River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

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Middle School Youth

Sixth, Seventh & Eighth Grades – 9:15a: Heeding the Call: Qualities of a Justice Maker

 Heeding the Call is a social justice curriculum that not only explores linked oppressions in our society, but also encourages participants towards personal growth in values that counteract the marginalization of others.  Workshops on empathy, courage, abundance, joy, and other qualities ask participants to recognize how these standards can be tools for justice.  Service and social justice work and learning will be included throughout the year on Sunday mornings.

Eighth Grade - 9:15a: OWL (Our Whole Lives)

Helps 8th grade participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in: sexuality, sex, sensuality, anatomy, friendships, dating, communication, health care and more.

Grounded in a holistic view of sexuality, Our Whole Lives not only provides facts about anatomy and human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality.  Note: Permission from parents is required for this class, and parents or guardians must attend a parent/guardian orientation scheduled for September 15 or meet with the instructors. Regular attendance is expected and class structure does not permit visitors. Eighth grade visitors are welcome in the non-OWL Middle School class.

Seedlings for the RRUUC garden

Middle School Youth Group 9:15a (MSYG)

Meets one Sunday a month during regular class time. The program includes social justice projects, social time with peers, and service to the congregation. OWL participants will meet in their regular class rather than participating in this program. This year’s MSYG dates are:

  • October 30 – Haunted House
  • November 20 – Thanksgiving Food Drive
  • December 11 - Painting Winter Solstice themes on original building windows
  • January 22 - Seed planting for the RRUUC garden
  • March 12 - Planting seedlings in the garden
  • May 7 - Harvesting in the garden