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.
Our Whole Lives is a faith-based sexuality course for students in Grades 7 through 9. 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 abstinence, family types, sexual orientation, love, and commitment. OWL is offered every other year outside of the Sunday morning classes. Enrollment requires parental permission following a mandatory parent orientation.
Coming of Age is a faith development course for young adolescents, which includes learning about our Unitarian Universalist religion and other faith traditions, and working with a mentor to explore one's own beliefs. Youth write a personal credo and end the program with a ceremony with the church community. This course is offered every other year.
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 homeschooled or who are participating in non-traditional educational paths.