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Early adolescence is a tender time. Where can young people find acceptance, affirmation, and a chance to make a difference?
In Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations, young people join in forming a community that:
Through Coming of Age, we explore not only what it means to be 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—often with the whole congregation in a worship service that the youth design.
Through Our Whole Lives, our groundbreaking progressive sexuality education program, we learn about safety and respect, and we apply our seven Principles to a very personal aspect of life.
Our aim is to grow more respectful, responsible, and life-loving middle-schoolers, ready for high school programs that build 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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Last updated on Tuesday, November 25, 2014.
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