Comprehensive and practical, Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations is a treasury of tools for the religious educator of adolescents. As youth prepare to leave childhood, congregations seeking to honor this transition will benefit from the wealth of ideas in this guide. Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations is filled with workshops for youth, small group ministry sessions for parents, social action projects and rites of passage. Participants will explore theology, spirituality and history through discussion, drama, music, writing and art. Field tested by congregations with groups ranging from four to twenty-three participants, this guide will help both congregations and youth to define their beliefs and put their faith into action.
Praise for Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations:
"As a parish minister who has been supportive of and involved in various Coming of Age programs for some forty years, I roundly welcome this trenchant compendium of resources! The material is thoughtful and comprehensive for all the participants in Coming of Age endeavors, but it also contains pearls of wisdom useful for Unitarian Universalist congregational life at large. What a treasure trove!" Rev. Tom Owen-Towle, author of Growing a Beloved Community.
"This handbook is an extremely ambitious project that brings together a multitude of ideas and practices from many Unitarian Universalist churches' Coming of Age programs into a cohesive package. Thanks to Rev. Millspaugh and the UUA Tapestry team for this resource." Stan Crow, Director Emeritus, Rite of Passage Journeys
"Coming of Age is sensitive to culture, race, class, gender and theological/philosophical diversity. During field testing, we had a very positive experience, and we will be using it again this year." Jennifer Hamlin-Navias, Director of Religious Education, May Memorial Unitarian Universalist Society, Syracuse, New York
"This is a comprehensive approach for implementing a Coming of Age program from scratch. What I especially like about it is that you do not have to give up your existing program in order to implement the many innovative approaches for enrichment." Irene Praeger, Director of Religious Education, First Parish, Needham, Massachusetts
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