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Youth Faith Formation

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

Sunday School classes, 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

Three 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 worship service. 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 faith formation program relies on them!


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

 

  • 6th - 8th: Jedi Academy - This mindfulness curriculum, loosely based on Star Wars, is an opportunity to devleop practical spiritual skills and become a Jedi Knight
  • 9th - 12th: Going Deeper - Senior High youth will explore the monthly worship themes through Ted Talks and small group ministry.

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 2017 - 2018 we will offer OWL for 7th - 9th  graders.

If you are interested in joining OWL, please express your interest here


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.

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  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world

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