Unity of South Sound is committed to providing an accepting, safe, and family-friendly environment where children and youth can express and explore their spiritual nature. This spiritual program engages and inspires all ages by inviting the Divine potential in each individual to grow and expand.
Jennifer Richardson, Youth and Family Ministries Director
The Living Curriculum
Myrtle Fillmore, co-founder of Unity, believed our mission was not to “entertain the children, but instead, to draw them out.” The Living Curriculum is an approach that affirms that what we learn and know - lives within each individual.
It moves us past the belief that teachers have all the answers and need to impart them to the students. Rather, there is a realization that all of us are uniquely unfolding on our spiritual path, having access to the Spirit within.
The Living Curriculum offers spiritual support to help all ages develop successful living concepts. It honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each one of us, and utilizes storytelling and experiential creative expression to “draw out” the Truth we already know. The curriculum explores spiritual principles and how they operate in our lives.
Five Basic Unity Principles
- God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
- I am naturally good because God's Divinity is in me and in everyone.
- I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
- Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
- I do and give my best by living the Truth that I know. I make a difference!
Our nursery has not re-opened since the pandemic started, but we have the intention of doing so when it feels safe and appropriate.
Preschool (Ages 3-5)
These children like to try things for themselves. They may be silly, loud, active and social. The children are learning that God is everywhere, always and loves us unconditionally.
We are using the Unity curriculum What a Wonderful World, to focus on “who I am” as a child of God. We are unique, loving, compassionate, and creative beings co-creating with family and community. The children explore experiences of cooperation, peace-making, care-taking and the diversity of our world family.
Elementary (Ages 6 to 10)
At this age, children are starting to build relationships with other children and adults. They like to move around and are learning to read and write. They understand stories literally rather than in abstract thinking.
We are using the Celebrating My God-self Unity curriculum, which presents basic Unity principles through stories, affirmations, Bible verses, music, creative expression, guided meditation and prayer. Written and published by our Association of Unity Churches, this curriculum is based on the philosophy, “That which is to be learned or known is not within any guide, but rather lives in the children themselves.”
Uniteens (Ages 11 to 13)
Middle school-aged children are given the opportunity to internalize Unity principles.so as to make sense out of the world, their bodies, their life and where they fit in.
The curriculum "I of the Storm for Teens" teaches using spiritual principles to create peace while embracing conflict. It is a transformational experience - making a difference in their day to day lives.
Y.O.U. (Ages 14 to 18)
They are learning to co-create their own journey in life using the Bible and Unity Principles to develop a deeper understanding of their daily life. They support and share with each other and connect with regional and international groups.
This program for high school students is the culmination of Unity youth spiritual education. It is a special, peer-driven, Unity-structured support group for teens during the critical high school years.