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Welcome to All Souls Religious Education (RE)! Approximately 300 children and youth, pre-school through high school, participate in All Souls Religious Education programs. Together, we explore sources and traditions of our Unitarian Universalist faith, search for meaning about life’s big questions and take time for worship and reflection. We value the uniqueness of every child and young person, encouraging creativity and self-expression as well as community building and service.

At All Souls, there are many opportunities for your family to connect with religious education programming and the All Souls community. If you are interested in joining us, please register your family online or in person at the Religious Education office.

We hope you find All Souls to be a place that helps to nurture your family’s religious life. We are a congregation of open minds and open hearts, and we welcome you and your family with open arms.

Mission and Vision Statement

The mission of the All Souls Religious Education program is to promote spiritual formation.We fulfill this vision through:
  • Nurturing and promoting the spiritual identity and growth of our children, youth and families based on the principles and traditions of Unitarian Universalism
  • Developing in our children, youth and families the ability to discover and articulate their belief system, and to speak openly about their UU identity and beliefs;
  • Teaching what it means to be part of a religious community, to be a part of something larger than oneself.
  • Providing an environment where children, youth and families support one another intellectually, spiritually and emotionally and inspire one another to act on our faith in the world;
  • Supporting parents in teaching their children about Unitarian Universalism and putting its principles into practice in our daily lives;
  • Supporting efforts to involve the larger congregation in our mission, because every member has a role to play in developing and nurturing our children and youth in UU principles and life. 
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About the All Souls RE Program:

First Hour Religious Education (10:00 - 11:15am)
The Sunday morning “First Hour” RE program offers curriculum-based opportunities to help school-aged children develop morally and spiritually, grounded in Unitarian Universalist heritage, values and traditions. Each Sunday, a committed and enthusiastic team of teachers, parents and program staff create a safe space at All Souls for children and youth to explore liberal religious life with creativity, curiosity and openness.

Second Hour Workshops (11:15am - 12:15pm)
Our Second Hour program for children has several options for your first through sixth graders. Children can participate in choir, drama, or our new program called Soul Matters. In Soul Matters, children explore a theme through conversation, hands-on activities, guest speakers, and social action, all in the service of strengthening a UU identity in the participants.

Children’s and Youth Choir (11:15am - 12:15pm)
Our children's and youth choir offers children in the first grade and older an opportunity for first-class voice training. The choir sings in the Sanctuary several times a year and participates in special services such as Martin Luther King Jr day.

Programming for Junior High and High School Youth
Our All Souls youth are engaged, vibrant members of church life. Our youth groups explore who they are as Unitarian Universalists and are encouraged to live their faith in the world through community building, social action, faith exploration, curriculum-based learning, leadership development, and multi-generational relationships. The Junior High Youth Group consists of the 7th and 8th graders and the High School Youth Group is 9-12th grades. Both groups meet during the second hour.

Worship Opportunities:

Intergenerational Worship
Featuring meaningful messages for children, youth and parents, intergenerational worship offers an opportunity for families to worship together in the sanctuary at the 10:00 am service. Intergenerational worship Sundays are noted on the RE calendar.

Children's Worship - Kindergarten through 4th Grade (10:00-10:15 am)

5th & 6th Grade Worship (11:00-11: 15 am)

Sunday morning Chapel services are led by Tracy Sprowls and sometimes include special church friends, community guests and All Souls ministers. Held in the All Souls Chapel near the Main Entrance, Chapel offers time for worship: music and singing songs, quiet time for meditation and prayer, sharing our joys and sorrows and giving through a coin offering to help our world.

All Souls Religious Education Program Team:

The Religious Education (RE) Committee
The Religious Education Committee oversees the church’s program of religious education for children and youth. Working with the Religious Educator, the committee addresses curriculum, educational policy, special events, staffing and budget for programs that cover young people from nursery through high school.

Parents Association
The Parents Association supports the Religious Education program by coordinating parent volunteers and organizing intergenerational events such as the Welcome Back Breakfast, Halloween party, the Christmas Pageant, and Christmas toy collections and Easter basket preparation for children at Bellevue Hospital. If you would like to volunteer, please sign-up for events at one of the three PA meetings throughout the year, or contact the Parents Association co-chairs directly:

Erika Mikkelsen (PA co-chair): erikamik@yahoo.com

Laila Worrell (PA co-chair): Worrell.Laila@bcg.com

Tracy Sprowls 
Interim Minister for Religious Education

Taryn strauss, director of religous educationTracy Sprowls has served Unitarian Universalist congregations for more than 26 years as an ordained minister and as a volunteer. She holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Doctor of Ministry degree from the New York Theological Seminary (NYTS). After serving the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, New Jersey for seven years, Tracy will begin her tenure as the Interim Minister of Religious Education at All Souls in July.

Contact: Tracy@AllSoulsNYC.org 


Collin Wulff
Religious Education Assistant

Collin Wulff, religous education assistant

Contact: Collin@AllSoulsNYC.org

Children and Youth

Unitarian Church of All Souls

1157 Lexington Avenue, New York NY 10075
Phone: (212) 535-5530 | Fax: (212) 535-5641


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