About us

This Web site is where you can find information on the children and youth religious education (CYRE) program at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto (UUCPA). To see the main UUCPA Web site, click here.

Our four big learning goals
Our religious education staff and leadership
Our monthly newsletter
About our programs
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Our four big learning goals

(1) We want children to have fun and feel they are part of a community.
(2) We want children to gain the basic religious literacy expected in our society.
(3) We want children to learn the skills associated with liberal religion, things such as public speaking, singing, basic leadership skills, interpersonal skills, etc.
(4) We aim to prepare children to become Unitarian Universalist adults, should they choose to become Unitarian Universalists when they are old enough to make their own decisions. To this end, we help children to become sensitive, moral, and joyful people, people who have intellectual integrity and spiritual insight.

Our religious education leadership

Children and Youth Religious Education Committee

The Children and Youth Religious Education (CYRE) Committee meets monthly with the Associate Minister of Religious Education (typically on the first Tuesday of each month at 7:15 p.m.), to oversee and evaluate all children and youth programs, to plan and carry out special events, to support social justice projects that welcome children and youth, and more generally to help the wider congregation better meet the needs of families, children, and youth.

Alyssa Erickson, chair
Greg Becker
Beth Nord
Edie Keating
Kris Geering
Heather Chen
Harrison Frahn, Board liaison
Maribea Berry, OWL coordinator

Associate Minister of Religious Education: Rev. Dan Harper

ColorHarperDan Harper works closely with the Children and Youth Religious Education Committee to set curriculum, monitor our educational goals, and chart overall direction for the programs. Dan provides pastoral care to families, and assists other programs that support families. He often teaches in the Sunday school and advises the youth group. Dan also works with the Adult Religious Education Committee, and attends meetings of the Board of Trustees. Dan has been working in Unitarian Universalist congregations for two decades, and has served as a Director of Religious Education, Minister of Religious Education, interim minister, and parish minister.

Meet the rest of our religious education staff members — click here!

Have more questions?

You can contact the Minister of Religious Education using:

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