What is Coming of Age?
Coming of Age is a Mentored Rite of Passage Program. Mentors are chosen by the mentees and screened by the Director of Religious Education. The whole group meets once a month, and the mentor-mentee pair also meets separately on their own schedule. At the end of the year there is a retreat weekend involving a vigil/quest for the youth, and then all the youth will also deliver their credo speeches in a worship service.
As 8th and 9th graders, our youth are maturing physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. Coming of Age is a journey of spiritual self-awareness for our youth. Through the activities, relationship building, and involvement in the broader community youth are engaged to better appreciate Unitarian Universalism, to grow more confident in their own beliefs and how to articulate them, and to recognize and claim their changing role in our faith community.
Calendar and Deadlines
August Sign-up for Coming of Age and choose/ask your mentor
September Mentor Training with the DRE (Dates TBD) and
Orientation Potluck 9/23 4-7pm
October UU Identity, History, Theology Retreat 10/6 6pm to
November Worship and Spiritual Practice Workshop, 11/5 11:00-1:30pm
December Attend Congregational Meeting (date TBA, almost always a
Friday) and Community/Covenant Workshop on 12/8 6:30-8:30pm
January Leadership Training 1/21 6:30-8:30pm
February Social Justice Project(s), dates TBD
March Social Justice Projects continue, dates TBD
April Credo Writing Workshop, 4/13 6:30-8:30pm
May Camping Retreat Weekend, 5/18-5/20
Youth Credo Statements due by end of May
Meet with minister or DRE to discuss Credo (optional)
June Coming of Age worship service (rehearsal too), date TBA