Youth, Grades 7 through 12
Middle School Programs
For our 7th and 8th graders, we alternate each year between Our Whole Lives, known as OWL, and Coming of Age. For our 2019-2020 program year, we’ll be leading Coming of Age.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age is a our denomination’s celebration of the transition from childhood to youth. Throughout the year, participants will learn about our Unitarian Universalist religion and other faith traditions, and partner with adult mentors to explore their beliefs, values, and identities through the lens of our program’s five guiding questions:
* What does it mean to be human and alive?
* What is the nature of the higher power?
* How do we live in the face of death and loss?
* How do you encounter the sacred?
* How do we seek to build beloved community?
Youth write a personal credo and end the program with a ceremony with the church community. To help us create a memorable and formative year for our youth, Joe Rettenmaier will be coordinating and teaching our freshly updated program.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives is a faith-based sexuality course where youth learn to understand relationships, to clarify their values, and to see the emotional and social aspects of sexual relationships. The course covers a variety of topics such as gender identity, sexual orientation, family types, health, love, and commitment. OWL is offered every other year outside of the Sunday morning classes. Enrollment requires parental permission following a mandatory parent orientation. Our next offering of middle school OWL will be in our 2020-2021 program year.
High School Youth Group
Our high school youth group strives to be a welcoming and inclusive space, where teen comes come together to have fun, work on social justice projects, plan worships, and lead other projects within the church community. Youth Group also provides opportunities to engage with the wider UU community, through things like twice-yearly district conferences, various leadership training camps, and the annual national general assembly. Youth Group meets most Sundays during the regular church year in the loft above the narthex.
Every spring our high school seniors are invited to participate in a ceremony marking the end of their adolescence, and their entry into young adulthood. The ceremony takes place during the Sunday morning worship with the full congregation, and all seniors or 18 year olds are invited to participate. This includes youth who are home schooled or who are participating in non-traditional educational paths.