Check with the Youth Programs Coordinator for the scheduled meeting times, also published weekly in the This Week at EUUC news emailed to all subscribed, listed monthly in the church newsletter, The CommUUnicator and monthly hard copy schedules are available on the Lifespan Religious Education Table in the church Narthex.
Sr. High Youth Group programming is a collaborative effort shared among the Youth Programs Coordinator, the advisor team and of course the youth themselves. The Edmonds UU Church and the Lifespan RE Program Director sets the overarching guidelines within which Youth Group programming is developed. The components of a healthy and balanced youth program provide the foundation and include: Worship and Spiritual Development, Adult-Youth-Multi-Generational Relationships, Content Learning Opportunities, Leadership Development and Self-Governance, Social Justice Engagements and Community Building within and beyond the group.
On Sundays the Youth Group meets in the Loft. They begin by lighting their chalice and checking-in with each other and their advisors. Most of the time is dedicated to discussing interesting topics and planning upcoming events: fundraisers for charity, fun get-togethers, worship services, or social justice projects. As they work and socialize together, the youth strengthen their friendships and further their spiritual development and leadership potential.
The youth join together to practice their faith in many creative ways. These teenagers pursue their individual religious paths while respectfully supporting each other's quest for the truth. They apply their initiative and creativity to help plan many of their own activities.
Our teenagers have many social events throughout the year, including the Seabeck whole church retreat and overnights at the church. They also connect with one another as they help plan, carry out, or attend a variety of meetings and engagement with other groups in the church including: Sr. High Youth Group, supporting Religious Education events with younger children, social justice activities, district conferences, youth music and more.
Getting to know other teens from Oregon, Idaho, Washington, and Alaska is fun for our youth. Each year some youth attend one or more of the many district youth conferences. The teens grow spiritually, promote social justice, and simply have fun at these meetings.
Embracing the PNW District guidelines, Edmonds UU Church sponsor youth to conferences, only if they are active in the home church youth group or are active in another area of church life.