Senior High Youth – 9th to 12th Grade
Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUUs) are 9th through 12th grade congregants. Including religious exploration classes, their curriculum is interwoven with service projects, field trips, retreats, district youth conferences, and social gatherings. YoYos and YRUU may team up for some events.
YRUU youth are guided through engaging exercises that equip them to communicate their religious ideals. They have a well-rounded program that includes:
- Mentored peer conversations about social and ethical topics and how they relate to UU values.
- District Youth Conferences (Cons) in fall and spring
- Fund-raising activities
- Service to the community and congregation
- Leading a worship service
All youth must be registered to participate in cons, field trips and overnights!
It Matters What We Believe
Some beliefs are like walled gardens. They encourage exclusiveness,
and the feeling of being especially privileged.
Other beliefs are expansive and lead the way
into wider and deeper sympathies.
Some beliefs are like shadows,
clouding children’s days with fears of unknown calamities.
Other beliefs are like sunshine,
blessing children with the warmth of happiness.
Some beliefs are divisive, separating the saved from the unsaved,
friends from enemies.
Other beliefs are bonds in a world community,
where sincere differences beautify the pattern.
Some beliefs are like blinders,
shutting off the power to choose one’s own direction.
Other beliefs are like gateways
opening wide vistas for exploration.
Some beliefs weaken a person’s selfhood.
They blight the growth of resourcefulness.
Other beliefs nurture self-confidence and
enrich the feeling of personal worth.
Some beliefs are rigid, like the body of death,
impotent in a changing world.
Other beliefs are pliable, like the young sapling,
ever growing with the upward thrust of life.
–Sophia Lyon Fahs