Goals: Creating interfaith communication, connection, and partnership.
Creating loving, courageous, and mindful leaders.
Creating healthy identities and relationships.
Sixth and Seventh Grades:
Our Living Tradition/Building Bridges
Location: Moon Room (3rd floor)
This combined class focuses on UU faith and youth leadership development. It gives our youth opportunities to sort out feelings about themselves and current world issues.
Building on learning from the Neighboring Faiths curriculum, we blend content, trips, and guests to educate our youth about their multi-faith community, creating connections between them, the larger congregation, their UU identity, and neighboring faith traditions.
The goal is to help our young people discover their beliefs about life’s big questions, think independently, make responsible decisions, and adopt a practice of radical hospitality.
Our sixth and seventh graders also serve as worship associates for chapel services and assist in congregational social justice efforts.
Eighth Grade: Coming of Age
Location: Haynes Room (1st floor)
The Coming of Age program helps students who are transitioning to senior high school and the next stage of their spiritual journeys to clarify their faith development on their way to becoming lifelong Unitarian Universalists. They explore religious heritage and personal beliefs through group and individual experiences.
Themes of relationships, spiritual exploration, UU heritage and identity, and social responsibility are developed through Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive sexuality curriculum, and social justice efforts. Adult mentors from the congregation provide support and friendship connections.
The group travels to Boston in the spring to visit the UUA headquarters. They share their faith statements and affirm their beliefs at a recognition ceremony in the spring. Detailed information is sent to families in August; a parent orientation is scheduled for early fall.