Building Bridges (7th & 8th grades)
This group is named after the world religions program of the same title. Known to many as “The Church Across the Street” and “Neighboring Faiths”, the goals (with thanks to uua.org) for this 2- year curriculum are to:
- increase knowledge of religions practiced around the world and in local communities;
- understand how religion addresses basic human needs;
- foster acceptance of the diverse forms that religious expression takes;
- build awareness of the diversity of followers within every faith;
- understand that to know someone’s religious identity is not the same as knowing what that person thinks,believes,or
- support the faith development of participants;
- empower youth to better appreciate human diversity and connect with others and be able to respectfully discuss important matters with people with whom they disagree;
- nurture open-mindedness and critical inquiry.
This group will meet every Sunday that there is Faith Formation. In addition to studying the Building Bridges curriculum and traveling to different houses of worship, this group will attend worship services in the Sanctuary together; participate in Social Action Sundays; and enjoy down-time on “Play Days”.
*Religion of focus for Fall 2016: Islam
*Some of our 7th/8th graders will be participating in OWL this year.