Programs for Youth (ages 13-20)

“As Unitarian Universalists, our call to the work of youth ministry rests on our spiritual commitment to build the world we dream about — a world in which our faith communities welcome people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds to join hands in nourishing our spirits and healing the world.”

— The Youth Ministry Working Group Report, 2009.

The youth group at the Unitarian Church of Calgary meets during service times (September-May) in the youth room, a room that has been decorated by the youth, for the youth. It’s a place where open discussion happens in a safe environment almost every Sunday. We talk about our faith. We talk about other faiths. We do fun activities. We talk service. We talk acceptance and openness. We talk video games. Most of all, we talk about the things we want to talk about that we don’t always feel able to talk about in other places, and we do it with respect and a shared sense of learning about each other and our world.

Youth meet upstairs in the main sanctuary until the “Time for All Ages” part of the service. They will then head downstairs and work with our youth advisor, Rebekah Mobley-Kasner and other adult volunteers.

Registration

All youth in our programs must have BOTH an Information Form and a Release & Media Consent Form completed by a parent or guardian (one per registrant):

  1. REQUIRED Registration Form: Either print and fill out a hard copy and return to the DRE.
  2. REQUIRED Release & Media Consent Form: Print and fill out a hard copy, sign, and return to the DRE.
  3. Volunteer Form: Your participation, in whatever capacity you are able to give, is greatly appreciated. To best match our volunteer opportunities with your interests, please fill out our CYRE Volunteer Form and return to the DRE.

Coming this Fall – Our Whole Lives (OWL) Human Sexuality Program for Grades 7-9

Parents and faith communities all want to create environments that promote and nurture healthy teens, physically, emotionally and spiritually. To achieve this we also must promote healthy sexuality. Parents are children’s primary teachers, but what is society teaching our children about sexuality? Our Whole Lives is an antidote to sexualized media messages, peer pressure, misinformation and prejudice. It provides accurate, age-appropriate information, puts sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility, supports healthy decision making, and strengthens social skills. These skills and values help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.

Our Whole Lives (OWL) values:

  • Self Worth
  • Sexual Health
  • Responsibility
  • Justice and Inclusivity

OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice. It helps adolescents address their attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality. Participants are guided by trained facilitators through an engaging curriculum that addresses topics most important to young adolescents, including those typically excluded from sexuality education and health classes. Each workshop is 90 minutes.

Grade 7-9 Our Whole Lives is running this fall starting on Sunday, September 18, 2016 with a parent Orientation taking place prior to the start of the program. There are 25 90-minute workshops. In order to cover the program we have scheduled eight sessions from 6:00 – 8:30 pm on Sunday evenings consisting of one workshop each evening; multiple workshops will be covered when we run three sessions from 12:30- 8:30 pm on Sundays and there will be one sleep-over that will go from Saturday,
November 5 12:30 pm to Sunday, November 6, 12:30 pm.

This program will be co-facilitated by Bev Webber, Heather Walker and Ivy O’Reilly. Jeff Webber and Shannon Mang will step in to join the facilitation team occasionally. With such an intensive process, we will be happy to have lots of volunteers in the wings ready to help us provide these young people with healthy snacks and meals.

If you are interested in registering your teen in this Our Whole Lives program, or if you are interested in helping to support the program please contact Shannon Mang, DRE.

The program has a registration fee of $40 (or pay what you can).

Youth, parents, advisers, and youth allies are invited to join our Facebook Group.

For more information about youth programs, please contact our Director of Religious Education, Shann0n Mang, 403-230-4146.
Office hours: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sunday mornings.