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Junior High Youth GroupJr  High Youth Group 2011

“Junior High Youth Group is awesome.  I love the field trips, activities, hanging out with friends, and meeting new friends.  What we talk about makes sense and is very interesting.  I love youth group and cannot wait for Sunday to come.”  ~Colleen Lee

Junior High Youth Group meets most Sundays, beginning September 11, during the 11:00 am service and is open to 7th and 8th grade youth. During the fall of 2016 (September - Decembeer), youth will primarily explore Unitarian Unversalist identity and values through a variety of activities and experiences from a variety of UU curricula, including the Coming of Age manual for youth.

Every other year, Eliot offers the Building Bridges program (formerly Neighboring Faiths), which is part of the Unitarian Universalits Association's Tapestry of Faith curricula series and  is designed to strengthen the youth’s awareness and appreciation for religious and spiritual practices. You can learn more about Building Bridges here
 
In past years, youth and advisors have visited the following houses of worship as part of Building Bridges, plus many others:
  • Cathedral Basilica in St. Louis
  • The Hindu Temple of St. Louis
  • Central Reform Congregation (Jewish)
  • The St. Louis Ethical Society
  • Mid America Buddhist Association
  • Metropolitan Community Church (Protestant)
Junior High-Faith Church Trip

In addition, topics and activities related to UU history, identity, and liberal religious values will also be explored.  Occasionally, films from Popcorn Theology, a UU curriculum which uses popular movies to generate dialogue and religious exploration, will be shown.  You can learn more about Popcorn Theology here.
 
 Every other year, the Our Whole Lives sexuality education program for 7-9 grade youth will be offered.  You can learn more about Our Whole Lives here. The next anticipated offering of Our Whole Lives for 7th-9th grade youth is in the winter/spring of 2017 (January - May).