Below you will find descriptions of some special child- and youth-centered opportunities for engagement at UU Wellesley. Please click HERE to read about additional Service-Learning opportunities. For more information, contact our Acting Director of Religious Education, Elizabeth Foster, HERE.

Blessing of the beasts

Blessing of the beasts

Multigenerational Services
UU Wellesley holds multigenerational services several times throughout the year, including for special occasions such as Water Communion, Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, Martin Luther King Day, and Flower Communion. These services are designed to be engaging, thought-provoking, and fun for people of all ages and often include worship elements such as stories, popular music, and interactive activities. Popular recent multigenerational services have including the Blessing of the Beasts, which featured many of our congregation’s dogs receiving blessings as well as a special stuffed animal blessing, and our Halloween Costume Service and Parade. There is no childcare on multigenerational Sundays, as we encourage children of all ages to worship with us, but the nursery room is always available for caregivers who need to step out with babies momentarily.

Child Dedication
Your family may request a child dedication ceremony to welcome a new baby or young child into our world and our community. Our brief ceremony takes place during the regular Sunday morning service and includes a dab of water, a thorn-free rose, and unison words spoken by the congregation, pledging support to the child and their family. Please contact Interim Minister Rev. Terry Sweetser HERE for more information.

Coming of Age
Coming of Age (COA) is a program designed for high school youth (Grades 9-12) to help them delve deeper into their personal understanding of faith and spirituality, while posing important questions about themselves and the world in which they live. COA involves two components: 1) facilitator-led plenary sessions with the entire group of COA students and their mentors; and 2) individual meetings with adult mentors to be individually arranged.

Throughout the program, the participants work with their adult mentors to develop a personal “credo," or “I believe,” statement.  The credo is often a short essay, but may also be a story, poem, song, dance, video, or art project. COA youth will have the opportunity to share their work during a the Sunday morning service. UU Wellesley holds the Coming of Age program in alternate years.

Our Whole Lives (OWL)
Honest, accurate information about sexuality changes lives. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions, builds self-acceptance and self-esteem, fosters healthy relationships, improves decision making, and has the potential to save lives. For these reasons and more, we are proud to offer Our Whole Lives (OWL), a comprehensive, lifespan sexuality education curricula for use in both secular settings and faith communities. The OWL program was originally developed collaboratively by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ. It is not, however, a faith-based program, and so is appropriate for youth of any religious or non-religious background.

Our Whole Lives helps participants make informed and responsible decisions about their sexual health and behavior. With a holistic approach, Our Whole Lives provides accurate, developmentally appropriate information about a range of topics, including relationships, gender identity, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality.

UU Wellesley offers OWL in alternate years. We will next be offering the program in 2018-19.

Bridging Ceremony
The Unitarian Universalist Bridging Ceremony takes place toward the end of the church year, in acknowledgement of our graduating seniors. Please contact Interim Minister Terry Sweetser HERE for more information.