YRUU – High School Group

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YRUU Overview
What Members Say About YRUU

YRUU Overview

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 must submit several forms to the Director of Religious Education.  These forms are color-coded and can be found outside of the YRUU room.

  • Registration Form (orange)
  • Behavioral Policy Agreement (pink)
  • Medical Release Form (blue)
  • Outings Permission Form (green)
  • Movies Permission Form (yellow)
  • Confidentiality and Notification Form (red)

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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Winter-Spring 2019 Schedule

High school OWL classes are being offered from 12:30 to 3 p.m. each Sunday through March 17. Because most of our high schoolers will be attending OWL, YRUU will not meet until March 24. A detailed YRUU schedule will be posted later. For a sample of YRUU programs, see the Fall 2018 Schedule below.

Fall 2018 Schedule

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

Sunday, Sept. 9 Covenant Building and Theater Games
Sunday, Sept. 16 Cooking for Loaves and Fishes
Sunday, Sept. 23 Podcast (possibly on Civil War Memorials) and Discussion
Sunday, Sept. 30 No meeting
Saturday-Sunday, Oct. 6-7 * Lock-in (with workshop on youth civic engagement)
Sunday, Oct. 14 Poetry Workshop
Sunday, Oct. 21 Discussion on Allyship with Intern Minister Alexis
Friday-Sunday, Oct. 26-28 * Chaplaincy Training at Eliot Chapel
Sunday, Oct. 28 Bike Ride
Sunday, Nov. 4 Leaf-Raking Fundraiser
Sunday, Nov. 11 Leadership Workshop
Sunday, Nov. 18 Crafting
Sunday, Nov. 25 Making care packages for homeless community
Sunday, Dec. 2 Social Identities Workshop
Sunday, Dec. 9 Self-Care Workshop with Rosie Geiser
Sunday, Dec. 16 Escape Room
Saturday-Sunday, Dec. 22-23 * Lock-in and Cookie Baking Fundraiser

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