Grades 7 and 8

Grade 7

Our 7th graders will participate in a full year of Coming of Age, which is a rites of passage class customized for our UUCF community. The teachers will guide youth in exploring their own UU faith, match the youth with adult mentors of our community, lead a social justice activity for the congregation, and participate in a DC Adventure trip to explore UU sites. Ministers, the Youth Ministry Coordinator, 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 “Heeding the Call” curriculum.

There is a special worship service on afternoon of the last day of RE  May 19, 2019 for youth to share their credos–personal belief statements–with family, friends, and mentors. 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. The Coming of Age class presents their credos in worship.

Grade 8

UUCF offers the Our Whole Lives (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 and 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
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and inclusivity

Eighth graders who visit or arrive mid-year will join the Grade 7 class.