Our Whole Lives: 8th Grade

Our Whole Lives for 8th graders is a sexuality education program for youth that models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. A holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values, and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.

Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are typically excluded. Although the curriculum was developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ, this volume is completely secular and free of specific religious doctrine or reference. However, the underlying values of the program reflect the justice-oriented traditions of both denominations.

In the 2017/18 church year, OWL will be offered for this grade level beginning in October with a mandatory parent information meeting on September 10th, 2017. OWL 8 is typically offered every church year.

Coming of Age: 9th Grade

The Coming of Age program at MDUUC is a year long program for our 9th grade youth to explore and articulate their beliefs, as well as develop their personal understandings and connections to Unitarian Universalism. At the end of the course, students will deliver their Credo statements to the gathered community during a worship service, answering the question, “to what is your heart called to do?”

Coming of Age classes run from mid-September through May during the second service (11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.). In addition, youth will have the opportunity to be matched with a mentor, go on retreats, visit other UU congregations, and participate in a social justice project. Our goal  is a fun and meaningful experience that allows the youth to grow in self knowledge, spend time with others who share similar values, and engage directly in living out their religious and ethical values in the world. At the end of the year we recognize their spiritual growth first with a celebratory friends and family dinner and then within our church community at the Coming of Age worship service, May 20th 2018.  Questions? Contact Indigo Lewis at indigo@mduuc.org

Please note that participants MUST register as a participant of MDUUC’s children and youth religious education program and  there is a fee of $175 per participant.  We want everyone to participate and if payment of this fee presents a barrier please contact our DLRE Indigo Lewis at indigo@mduuc.org.

Children and Youth Schedule  Quarter 1   Quarter 2  Quarter 3  (pdf)