Contact Youth Ministry Coordinator Courtney Firth for more information.
Coming of Age – Offered at 9:15 and 11:15 for Grade 7
UUCF’s 7th graders participate in a full year of Coming of Age, a rite of passage class customized for the UUCF community. Coming of Age teachers will guide youth in exploring their own UU faith, lead a social justice activity for the congregation, and participate in a DC Adventure trip to explore UU sites. Youth are matched with a trusted adult mentors from the congregation to help guide them through this journey. Ministers, the youth ministry coordinator, Director of Religious Exploration (DRE) and other special guests share their expertise with the group. The class also includes a deep infusion of social justice learning and activity through the use of the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith curriculum, “Heeding the Call.”
The culmination of the class is a special worship service on the last day of RE in May for youth to share their credos – personal belief statements – with family, friends, mentors and the congregation. This is a memorable class for youth as they participate in many activities that help them determine their own beliefs, engage in community building and learn about what it means to be a youth at UUCF.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) – Offered at 9:15 and 11:15 for Grade 8
UUCF offers the OWL sexuality and relationship curriculum for the full year. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health and society/culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, it also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills and understand the spiritual, emotional and social aspects of sexuality.
Our Whole Lives values:
- Self worth
- Sexual health
- Justice and inclusivity
Because of the sensitive nature of the OWL curriculum and the trust built among students, UUCF is unable to integrate 8th graders who arrive mid-year into the OWL class. They have the option of joining the 7th grade Coming of Age class, the Young Arts and Spirituality class or to help out in a younger classroom supporting and teaching. Youth new to any class are always welcome to attend activities outside of classes.
Young Arts & Spirituality – Offered at 11:15 for Grades 4-8
With singing, music, visual art, movement and drama, students develop and express their spirituality and work together to create community and solve problems. Students perform as the Young Arts Ensemble at worship services throughout the year. Students also take the lead roles in the Christmas pageant at the 4 p.m. Christmas Eve service.