We are Hiring Teachers!

Our faith formation program focuses on Unitarian Universalist values, character, and religious literacy. Our 2021-2022 church year is focusing on anti-racism learning for elementary school children and world religions for middle and high school youth.

We have been meeting virtually since the beginning of the pandemic. We are now hiring part-time preschool and kindergarten teachers (for ages three to five), elementary teachers (for ages 6 to 11) and secondary teachers (for ages 12-18) in anticipation of returning to in-person learning in early 2022.

We are a liberal faith tradition. Our beliefs are diverse and inclusive. We have no shared creed. Our shared covenant (our seven Principles) supports “the free and responsible search for truth and meaning.” Though Unitarianism and Universalism were both liberal Christian traditions, this responsible search has led us to embrace diverse teachings from Eastern and Western religions and philosophies.

Our classes meet on Sunday mornings. Support, direction and curricula will be provided by our Director of Faith Formation. UUCE pays up to $25 an hour for up to six hours of work weekly (teaching and preparation) or an average of 24 hours a month.

The successful candidate will have a combination of:

  • College level courses in education, early childhood, or educational foundations. Currently enrolled students are welcome and encouraged,
  • Experience teaching in diverse age and developmental groups, 
  • Unitarian Universalist or have a willingness and ability to teach and observe Unitarian Universalist values,
  • Those applying for secondary class teachers must be at least 25 years old. In addition, secondary teachers may work additional hours on Saturdays or weeknights in support of teen outings and activities which support group building and bonding.

Please send a resume and cover letter to faithformation@uueugene.org.

The 2021-2022 Church Year is Here!!

For this church year, during the fall and winter when Children and Youth will be virtual, our SpiritJammers will be split into two groups, with a focus on raising Anti-Racist UUs. All youth who have registered will receive packages with supplies. To register, click here.

Grades Kinder to Second
These young elementary school children will look at skin differences, compassion, diversity within their own families, schools and churches. We will explore the big concepts of the “other”, freedom, liberty and justice in an age-appropriate way through stories, games, crafts and song.

Grades Three to Five
Our older elementary school children will also look at differences in skin color and explore identity, empathy, action, slavery, segregation, bias and stereotyping, civil rights, equality and equity. We will enjoy LOTS of games, some crafts and stories.

Welcome to SpiritJam!

UUCE is excited to offer SpiritJam, a new style of religious education for people of all ages. We started in the Fall of 2016, and are thrilled with the flexibility and fun of this program!

How it Works (when at church in-person)

Each jam session is designed to uniquely reflect that month’s all-church theme. Volunteers can plug in wherever and however they are able – our dedicated teaching faculty will make sure that the program is fun, safe, exciting, and engaging for everyone! If you have a knack for knitting, a penchant for politics, a flair for flamenco, or just want to get messy with crafts, you are invited share your passions and interests with our youngest UUs.

SpiritJam is firmly rooted in Unitarian Universalist principles, values, and history while offering a more interactive and intergenerational approach to learning!

Origins of SpiritJam

SpiritJam was created by DRE Katie Covey of Boulder Valley, CO. A DRE for over 30 years, Katie has written numerous RE Curriculum for the Unitarian Universalist Association – Chalice Children, Circle of Trees, and Toolbox of Faith, to name a few. Arising out of her experience, wisdom, and passion for dynamic religious education, this new model has changed the way her church “does church” by integrating the generations and allowing people to participate as they are able without over-burdening volunteers. We are very excited to implement her concepts here in our community!

Registration

Registration is required for repeat attendance for infants, children, and youth. Paper forms are also available in your child’s classroom. Please click here to be taken to the online registration form.