On-Going Classes and Groups
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 Director of Children and Family Ministry, Aria Curtis.
The UUCS Parent Group is open to parents with children of all ages, to build relationship and share wisdom with one another. The Parent Group is currently on hiatus, as we figure out what types of events and programming we would like to prioritize.
Youth Group (Grades 9-12)
The UUCS Youth Group currently meets on Sunday mornings, between services, from 10:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. With the support and mentoring of their trained youth group advisors, high school youth at UUCS are currently exploring the ways that music enhances and intertwines with our spiritual lives. At 11:00 youth are invited to attend the service or participate in Youth Chapel, which happens during the service and is for middle and high school youth.
The UUCS Youth group also participates in a number of community and spiritual identity building opportunities throughout the year, including the Fall and Spring Cons, Leadership Development Conferences, and Chaplain Trainings made available through the regional offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association. High school youth at UUCS are invited to serve as baristas for our small espresso stand, Grounds 4 Change, which raises money for youth programming and scholarships.
All high school youth are welcome to participate in Youth Group, regardless of whether or not they or their families have ever attended church.
Adapted from curricula for an older audience, this program invites children in grades 5 and 6 to explore the vast array of religious practice in this world. Group discussion and activities are paired with visits to local churches, synagogues, mosques, and other religious gathering. With each visit children can a greater understanding of the complexity of religious belief and get experience building interfaith connections. Neighboring Faiths will next be offered in the fall of 2019.
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 our OWL 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. Coming of Age will next be offered in the fall of 2020.
The UUCS Bridging program builds on and culminates in our Annual Bridging Ceremony for youth as they transition from youthood to adulthood at age 18. With this program youth get an opportunity to explore what it means to participate in Unitarian Universalist community as an adult, both locally and nationally. They will learn about the opportunities and responsibilities that will be newly available to them, as young adults, and the systems of support that they will be able to access as emerging adults. Bridging is offered every spring to youth in grades 12 and/or who are 17 or 18 years old.
Collaborative Problem Solving Class
The Collaborative Problem Solving approach, from Think:Kids, promotes the understanding that kids labeled as “disruptive” or “challenging” because of their behavior, often “lack the skill, not the will” to respond to problems and frustration with flexibility and tolerance. This class offers information and support to parents as they explore ways of working with their children to build those skills. UUCS will next be offering a class for on the Collaborative Problem Solving approach in the summer of 2019.