that we do.


The religious education program aspires to create a welcoming and inclusive community that supports spiritual growth through learning and serving in a respectful, safe, and joyful environment.


The RE program is one in which UU Principles, modeled by caring and inspired adults, are taught in a joyful environment, where opportunities to practice them are given through classroom experience and service to the community. We pursue this mission in an effort to integrate UU Principles as a foundation and moral compass for life.

Mission Objectives

  • Provide a space and curriculum that is inspiring and engaging for both children and volunteers, and ensure a respectful, joyful and safe environment for learning.
  • Establish a committed relationship among parents, volunteers and RE staff which reinforces mutual goals and helps parents feel more connected to the RE program and the FRS.
  • Engage and empower teens by providing space, activities, connections and support so that they feel valued.
  • Explicitly teach and actively model UU Principles in all aspects of the RE program, while consistently providing opportunities to practice them.
  • Instill the importance of social action and service, provide multiple service opportunities, and encourage the undertaking of individual acts of service.
  • Help families feel connected to the church through creation of service and social events, including opportunities for adults beyond the connections to church through their children.
  • Provide opportunities for meaningful intergenerational interactions.