Youth Faith Formation at First Unitarian: Spirituality, Love, Compassion, Social Consciousness, Activism
At a time when many people are feeling extremely uncomfortable about where our country is headed in terms of the treatment of the less fortunate, people of color, and the most vulnerable among us, a Unitarian Universalist congregation may provide an answer many are looking for. In light of this, The First Unitarian Society has renewed its’ commitment to be of service to the local community, especially to families and children, and those who continue to be systemically disenfranchised. First Unitarian understands how the positive shaping of young minds and spirits can greatly affect these circumstances and our world for the better.
In our programs, young people are challenged to discover the divinity within themselves, as well as the universal spiritual values in various faiths, religions, and spiritual paths. This promotes acceptance of self and of others, as well as counteracting many of the prejudices that create a lack of caring and empathy for those who are different. Equally important is the concept and practice of love as a core principle to live by. This means that young people learn to acknowledge and embrace their connection to others, nurturing the powerful virtues of compassion and integrity. We are proud that this emphasis has helped many Unitarian Universalist children create a strength of character that builds kindness, the willingness to work against injustices, as well as to stand up for what is morally right. At First Unitarian, we are determined to be the place for families and individuals who are seeking a more enlightened, socially conscious, church experience.