Welcome to Religious Education

Welcome to the UUAC First Parish in Sherborn’s cooperative Religious Education (RE) program. We have designed the program to:

  • Provide our children and youth with an understanding of what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist
  • Help them to appreciate our Judeo-Christian roots
  • Acquaint them with world religions
  • Give them the building blocks to find their own beliefs
  • Guide them in formulating a personal religious perspective for sensitive and conscientious living

The teachers at UUAC are volunteers from our church community. At UUAC, we ask all parents to teach one trimester each year. We support our teachers by providing teacher training, a written curriculum, professional support, and materials throughout the year. Teaching can be a personally enriching form of social action and ministry for volunteers and create special connections within the church community.

RE classes are grouped by age, from the nursery level through 8th grade. Classes may incorporate storytelling, discussions, sharing, arts-and-crafts projects, games, music, and other activities. We also encourage participation in service and social action activities to help our children realize the positive impact that they can have on the lives of others. Importantly, we try to make the RE experience fun so that children will want to keep coming back.

The Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish, Sherborn

Reverend Nathan W. Detering, Minister

We are located at the hilltop crossroads of Routes 16 and 27. Our sanctuary and services are barrier-free. Our sanctuary is available for weddings for couples of all genders and orientations. – Minister’s email.

Worship services and hours:

Sundays, 10:30 am – Sep. to June – Childcare and offstreet parking available.
Summer Sundays 10:30 am in Unity Hall – Get Summer Schedule
Office hours: M – F, 9 am to 1 pm – Minister’s hours: T, Thurs. 9 am – Noon
Get flyer for the 2006 Cape Cod retreat.

Join us for fellowship and fairly-traded coffee after services.

Religious Education: Kate Holland, Program Director 

Pre-school through grade 9, with a nursery. – Classes are always open to new families. Find out more about RE or the curriculum. Children are needed for chalice lighting (after the opening hymn) and steeple bell ringing (10:20 before the service). Download the 2005-2006 RE teacher assignments.

Social Action

Meetings are the first Sunday of each month, from 11:45 – 12:30 in the library. Food donations are needed. An item or two (or more) from each family is most welcome weekly. Learn more about social action at the UUAC and the Interfaith Hospitality Network proposal.


We, the people of the Unitarian Universalist Area Church at First Parish in Sherborn, gather to provide a sanctuary for worship where all are welcome. In community we each pursue spiritual and ethical growth through reflection, music, the arts, education and action. We come to celebrate life in its fullness. Enriched by our roots, we affirm and promote the Unitarian Universalist Principles and aspire to become more caring participants in the world.