YRUU – High School Group

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YRUU Overview and Required Forms

YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is our church’s high school youth group. It is open to all high school age teens, including those whose families are not active in our church. The group meets on Sundays from noon to 2 p.m. and occasionally at other times or on other days for special events (see current schedule below).  The YRUU Advisors are Jamila Batchelder, Joe Collins, Qhyrrae Michaelieu, and Kinjal and Erica Majumder.

In order to participate in YRUU, teens and parents must sign and submit the following forms to the Director of Religious Education:

  • Behavioral Policy — WordPDF
  • Medical Release — WordPDF
  • Confidentiality and Notification — WordPDF
  • Outings Permission — WordPDF
  • Movies Permission — WordPDF
  • Lock-Ins Permission — WordPDF

For more information on YRUU, email DRE Jamila Batchelder.

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What Members Say About YRUU

Here’s what some of our members say about YRUU:

“A place where UU youth can discuss spiritual, philosophical, and frivolous ideas in a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere.”

“Doing fun stuff.”

“What is YRUU? Words cannot describe it, come see for yourself.”

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The programming for YRUU is decided by members and varies from year to year depending on the interests of the group (see current schedule). Our program is divided into four major areas of focus:

  • Discussions of philosophical/theological/political topics
  • Educational workshops/guest speakers
  • Fun activities and outings
  • Service projects

However, on any given day we may set aside our planned curriculum to talk about challenges group members are facing in their lives. We see our role as a supportive community as foremost to our mission. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we also have several other events each year including:

  • Lock-ins
  • Poetry Night
  • Valentine’s Day Dance
  • YRUU Lay-Led Service
  • Easter Brunch Fundraiser
  • Collaborative Sunday Service with Rev. Molly
  • Regional UU Youth Conference
  • Summer Service Trip

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Fall 2019 Schedule

Except as noted * YRUU will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Sunday, Sept. 8 Icebreaker Games and Defining UU
Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 14-15 * Lock-In – Preparing and eating dinner, making group rules, and bonding
Sunday, Sept. 22 Sacred Reading of Secular Books
Sunday, Sept. 29 Fat Activism
Sunday, Oct. 6 Paint the Town
Sunday, Oct. 13 Discussion with Rev. Molly
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 18-20 * Regional Youth Con at Shawnee Mission UU Church near Kansas City to learn about LGBTQ Social Justice and get to know other UU teens in our region
Sunday, Oct. 27 Because of likely rain, the activity will be pumpkin-carving instead of a hike as originally scheduled.
Sunday, Nov. 3 Movie and Discussion
Sunday, Nov. 10 * Youth Collaborative Worship Service
Sunday, Nov. 17 Loaves and Fishes
Sunday, Nov. 24 Planning for spring regional youth conference
Sunday, Dec. 1 * No YRUU meeting
Sunday, Dec. 8 Teens Lead Simple Gifts Workshop
Sunday, Dec. 15 Escape Room
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 21-22 * Lock-In – Baking cookies to sell at fundraiser on Dec. 22

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