What is Coming of Age?
Coming of Age is a Mentored Rite of Passage Program. Mentors are adult role-models who accompany the youth on this journey, with a large change this year – a team of mentors will jointly mentor all the youth rather than one-on-one. The whole group meets once a month, with some personal work the youth will do on their own time as well. At the end of the year there is a retreat weekend involving a vigil/quest for the youth, and then all the youth will also deliver their credo speeches in a worship service. All youth who complete Coming of Age are eligible to become members of the congregation, if they choose to do so.
As 8th and 9th graders, our youth are maturing physically, cognitively, emotionally, and spiritually. Coming of Age is a journey of spiritual self-awareness for our youth. Through the activities, relationship building, and involvement in the broader community youth are engaged to better appreciate Unitarian Universalism, to grow more confident in their own beliefs and how to articulate them, and to recognize and claim their changing role in our faith community.