Sunday mornings for middle schoolers
There are currently two options for middle schoolers (gr. 6-8) during the 9:30 service. We ask that you commit to sticking with one section for at least a semester (Aug.-Dec., and Jan.-April). This means you can switch classes in December! You can also repeat classes.
Purple Class 1: Neighboring Religions (mostly gr. 7-8)
Neighboring Faiths will visit other faith communities. We expect to make six virtual visits this year, plus one to another UU congregation in the area.
Our field trips typically begin with another UU congregation, moving through Jewish and Christian groups, and ending up with non-Western religions. Typically, we learn about a religious community one week, then go on a field trip the next week, then come back and talk about the visit on the third week. Please note that field trips can last two to three hours. Yes, you will have to dress neatly for some field trips 🙂
We’ll be doing other fun activities during the year, such as group bonding games, and guest speakers from other faith traditions as well. There will be different field trips each year, and this class may be repeated.
Neighboring religions class is held weekly on Sundays from 11:45 am to 12:30 pm, except during intergenerational service weeks. Note that the timing may change when virtual visits are scheduled. Check the Sunday School links spreadsheet for the Zoom meeting details.
— Neighboring Faiths teachers
Purple Class 2: Ecojustice (gr. 6-8)
Ecojustice is a hands-on, project-based class that takes on a variety of projects related to environmental justice and nature study.
Past projects have included installing a rain collection barrel, assembling a worm composter and then maintaining it, cooking without fossil fuels, etc. We have also studied environmental justice heroes like Rachel Carson and Cesar Chavez. As we work on projects, we’ll talk about religion, human beings, and the environment. And we’ll ask questions like: Should all human beings be treated fairly? How about other living beings? And yes, you will probably get your hands dirty on some projects 🙂
There will be different activities every year.
Ecojustice class is held weekly on Sundays from 10:15 am to 11:45 am, except during intergenerational service weeks.
— Ecojustice teachers
OWL comprehensive sexuality education program
We offer the well-regarded OWL comprehensive sexuality education class for middle schoolers. There are two developmentally appropriate units for this age group: one unit for gr. 4-6, and another unit for grades 7-9.
OWL gr. 4-6 — OWL gr. 4-6 will next be offered when in-person events are again allowed. To learn more about OWL for this age group, click here.
OWL gr. 7-9 —This unit of OWL was offered in 2017-2018 and will be offered when in-person events are again allowed.
To learn more about OWL for this age group, click here.
Coming of Age for gr. 8-9
We offer the Coming of Age program for young people in gr. 8-9 on Sunday evenings from December 2020 – May 2021 at 7 pm. To learn more about the program, and see a schedule, click here.