Young Religious Unitarian Universalists
Are you in search of a youth-run organization that promotes leadership skills, social justice, freedom, peace, and equality for all people through a diverse program of high school religious studies education in a supportive, open community environment?
Parents and teens: come find out more & get involved!
YRUU is open to anyone who is of high school age, no matter your beliefs or background. Everyone is respected and welcome.
We meet every Sunday morning from 11:00am until noon, upstairs in Gage Hall (4 Archdale Street) at the Unitarian Universalist Church in downtown Charleston, SC.
YRUU events & activities promote critical thinking, group discussion, and involved learning about many of the world’s religious traditions and ways of thinking (Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, Daoism, Shamanism, Atheism, Agnosticism, Secular Humanism, Paganism) as well as social issues like human rights, poverty, natural resources, and ethics.
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YRUU events & activities follow the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism:
- The inherent worth and dignity of every person.
- Justice, equity, and compassion in human relations.
- Acceptance of one another and encouragement to spiritual growth in our congregations.
- Free and responsible search for truth and meaning.
- The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large.
- The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.
UUC members & friends: it's not too late to officially register for your RE classes! Remember to turn in your registration forms to Janet for the Junior High Conference and Senior High Conference at The Mountain near Highlands, North Carolina!
Past YRUU events: Visit to World Harvest Pentecostal church, lecture on Buddhism, watching documentary films, soup and bowls fundraiser for the homeless, overnight lock-in, overnight farm campout, visit to Botany Bay on Edisto Island, chakra visualization meditation, documentary about snake handling churches in West Virginia, "postcards from your life", outdoor partner meditation, much more!
Fall 2013 Events ---- Special Programs outside of regular Sunday programing for the YRUU:
Friday, Sept. 27 in Gage Hall 5pm to 9 pm: Dinner and a Dance with a live DJ. For Middle and High schoolers and their parents. Bring a dish and enjoy a fun evening of socializing.
The weekend of Friday, Oct. 18-20 we play host to the teens from the Greenville UU church. We need your ideas about how to welcome them and what our two groups would like to do together. They will be spending the night at the church, seeing our historic church, maybe going to the beach for a cook out? Help us come up with great ideas for our teens to come together and have fun.
Saturday, Oct. 26 Halloween Party in Gage Hall for everyone. We need our older youth to help with games, face painting, decorating, and especially the spooky ghost walk at the end of the evening.
Dec. 1 Social Justice project making Ginger Bread houses to raise money for the Crises Ministries homeless shelter. The teens help the smaller children.
Saturday, Dec. 14 in Gage Hall from 10-2 all teens will be working as "Santa's Helpers" providing special childcare for parents to Christmas shop. We will provide lunch and a professional art workshop for the little ones. All the money raised goes to the teens to spend on a social outing of their choice.
Christmas Eve Service. Teens act as greeters and candle helpers.
The Mountain Retreat and Learning Center Youth Cons (conferences) November 22-24 and December 6-8. Please go to the web site at http://mountaincenters.org/pages/youth/youth-conferences.php to get more information about this great opportunity. UU teens from all over the Southeast come to NC to spend a busy weekend together. Register with the Mountain web site, scholarships available. High schoolers leave the weekend of Dec. 6-8 and Middle schoolers are Nov 22-24. Parent chaperons needed.
Our YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalist) leader this year is Tyler Ray. Sunday meeting for the High Schoolers will take place in the library of Charleston Day School. Middle schoolers will meet upstairs in Gage Hall. Please make sure Tyler (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I (email@example.com) have an accurate email for you. Social events for the teens can come up at the last minute and we want to make sure everyone is included.