- Seekers (Grade 7-9):
Seekers explore and articulate their attitudes and beliefs about people in the
Bible, God, death, sexuality and Unitarian Universalism through participation in:
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Coming of Age (COA)
Neighboring Faiths (NF)
What is OWL?
Our Whole Lives is the result of seven years of collaborative effort
by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the United Church of
Christ's (UCC) Board for Homeland Ministries. The UUA and the UCC share
the assumption that religious communities must take an active role in the
promotion of education and justice in human sexuality. OWL is about much
more than just anatomy and health. It is also about values, respect, emotions
and justice. OWL helps participants develop and articulate their religious
and sexual values and make responsible, healthy decisions based on those
values. The curriculum is interactive, meaning that the participants engage
in dialogue, role-playing and game playing, rather than listening to
lectures. A complete curriculum is available for review. The DRE is available
to consult with parents to design a program suited to their teen's needs
regarding OWL participation. Mandatory parent OWL orientations are offered
twice a year before the program begins in the fall. Contact DRE for details.
What is COA?
The Coming of Age (COA) program offers youth in
grades 7-9 the opportunity to explore their own spiritual and
religious beliefs, and their Unitarian Universalist heritage as
they prepare to become junior members of the congregation. The
transition from childhood to adolescence is an exciting time in the
life of our youth. We offer a challenging, inspiring and fun two year
program to help our UU teens navigate through an often tumultuous
period in their lives. This year COA youth will meet two Sundays a
month. Coming of Age graduation requirements are listed below. Each
child will have a file to keep track of their progress.
1. Attend Sunday sessions twice a month
2. Complete 24 volunteer hours in the community
3. Complete 24 volunteer hours in the Fellowship
4. Complete a statement of belief which will be shared at the graduation celebration on LRE Sunday
What is Neighboring Faiths?
This year youth will explore world religions using
the “Neighboring Faiths” curriculum. They will have an
opportunity to choose which religions to explore and which
houses of worship to visit. This is a challenging, interactive
curriculum which provides many opportunities for youth
leadership and decision making. Neighboring Faiths (NF) will
meet twice a month and will include all middle and high school youth.
Contact our Director of Lifespan Religious Education at: email@example.com,