YRUU – High School Group

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YRUU Overview
What Members Say About YRUU

YRUU Overview

YRUU (Young Religious Unitarian Universalists) is our church’s high school youth group. It is open to all high school age teens, including those whose families are not active in our church. The group meets on Sundays from 12-2 p.m. and occasionally on other days for special events (see current schedule).  The YRUU Advisors are Jamila Batchelder, Joe Collins, Qhyrrae Michaelieu, and Kinjal and Erica Majumder.

In order to participate in YRUU, teens must submit several forms to the Director of Religious Education.  These forms are color-coded and can be found outside of the YRUU room.

  • Registration Form (orange)
  • Behavioral Policy Agreement (pink)
  • Medical Release Form (blue)
  • Outings Permission Form (green)
  • Movies Permission Form (yellow)
  • Confidentiality and Notification Form (red)

For more information on YRUU, contact dre@uuchurch.net.

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What Members Say About YRUU

Here’s what some of our members say about YRUU:

“A place where UU youth can discuss spiritual, philosophical, and frivolous ideas in a welcoming and non-judgmental atmosphere.”

“Doing fun stuff.”

“What is YRUU? Words cannot describe it, come see for yourself.”

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The programming for YRUU is decided by members and varies from year to year depending on the interests of the group (see current schedule). Our program is divided into four major areas of focus:

  • Discussions of philosophical/theological/political topics
  • Educational workshops/guest speakers
  • Fun activities and outings
  • Service projects

However, on any given day we may set aside our planned curriculum to talk about challenges group members are facing in their lives. We see our role as a supportive community as foremost to our mission. In addition to our Sunday meetings, we also have several other events each year including:

  • Lock-ins
  • Poetry Night
  • Valentine’s Day Dance
  • YRUU Lay-Led Service
  • Easter Brunch Fundraiser
  • Collaborative Sunday Service with Rev. Molly
  • Regional UU Youth Conference
  • Summer Service Trip

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Winter-Spring 2017 Schedule

Except as noted, YRUU will meet from noon to 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Jan. 29 – Noon-2 p.m. Activist Strategy Workshop with Tara Marcink
Feb. 5 – Noon-2 p.m. What is Unitarian Universalism? A meeting with the Rock Bridge High School Interfaith Club.
Feb. 11-12 – 5:30 p.m-11 a.m. Valentine’s Day Dance and Lock-In
Feb. 19 – Noon-2 p.m. Begin planning summer trip and YRUU Lay-Led Worship Service
Feb. 26 – Noon-2 p.m. Criminal Justice Reform Workshop with Sam Buffaloe
March 5 – Noon-2 p.m. Arts and Crafts – making items for fundraising for summer trip
March 10 – 6:30-8 p.m. Games Night with Junior Youth
March 12 – Noon-2 p.m. Buffing the floors – service project
March 19 – 9 a.m.-Noon YRUU Lay-Led Worship Service
March 26 – Noon-2 p.m. What is Bahai? Workshop with George Frissell
March 31-April 2 – 5:30 p.m.- Noon Regional Youth Conference in Peoria, Il.
April 9 – Noon-2 p.m. Walking dogs at the Central Missouri Humane Society
April 15-16 – 5:30 p.m.-1 p.m. Lock-In and Easter Brunch
April 23 – Noon-2 p.m. Non-Violent Communications Workshop with Caya Tanski-French
April 30 – Noon-2 p.m. India Day with Kinjal Majumder
May 7 – Noon-2 p.m. Yard work fundraiser
May 14 – Noon-2 p.m. Mental Health Workshop
May 21 – Noon-2 p.m. Loaves and Fishes
May 28 – Noon-2 p.m. Watch and discuss movie (to be determined)
June 2-4 – 5 p.m.-Noon End-of-Year Retreat
June 20-26 Summer Trip to UUA General Assembly

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