Middle and High School Youth Religious Exploration
Religious Exploration Update
On October 25th, CartUUns consisted of 11 kids (8 Beacon, 3 Granite Peak), and 7 kids joined us for 5th Dimension (5 Beacon, 2 Granite Peak). Bev, the DRE in Prescott, says that she has gotten quite a bit of positive feedback on both programs from families at Granite Peak, so that’s always nice to hear.
The kids were quite engaged in both groups, which led to great discussions. In CartUUns we talked about pranking and when it might be inappropriate or mean-spirited to prank others and then completed some fun crafts
In 5th Dimension, we discussed greed, karma, and when knowing what the future holds might be positive or negative. The youth also explored ways that knowing the future might promote greed but might also benefit humanity, scientists, and food production. It was a great conversation and Stephanie, Dru, and Robert all enjoyed hearing their ideas.
For Middle School/Junior High (and older or slightly younger, as appropriate), we’ll be collaborating on another Imagine-RE program called The Fifth Dimension. Through classic Twilight Zone episodes (created by Unitarian Rod Serling), we’ll explore social and political issues relevant to youth. Students become deeply engaged in the topics and engrossed in the storytelling and “sci-fi” twists in episodes like “Eye of the Beholder” and “Enough Time At Last.” We’ll be screen sharing through ZOOM with families from both churches. The time and details are being finalized, but we hope to start this program on September 13th. The lessons are stand-alone and can be joined from week to week. Please take a look at the link and let us know if you’ll give it a try. Contact Dru Munroe at firstname.lastname@example.org
5th Dimension 11:30 am-12:45pm
November 22- “Four O’Clock” (Season 3, Episode 29) 11:30am Zoom link here
December 13- “The Night of the Meek” (Season 2, Episode 11) Zoom Link here
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. During the 2019-2020 church year, our youth learned about these world religions through readings, other resources, respectful discussions, by meeting individuals from these faiths, and attending services at their houses of worship: Catholic, Quaker, Islam, Judaism, Latter Day Saints, Buddhism, Navajo Spirituality, and Hindu.
Coming of Age is our program to honor our youth’s transition from childhood and is offered to youth between the ages of 12 and 15. Unitarian Universalist teenagers join their congregations with a special “Coming of Age” ceremony. This ceremony will be preceded by a year-long curriculum (held every other year) helping them to learn more about Unitarian Universalism and articulate their own beliefs. The Coming of Age ceremony features the youth reading their statements of personal belief (credo statements) to the congregation in the presence of their Coming of Age mentors.
Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive Sexuality Education program developed jointly by the UUA and the United Church of Christ and is offered to Beacon families once a year. For more details, click here.
In light of the cancellation of our spring in person OWL classes,Beacon’s OWL facilitators are offering“Parents as Sexuality Educators” webinars to interested parents. This program is up and running, so let us know you’re interested in joining us atOWLFlagstaff@gmail.com to receive the Zoom links.
For updates on our current Middle and High School Youth programming, please check our weekly e-newsletter.