Transitioning from child to youth is but one of the many life stages we recognize in our religious community. Our youth religious education programs honor this transition from juvenile to adult and we recognize and celebrate the new rights, privileges and responsibilities that come with the maturing process. To come of age is a magical and mystical experience, so much so we dedicate an entire year preparing youth for their Coming of Age ceremony, which in many ways is the formal culmination of their Sunday School experience. But as we all know, learning is a lifelong process and we gladly call our post-Coming of Age youth to continue their spiritual learning and come into our congregation as leaders and friends.

Navigators – Building Bridges
11 am – 7th and 8th Grades
Building Bridges is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search.

Coming of Age
11 am – 9th Grade and up
The UU Coming of Age program is roughly equivalent to other denominations’ confirmation. We encourage and support our youth as they clarify their beliefs. The youth are paired with adults who mentor them in their journey of developing awareness and service to others.

Seekers – Senior High
Meets the 3rd Sunday of every month at various locations
This is a Small Group Ministry/Non Traditional group. It meets once a month for dinner, themed conversation, and games/activities.

Walden Hill Youth
7th-12th Grades
Walden Hill Youth (WHY) brings our youth together in fellowship, service and spiritual practice weekly to hang out, plan activities, and participate in youth fundraisers, service projects, and fellowship events. Our youth also travel to youth conventions in our UU MidAmerica District. This year they have the option of being sent on a youth pilgrimage to Concord and Boston where they will cultivate a greater spiritual understanding of Unitarian Universalism.

For more information about our youth programs, contact Derik Robertson, Youth Program Coordinator: youthprogram@uurochmn.org