*Neighboring Faiths is offered during the 10:45 service only
The Neighboring Faiths curriculum introduces youth in grades 7and 8 to the faith traditions and practices of other religious groups in their community. The 2016-2017curriculum will explore the UU root faiths of Christianity and Judaism. Students will participate in four to five fieldtrips to various houses of worship in the Appleton area. This journey builds community among the youth, connects them with their congregation and larger community, and strengthens their Unitarian Universalist identity.
High School Youth Group
High School Youth Group offers a unique opportunity to build a community of friends who share the experience of being Unitarian Universalist (UU) in the world we live in. We’ll have fun together, help others together, share our thoughts and ideas, even take trips together. Youth group is NOT a children’s Religious Education class. It’s a chance to put our UU experience and background into action through the relationships we build, the service we provide, and the friendships that we form.
Our Whole Lives
This class, which has been offered annually for the past three years, meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month in the Brown Room, September through May. This year long program requires a high amount of commitment from both students and parents, and requires that students are registered before the class begins in September. There is a $50 fee for this course and it is closed to further registration until next year.
It is a comprehensive sexuality course for 7th through 9th graders that helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. This program is guided by trained adult facilitators selected for their knowledge of, and comfort with, the topic of human sexuality. This program is currently offered on an annual basis.
Coming of Age
Coming of Age meets from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday evenings of each month in the Fellowship Hall, Legacy Room, and in the sanctuary September through May. This year long program requires a high amount of commitment from both students and parents, and requires that students are registered before the program begins in September. This program is currently offered every other year. The fellowship hopes to offer CoA on an annual basis in the future, but has traditionally offered it every other year.
This hugely popular mentorship program offers tenth to twelfth grade Fellowship youth a nine month program designed to explore themselves, how they fit in the world, and how to identify their own spiritual beliefs. The CoA program focuses on the transition from childhood to adulthood by helping youth explore personal beliefs. The program culminates in the creation of a personal credo by each participant; credos are presented to the congregation during the annual Credo Service in the spring. Youth participate in two retreats during the course of the year as a part of the self exploration process. There is a fee for this program.