We offer the Coming of Age (CoA) experience for young people (about ages 12 – 14) every other year. CoA celebrates the transition from childhood to youth. The goal of the program is to help young people responsibly explore and articulate their own ethical and religious thinking. 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 year, young people visit other houses of worship, engage in an ongoing class aimed at helping them more deeply understand Unitarian Universalism, meet with mentors, and bond with other “Coming-of-Agers” from throughout the region during a weekend retreat. At the end of the year, participants share their personal credo statements with the entire congregation in a special celebration.
OUR WHOLE LIVES (O.W.L)
In alternate years, we offer the “Our Whole Lives” 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