Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills

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Follow up to Coming of Age Affirmation Sunday

Author Sarah Ahrens, Written Jun 5, 2015

Another round of thanks and applause to the 8th and 9th graders who completed Coming of Age and presented the worship service on May 31, 2015.  Along with gratitude to the adult mentors who supported them through the year and the families that support them for the many years prior to Coming of Age and the many years to follow!
I also want to say thank you to Carol Brown for procuring the delicious chocolate cake with chocolate frosting in honor of the Coming of Age class that was served during coffee hour.

In case you missed it, there are printed booklets of the youth’s “credo” statements- the compilation of what they believe as they answered the questions: what is my nature, how do I know what I know to be the truth, who or what is in charge, what is my purpose in life, what is the meaning of my death.

Kira Edgar and Nadine Sapirman also facilitated an excellent time for all ages as part of the service, asking the audience to consider the different between what you want to do in life and who you want to be in life- mind, blown.
Kira and Nadine suggested the book, What Color is Your Parachute for those who would like to dig deeper into those questions.  There seems to be a proliferation of editions and offshoots from the original book!
And here are the wondering questions Kira and Nadine offered all of us to ponder…

I wonder how who I am  now will match who I am years from now…

I wonder how I might make changes in my life to become more of the person I want to be…

I wonder what people will think of me when I’m not around….

I wonder as we listen to the credos–the belief statements–from the Coming of Age youth, can we think about how to more fully put into practice our own beliefs?