Coming of Age

All high school youth who have not yet taken Coming of Age are invited to join this program, which will begin in October 2022. Students must complete a separate application for participation. Please return the application to Sarah Ahrens, DRE.

The Coming of Age (COA) program is done throughout the UU denomination with 14 – 17 year-olds as a way to acknowledge the transition from child to adult. COA is currently being conducted every other year.

The goals of COA programs are:

To encourage youth to explore what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist;

To help youth move into the adult role of identifying and acting on personal beliefs and values;

To recognize and publicly honor the movement of a youth from childhood to adolescence within the Unitarian Universalist tradition.

Through mentoring and classes, the COA program:

Encourages youth to discuss, reflect on, and clarify their personal religious beliefs as part of lifespan faith development;

Provides opportunities for independent thinking, assuming responsibility, decision-making and exploration of values;

Encourages youth to put faith into action in their own lives and community.

Components of COA usually include youth being paired with a mentor to work on above stated goals, planning and implementing a service project, and presenting a credo (statement of faith) as part of a Coming of Age ceremony. The program can include a trip to a site of UU heritage, such as Boston to visit the UUA and other historical UU places.

Please check out our Religious Exploration Programming Schedule for 2022-2023 for the most updated schedule.

 We use the REMIND system to send one-way text and email communications to our COA participants.  This helps our DRE and advisors stay in touch with families in a safe and convenient way.

Students & guardians need to OPT IN to this system each year in order to receive notices.  

This highly recommended system provides the most current event & program info to participants! 

Coming of Age Events via "Remind"

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