299776_10151682534511055_289025397_nReligious Education Notes with Diane Melvin

COMING of AGE

We have just wrapped up our Coming of Age Program for the 9th graders and I want to express my joy for the amazing group of youth and facilitators we’ve had this year.

The youth have had an opportunity to deeply explore their own values and beliefs and make some discernments around what is most important to them. They’ve pondered about what they believe about why we are here, what happens after we die, ideas around a higher power, the mysteries of life and how to be a good person. As Unitarian Universalists, we don’t have a creed to answer these big questions, so they have to decide what feels true and right for them at this stage in the their lives.

This is an intense program which includes two weekend retreats, a service project and time with their mentors. These youth have consistently attended the weekly sessions and stepped up in amazing ways, so I want to acknowledge their commitment and welcome them into our church community as youth who have come of age.

CONGRATULATIONS COA YOUTH!

Nich Betz-Thorn, Dharma Fry, Stefanie Haenicke, Chase Howse-Willard, Hannah and Hayden Lane- Davies, Mary and Vincent Livingstone-McNelis, Nick Loken, Isabel Measzros, Sarah Shilts, Ave and Lena Wood and Duncan Wallis.

THANK YOU COA MENTORS!

Marj Lightner, Kat VanHammen, Allan Hunt. Tim Bartik, Connie Ferguson, Elizabeth Warner, Phil Cutler, Colleen Van Slambrouck, Kelly Henderson, Jim Gardner, Ken Tindall, Lori Hughes, Kelly Henderson and Michael Ku

THANK YOU COA FACILITATORS!

Jana Watson, Ben Jones, Gwen Abney-Cunningham and Tom Cunningham

Special Thanks go to Dawn Shilts for all the amazing “behind the scenes” work to assist the facilitators!

OWL

Our 7th and 8th grade Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education class only had 6 boys in it this year, but that didn’t keep it from being fantastic. Thank you to the dedication of these families for consistently getting their youth to church each Sunday for this valuable program.

CONGRATULATION OWL YOUTH!

Kiernan Dean-Hall, Gavin Rutherford, Manny Tsang, Jake Crouse, Owen Edwards and Nate Vanderberg

THANK YOU OWL FACILITATORS!

Joy Gardner, Don Miller, Beth Bullmer and Mark Gernsback

It is such a blessing to work with so many talented and dedicated youth and leaders!

Blessed Be, Diane Melvin, Director of Religious Education

 

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