Who Are YoUU? Help Valley UU youth go to Boston!

By Marci Beaudoin

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The Heritage Trip is from Thursday, June 1st to Tuesday, June 6th, 2017.

This exciting trip allows youth from Arizona to experience the birthplace of both American Unitarianism and American Universalism. Throw in some American history,

Remember that the closest sister congregation to us is a 45 min drive – imagine the thrill of 3 Unitarian Universalist congregations within walking distance of our hostel!!

Universalist’s past struggles for justice, reflections on humanity and our environment, decisions regarding ritual, and even choices regarding architecture will come alive for our youth in the historic churches, graves, statues and other sites we will visit. We are looking forward to visiting the both the historic 25 Beacon St and the new Farnsworth St. UUA offices, the Boston Tea Party museum, the UU Social Justice offices, walking the Freedom trail and exploring Kings Chapel’s Bells & Bones tour!

Now, and decades from now as they make their transitions to adult members of UU congregations, these youth will have a crucial connection to the larger timeline of our faith.

The Coming of Age program is a rite of passage in the lives of our faith’s teenagers. The youth participants have made a five month commitment to explore their personal beliefs, finding how their beliefs fit within the larger context of Unitarian Universalism’s history. During the program, and in preparation for the heritage trip, the youth meet regularly to discuss readings and journaling assignments, meet with leaders and mentors. They tackle a wide range of topics including Good & Evil,  Unity & Diversity, Rituals, Spiritual Practices, and the afterlife.  They will select and carry out both a community service project and a social justice project.

Our Faithify goal is less than half of the total estimated cost of the Boston Heritage trip. The youth and their families have been actively involved in other fundraising efforts, from selling fair-trade coffee, tee shirts, having a Dance-A-Thon and hosting serving an Italian dinner open to the community.

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