The Coming of Age program (C.O.A.) provides 7th – 8th grade youngsters with a mentor and they explore our shared principles, learn about other faith traditions (including visits to different spiritual tradition homes), taking a pilgrimage to Boston to discover UU Heritage and Identity and, most importantly, creating a statement of beliefs to share with the fellowship in a special service. Rather than asking young people to affirm a creed, we ask them to contemplate carefully about what they hold to be true, and the principles that guide their choices.