Welcome to 7th grade Neighboring Faiths
We have a fun and challenging year ahead! Our 7th graders can expect to have their world-view expanded, curiosity peaked, hearts opened, and connections with friends at church deepened as we share this life-changing journey. Families are invited to (literally) come along for the ride, as we need drivers and chaperones for our many adventures!
Find the complete, printable Neighboring Faiths Class & Event Schedule on the Class Calendars page
Click here for the SignUp Genius calendar, where you will sign up youth for upcoming faith community visits and/or sign up a parent/guardian as a visit driver and chaperone
The Camp Eden Wood Overnight is May 18-19, 2019!
- Click here to sign up for the Camp Eden Wood Overnight
- Click here to view the schedule, packing list, and links to release forms
Each youth attending a visit must have a signed Youth Participation Release & Authorization for Emergency Medical Treatment form on file.
If you didn't complete one at the Family Info Meeting on September 23, you can find it at the bottom of the 6th-12th grade Families page, print and sign it, and submit it to Lauren's box in the church office.
In Neighboring Faiths, youth will be learning about the faith traditions that are practiced around the world and in our Twin Cities community. The general structure of the class will be to learn about a particular faith (like Judaism, Buddhism, or Hinduism), and then visit a local place of worship. This is a class that is taught in Religious Education classes at UU churches across the country, and UU kids have been doing variations on this same curriculum since 1947.
In Neighboring Faiths, our 7th grade youth:
In Neighboring Faiths, our 7th grade youth:
- Participate personally in the faith traditions of others
- Reflect on the unique and universal of religious experience
- Explore their own values as they relate to many other faith traditions
- Become aware of the many connections between UU and other faith traditions
- Strengthen their commitment to the UU faith and community
- Increase their understanding and appreciation of religious diversity
- Build relationships with peers, adult leaders, and our congregation and community
- Show up to visits with a respectful and open attitude. We are guests and, as such, are indebted to the hospitality of our hosts. Behave in a way that is appropriate to the setting and does not detract from the experience of others in their place of gathering/worship.
- Attend the entire service/visit with the group. Youth must start together at church, and return with the group to church. Families may not drive their youth directly to the visit location, arrive late to the visit, or pick up their youth from the visit early. This is an issue of respect (reducing interruptions), clear communication (ensuring all youth receive the same information and instructions before arriving at the site), and safety (so Chaperones do not need to track who has come or gone in the middle of the visit).
- In many communities, dress communicates respect, and so we have a dress code for visits. Youth and adult participants must honor our dress code; if someone is not dressed appropriately they will not be permitted to go on the visit.
Dress code for all visits:
- No jeans, track pants, sweat pants, or flip flops.
- No bare shoulders or knees.
- In addition, we will honor any norms around head coverings -- these will be communicated in advance by email.
All Drivers/Chaperones must:
- Sign up for the visit in advance on the SignUp Genius calendar
- Provide a copy of a valid driver's license and vehicle insurance
- Be able to carry 3+ youth in your vehicle with a safety belt for each passenger
- Be willing to guide youth on the visit, enforcing the dress code, encouraging appropriate behavior, and intervening if a youth needs help or redirection
Lunch and Social Time!
- Three of the visits include time for a shared meal afterward; those details are also listed on the SignUp Genius calendar.
- Please do not hesitate to email Lauren@firstuniv.org for confidential financial support for your youth's lunch; the cost can be covered by the church.
- If your youth wants to go on the visit but is unable to attend the lunch happening afterward, please accompany them to the classroom that morning and arrange for them to be in a carpool with a driver who will be returning directly to church after the visit -- there is always at least one.