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Youth Education & Enrichment

Throughout middle school and high school (6th through 12th grade), youth wrestle with questions like:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I do next?
  • What do I have to offer the world?  
  • What does Unitarian Universalism (UU) mean to me?

The journey includes a spiritual search for meaning and purpose in life. Our youth programs are designed to nurture the awakening of young persons' hearts and minds as they explore these questions within our UU faith.

Sunday Mornings

Religious Education Class: Sunday mornings, 10:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.  
Classes begin at the same time, but run a little longer than, the adult worship service. This gives the adults time to enjoy coffee and conversation after the service before you reunite with them.

First Fifteen & Youth Worship

Two Sundays a month, you'll spend the "First Fifteen" minutes in the Sanctuary for the multigenerational portion of the worship service before coming to class.  About once a month, you'll have a youth-led worship service below the Sanctuary before class, and, on other Sundays, you'll go directly to your classroom. During the summer months, you'll go directly to class every Sunday rather than beginning with a worship service.

Several times throughout the year, you'll join the rest of the congregation for an entire multigenerational worship service. These services include our Ingathering Water Ceremony, Flower Communion, and, of course, the Holiday Pageant.

Senior High Service

Once a year, the 9th-12th graders design, rehearse, and conduct the Sunday morning worship service for the entire congregation (including a “First Fifteen” for the younger children). It is one of the most heavily attended services of the year.


Register & Volunteer

After your second visit, please register for class. Also, encourage adults in your family to volunteer to help, since the success of our co-op religious education program relies on them!

Program Themes (September 18, 2016 to June 4, 2017)

  • 6th - 8th: Heritage Year - Come and explore our Unitarian Universalist history. These Sunday perpare for our spring break Heritage Trip to the UU Association in Boston and other historical UU sites. Additional activities and fundraising events will be planned throughout the year.

  • 9th - 12th: Ted Talks - Youth will use Ted Talks as a foundation tp explore issues surrounding leadership, spirituality, and social justice. Their robust discussions will lead to hands-on activities that will help the youth integrate what they learned in the Ted Talks.

Contact our Director of Religious Education, Dayna Edwards, at dedwards@uucr.org or 301-762-7666 x 3 to learn more.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

In alternating years, UUCR offers Our Whole Lives (OWL) to 7th-9th graders and 10th-12th graders. 

OWL is grounded in a holistic view of sexuality to:

  • Provide facts about anatomy and human development
  • Help you clarify your values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality
  • Empower you to make informed and responsible decisions about your sexual health and behavior 

The OWL curriculum is based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, developed by a national task force of experts in adolescent development, health care, and education. 


For 2016 - 2017 we will offer OWL for 10th - 12th graders. The group meets from 12:30pm - 3:30pm on these following Sundays:

To volunteer to bring SNACKS, please sign-up here.

  • October 23rd - youth orientation and parent orientation
  • November 13th
  • November 27 th (yes, this is Thanksgiving weekend, so tbd)
  • December 11th
  • January 8th
  • January 22nd
  • February 12th
  • February 26th
  • March 12th
  • March 18th 2pm through 19th at 9:45am for Sleep-over and visit to Planned Parenthood
  • March 26th
  • April 23rd
  • May 14th
  • May 28th (memorial day weekend, tbd)

Rainbow Youth Alliance

The Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA) is a support network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning teens and their allies—known to us as rainbow teens. RYA is a safe place where you can:

  • Be yourself
  • Learn and ask questions
  • Speak your mind—and have others listen
  • Find mutual respect and support

Although the program is sponsored by UUCR, any teen in Montgomery County and the DC metro area can attend, and there is no religious component to RYA.  For more info, visit the RYA website.

  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world

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