Coming of Age
This year, eighth graders will participate with sixth and seventh graders in the first two units of UU curriculum Amazing Grace: Exploring Right and Wrong by Richard S. Kimball. This program guides sixth graders through ways to determine right from wrong with a Unitarian Universalist perspective, and act on their new understandings. Unit 1 explores faith as it relates to virtue and sin and Unit 2 explores Unitarian Universalism and its ideas about virtue and sin. Amazing Grace begins September 27 and Unit 2 wraps up on January 10.
winter and spring 2016
Coming of Age (COA) is a rite of passage that acknowledges the transition from child to youth. It is preceded by a thoughtful reflection of each person’s beliefs given their experiences of spirituality and religion. This is a period of integrating and articulating all that the Coming of Agers have learned to this point about their UU identity.
One of the highlights of this year is the Vision Quest, a nature retreat. Time in nature provides our COA youth the opportunity to strengthen bonds with one another as well as sit in silence and reflect about their lives, their talents and who they are becoming.
The COA year culminates with a special worship ceremony for youth and their families, where their belief/credo and gratitude statements are shared. They also present their personal statements to the full congregation during a Sunday service.
This group is encouraged to attend adult services, June through August. They are also welcome to participate in or volunteer for the Children’s Religious Education Summer Program. The Coming of Age program will resume Fall 2016 with Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education (OWL).
OWL helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.