Coming of Age for Grade 9
Honoring the Transition
Ninth grade is the beginning of high school and the transition through adolescence and into young adulthood. It is a time when students “come of age.” Many faiths recognize this milestone with a religious tradition — Catholic confirmation or Jewish bar/bat mitzvah, for example. Unitarian Universalists honor this time of transition for both students and families with the Coming of Age program.
The goal of the Coming of Age program is to create a supportive environment where youth are able to explore big questions, reflect on their beliefs, and ultimately to have the confidence to make decisions based on their values. In this program, participants explore their UU roots alongside the personal beliefs and values that they are developing. Together with adult mentors, students put their faith into action through community service projects, social action, and by working to develop language to express their personal beliefs.
The Coming of Age program runs from September through May and culminates when the youth share their personal credo statements with the congregation at a ceremony in the spring. Times: Sunday afternoons 2:00 – 3:30pm, occasional Saturdays and overnights.