MIDDLE SCHOOL PROGRAM (7th/8th Grades)

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Sunday Mornings

The 7th/8th grades meet as a group together on Sunday mornings with their team of adult advisors. The activities of the group combine self-exploration, making friends, social service, religious learning, and worship. The focus of religious learning, which changes from year to year, centers variously on Unitarian Universalism, world religions, and how we put our principles into practice, both in building positive character traits, and in how we relate to the world around us.

Community worship is an important component of our religious experience. On some Sundays, our middle school youth join the rest of the congregation for the “Time for All Ages” in the sanctuary. Some Sundays, youth participate in candle lighting and our community’s sharing of joys and sorrows. Other Sundays this celebration of joys and sorrows is incorporated into their own gatherings.

The group also meets for occasional weekend retreats and evening socials, games, and various service opportunities, such as helping at local food banks and animal shelters, and Fellowship projects. The youth also plan and conduct a Sunday worship service.

Coming of Age (offered every other year)

Every other year 7th and 8th graders have the opportunity to participate in the Coming of Age program. This program is about the transition that youth make as they move from childhood to adulthood. The Coming of Age program offers our youth a series of experiences that give them the chance to think about the choices they will make as they grow. Activities include a wilderness retreat, a ropes challenge course, social service projects, and more. Through these experiences, we hope our youth will learn about themselves–their gifts, their strengths, and their weaknesses. Through this program, we want our youth to gain self-confidence, and discover, celebrate, and honor their uniqueness.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) – the UUA Program of Sexuality Education (offered every other year)

The purpose of this program is to help our middle school youth gain the knowledge, life principles, and skills they need to express their sexuality in life-enhancing ways. This is a unique opportunity for our youth to get honest, helpful information about sexuality from adults and each other. Youth will be free to bring up any sincere questions, concerns or opinions to the group. Their issues will be respected and addressed in age-appropriate ways. Parent orientation is required.

For more information about our RE Programs for middle school-age Youth, contact DRE Michael Molkmolk@uucorvallis.org.

To register your 7th or 8th grader in RE, go to our Registration page.

 

HIGH SCHOOL YOUTH PROGRAM (9th-12th Grades)

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Sunday Mornings

The intimateYoung Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) group meets on Sundays from 11-12:15 and with their advisors (Mark Aron, Tom Hussong-Christian and Joe Martines). High school youth (approximately ages 14-18) and their adult advisors (adults in the community, 25+, who have volunteered their time) plan the discussions and activities that they do on Sundays or at other times throughout the year. The advisors and youth develop friendships, trust, and community. The YRUU program strives for a balance of religious learning, social service, worship, leadership development, and FUN!

With high school youth, as with middle school youth and children, community worship is an important component of our religious experience. Thus, on some Sundays, the youth join the rest of the congregation for the “Time for All Ages” in the sanctuary.

Some fun activities that YRUU has recently done:

Gone to Starbucks, Tried & True, New Morning Bakery, the Co-op.

Walked to the park and had a picnic.

Traveled to Eugene and went ice skating, then met up with yoUUth from Eugene for lunch.

At the beginning of every school year, the YRUU group has a weekend retreat as a time for teambuilding and bonding.

Opportunities are available for YRUU youth and their adult sponsors to attend various Unitarian Universalist conferences and workshops at the regional, district, and continental levels. These experiences provide encounters with the larger Unitarian Universalist community, offering chances to connect with other UU youth and adults, and gain greater insight and understanding into the breadth and depth of our liberal religious movement.

Some recent events that the Corvallis YRUU has participated in:

Spring Con 2016- Music Con (How music connects us to each other and how it plays a role in UUism)

Fall Con 2016- PaUUse (The power of introversion and how to reflect upon oneself: complete with an hour of silence)

Spring Con 2017- RUUTS (A weekend full of discussion about race, culture, and what our roots are)

For both PaUUse and RUUTS, a youth from Corvallis was on the planning staff.

In the past, the YRUU group has also traveled to England and Transylvania to meet European Unitarians and to visit our partner church in Körispatak, Romania. In 2002, in collaboration with the Congregational Church-UCC, the Fellowship brought 13 youth and three adult advisors from Transylvania for a conference with 21 Corvallis youth entitled “How Shall We Live? Creating Right Relations.”

UURICA! For two weeks in the summer of 2007, 23 Fellowship youth and eight adults travelled to Costa Rica. While there the group worked with the Costa Rican Humanitarian Foundation, contributing labor and money to help provide basic human needs. The group also stayed with host families, travelled and learned about various local concerns, and saw some of Costa Rica’s amazing wildlife.

 

For more information about the YRUU program, contact Michael Molk, the Director of Lifespan Religious Exploration: molk@uucorvallis.org

If you’d like to talk to a youth, please feel free to contact Kari Gottfried. She is a member of this congregation, the youth leader of the PNWD Youth Empowerment Services team (the UU youth board for our district), a Luminary Leader (recognized nationally as a UU youth leader) and an active member of the wider community.

karigottfriedUU@gmail.com or (541)757-8009

Our Whole Lives (OWL) – the UUA Program of Sexuality Education (offered every other year)

Our high school youth are entering a time, or may already be in a time, when they are experiencing sexual drives and pursuing sexual interests. The premise of the OWL curriculum is to build a foundation of knowledge and to nurture self-worth so that youth can make informed and thoughtful decisions about their sexuality. This curriculum assumes that comprehensive sex education is a social justice issue. The program is an exercise in ethical decision-making that engages the whole person. Parent orientation is required.

For more information about our RE Programs for high school-age Youth, contact DRE Michael Molk – molk@uucorvallis.org.

To register your high school youth in YRUU, go to our Registration page.

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