What people say about our Youth Religious Education Program
"This church has been with me since I was young and has helped me grow up and shown me many different paths and ways of life. I am very grateful to everyone in it, and without you, I would most likely be very different, so I thank you. You are all wonderful and individual and amazing."
"At the time my parents started taking my sisters and I to the local UU church when I was in middle/high school. I was a sullen, moody, paralyzingly shy person. Fortunately for me, the youth in my group are some of the greatest people I have ever met. I was amazed to find others who were interested in things I cared about and who shared their knowledge about things I didn’t know about like politics and science. They helped me find myself – and I realized that I was the happiest when I was able to do something to make someone’s day a bit better. I honestly believe that I would be a very different person if I hadn’t been a part of that group."
"Hi! I recently became a member, however, I've been attending this congregation on and off over the past 13 years. One of my first memories was attending Super Con (a youth-planned UU gathering for young people, in essence, a youth conference), here at the congregation. What I remember most about the Con was how involved and knowledgeable the youths were about several issues such as politics, environment, and social justice. The youths were involved in community outreach programs, protests, engaging others in proactive endeavors to change their school, neighborhood, and community. While at the Con I was completely overwhelmed but inspired by these individuals who were just like me and nothing like me. I came to realize there were more important things going on in the world outside of my personal high school drama. As I reflect back on that experience now, I can see how it changed my life. After that Con, I began working with individuals with disabilities; this has turned into a passion and a career. This congregation has and will continue to inspire me and hopefully, I can do the same for others in the future."
Youth RE Themes and Mission