COMING OF AGE

We offer a Coming of Age (CoA) class to our 7-8 graders every other year. CoA is designed to acknowledge the transition between childhood and youth. It is a Unitarian Universalist rite of passage. The goal of the Coming of Age program is to help young people explore and sort out their own ethical and religious identities so they can make rational decisions about who they want to be. For the first time in their lives, our young people are asked to use their reason, experience and the dictates of their conscience to decide upon their own beliefs…and to act upon them. Throughout the Coming of Age year, our young people visit other houses of worship, engage in an ongoing class aimed at helping them more deeply understand Unitarian Universalism, and meet with mentors. This year, they bonded with other UU “Coming-of-Agers” from throughout the region during a weekend retreat at the Murray Grove Retreat and Renewal Center.  At the end of the Coming of Age Year, our youth share their personal credo statements with the congregation in a special celebration and worship service.

OUR WHOLE LIVES (O.W.L)

In alternate years, we offer the O.W.L. program.  Our trained instructors offer a comprehensive curriculum providing accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.  Participants learn to view themselves and each other as sacred beings with inherent dignity and worth.  To learn more about the O.W.L. program,  goals and approach, click here

Need more information? Contact the Religious Education/Exploration Office at dre@uusmc.org