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11:30 a.m. only
Rites of Passage (ROP)
Rites of Passage is our UU confirmation. But rather than giving youth a creed to memorize and a dogma to which they must adhere, we ask them to explore and articulate their own ideas about faith and religion. This program is also known as Coming of Age; its purpose to honor, celebrate the transition from childhood to youth. The curriculum helps our youth bring together all that they have learned and experienced in their lives and at church with an emphasis on spiritual practice. The program uses the five elements of initiation, ritual, learning, testing and celebration.
This bedrock class culminates on Sunday, January 28, 2017, with a worship service of their own design. This special service includes the presentation of their personal faith statements from the pulpit, a bridging ceremony into the senior high class and an opportunity to become official youth members of the church and sign the membership book.
Grades 10 – 12
11:30 a.m. only
YRUU: Young Religious Unitarian Universalists
YRUU is the denomination’s title for self-directed, youth-empowering groups made up of senior high students. With the guidance of adult advisors, this group empowers teens to create their own vision and mission for their program. Largely discussion-based, YRUU also takes part in social justice projects, organizes social gatherings, and will plan and lead a Sunday worship service for the congregation. This is an opportunity for youth to continue where the Rites of Passage program left off, as they and their advisors explore what it means to be young and UU, how our UU Principles inform how we live our lives, and what power young UU’s have to change the world.