Youth Ministry Newsletter – Dec 14 / Jan 15

Hey Youth and Parents!

This is a challenging time in our country as racial inequality is raised to the forefront and we are called personally and spiritually to respond. Here are some resources that can be helpful in talking to children and youth about race.  High school youth who want to explore this further can check out the “We Can’t Wait: Youth Summit” event below. Please let me or Rev. Lydia know how we can support your family.

At the Fellowship, SpiritJam, BVUUF’s new model of religious education, is in full swing! The School of the Spirit offers multi-generational workshops called Jams that relate to the congregation-wide theme.  Middle and high school youth are invited participate and help lead the activities!

REQUEST: Have you read or seen Wicked? If so, contact Katie Covey. (This may or may not be related to January’s theme being “Evil”)

In Our Whole Lives we have explored sexuality from a number of angles and had a panel of LGBTQ folks talk about their life experiences. We are excited to start using the 2nd edition of the OWL curriculum for 7-9th Graders, which includes important and relevant topics like digital communication and bullying!

Coming of Age folks have volunteered at the Service Auction and explored why bad things happen and what happens after death with their fabulous Guides and Rev. Lydia.

It’s time to apply to the 2015 Mission Trip – An opportunity to live our mission in the world. Don’t miss this great opportunity!

Upcoming events:

BVUUF Mission Trip 2015: BorderLinks

Tuscon, NM

What: For BVUUF’s third mission trip, we’re partnering with First Unitarian Society of Denver and BorderLinks to learn about immigration in our communities and do a service project in the borderlands!

This is not an opportunity to convert people, rather an opportunity to immerse Unitarian Universalist youth and adults in what it means to live out Unitarian Universalist values of building a just and compassionate world.

Where: BorderLinks, Tucson, AZ and Hogar de Esperanza y Paz (HEPAC – House of Hope and Peace), Nogales, Mexico
When: Wednesday, June 10 – Sunday, June, 15, 2015
Who: BVUUF and FUSD adults and youth (rising 9th-12th graders)
How much: Adults: $1300, sliding scale available; Youth: raise their fee through fundraisers.

APPLY now for the 2015 Borderlinks Mission Trip!  (Due by December 21, 2014!)

DONATE to the Youth Mission Trip Fund now!


BVUUF New Year’s Mini Retreat – Spiritual Adventures

Zen Doodle Chalice
Zen Doodle Chalice


What: We are trying a grand experiment on Sunday, 1/4 — instead of our regular worship service, we are going to have a New Year’s Mini-Retreat “Spiritual Adventures”  with a labyrinth and Tibetan bells in the sanctuary, a winter walk to Waneka Lake, and opportunities in each of the RE rooms — the idea is to start at 9 am, as we always do, have most of the ‘retreat’ sessions be 1/2 hour —giving two 1/2 sessions from 9 — 10 am, then a bountiful coffee hour between 10 — 11 with the Drifter Band playing gospel Bluegrass, then another 2 sessions for the “11 am service”.

When: Sunday, January 4th from 9am-12pm

Where: BVUUF

Check out the flyer for more info!

We Can’t Wait: Youth Summit

MLK Con: Peace Begins with UU
MLK Con: Peace Begins with U(U)
What: Imagine a weekend long event where UU and non UU youth and adults come together to learn from professional faculty in the world of activism and advocacy, not only about the social justice causes that they are passionate about, but also the INTERSECTIONS where these causes align, so that we can affect real systemic change!
That’s what the We Can’t Wait Youth Summit is all about!

Location: First Unitarian Denver

Dates: Jan 17 @ 2:00 pm through Jan. 19th @ 12:00 pm

Cost: $30-50 sliding scale, scholarships available.

UU Summer Camp: Quuest/Spirit Quuest

QUUest 2014
Quuest 2014

What: An awesome summer camp where there are:

  • Workshops & immersion experiences exploring beloved community
  • Times for personal reflection & developing your spiritual practice
  • Field games, crafts & swimming every day, bonfires every night

Spirit Quuest (rising Middle School): July 12 – 18, 2015
Quuest (rising High School): July 19 – 25, 2015

Where: Our location is changing to the awesome Buckhorn Camp. It is in Bellvue Colorado. This shift benefits the campers and staff in many ways.

Campers: Middle Schoolers entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade in 2015-16 = Spirit Quuest
Campers: High Schoolers entering 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th or graduating in 2015-16 = QUUEST
Director: The One, the Only, the Amazing Beth Chronister will direct Spirit Quuest and Quuest Camps.

Registration: Will be online by February, 2015!


If you would like more information about or would like to be involved in this vibrant ministry, please fill out the Boulder Youth Contact Form.


Emily Conger, Youth Coordinator
School of the Spirit
Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
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