|Coming Of Age|
Many Unitarian Universalist congregations mark the transition from childhood to young adult with year-long coming of age programs, which generally include four parts: pairing youth with adult mentors; discussions and retreats that emphasize self-awareness and confidence-building; service to the church and community; and a culminating affirmation ceremony. This year the UUCLB high school youth are participating in a coming of age program. Our youth are adding an additional element after the affirmation ceremony, a Heritage Pilgrimage to Boston.
In our youth's words
We are the High School Youth Group of the Unitarian Univeralist Church of Long Beach (UUCLB), California. We are raising funds for our Heritage Pilgrimage to Boston, MA in August 2016 as the culminating piece to our yearlong Coming of Age (COA) program.
Our entire class of 18 youth are participating in COA. It's basically where we learn about Unitarian Universalism, it's Principles and history, spirituality and the many ways it is shown. We have mentors and advisors to support us along the way and at the end of the year, we share our credo, or statement of religious belief, with our church community.
It's a year of growth. It's a year of questions. But most of all, it's a year of self-definition and memory making for us. We need to get to Boston to do that!
We want to retrace the steps of our Unitarian and Universalist ancestors who've come before us...sit in a pew at Kings' Chapel... swim in Walden Pond as Thoreau did and touch Plymouth Rock.
No donation is too big or too small. We are appreciative of all contributions.
Thank you in advance for your generosity!
~UUCLB High School/COA Youth Group 2016