Our youth group holds a monthly social activity, on Friday or Saturday evening: movie night, Halloween party, game night. The group also goes on overnight camping trips, travels to the Mountain Retreat Center in North Carolina for Youth Cons, and also goes on a Youth Service trip every 2 years.
Our Whole Lives
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a comprehensive sexuality education program informed by Unitarian Universalist values and taught by trained leaders. Underlying OWL is our understanding that our bodies are sacred and that sexuality is a gift that requires knowledge and responsibility.
Coming of Age
Like the Confirmation and Catechism programs of other faiths, Coming of Age (COA) is a mentored program* to help youth assume responsibility for their faith journeys. Participants explore personal spirituality and religious questions, being part of a faith community, and how to be a religious person in the wider world. The program culminates in a ceremony, a rite of passage, where youth present a statement about their values, beliefs, hopes and experiences.
Mentor a Young UU
Our Coming of Age program typically has at least ten young people, ages 14-17, and participating in this program is an important capstone to their religious education experience. A vital component of the Coming of Age program is the Adult Mentor. Mentors are matched with COA youth, attend occasional Sunday morning group meetings, and meet individually with their “mentees.” This is an opportunity for adults to connect in meaningful ways to the formation of the next generation of UUs and learn firsthand what a wonderful group of young people we have at UUCGN.
*There is not yet a specific COA curricula developed by the UUA, but a print version of the Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations is available.