Faith CoLab: Tapestry of Faith: Families: A Jr. High School Youth Program that Explores the Diversity, Commonality, and Meaning of Families


Part of Families

The riders in a race do not stop short when they reach the goal. There is a little finishing canter before coming to a standstill. There is time to hear the kind voice of friends and to say to one's self: "The work is done." - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

During this session, participants reflect on their work throughout the program and synthesize what they have learned, both as a group and as individuals.


Participants will:

  • Broaden and deepen their understandings and definitions of families, including the roles and functions of families
  • Value each individual's perspective as an interpreter of our world and as a teller of our stories
  • Understand and appreciate the emotional, affective, and spiritual dimensions of family
  • Develop a personal sense of values, or "working" credo, regarding families
  • Understand how the living tradition of the UU faith and its Principles interprets and guides families
  • Reflect as leaders of a project that served the greater congregation and affirms more deeply their place in interdependent, multigenerational, congregational life

Learning Objectives

Participants will:

  • Reflect on what they learned about families
  • Reflect on the process of working together
  • Reflect on the process of creating representations
  • Provide feedback about their experience during this program