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All youth activities and programming details are subject to change anytime due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. For the most up-to-date information about programming details for youth, please contact Scott Stewart at scott@eliotchapel.org.

 

Youth are a treasured part of the Eliot Unitarian Chapel community. Check out Casey Stark’s reflection about his experience in the Youth Group (2016-2020), the Unitarian Universalist opportunities in which he participated, and the impact these experiences had on his life.

 

Youth Group 2021-22

Youth Group activities kick off August 22, 2021 for youth in grades 8-12 in 2021-22 (or the homeschool equivalent). A variety of activities are being planned for this fall to strengthen the sense of community and connection youth feel with other UU peers and adult leaders. These include, but aren’t limited too, the following:

 

  • A mini-golf and sno-cone outing
  • A “Welcome Back” picnic and activities at Kirkwood Park
  • Fall hiking and picnicking at Emmenegger Park
  • A youth group “birthday bash” in Fillmore Park

 

For more background and information about the fall semester, check out these Youth Group FAQs.

 

Youth group experiences also include, but aren’t limited to, many of the following activities.  Note that due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of these traditional activities are currently on hold.

 

  • Engaging in a variety of conversations & exploration activities about spiritual, ethical, and religious topics relevant to high school youth and Unitarian Universalism.
  • Exploring healthy sexuality through occasional activities from the Our Whole Lives curriculum for grades 10-12 and other age-appropriate sexuality education material for high school youth.
  • Exploring a variety of spiritual topics and subjects related to spirituality, social justice, and issues relevant to teens through periodic movies and discussion.
  • Participation in overnight lock-ins at the church and attending regional youth events and leadership opportunities with other UU youth in the UU MidAmerica Region
  • Planning and sharing an annual youth-led worship service with the Eliot community and participating in other worship service experiences during the year.

Unitarian Universalist Youth Leadership

Over the years, a significant number of Eliot youth have participated in *leadership experiences at the regional level and in events sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). These experiences include, but aren’t limited to, the following:

 

 

*Note that since March 2020, many of these regional and national programs have been placed on hold OR transitioned to an online format.

 

UU Resources for Youth

 

Unitarian Universalist Association: High School Youth

Check out the UUA website, found here, for information, resources, leadership opportunities, youth group activities, and ways to connect with other UU youth. A wide range of material is available for youth, advisors, staff, and congregations.

 

Unitarian Universalist Association: Identity-based Resources for Youth

The UUA provides a number of identity-based resources specific to youth as well as educational materials for youth groups on a number of identity-based topics. You can explore those resources here.

 

 

For more information about involvement opportunities for youth at Eliot Chapel, please contact Scott Stewart at scott@eliotchapel.org.

 

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