Religious Exploration classes for children and youth are scheduled to begin on Sunday, Sept. 11, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Belfast on Miller Street.

Director of Religious Exploration Danielle Bannister is entering her fifth year in that role. She will be working closely with newly called minister Reverend Deane Perkins to create a program in which children are engaged and encouraged to explore UU values in age-appropriate ways.

Bannister announced that parents of children and youth are invited to register their children on or before Sept. 11. Parents may register by completing forms from the church website (, by contacting the church office, or simply by attending the service on Sept. 11.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion whose members affirm common principles of human dignity, love, and service to others. Its members are encouraged to live out these values in community and in their individual spiritual journeys, but are not bound to a single common religious doctrine. Members of all faith communities, or none, are warmly welcomed. Children normally attend the first part of the regular service before moving to the RE classrooms.

Childcare is provided for infants 6 weeks and older, up to age three. The “Primary Room” engages children ages 4 to first grade in stories and activities about connecting with others and the natural world. Second to fifth graders will be exploring this year’s theme of the creative forces in the world, including their own creative energies.

The Coming of Age program for middle school youth (grades 6, 7, and 8) is in its second and final year. They will continue to learn more about their UU values and heritage, fund-raise for a spring trip to Boston, and prepare for their coming of age ceremony next year. Participants must be willing to commit to regular attendance.

Finally, the YRUU Youth Group meets biweekly for a wide range of projects and activities. Opportunities for community service and youth events, regionally and beyond, are in the works.

More information and registration forms can be obtained at the church website,, or by contacting the church office at 338-4482 to speak with Danielle Bannister or Reverend Deane Perkins.