Additional Youth Religious Education (YRE) Class Offerings
Our religious education program includes more than Sunday morning classes. Some of our activities incorporate social justice and community service activities, worship opportunities, and creating art to share with the congregation. Parents and caregivers are attracted to Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations for the partnership we offer in raising children who will become kind, respectful, fair-minded, caring, and strong enough to stand up for what is right. We nurture truth-seeking, spirituality, and progressive moral values that will continue to shape and support our children as they grow. Some of our additional program offerings are described below.
Our Whole Lives (OWL)
OWL is a comprehensive and developmentally-appropriate sex education curriculum developed in collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. OWL classes are lead by trained volunteer teachers from MVUUF. Learn more about OWL at http://www.uua.org/re/owl/
MVUUF offers OWL classes for four different age levels:
This class helps young children identify their attitudes, values and feelings about themselves, their sexuality and others’ sexuality. In addition to a parent meeting and a parent-child orientation session, parents are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops with their children.
This class helps children understand the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants explore values, communication and decision-making, as well as physical health and development.
7th-9th grades and 10th-12th grades
OWL for Middle School and High School models and teaches caring, compassion, respect and justice. It is a holistic program that moves beyond the intellect to address the attitudes, values and feelings that youth have about themselves and the world.
Unlike many other sexuality curricula currently available, this program is comprehensive and progressive. In an inclusive and developmentally-appropriate manner, it addresses sensitive topics that are often excluded.
Other Class Offerings
MVUUF offers two series of classes in which children and youth may explore faith formation and Unitarian Universalism.
Age of Reason (2nd-3rd grades)
The core message of this series of classes is “Sink Your Roots~Stretch Your Wings~Find Your Own Truth.” In addition to learning about the MVUUF community, its work and staff, children explore their personal faith formation and develop a personal credo statement.
Coming of Age (9th-10th grades)
This independent study-format class explores what it means to be a young UU, what participants’ personal beliefs are and how these two things can intersect, creating young adults who are ready to engage in our community. Paired with adult mentors from MVUUF, youth participate in and explore UU history and theology, worship and spirituality, community, service, social justice and leadership. Youth must be registered for this class and must sign a participation agreement.