Children's Religious Education

Children engaged in arts & crafts, 2022

What do we do in RE?

Our Mission Statement

"The purpose of RE is to foster the full spiritual and faith development of children and youth from preschool through high school so that they may lead healthy, happy lives."

We provide children, youth, and young adults opportunities to explore, reflect, and learn in a nurturing spiritual community. Unitarian Universalist religious education programs offer all ages, inspiring:

Ethical growth – internalizing enduring values like justice, equity, and compassion, and gaining tools to act on them in everyday life.

Social growth – connecting with peers and people of all ages on a deeper level. Finding acceptance among people who see beyond the superficial.

Spiritual growth – feeling a connection with the sacred within, among, and beyond us.


Nursery is available for the littlest of our children! Parents will need to bring bottles, diapers, and any special instructions for their babies. If parents would like to stay with their child in the nursery while watching the live stream, they are welcome. The nursery is open from 9:45 am to noon on Sundays. Additional hours are available upon advance request so that adults can attend church activities outside that time.

All volunteers/staff undergo a thorough background check to ensure the children safety that we teach during service times.

K-5th Grade

Our K-5th grade classes are conducted by Ms. Trish and a high school volunteer. 

In this class, the students are introduced to open discussions pertaining to the topic at hand by following the seven principles we abide by. We are expanding our youth ministry. Children meet in the sanctuary for partial service and head to class until the service is complete.

We share with our children and youth the various concepts of God held by the world's major religions. We teach that there are many meanings for the word “God” and that UU does not adhere to a single definition. Our Principles help guide our lessons. 

6th Grade & Up

We teach that coming back to our centers, prayer, and meditation are ways to connect with the spiritual part of oneself, others, and the planet.

We view worship as connecting with one another, celebrating our values, and exploring our spiritual selves. We find ways to be involved in multigenerational services as often as we can because one day, our children will be in the positions that we are in. We strive to provide and support the foundation our youth’s values are built upon.

We also follow the monthly themed curriculum that enables us to embark on virtual field trips to the places of worship to gain a better understanding and respect for said practices.

Volunteer opportunities and Internships for college credits are available to teens and young adults seeking to gain hours! 

Please email to get started!

Meet our RE Teachers!

Trish Harding

Meet our K-5th grade teacher, Ms. Trish! Graduate of Colorado University with her BA in English literature, she has gained certifications in teaching elementary general education, and K-12 ESL and special education. She is also fluent in Spanish and American Sign Language (ASL). Ms. Trish plays the ukelele and enjoys spending time in her ever-growing garden. 

Erin Powers

Erin Powers (they/them) is a Unitarian Universalist religious educator and seminarian at United Theological Seminaries of the Twin Cities. Erin has been a Unitarian Universalist since 2009 and has worked in Unitarian Universalist religious education since 2012. They have worked with all ages, and youth work continues to be a favorite. Youth are the future and they are excited to help them develop into their most awesome selves! Erin is also trained to facilitate Our Whole Lives for elementary, middle, and high school. 

Erin is inspired by the interconnections woven throughout humanity and the greater living world. They believe we can learn how to build stronger community by paying attention to the rhythms of nature. 

Victoria Varnes

"Hi! My name is Miss Fox. I am currently finishing up my final 2 semesters at USF with a degree in music education/music studies. I’ve been working with kids of all ages for as long as I can remember. I also currently work at a local high school teaching percussion, where I’ve been for the past 4 years! I’m so excited to be joining the Unitarian Universalist family!"

Elliot Zitynar

Nursery Assistant

Elliot enjoys to work with nursery-aged children. They have a kind heart and is always going the extra mile to be sure that any baby who cries, is found to smile before they go. Every Sunday, Elliot displays a calm and patient spirit that the children gravitate to. We are lucky to have them here at UU St. Pete.