Youth Unity Group

A united ecumenical youth group for Cedar Valley churches

Objective
Establish a united ecumenical youth group of a viable size that optimizes group activity and personal interaction experiences.  There is energy in numbers!

Program Structure
Hold ecumenical group activities monthly or twice monthly.  A good balance of offerings – deeper explorations and light-hearted fun – is required to meet the needs of all youth in an affirming way.  Larger group activities should incorporate smaller group discussions to ensure opportunity for youth to explore and expand their spirituality.

Possible Program Offerings
Music – live modern band performance(s), music that inspires

Local service projects – smaller scale, responsive to communities’ needs
    o    Crop Walk: October 5, 2008
        •    UUSBHC – Kathy Klink-Zeitz, organizer
    o    Food bank volunteering
    o    Souper Bowl:  Feb 1, 2009

Social consciousness / relationship-building activities
    o    “a night in the cold” homeless awareness
        •    Nov.
        •    UCC - Brian Kuchlman Organizer
    o    “Cool congregations” carbon footprint reduction

Periodic beyond-our-community service trips – perhaps annually

World religions – an unbiased educational approach that promotes individual spiritual growth

Building Your Own Theology (BYOT) – A UU resource for adults that can be adapted for youth to help them identify and nurture their own unique divine nature

Our Whole Lives (OWL) – A joint UU and UCC resource that emphasizes self worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice, and inclusivity
Social Get togethers
    o    Christmas/Holiday Party
        •    Dec.
        •    UUSBHC – youth class organizers.

Subpages (1): CROP WALK 2008
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