Religious Education

Welcome to Olympia Brown UU Church Religious Education! We are thrilled to join you and your family on your UU journey.

Our church is named after Olympia Brown (1835-1926) the first woman to achieve full ministerial standing by a denomination and one of the few original suffragists who lived to vote in the 1920 presidential election. Here’s a video of the portrayal of Olympia Brown by the Rev. Dr. Janet H. Bowering.

The Intrepid Olympia Brown Universalist Minister and Suffragette performed at the UU Church of Santa Fe

Why join a Unitarian Universalist Congregation?

  • Because here we join with open hearts and minds to worship together, seeking what is sacred among us.
  • Because here we are part of a long, liberal tradition of reason and tolerance, of hope and liberation.
  • Because here we honor our Jewish and Christian roots, and also reachout to know the great truths found in other religious expressions.
  • Because here we acknowledge that revelation is never sealed and empower ourselves to search for new truths.
  • Because here we nurture our children’s enthusiasms and encourage their questions.

Our liberal religious tradition nurtures, educates and challenges people as we shepherd each other, family and friends, through life’s pilgrimage. We come together to develop, share and celebrate religious and personal values that give help, hope and new life to all.

We seek to empower individuals; we work for a just world. We are a voice for love among people, peace among nations and reverence for our planet.

Something to think about:

Why I finally joined a church: I was a religious skeptic who bristled at joining a community. But two things changed that: My kids

So why, now, have we gone and joined a church? We who, until recently, couldn’t handle being members of anything beyond Netflix?

In a word, children. Our twin daughters are only 3. Currently, their Big Questions are mostly along the lines of “Where is my Cookie Monster doll?” and “Why can’t I have more raisins?”

But it won’t be long before they’ll start asking what happens to people after they die, and why so many bad things happen in the world, and whether or not there’s a God. There will be other, less metaphysical religious questions we’ll need to answer. Like: Who is that lady in the blue dress standing in the clamshell in our neighbor’s yard? And can we get one?

By being a part of a U.U. church and going to religious education classes, our girls will learn about their Judeo-Christian heritage and any number of other religious traditions. They’ll be given a framework for thinking about spiritual matters and be exposed to principles and ideas that we value, in a context other than our own parenting. They will get, we hope, a spiritual grounding that will allow them to choose — or refuse — their own paths as they get older.

by Jane Roper (The full article can be found on


Questions? Contact our Director of Religious Education, Leann Pomaville

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