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Older Children's Religious Education (Grades 6-8)

A Supportive Faith for Middle Schoolers

Unitarian Universalism has helped me become the person I am, a person with very few bias beliefs and a person who will go out of his way to help someone, even if I do not know them.
—Ian Wilson, 14, from the Coming-of-Age credo he delivered to the Community Unitarian Church of White Plains, NY

Early adolescence is a tender time. Emotions run close to the surface or get stuffed far below; friends can be closer than ever or painfully absent. We long for a place where we will find acceptance and affirmation, inspiration and a chance to make a difference. Unitarian Universalism (UUism) is that kind of place.

Here, young people join in a community based on love, justice, and service. A community that values each of us for who we are, at every age. A community that recognizes the huge changes going on in our minds, hearts, and bodies. A community that challenges us to be compassionate and courageous. We strive to welcome deeply people of all ages and classes, sexual orientations, gender identities/expressions, races/ethnicities, and abilities.

Many of our congregations offer two hallmark programs for middle school: Coming-of-Age and Our Whole Lives. UU congregations offer several other programs as well—view samples below.

Coming of Age

Through Coming-of-Age, we explore not only what it means to be Unitarian Universalist (UU), but what it means to be you. At the end of the program, participants share credos—words they have written about who they are, what they believe, and what they value.

Our Whole Lives

Through Our Whole Lives, our groundbreaking progressive sexuality education curriculum, we learn about safety and respect. In this comprehensive program, we apply UUism’s seven values-based Principles to a very personal aspect of life, recognizing how our actions affect others and learning to live responsibly.

Our aim is to grow more respectful, responsible, and life-loving people—people who know they are valued for who they are, with all their gifts and quirks. Our middle school programs prepare young people for our robust high school programs, building social confidence and enduring bonds. Every congregation tailors its offerings for middle school, therefore each congregation’s programs will be a little different.

Engage with a congregation near you, and explore the sample programs below, to see how it’s done.

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For more information contact religiouseducation@uua.org.

This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.

Last updated on Friday, August 8, 2014.

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