10:15 AM- YOUTH PROGRAM (6TH – 12TH GRADE)
Neighboring Faiths (6th & 7th Grades) Lower Hall Room 2
As Unitarian Universalists, we believe it is important to build relationships with others across cultures, ethnicities and religious traditions. Our Neighboring Faith class helps middle school youth learn about our own faith tradition while visiting the houses of worship of other faiths in our community. What are the commonalities? How are our faiths different? Through guest speakers and visits to other faith communities, we will increase our comfort with meeting the “other” and also strengthen our cultural literacy. We will also have fun, eat yummy food and make time to get to know one another better.
Challenge: Coming of Age (8th & 9th grades) Summit Room 2
Our Coming of Age program offers participants a unique opportunity to explore their own understanding of some of life’s biggest questions: Why are we here? What happens when we die? Why do bad things happen? How do I know what is the next right thing to do? Through activities, conversations, field trips and more, youth and their advisors move through a program carefully designed to help our youth journey towards young adulthood with a greater understanding of themselves and their beliefs.
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) 9th-12th grades Summit Room 1
Our senior high youth group, YRUU, is a lively weekly gathering of our high school youth. Sunday morning sessions vary but often include an exploration of moral dilemmas and timely topics as well as fun, games and yummy snacks. Under the guidance of trained youth advisors, a safe and nurturing space is created to allow youth to explore topics of interest and build friendships. Activities vary from week to week and focus on learning, service, worship, community-building and leadership development. The group enjoys lock-ins (overnights at church) as well as field trips such as apple picking. The group participates in annual service trip to Appalachia in the summer. Newcomers to YRUU are always welcome.
Supporting our children and youth Our program relies on volunteers, both parents and non-parents, to help raise the next generation of UUs. All volunteers work in teams with materials provided. You have great support from the RE Committee and our church staff. For more information, and/or to volunteer, contact Leia Durland-Jones, Director of Faith Development or Elaine Chapman, RE Committee Chair of our congregation’s religious education program.