Youth & Families
"Our children are sacred. Our role as caretakers of their spiritual growth is sacred. We can consciously commit to deepening our support of youth ministry within our church by staying informed and staying involved. We can open our hearts by sharing vision and our positive beliefs. Let us join together as a Unity family and clearly answer Myrtle Fillmore's call, "Who will take care of the children?" ~Robin Clark
Our Youth Ministry at Renaissance Unity is dedicated to the spiritual development of the world’s most precious resource, our children.
The youth of the 21st century have an awesome task ahead of them! Grounded in a world of unprecedented change, they must be pioneering change agents - co-creating and innovating life structures and solutions that currently don’t exist. They will seek the path of an authentic spirituality, honoring and expressing the power of God within, nurtured by religious structures but free of their dogma. Our YM Program at Renaissance Unity seeks to meet 21st century youth where they live with our leading edge spirit based educational philosophy; we anchor in them the resiliency and spiritual tools necessary to accomplish their life’s work. Embraced by a spirit of compassion and inclusion, our youth are nurtured and supported in expressing their true God nature in an ever-changing world.
What is the most important goal we strive for?Our goal is to meet our Youth where they spiritually reside and help them nurture that understanding. We strive to provide a safe, supportive and loving environment where they can explore their spirituality.
What do we think children experience?As we strive to assist children on their own individual journey towards spiritual development, we hope to awaken their own desire and abilities to experience joy as a light of God.
What do we think parents experience?We hope parents experience the blossoming of their children as individualized expressions. We also create programs that engage both the child and parent (Parent Take Home Sheets)
Why have your child in the RU Youth & Families Ministry?Children need their own space to experience spiritual growth, independent of adults,with more personal attention. By providing a safe and positive space, they can explore at their own pace their individuality as well as hone skills for interpersonal relationships. We hope this will contribute to a healthy ideology while increasing their self-confidence, creativity, and self-esteem.
How are we handling the Youth & Family Ministry during Covid?During this time of COVID19 we are having periodic virtual gatherings via ZOOM that continuing our existing meeting style using the Living Curriculum Philosophy "The Living Curriculum is a process of spiritual support used to assist children, teens, families, and the church community in co-creating successful living. It honors the inherent wholeness and wisdom within each one of us, and utilizes storytelling and experiential creative expression to “draw out” the Truth we already know. The process helps us to explore spiritual principles and to become aware of how the principles operate in our lives." A Living Curriculum Lives in the question and uses the vehicle of story and/or experience Always has a debriefing Tries to involve everyone Utilizes multiple learning styles and activities intended for a wide-range of ages Elicits creativity Is an adventure Is engaging Is intention based Example of Lessons: Discussion on Heros - Chadwick Boseman, Telling Jokes, Discussions on Fear/Anxiety, Discussion on Racism, Move Series and Lesson utilizing Movie - Inside Out
What activities will resume or be offered when Covid is over?We will continue with our Living Curriculum Education Philosophy but will expand some of the experiences again to hands on projects, team games, and as needed one on one support. We have taken Popular Movies like Harry Potter, Star Wars, Finding Nemo, Wizard of Oz, and The Lion King and introduced Unity Principles. We have also exposed them to other cultures like Kwanzaa and Hanakkuh, and brought in a Gaming Truck to reinforce truth principles. We like to have FUN! Examples of our curriculum before and after COVID are posted on our FACEBOOK page.
If I have questions, who can I reach out to?"Anicia Blake is our Director of Youth Ministry and Rev. Vareta Foster leads our Y.O.U. Group. If you have questions, pleae feel free to email ABlake@RenaissanceUnity.org.
At Renaissance Unity we provide spiritual development and connection opportunities for children and youth base on their grade level. We have CHILDREN'S CHURCH for young one from nursery school to 5th grade. UNITEENS for children in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade, and Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity) for adolescents and young adults from 9th - 12th grade. We tailor these spiritual growth opportunities to the age of your child.
Y.O.U. (Youth of Unity) - Grades 9th - 12th
A Deeper Look
In Y.O.U. our goal is to facilitate spiritual growth in a safe and loving space. We strive to contribute to the awakening consciousness and life transformation that occurs during the teen and young adult years.
We believe that our youth experience an understanding of who they are in the RU family and how the RU family connects with Unity at the Regional and International Level. They experience a sense of belonging, safety and trust in their peers, their Unity leaders and their Unity environment.
They experience the opportunity to make choices and demonstrate who they are in this world. They also develop positive relationships within a “like minded” community.
This experience creates a sense of connection to the Unity movement as they connect with Unity Youth around the Region and internationally. Parents witness and experience spiritual growth in their children leading to the positive development of their children's social, emotional and psychological well being.
During COVID, we are using Zoom to provide spiritual development sessions. We have held a “drive by graduation celebration" for graduates instead of the usual graduation party on the school campus. We have also offered a prayer walk along the Detroit River after walking and praying (masks on). We have attended two virtual regional lessons and one virtual regional retreat.
Once COVID is over, we plan to continue offering weekly class virtually and face-to-face as approved. We will continue to offer off-campus activities, such as a day gathering for popcorn and a movie, local Holiday service projects, collaboration opportunities with our full youth ministry and other for fun activities during the holidays.