Youth Ministry Newsletter – September 2014

MDD Summer Camps QUUest and Spirit Quest
MDD Summer Camps QUUest and Spirit Quest

Hey Youth and Parents!

I hope that you have all had a fabulous summer!

Our Youth Ministry has been busy this summer too!  Since the last newsletter, we have had a beautiful Youth Sunday where Coming of Agers shared their credo statements and we helped to bridge high school seniors.  We had many youth serve as Counselors and CITs for the Summer Arts Jam, which was a great success. There was also Spirit Quest and QUUest, the Mountain Desert District summer camps, which were tons of fun and very enriching.  These immersion experiences are crucial to UU faith formation! I also attended the UUA’s General Assembly in Providence, RI, and two courses at Meadville Lombard Theological School.  This has been a UU-packed summer and I am back, inspired!

We have many exciting opportunities for your family to get involved with Youth Ministry this year.

  • SpiritJam – BVUUF’s new model of religious education! The School of the Spirit will offer multi-generational workshops called Jams that relate to the congregation-wide theme.  Middle and high school youth will participate and help lead the activities, as well as participate in leadership development and bonding activities just for them!
  • Coming of Age – Unitarian Universalist rite of passage special course where youth explore what is important to them.
  • Our Whole Lives – Accurate and appropriate sexual health education (open to community members, as well)
  • 9th Grade Trip – Annual trip to the Hopi and Navaho lands after a series of workshops.
  • Mission Trip – An opportunity to live our mission in the world. Application info coming soon.

We are looking for OWL facilitators and SpiritJam facilitators (1-Sunday commitment). Let me know what gifts you have to offer this vibrant community.

I’m excited to start another year of youth ministry with your families!

Upcoming events:

8th/9th Grade Coming of Age

Register now!

Coming of Age is an amazing UU rite of passage from childhood.  Youth go on two retreats and engage with tough questions about their place in life, spirituality, and the universe. This course is open to participants and facilitators from BVUUF and UUCB! This program will start in early September 2014.

For more information: BVUUF COA Information and Registration

7th/8th Grade OWL

Register Now for Our Whole Lives! It’s a comprehensive sexuality course for participants from BVUUF, UUCB, and the larger community! This program will start in early September 2014.

For more information: BVUUF OWL Information and Registration

9th Grade Trip

The 51st annual Ninth Grade Trip is a UU educational trip to the Hopi and Navajo reservations.  It starts with a series of overnights and classes, and culminates in a 10-day trip in mid-April.

Boulder Youth and Parent Orientation: September 28th at 12:15 at BVUUF

For more information: or contact Mitch Pingel.

Teen Night

When: September 19th from 7-9pm

Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave, Boulder

Who/What: The Youth Group at UUCB would like to invite the BVUUF high schoolers to a night of hot cider, donuts, and Minute-to-win-it teambuilding games!

RSVP to DRE Janen Wright


9th Annual Standing on the Side of Love Servicestand on the side of love

Stand (and sit and pray and sing and worship) on the Side of Love!

Sunday, September 28th, 2014 10:30am (meet at BVUUF at 9:15 to carpool)

On the West Steps of the State Capital, 200 E. Colfax Ave. Denver 80203

The Unitarian Universalist congregations of the Front Range will soon celebrate our 9th annual “Standing on the Side of Love” public worship service. Celebrate recent victories in the struggle for LGBTQ equality! Recommit to ongoing, faithful work for justice in Colorado! Practice being the Beloved Community! Folks of all ages are welcome to join us in worship and song, prayer and ritual, righteous witness and bountiful joy. Come, let us worship together!

For more information, see the Facebook event or contact Rev. Kierstin Homblette, Beloved Community Coordinator

RenUUal Fall Con

RenUUalMDD high school youth, grades 9-12 and their sponsors, are invited to attend this year’s Fall Youth Con!

Location: Hummingbird Music Camp, in the Jemez Mountains near Los Alamos, NM (shared bus from Denver)
Dates: October 3-5, 2014

The youth conference weekend experience will include forming new friendships and strengthening old ones through shared worship, workshops and just plain fun in a closed, safe, nurturing environment. Youth and adults who attend the conference will learn from each other why it is special to have a common UU heritage and share what that means within a safe, caring and non-judgmental community. The Youth Con experience may profoundly change your outlook in a way you will want to share with other members of your own congregation.

For more information and to register, click here!


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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BVUUF Youth Ministry Website
District Youth Conference Calendar