Parents, please complete the online Child & Youth Safety Information Form if your child will be participating in Soulful Exploration at WUUC.
WUUC youth practice radical inclusivity among their peers, welcoming all who comes to participate. There are many opportunities for youth to be involved in all aspects of church life – as musicians, sound engineers, ushers, worship associates and on various task forces or committees of their interest. Junior and Senior Youth have the opportunity to participate in youth conferences with other UU youth in the area as well as engage in social justice work in the wider community.
Youth Groups serve our youth in middle and high school and focus on 8 strands of development: leadership, connection across ages, spiritual development, beloved community, justice making, pastoral care, faith exploration and identity formation. There is no registration fee to participate, but all youth’s parents must complete the safety information form online.
The Junior Youth (6th-8th grades)
Our Jr. Youth’s curriculum for the 2016-2017 year is Building Bridges. Building Bridges is a world religions program 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.
The program is organized roughly chronologically, capturing the strong parallel between societal change and religious evolution over human history. The Religions Time Line helps illustrate the emergence of religions in clusters at different points in history. However, this is not a history course. It is a series of workshops that attempts to lovingly and reverently examine some of the closest kept treasures of the human heart. This exploration nurtures participant’s positive outlook toward other faiths and the people who follow them.
To study religion together is to invite a certain amount of discomfort for individuals and conflict in a group. This program provides youth a unique opportunity to engage the world’s diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith. As facilitators, acknowledge tensions and disagreement and model how to work toward understanding. Help create an environment where respectful exploration and questioning are encouraged, where differences are encountered with open minds and hearts.
Our Building Bridges youth will alternate between visiting the houses of worship of other religions, studying about other faiths, and watching engaging and fun multi-media (Simpsons, documentaries, and etc.) about other faith traditions.
The Senior Youth (9th-12th grades)
Sr. Youth meet weekly on Sunday evening for fellowship, worship, sharing, justice work and fun. This year our youth will be focusing on project-based, social justice learning. The group chooses a project around environmental justice, racial justice, lgbt equality, or some other relevant justice topic. Together, they formulate a project plan, learn about the political landscape surrounding their chosen justice issue, and complete the project by the end of the school year.