- Returning families, please complete our abbreviated update form here.
- New families, welcome to Soulful Exploration at WUUC! Please provide your child’s information here. (Nursery-12th grade) We ask that you visit us twice and register before attending the third time. Your registration helps us keep your child safe, keep track of your child’s participation, and keep you updated on programming. Register here.
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.
JRUU (Jr. High Unitarian Universalists-Grades 6-8)
This year the Junior Youth Group will delve into UU identity with the Lodestone curriculum. We’ll use games, food activities, meditations, skits and readings, science and math, and arts and crafts throughout the year in order to build community and create deep meaning in our faith formation as Unitarian Universalists. (What is a lodestone anyway? A lodestone is a naturally magnetized mineral; a thing that is the focus of attention or attraction.)
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists-Grades 9-12)
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.
This year’s project will be focused on our service project for the year where we will do mission work in the US around the topic studied through the course of our church year.
Other Youth Programming:
OWL High School (schedule TBD-Awaiting Curriculum Update)
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program led by specially trained volunteers. The program is offered for all ages and is inclusive and holistic in its approach. Click here for more detailed information on the Our Whole Lives Curricula
- Accurate information presented in developmentally appropriate ways
- Affective and emotional learning
- Guiding values and principles
- Activities that help participants clarify values and improve decision-making skills
- A safe and supportive peer group
- Acceptance of diversity
- A social justice approach to inclusive sexuality education
- Step-by-step instructions for program promotion, implementation, and facilitation
- Parent orientation that affirms parents as their children’s primary sexuality educators
- Facilitator trainings and continuing education to increase knowledge, skills, confidence
- Expert user support from OWL Program Associate (UUA) and OWL Program Coordinator (UCC)
- Sexuality and Our Faith, an optional religious supplement for use in Unitarian Universalist and United Church of Christ settings.