Religious Education for Children and Youth

Welcome to the Unitarian Society of Hartford!  As Unitarian Universalists, we strive to engage in a “free and responsible search for truth and meaning”.   A key purpose of our religious education program is to provide a framework for our children as they begin their path of lifespan faith development.   As such, each of our classes is designed to include a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions, and to integrate a variety of learning styles.  We welcome all families and children, including those with special needs, and will make every effort to accommodate all children in our program.

**While we live in the world of virtual church during the Covid-19 pandemic, we offer options for online ways for youth and young adults to stay connected and engaged in a variety of activities**  Reach out to Rayla D. Mattson, Director of RE at to learn more!**

Our Philosophy of Religious Education Sunday school

Our goal is to help our children and youth:
  • Gain respect and appreciation for themselves, others, all living things and the environment;
  • Become integral parts of our Meeting House community;
  • Develop an awareness of, and appreciation for, our Judeo-Christian heritage and other world religions that influence the formation of our religious beliefs;
  • Experience the joy and inspiration of music and the arts;
  • Become responsible persons who are able to make ethical decisions through which they show their care and concern for all humanity.

How Our Children are Taught 
Sunday school

The 7 principles are taught using a variety of methods based in the sources of our beliefs.  These include, but are not limited to:
  • Fostering a continuing sense of wonder using art, science, and social justice projects;
  • Learning about heroes and heroines from UU history and other historical and religious figures who were dedicated to  living fair and just  lives;
  • Discovering the ethical and spiritual wisdom of the world’s religions, including our Judeo-Christian heritage;
  • Encouraging the use of logic and reason to discern the answers to life’s questions;
  • Promoting practices that are in harmony with nature, the environment, and the sacred circle of life.

What Our Children Learn

Our children are taught to think for themselves, while receiving guidance on moral and ethical behavior.   We allow their individual beliefs to unfold without any dogma. Our children will learn that all big religious questions have many answers, and that it is their duty to search responsibly for their own truth. Ultimately, we want our children to become mature adults who make their own decisions about what to believe and how to live.

Contact Information     

Rayla D. Mattson
Director of Religious Education
E-mail:; 860-233-9897 ext. 104