Our youth program is defined as children in 7th-12th grades and older. It recognizes the teenager as an independent minded person. It includes Sunday program and often additional programming, like overnights, socials, regional and District conferences that expose them to other Unitarian Universalists throughout the Pacific Northwest. Youth programming is a time for values clarification leadership development!
Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips youth with accurate, age-appropriate inforamtiuon, including human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, health and culture. Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives provides not only facts about anatomy and human development, but helps participants to clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual and emotional aspects of sexuality. Go to Our Whole Lives for more information.
Parents are required to attend an orientation, either September 14 OR September 18. This program will close by October 2 due to the nature of the program.
High School Youth Group
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU)
YRUU is our youth group for high school freshmen through seniors. In YRUU, youth are encouraged to be leaders. They take turns leading on Sundays, and through an elected council that meets monthly, they have a direct role in choosing discussion topics and planning special events like overnights. Adult advisors are guides along the way who maintain a supportive space where youth can share and be heard. The youth group offers opportunities to explore what we mean by fellowship, social justice, and worship as Unitarian Universalists. The Youth Service is an annual spring tradition in which the youth group conducts the service, including performing the music and sharing homilies. With many of our youth having grown up in this church, it is a wonderful celebration of their individual and collective responsible search for truth and meaning.
Youth Council is an elected body with representatives from each high school grade level. They meet regularly to discuss ideas and vote on plans for the upcoming weeks.
Overnights for our youth group are scheduled by the Youth Council. Memorable experiences — whether it’s caroling in Pioneer Courthouse Square, group outings to Voodoo Doughnuts, or worship in the Eliot Chapel — are created at these overnights. To cap them off, the following morning youth make sandwiches and walk through downtown distributing sandwiches and clean, dry socks to anyone in need.
District Youth Conferences (or Cons)
District Conferences provide opportunities to meet other youth from congregations around the District and around the country. These conferences can be life changing, with the goal of building leadership skills. Youth return with a deeper understanding of who they are as Unitarian Universalists and how they want to be in the world. Registration information is emailed to families. A “sponsor” is required and we can help to set that up, if needed (parents are not allowed to attend).