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Youth Faith Formation

All in-person gatherings at UUCR are suspended until further notice, but our full faith formation program for children and youth continues!
Please find our online class times and Zoom links on the Online Gatherings page

For current information on online classes and activities, please visit our Family Faith Formation website

Middle and High School youth wonder about questions like:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I do next?
  • What do I have to offer the world?  
  • What does Unitarian Universalism (UU) mean to me?

The journey includes a spiritual search for meaning and purpose in life. Our youth programs are designed to nurture the awakening of young persons' hearts and minds as they explore these questions within our UU faith.

Register your youth to help us serve you better.

Sunday Mornings

Sunday School classes, 10:15 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.  (Middle Hour)
Classes run during Middle Time, enabling youth to worship with their families and friends or be part of the worship services at 9:00 a.m or 11:15 a.m.

Youth are encouraged to attend our adult worship services each Sunday  at 9:00 AM or 11:15 AM.

Several times throughout the year, you'll join the rest of the congregation for an entire multigenerational worship service. These services include our Ingathering Water Ceremony, Flower Communion, and, of course, the Holiday Pageant.

High School Youth Led Worship Service

Once a year, the 9th-12th graders design, rehearse, and conduct the Sunday morning worship service for the entire congregation (including a “First Fifteen” for the younger children). It is one of the most anticpated and well attended services of the year.

Register & Volunteer

After your second visit, please register for class. Also, encourage adults in your family to volunteer to help, since the success of our faith formation program relies on them!

Sunday School Program Themes 

  • 6th - 8th: Crossing Paths - Middle School youth will explore the world’s many religious paths with field trips to a variety of faith communities. 
    This is one of our most valuable, memorable faith development experiences!
  • 9th - 12th: Going Deeper - High school youth will explore the aspects of our "web of youth ministry" through interactive activities, discussion,small group theme-related ministry and service.
  • Having Fun! As a group they also have a lot of FUN! Ropes course, overnights, beach trip, and other outings. This year we will also expand youth programming to county-wide UU Youth gatherings..

Contact our Director of Religious Education, Carla Miller, at cmiller@uucr.org or 301-762-7666 x 3 to learn more.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)

Each year, UUCR offers

  • One level of Elementary Our Whole Lives (OWL) for Kindergarten/ 1st graders or 4th/5th graders  
  • One level of Youth OWL for 7th-9th graders or 10th-12th graders. 

OWL is grounded in a holistic view of sexuality to:

  • Provide facts about anatomy and human development
  • Help you clarify your values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality
  • Empower you to make informed and responsible decisions about your sexual health and behavior 

The OWL curriculum is developmentally appropriate to each age group, and based on the Guidelines for Comprehensive Sexuality Education, developed by a national task force of experts in adolescent development, health care, and education. 

THIS YEAR We are offering the Grades 4/5 OWL class, beginning with a Parent Information session on January 12th, and running through March 29th,  we will offer OWL for 4th/5th  graders, from 1:00 PM-2:00 PM on Sundays.

If you are interested in joining an OWL class, please contact Carla Miller, DRE, cmiller@uucr.org   

Rainbow Youth Alliance

The Rainbow Youth Alliance (RYA) is a support network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, intersex, queer, and questioning teens and their allies—known to us as rainbow teens. RYA is a safe place where you can:

  • Be yourself
  • Learn and ask questions
  • Speak your mind—and have others listen
  • Find mutual respect and support

Although the program is sponsored by UUCR, any teen in Montgomery County and the DC metro area can attend, and there is no religious component to RYA.  For more info, visit the RYA website. If you'd like to make a donation to support the work of RYA, you may do so here.

  • lifelong spiritual discovery
  • beloved community
  • a just world