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Learning and Growing

Learning and Growing -- Loving Hearts, Helping Hands

 

About once per month, all children and youth meet together, rather than in their regular classes, for our Loving Hearts, Helping Hands children and youth social responsibility ministry.  They work together on social responsibility projects to give them direct experience in putting their faith into action.

 

We light this chalice to celebrate

Unitarian Universalism,

the church of open minds,

helping hands, and loving hearts.

 

These words are often used as an opening in our Religious Education classes.  They formed the inspiration for the Loving Hearts, Helping Hands Youth Ministry, or LH3 as we call it.  Children and youth of all ages spend class once per month performing service.  They have accomplished some wonderful things since the inception of this program, including making helping kits for homeless persons, holiday cards for the Westside Homeless Shelter, and holding a bake sale to send to Doctors Without Borders in support of the ebola treatment effort.  The children and youth are encouraged to explore why they are doing these activities and to bring their own service ideas for the group to work on.

Learning and Growing -- 9th & 10th Grades

                                                                                                        

 Coming of Age Group

 

Ninth and tenth graders explore their faith, personal identity, and spirituality. Where does religious and spiritual "authority" come from in Unitarian Universalism? What, if anything, is "God?" What is spirituality?  What is religion? What about life and death?

 

Youth explore deeply these and other big questions. The program culminates with each youth creating a personal credo statement, a statement of their own beliefs at this time in their life. They also participate in a pilgrimage to Boston, the center of Unitarian and Universalist history in the United States.

 

Coming of Age classes begin at 10:00 A.M.

 

  • 9th or 10th grade

  • Explore your identity, faith, and spirituality

  • Create a personal credo statement

  • Go on a trip to Boston in the Spring

     

Learning and Growing -- Elementary School

 

                World of Wisdom                                           

                                                                                                    

                   As Unitarian Universalists we recognize many sources of wisdom.

 

                Sacred  Sources

 

          

 

Lessons for the 2015-2016 church year draw upon teachings of love using the Tapestry of Faith Program for Children from the UUA, called Windows and Mirrors.  This curriculum nurtures children's ability to identify their own experiences and perspectives and to seek out, care about and respect those of others.  The session topics that lend themselves to diverse experiences and perspectives—for example, faith heritage, public service, anti-racism and prayer.  The program teaches that there are always multiple viewpoints and everyone's viewpoint matters.

 

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Learning and Growing -- Middle School

 

Exploring Unitarian Universalism

 

 

As part of a three year rotation, middle school youth learn about the major faith traditions of the world and also look in depth at our own faith.  This year we turn the looking glass upon our own faith to deepen our Unitarian Universalist identity.  We have selected lessons from several Unitarian Universalist Association curricula: Compass Points, Riddle and Mystery, and Amazing Grace.

 

 

Middle School Youth Group

The vibrant Middle School Youth Group meets one to two times per month on Friday or Saturday nights.  One of the highlights of the church year is our annual Game Day in March, held following service and run entirely by the Middle School Youth Group.  

                                                                                               

 

 

Learning and Growing -- High School

 

 

The High School Youth Group meets approximately once per month during Sunday morning service.  This year the group will include consideration of virtues and ethics, guided by the words of Buddha that "our thoughts and actions become habits and our habits shape our character."  The youth will learn that they can shape the person they want to be by making intentional, thoughtful decisions.  The high school youth also participate in the Loving Hearts, Helping Hands service projects and will have the opportunity to enjoy weekend social activities.