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

A Supportive Faith for Middle Schoolers

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: 

  • values each of us for who we are, at every age;
  • recognizes the huge changes going on in our minds, hearts, and bodies; 
  • challenges us to be compassionate and courageous; and
  • strives to welcome deeply people of all classes, sexual orientations, gender identities/expressions, races/ethnicities, and abilities.

Coming of Age

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.

Our Whole Lives

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.

Other Programs

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.

Join the Discussion

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 Tuesday, November 25, 2014.

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