Welcome to Religious Education at Fourth Universalist!

Below are some helpful details about what to expect on Sunday mornings if you have children grades 7-12. For more in-depth information about the nature and goals of our program, as well as our philosophy of religious education, check out our overview page here. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions (we are available by email at re@4thu.org). We hope to see you soon!

Our youth program serves teens in grades 7 through 12.

Our youth gather for community, spiritual deepening, sharing and social activism. Teens are encouraged to grow as unique individuals and wrestle honestly and thoughtfully with the questions that growing up raises. Youth are nurtured as leaders, invited to design and lead a Sunday morning worship, and attend conferences with other Unitarian Universalist teens.

In the Youth Group, students co-create a space in which their rituals and covenant are organically created and maintained. In the coming months, they will focus on personal issues like goal-setting and problem-solving, as well as societal issues such as understanding systems of inequality and social justice movements, under the guidance of Donald “DJ” Jones, our Head of Youth Ministry.

In addition to regular Sunday morning programming, we offer several other programs for teens. Our Coming of Age (COA) program is designed to honor the transition from childhood to adulthood. Students dive deep into life’s greatest questions, reflect on the place of Unitarian Universalism in their life, and are paired with an adult mentor. The program culminates with the creation of a “This I Believe” statement that articulates their religious perspective and is then shared in worship with the congregation.

The second program we offer is Our Whole Lives (OWL). Led by trained facilitators, OWL is a holistic, progressive, values-based program that explores sexuality for teens. Its goal is to dismantle stereotypes, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For more information, we encourage you to explore the program’s main page here.

If you are new to Fourth Universalist and would like more information, if you would like to join our teaching team, or if you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to Ember Kelly, our Director of Religious Education, at re@4th.org.