Youth & Family Ministry

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Our youth are an important part of the family at Unity of Santa Barbara.

 

We welcome you and your family to our spiritual home and honor your child’s personal journey by providing a well-rounded, dynamic curriculum designed to reach each child’s age and level of understanding.

 


 

Youth and Family News

The Covid-19 pandemic has us actively reimagining the best way to meet on Sundays - We value your input.

Sept/Oct 2020

The youth team will not be hosting an in-person gathering on Sunday mornings until further notice.

Stay tuned for updates about future gatherings, we will be making a calendar for in-person, social distancing connection time.

I have included a story and lesson here that you can facilitate at home. The video is a powerful one, you might choose to watch it a couple of times. I love that we are talking to our youth about these topics, what emotionally intelligent human beings they are!

As always, please let me know how I can support you and your families. I look forward to seeing you soon.

How Mindfulness Empowers Us: An Animation Narrated by Sharon Salzberg

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vzKryaN44ss&frags=wn

If you have questions or input, please let us know - jennifer@santabarbaraunity.org

more info: meeting guidelines

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How We Guide Our Youth

  • God is all good and active in everything, everywhere.
  • I am naturally good because God’s divinity is in me and in everyone.
  • I create my experiences by what I choose to think and what I feel and believe.
  • Through affirmative prayer and meditation, I connect with God and bring out the good in my life.
  • I do and give my best by living the Truth that I know.

What is ours to be and do

We are a joyful, loving, and inclusive community exploring the principles of Unity, opening hearts and minds, and building lifelong friendships.

 

What we seek to manifest

As we learn and grow, we discover spiritual connections, realize our oneness, and celebrate the love that unites us.

Learning as we grow

The first concepts of spirituality or faith come from the imitation of parents. At Unity, at this stage, we teach through song, prayer and doing motions with these practices. The infants and toddlers also love to be around other children where they observe spiritual practices and rituals and have the opportunity for socialization.
 

 

Through this stage, youth are learning best through concrete images, and imagination. Their first steps of spirituality or faith are the imitation of parents and teachers. At Unity we sing songs and prayers and they enjoy doing motions to these practices. They also begin to experiment with short, interactive meditations and stories with puppets or diorama’s.  The youth thrive with consistency and predictability. They also benefit from participating in practices and rituals around spirituality.

 

 

This age group becomes responsive to narratives and stories that explain their lives and their world. We use stories, art, music and science projects to explain and express spiritual concepts. The youth are becoming spiritually inquisitive and benefit from encouragement to questions. This is an exciting time when the youth are often the family member asking to go to spirit school!

 

 

During middle school years, youth develop an increasing spiritual awareness. At this age we begin to explore metaphoric truth and metaphysical interpretation. Youth can also begin to better explore multiple perspectives and reason through what fits for them. We encourage the exploration of various answers and support rather than offering one possibility.

 

 

 Teens become abstract thinkers and can reflect on past experiences looking for meaning. They begin to look for a personal relationship with Spirit and look for clarity to questions they cannot make sense of. At Unity, we encourage youth to develop a sense of self-worth, confidence as well as encouraging leadership. Youth participate in service projects in addition to Regional and International events with other Youth of Unity Students.

 

Jennifer Christine Somerville

Youth & Family Director

 

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