Children’s Sunday Gathering takes place from 10-11 a.m. and is followed by formal elementary Sunday School classes from 11 a.m. – noon.
The main objectives of the classes for elementary age children are to give a sense of religious heritage, to explore how the individual is connected to the world, to help children develop ethical approaches to everyday situations, and to enhance the child’s understanding of the primacy of ethics in our beliefs.
With the understanding that people learn and grow through a variety of experiences, the lessons use literature, art, activities, games and discussion to explore topics: Ethical Culture, world religions, character education, and community service. Each grade studies the same topic on the same week for continuity of learning within families. The lessons build on each other from 1-6th grade so that they start with the basics in the lower grades and build to more philosophical discussions of what they have learned as they move into the middle school years.
Our middle school students will more deeply explore Ethical Culture's origins as described above and its application to their daily lives. They will come to understand more fully the religions of other people and countries and begin to explore their own beliefs in preparation for their Coming of Age year.
They will also take an in-depth look at the core values of the Ethical Society Sunday School, and participate in an 8 week role-playing game called "Spaceship Earth," which requires the students to put ethical and moral judgments into practice.