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GOAL $1,000 The Coming of Age Trip of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville is a culmination/immersion trip to support the kids on their journey of finding what they set their hearts to.
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This amazing group of Asheville-based teens is seeking to put their compassion and UU values into action this summer!

In support of UU Principle 4: a free and responsible search for truth and meaning, the youth have been fundraising and planning for a culmination trip for their Coming of Age class.

This trip will not only expose them to historic sites of social justice and immerse them in UU culture as they meet and engage with 3 other UU congregations, but it will also allow them the unparalleled opportunity to volunteer and learn about animal rescue and grassroots organizing (including legislative work) at Farm Sanctuary in upstate NY.

Farm Sanctuary was selected in part due to this group’s interest in UU Principle 7: the interconnectedness of all life which is supported by their love of animals and nature.

Farm Sanctuary is one of the original factory-farm animal rescue operations in this country, helping downed (i.e. sick and/or injured) animals and lobbying for a change to a more compassionate (and eco-friendly) system.  While there, the kids will learn about their history and current efforts while helping with the day-to-day operations of keeping a sanctuary running.

Additionally, during their visit to the UU congregation in Ithaca, NY, they will tour Cornell University – including their world-famous ornithology lab – and experience some of the amazing natural wonders of the area’s National Parks.

Please help support them in these efforts!

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