Religious Exploration

Welcome to Religious Exploration where we learn through exploring!

We offer opportunities for all ages, from birth to death, to experience, question, learn, grow and explore life’s big questions and mysteries. We are a family-friendly and welcoming church. We strive to keep the church a safe and enjoyable place for all generations! At First Universalist Church in Rockland, we welcome all families regardless of configuration. We want you and your children to love church and to feel excited to come explore their innate spirituality in a safe, open and friendly environment. We offer a wide-range of faith development opportunities throughout the year for all ages. Listed below is what we have done in past years when we are not in a global pandemic. To see this year's online offerings: RE for 2020-21

To register for specific programs this 2020-21 year: Registration

If you have questions, please contact me at:

Yours in Growing Faith,

Carney D. McRae, Director of Religious Exploration

Chalice Children

For children under age 7

We use a modified Spirit Play approach for our youngest children. They are invited to join in circle time, which includes lighting the flannel chalice and hearing a short Spirit Play story. Children can then play or do an activity with choices from several activity centers or with toys from our shelves. Children can come and go with parents as needed.

Elementary School

Ages 7-10; Grades 2-5

Children in this group will learn about anti-oppression and multi-cultural values, using the curriculum, We’re on Our Way, from the Davies Memorial UU Church in Maryland. Dawn Star Borchelt, the author, has created an engaging program that has four units: ways we are different, choosing right relationships, being fair about differences, and acting for change.


Ages 11-13 (grades 6-8) Jr. High & up

This group will be learning about World Religions, using Building Bridges. Guests and some field trips will enhance their understanding of different faiths.

Other Youth Opportunities

High School age

Youth also may participate in Sunday activities, including working as a RE guide or assistant (paid & unpaid), singing in the choir, or participating in worship!

Mid-Maine YoUUth

This collaborative program is with 5 UU congregations. Youth plan, organize, and participate in yearly service learning opportunities. This year’s opportunity will be in the state. They gather monthly in Belfast to deepen and strengthen their relationships, educate one another on issues relevant to the trip and plan fundraising events to support their travel.

Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education

Our Whole Lives (OWL) is: Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.

We have volunteers that are trained to teach OWL for many different age groups and rotate through which levels are taught each year. You can reach out to the Director of Religous Explorations, Carney McRae, for information about what OWL classes might be upcoming.

Our Library at UUR

We have an extensive library of faith-based books that you can borrow at anytime. Some books are categorized by topic, including Unitarian Universalism, sexuality, death & dying, racism and parenting. We also have a great collection of children’s books.

Adult Programs

Programs are offered based on people’s interests. Some programs that have been offered in the past include:

Cakes for the Queen of Heaven – A woman honoring adult RE curriculum by Rev. Shirley Ranck. It examines pre-Judeo Christian cultures that may have worshiped the female as divine. The concepts of equality and reverence for the female in a religious setting are eye-opening to many participants.

Four Spiritualities with author, Rev. Peter Richardson – Within all of the world’s religions there are four distinct ways of being and practicing one’s spirituality. These four spiritualities correlate perfectly with the function pairs of psychological type (the MBTI).

Movies & Discussions – We have a large screen and great sound system for showing movies in our Sanctuary. Under our film license, we can show many movies. We also have had different groups come and show films followed by discussion.

Books & Discussions – We have had several book discussions, including ones on Being Mortal and Age-ing to Sage-ing. We also have many of the Common Read books in the library, which have on-line discussion guides. People volunteer to facilitate these discussions.

Programs from the Unitarian Universalist Association – The UUA offers curricula on many topics. If you see something that interests you, ask the Director of Religious Exploration if it is possible to offer this.


We like to play! We have many multigenerational opportunities throughout the year, including a picnic in the fall, a spring church retreat at Blueberry Cove in Tenants Harbor, all ages worship, pop-up choir, banner making and potluck suppers. Opportunities are created by our congregants as they are inspired.