Response Needed by Feb. 10
Children & Youth Religious Exploration
First Unitarian Church of Wilmington
Director of Religious Exploration: Catherine Williamson  [email protected]

Our children and youth affirm their identity as members of the
Unitarian Universalist faith community, embrace their evolving spirituality,
and practice Unitarian Universalist values in all facets of their lives. 
Dear First Unitarian Family,

First Unitarian Church of Wilmington offers a number of rites of passage for our children and families. We offer a Child Dedication for newborns and young children. We offer Age of Reason for 2nd and 3rd graders, Coming of Age for 7th & 8th graders, and Bridging for 12th graders or those leaving Youth Group.

We are currently planning to offer the Age of Reason rite of passage and hope your family considers participating.

When a child is dedicated in our congregation, the parents and the congregation agree, together, to take responsibility for that child’s development, education, and sense of community.
While the child is very young, that responsibility rests entirely on the shoulders of the adults who have agreed to bear it. There comes a time, however, when the child can assume some of the responsibility.

Many cultures and child psychologists recognize that between the ages of 7 to 9 children enter a stage of development known as the “age of reason and responsibility.” They are starting to think for themselves and begin finding themselves in more situations in which they have to make choices based on what they think is right and wrong. They are beginning a new stage in life of logic, morality, and understanding.

As Unitarian Universalists we recognize that these children are becoming ready to begin finding their own truths.

First Unitarian Church is proud to offer a program designed to engage 2nd and 3rd grade Unitarian Universalists in a Rite of Passage at this universally recognized stage of development.  
  • Children and parents participate in an opening worship for the program.
  • Children work with their parents in a specially created Roots and Wings activity packet which helps 2nd and 3rd graders directly relate our UU principles to their own life experiences.  
  • Children meet with the minister, music director, and director of religious education to learn about their contributions to the church.
  • Children meet 6 times as a group for Age of Reason classes where they explore and discuss their emerging beliefs as Unitarian Universalists
  • Then our children write their very first credo (belief statement)!
  • The program culminates with a formal Age of Reason Celebration Ceremony, during a dedicated Sunday Service, weaving together child, parents and congregation. During the worship service, children present their credo to the congregation.
Please look over the following materials about the Age of Reason Rite of Passage. Then, fill out the RSVP and let us know if your child and family will participate!

When will Age of Reason take place?
The Age of Reason Opening Worship Service is February 26 from 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm. We will eat lunch first. This is for the child in the program, parents, and older siblings. We will provide childcare for younger siblings.

Age of Reason will meet Sunday's after church from 12:00 pm to 1:15 pm with Catherine Williamson, our Director of Religious Exploration.

The Age of Reason Worship Service (when the children lead the worship service and present their credos) is June 4.

Parent Letter and Covenant - copies of the Covenant will be available at the Opening Worship Service if you can't print at home.

YOU ARE INVITED - Invitation for child

Catherine Williamson | First Unitarian Church | 302-478-2384 | Email | Website