The Quest program, our Coming of Age program at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Columbia, will run virtually, and in 2020-21 will include 8th and 9th grade students. This program is our introduction to the high school youth program and a wonderful rite of passage for our adolescents – one that is missing in most other areas of our lives.
Quest guides our young people to better articulate their own beliefs and values and to better understand our Unitarian Universalist faith. Participation in Quest leads young people to recognize their own growth and change, affirming their individual identities. This special year ends with an important milestone ceremony in which the group is honored by the congregation.
Quest class will meet via zoom on a regular basis, to be determined at the beginning of the year. On most 1st Sundays, all Questers are invited to attend worship with their families. At these 1st Sunday services, our youth are invited to participate in the service in a multitude of ways: lighting the chalice, playing special music, even interning with our amazing sound crew. After the service, all Questers are encouraged to join their mentors and either our Minister or Director of Religious Education, who will lead small group discussions on the service and the issues around those topics.
This very special year would normally includes a religious heritage trip to Boston which cannot happen during the pandemic. We would like to continue to fundraise for the trip which will be implemented when safely possible. Parents will plan and support fundraising efforts with their Questers.
If you aren’t receiving Quest emails, please make sure your family is registered for Religious Education!
For questions about the Quest year, please email Robin Slaw, Director of Religious Education: firstname.lastname@example.org.