Middle and High School Youth Religious Exploration
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.
Beacon is currently offering virtual classes for parents that will provide guidance on how to talk to kids about sexuality. If you are interested in these “Parents as Sexuality Educators” classes, please email OWLflagstaff@gmail.com.
For updates on our current Middle and High School Youth programming, please check our weekly e-newsletter.