On-Going Classes and Groups
On-Going Classes and Groups [page on drop-down menu]
If you have any questions about when these groups and classes are held, would like more information about their content, or are interested in participating, please get in touch with DCFM Aria Curtis at 509-325-6383 ext. 306 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Our Whole Lives is a comprehensive, lifespan, sexuality education program developed in partnership between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. OWL gives participants the tools to make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With its holistic approach, OWL provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender, identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. Classes are offered on alternating years for grades K-1, 5-6, 8-9, and 10-12. We are hoping to offer Young Adult, Adult, and Senior Adult OWL in the near future. More information can be found on the OWL web page here.
Coming of Age (CoA)
Coming of Age is a 6-ish month long program for 7th and 8th graders, as they enter into a new stage of development. Participants are paired when an adult mentor, with whom they meet regularly to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist to them. They will participate in service projects, attend worship services of other faith traditions, and write about and discuss questions which explore their concepts of self and community. At the end of this long growing process, the participants go on a retreat together and will each write a credo, or statement of belief. They are then invited to read or express this at a Coming of Age service in the spring. The Coming of Age program is offered about every other year at UUCS.
‘Tending the Flame’ A UU Parenting Group
Centered around the book, Tending the Flame; The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting by Michelle Richards, this parenting groups is for parents of children of all ages. It is a low-key, discussion format, where parents will have the opportunity to ask questions and learn about incorporating UU values and traditions into their children’s lives, as well as ask questions of one another.
Sr. High Youth Group (Grades 9-12)
Sr. High Youth Group is an opportunity for our youth to get to know one another and participate in engaging activities, in an environment where the focus is specifically creating community for youth. This youth group is held weekly at the church and is separate from Sr. High Religious Education.
Jr. High Youth Group (Grades 7-9)
Hosted at a family’s home, Jr. High Youth Group (AKA Fun Hang Out Time for Jr. High Youth) is an opportunity for our younger youth to gather together in play twice a month. Parents are welcome to stay and hang out together as well, while the youth run around or watch movies together.
Building Connections (Grades 5 & 6)
This Building Connections group is kind of like a more structured weekly youth group for 5th and 6th graders. In this group we will practice various types of meditation, wrestle with the concept of spirituality, and use readings, film, and music to fuel discussion.