At First Unitarian, our 9th – 12th Grade High School aged youth “Sunday School" programming is called YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists). Our Religious Exploration classes for High School aged youth meet separately from the adults attending the 9:15 am Sunday service in the main sanctuary.
The YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) meet DOWNSTAIRS in the sitting room on Sunday mornings at 9:15 am. (Not a good location description….sorry, we’ll work on it.)
YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is composed of youth from the 9-12th Grade, 4-5 adult advisers, and Marcus, the Youth Coordinator. Through youth-adult partnership this community decides, schedules, and plans their events and activities based on community bonding, social justice, spirituality, and connections across generations. Our respect of each other and our covenant aims to provide all of our youth with a safe place to share thoughts and feelings, answer the question "Why Are You You?", and build life-long friendships.
YRUU Workshop Rotation
The 2016 YRUU focus is the implementation of our Youth Fellows program (new this year!) and exploration of options that are available to our Senior High youth. In order to weave ourselves into the wider congregational community, we will often touch on the monthly worship theme as well. Using a variety of resources and rituals, all are encouraged to examine and share their views in an atmosphere of openness, courage, and compassion. Activities, games and hands-on experiences help build community within while building strength and clarity of focus to reach out to the wider world. Every few weeks YRUU youth attend the 9:15AM worship service in the sanctuary. Attending the service helps create a connection between our high school youth and the adults of the congregation, and provides a meaningful worship experience.
How to Enroll
Parents need to enroll their children in the RE program. This helps us communicate upcoming events and changes to programming. It also helps us better manage our room and journey guide resources. Our registration process is now 100% paperless. Please either register or speak with our DRE on Sundays.
Every year the YRUU community co-creates a faith-in-action project that involves a community-based justice project.
First Unitarian YRUU Covenant:
As a covenantal tradition, at the beginning of each new YRUU year we co-create a covenant to ground our time together:
Weekend MDD Youth Conferences (or “Cons”)
Youth Cons are offered to our active youth members by our Mountain Desert District (MDD). Three weekend retreats plus a Youth Assembly at the District Meeting are hosted by different churches each year October through April. These conferences offer a safe, yet challenging environment for youth to participate in a larger group of Unitarian Universalist youth than what is available at church each Sunday.
Conferences are planned and led by youth, yet adults are there to work with the youth leaders in a ratio of at least one adult for every seven youth. Topics range from Social Justice to Self-Image to Bridging (graduating). Visit the MDD Youth Ministry Website for more information.
YRUU - 9th Grade Trip
For over 50 years, ninth graders from Unitarian Universalist churches along the Front Range of Colorado have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in a unique spiritual journey: a ten-day visit to Hopi and Navajo communities. This is a meaningful, cross-cultural learning experience. To join the trip, participants must attend monthly classes and retreats held at various Front Range congregations to learn about Native American religion and culture.
Ninth graders registered in YRUU are notified by mail in early September about the initial orientation meeting. The cost of the trip is covered by youth fundraising activities, contributions from participating congregations, and by the families of the participants. Visit http://uu9gt.org for more information.
Sexuality Education (optional, but encouraged)
This popular program is called Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.). This program is offered separately from the Sunday YRUU= Young Religious Unitarian Universalists classes. The classes are encouraged for this age group when offered. It is a comprehensive sexuality education program developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. At developmentally appropriate levels, O.W.L. promotes informed and responsible decision-making and sexual and emotional health in our communities. It fosters meaningful dialogue and parent-child communication. More information is available about O.W.L. at www.uua.org/re/owl Details about this year’s offerings at fusden.org/content/our-whole-lives
Ever wondered what the world would be like if it existed in accordance with our UU principles? Well, that's what ImagineCamp is all about. Worship, Games, Workshops, Guest speakers, Music, Storytelling, Outdoor events, Theater, Crafts - all focused on the idea of a world based on love, respect, justice, understanding, and inclusivity. ImagineCamp has it all. At First Unitarian Society,1400 Lafayette St, Denver. From 9 am—3 pm, Dates for 2017 TBD. For rising K—6th Graders,rising 7-8th Graders = Jr Counselors, rising 9-12th Graders = Sr Counselors. Cost: Early Registration (Before June 1st) is $175 for first child, $75 for additional children. Regular Registration is $200 for first child, $85 for additional children. Jr Counselors attend FREE! Sr Counselors are paid staff! You can register here, or email our Director of Religious Exploration, here for more information.
Links to family activities and intergenerational services
Family Game Nights
Family Movie Nights
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Religious Exploration Team
DRE: Erin Kenworthy
Nursery Coordinator: Barbara Wilkerson
Chapel Coordinator/Embodied Education: Matt Davis
Youth Chaplain: Marcus Ryan