Middle School (6th - 8th) - "JRUU"

At First Unitarian, our 6th – 8th grade “Sunday School" programming is called JRUU; Jr. Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (Middle School).  Our Religious Exploration classes for 6th – 8th grade aged children meet concurrently with the 9:15 am service. The Middle School youth begin the service in the Sanctuary at 9:15 and help guide our young ones to their respective classrooms.


The JRUU kids meet DOWNSTAIRS in room 1C.

JRUU Parents: As our children become our youth, we bestow upon them small, incremental increases in responsibility.  Middle school youth will be released from class upon conclusion, and will be directed to join your family and our community in the coffee hour following the service. 

JRUU 6-8th Grade: Building Up UU Youth

This year our Middle School aged youth will engage in building their Unitarian Universalist identity through our new "Building Up UU Youth" curriculum.  The aim of this program is to help the youth develop greater self-awareness, self-compassion, and self-confidence, and to equip them with healthy skills and practices that they can repeat any time, anywhere, to calm and center themselves when they experience the myriad challenges and stresses of being a teenager in today's world.  The Middle School youth begin the service in the Sanctuary at 9:15 and help guide our young ones to their respective classrooms.

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.

Sexuality Education (optional, but encouraged)

This popular program is called Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.). This program is offered separately from the Sunday JRUU= Jr. Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (Middle School) classes. The classes are encouraged for this age group and meet during the 11:00 am second service during the weeks that classes are 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

JRUU Coming of Age (COA)

This is a challenging, life altering curriculum for 7-8th graders will be offered again in 2018.  The COA program is designed to assist parents and children as they navigate through this complex time of development. It is a mentored journey of the mind, body, and spirit. 

Details at fusden.org/content/celebrations-milestones

Imagine Camp

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.

Weekend MDD Youth Conferences (or “Cons”)

Senior High School 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.  Middle school participants are invited to their own introduction to youth conference participation at a middle school conference offered in February of each year.  This is a great way to meet other local UU youth, and to experience the energy and community available as they progress through youth programming.

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.

Links to family activities and intergenerational services

Core Circles
Intergenerational Services
Family Game Nights
Family Movie Nights

Click for more information about: Health and Safety, Child Protection, Parent Responsibilities, Medical Alerts, Confidentiality, Diversity & Inclusion, Building Safety, and Illness. Thank you for your interest in the First Unitarian Society of Denver RE Program for JRUU= Jr. Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (Middle School) children!

Religious Exploration Team

DRE: Erin Kenworthy
Nursery Coordinator: Barbara Wilkerson
Chapel Coordinator/Embodied Education: Matt Davis
Youth Chaplain: Marcus Ryan