Junior & Senior High Youth
Junior and Senior High Youth programs occur on certain Sunday evenings throughout the church year, rather than Sunday morning. We encourage all youth who attend in the morning to stay in the service. The following programs are offered on alternating years and are listed in typical sequence they would be taken.
Building Bridges (6-8)
In Building Bridges, we explore the world’s religions, particularly those in our neighborhoods and communities, to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. This program places Unitarian Universalism in the context of world religions and allows youth to hear from and ask questions of people with different personal faith practices, both from within our denomination and from other houses of worship.
Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education (7-9 grade / 10 – 12 grade)
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision-making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities.
Coming of Age (10 – 12 grade)
As they prepare to leave childhood, Unitarian Universalist teenagers usually join their congregations with a special “Coming of Age” ceremony. This ceremony is often preceded by a year-long curriculum helping them to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and articulate their own beliefs. Participants will explore theology, spirituality, and history through discussion, drama, music, writing, and art. Field tested by congregations with groups ranging from four to twenty-three participants, this guide will help both congregations and youth to define their beliefs and put their faith into action.
Coming of Age will be offered next year.
*All minors are required to be registered to participate in religious education classes and events; please visit our registration form here.