This year the Jr. High course will explore other world religions. “Neighboring Faiths”, one of the most popular classes we offer, is a world religions program to deepen youth’s understanding of the dynamic, fascinating, and varied world in which they live. It seeks to broaden their knowledge of humanity and embolden their spiritual search. This class is notable for the number of field trips we take to religious services and celebrations from other faith traditions. Note: Some of these field trips will take place outside Sunday Mornings.
This year we will also be offering our Jr. High OWL Program. Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. It equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture. OWL not only provides facts about anatomy & human development, but also helps participants clarify their values, build interpersonal skills, and understand the spiritual, emotional, and social aspects of sexuality. Stay tuned for scheduling!
“A sense of belonging is critical to the adolescent, and she now has the cognitive abilities to understand the moral underpinnings of a faith community. She may be drawn to the authority of a religion, particularly if it embodies her values. The creed, or lack of creed, of a religion may be comfort or challenge to the early adolescent who enjoys the neatness of moral order…spiritual growth may be nurtured by sustained involvement in a faith community that allows her to wrestle with religious questions and ideas.” – Tracey Hurd, Nurturing Children and Youth