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Religion in Life: Boys

Religion in Life: Boys, fourth edition (1999), by Rev. Cynthia Breen and Rev. Keith Kron, is a program in Unitarian Universalist (UU) identity for ages 12-18. It is suitable for youth to use for the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Boy Scout emblem award program. The National Council of the Boy Scouts of America does not recognize our Unitarian Universalist Religion in Life emblem. UU congregations celebrate this achievement and award. Some local Boy Scout Councils and troops also celebrate this UU award.

This program of study, reflection, and action has four purposes:

  1. To help Unitarian Universalist young people learn about our faith: our beliefs, our history, our denominational structure, and how we live in the world.
  2. To support Unitarian Universalist youth as they live their faith.
  3. To provide a program for Unitarian Universalists that can lead to the awarding of the Religion in Life emblem for Boy Scouts and Venturers.
  4. To recognize the achievements of youth in Unitarian Universalist congregations.

Religion in Life: Boys is a collaboration between the youth participant, an adult mentor, and their Unitarian Universalist congregation. With the mentor's support and guidance, the youth will work through the tasks in this booklet. Upon completing the program, qualified Scouts and Venturers will earn the right to be awarded the Religion in Life emblem from their congregation. Youth and mentors should follow this procedure:

  1. Youths interested in participating in this program should ask a minister or religious education director of their congregation to help find a qualified and caring member to serve as mentor. Youths and mentors should obtain the necessary materials from the UUA.
  2. The youth, mentor, and religious educator or minister should meet to determine who will review the program at its completion. In addition, the mentor should meet the youth's parents and be available for questions about the program.
  3. The program is divided into three parts, each with three sections; each part generally involves reading, research, action, and personal reflection. The mentor and youth should plan at least one meeting for each of the nine sections. As each assignment is completed, youth and mentor should check it off on the Religion in Life covenant form included in the booklet.
  4. When all of the requirements have been met, the youth, mentor, and minister or religious educator should meet to review the covenant form; certify that it is complete; authorize the awarding of the Religion in Life emblem; and discuss the celebration to present the award. The youth should guide the format of the celebration.

This program can be adapted to fit the needs and time schedules of individual youth and mentors. Twelve to twenty-four weeks is a reasonable time frame for completion. There is no limit on how long a Scout may take to complete the program, other than his eighteenth birthday. Each boy in the program needs his own copy of the Religion in Life: Boys Activity Book, available from the UUA Bookstore, as well as copies of the following:

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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.

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