The fifth circle of hell; a grotesque wasteland where overworked teachers and posers alike turn defenseless 12 year olds into vapid shells of their former selves. After about 3 years of this methodical torture, these poor souls are to be shipped off to the ninth circle of hell (otherwise known as high school).
Dante: “And now we see the fifth circle of hell. Note the acne, the ‘bedhead’ and Monster energy drinks.”
and conflict in a group. This program provides a unique opportunity to engage the world’s diversity of faiths in a safe, affirming atmosphere that is grounded in Unitarian Universalist faith. Our volunteer teachers acknowledge tensions and disagreement and model how to work toward understanding, helping to create an environment where respectful exploration and respectful questioning are encouraged. Where differences are encountered with open minds and hearts. Where interfaith relationships are discovered and valued.
8th Graders attend their small group from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Sunday evenings. Our oldest middle schoolers participate in Our Whole Lives (O.W.L.) – an inclusive and developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses sensitive topics that are excluded from many sexuality curricula. The proactive goal of the program is to help our youth become sexually healthy people who feel good about themselves and their bodies, remain healthy, and build positive, equitable loving relationships in preparation for their high school years.