Middle School RE
(6-8 grade) September – June
This younger youth group for sixth, seventh and eighth graders is concurrent with the Sunday morning 11 a.m. service. It runs one hour and 15 minutes, and meets in George Bray Hall after the Message For All Ages. Together they forge friendships, develop a sense of themselves as Unitarian Universalists, envision contributions to the larger community, provide a safe and supportive space for one another as they reflect on their personal values and spiritual journeys, enjoy events, social service projects, and overall good times. Middle School RE meets: 11:20 – 12:15
The Middle School curriculum addresses the following topics:
What important persons populate my religious history? What role do different faith traditions play in my life? What religions are practiced in, and out, of my community? What is my image of God and the role of church? Do I want to be a Unitarian Universalist? What is my view of my life as a physical and spiritual being?
World Religion Classes acquaint youth with the diversity of faiths worshiped in the United States. The Director of Lifespan Religious Education teaches students about the foundations of such faiths, and takes the class on field trips to neighboring places of worship.
Middle-schoolers study the following religions on a three year cycle: Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, and Unitarian Universalism. Middle-schoolers visit a Catholic Church, Protestant Church, Jewish Temple, Hindu Temple, Buddhist Temple, and Mosque.
Teaching Team Aides (7-12 grade)
Often youth gain as much from guiding others as they would from enrolling in the Religious Education Program themselves. It is possible for our youth to help younger children in the Sunday morning Children’s Program.
Youth can be scheduled to volunteer with the Sunday morning Children’s Program on a permanent or semi-permanent basis depending on their desire and schedule.