"I learned that we all face a lot of the same leadership challenges, whether we are just starting out or have already been fighting the good fight for awhile. Sometimes you can feel really alone in your troubles as a leader, so most of all it was great to be reminded that there are many folks sharing similar struggles." -Leader from Maine
"Not only did the incredibly talented facilitators give us tools that have empowered us to become active leaders in our own communities, but they also fostered a safe space for us to share personal experiences that shaped who we are. I cannot wait for the next metro new york district young adult conference!" - Leader at First Unitarian Society Brooklyn, NY"I leaned many important skills, and behaviors of a leader...I was able to focus on how I can improve my leadership skills in various situations. The most important lesson I took away was that I, as a leader/coordinator, shouldn't pile too much on my plate and learn to delegate." -Leader at Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock "At the LDC at Shelter Rock I was able to see how profoundly rooted my leadership skills are in my Unitarian Universalist values, both within a church community, and in other spheres of my life." -Leader at First Unitarian Society Brooklyn, NY "One of the most important things I took away from this conference was a refreshing reminder of the various ways in which leadership manifests itself in my day-to-day life, as well as in my UU campus groups. I came to this conference anxious about the future of my group, but I left feeling hopeful, revitalized and more serene than when I first walked through the doors." -Campus Ministry Leader in Pittsburgh, PA "As a new UU Young Adult leader, and as a new UU in the first place, I thoroughly enjoyed the Metro NY District YA Conference. There was so much at the conference I hadn't yet been exposed to, and it reaffirmed my belief that Unitarian Universalism has a lot to offer. It's inspired me to reach out to my local UU community even more, making me more passionate both about expanding our Young Adult programming and getting more Young Adults into leadership roles. This conference has put me and my congregation in better shape to grow and have an even greater postive impact on the entire community of Philadelphia!" -Leader at First Unitarian Church in Philadelphia Read participants' thank you blog post to Shelter Rock for hosting this conference! The conference was offered by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office and Metropolitan New York District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Interested in having a similar conference in your area? Contact your district and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries (youngadults @ uua.org)!