Lifespan Faith Development

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Update: July 2020

Visit our Natural Play Space external website to find out more about our project, as well as opportunities to donate your time, talent, or financial support.

At UU Lansing our Lifespan Faith Development programs support you in exploring your own spiritual, religious, or ethical journey.  Our offerings are developed to:

  • Share our Unitarian Universalist ideals and explore other religious traditions;
  • Provide a safe environment for spiritual growth and development;
  • Foster a community that promotes exploration, joy, and wonder;
  • Model and promote a life of integrity; and
  • Support one another’s search for truth and meaning.

Together we create community!

Adults: Volunteers from the congregation offer opportunities for continued spiritual and intellectual growth.  New classes begin at different times during the year.  Be sure to check the Activities Table and the online newsletter for the upcoming offerings.

Nursery: A child’s first church experience may be here!  Our nursery is staffed by from 10:15-11:30 AM every Sunday throughout the year.  It is a warm and welcoming setting where babies and toddlers can feel secure and loved as they play.  We hope each child develops a sense of belonging.

In addition, your child is always welcome stay with you during the service. Or, if you prefer, there’s a soundproofed “Cry Room” at the back of the sanctuary.  In the Cry Room you can relax with your child but still hear and see the service.

Children & Youth: At 10:30 AM on Sundays, we offer classes for children and youth divided by the age group.  The groups include preschool (3-and 4-year olds), three K-6th grade groups, middle school (7th-8th grade) and high school. Our religious education experiences for children and youth explore Unitarian Universalist identity and heritage, world religions, Judeo-Christian heritage, and social justice. Through these contexts, children and youth are invited to consider for themselves what is spiritual, religious, and true.  Here are two additional points to note: The K-6th grade children attend the first 15 minutes of each service before going to class; and, parents must register children and youth after three visits.

We are Cooperative: Volunteers for all of our children and youth classes are parents and other adults from the congregation who enjoy these age groups.  To volunteer, a rotation schedule is created for each class. With this system, volunteers have opportunities volunteer on some Sundays and attend worship other Sundays. We also welcome one-time volunteers to help out with our activities for all ages.  This is a great way to meet new friends and make deeper connections.

All events are conducted under guidelines of our Safe Congregation policy.

If you have any questions, contact Teresa Putnam, Director of Lifespan Faith Development,, 517.351.4081 x104.