The Rainbow Discovery program provides a formal religious rite of passage for children in the primary grades to honor and celebrate their growing up and passage into the “age of reason” where they are now ready to begin searching for their own religious path. Using a rainbow metaphor tied to our seven UU Principles, our program honors our children’s religious growth, fosters their emerging UU identity, and embraces them as part of our faith community. Typically Rainbow Discovery is offered to second and/or third grade children in 6 to 8 sessions meeting outside of our regular Sunday morning religious education program.
Our Whole Lives (OWL) is a series of sexuality education curricula that equips participants with accurate, age-appropriate information in six subject areas: human development, relationships, personal skills, sexual behavior, sexual health, and society and culture.
Kindergarten and First Grade OWL (K/1) supports parents in educating children about birth, babies, bodies and families. Following a Parent Meeting and Parent/Child Orientation, the eight sessions engage children with stories, songs and activities, promoting dialogue between parent and child.
Fourth and Fifth Grade OWL (4th/5th) provides an eight-session program for learning about and discussing the physical and emotional changes of puberty. Participants read It’s Perfectly Normal by Robie H. Harris, and examine topics such as values and sexuality, communication and decision-making.
Heritage offers Our Whole Lives classes for grades 7 — 9 and for grades 10—12 in collaboration with other Cincinnati Unitarian Universalist congregations. Dubbed “City-Wide OWL,” this program not only offers age-appropriate sexuality and relationship education, it also gives our youth the opportunity to meet and socialize with other Unitarian Universalist youth that share their values.
Unitarian Universalist Coming of Age (COA) programs mark the transition from childhood to adulthood by exploring life issues through the lens of our UU faith. Typically a yearlong program culminating in a special worship service, participants explore theology, spirituality, and articulating their values through workshops incorporating drama, music, writing and art. Heritage’s COA program also pairs youth with adult members from our church to help build relationships and offer guidance.