April Leadership Conference for Young Adults
Want to connect with other UU young adults?
Want to increase your capacity for leadership?
Want some help getting a young adult or campus ministry group off the ground?
Want a weekend full of learning, worship, fellowship and fun?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you should probably just register right now for the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference in the Metro NY Area on April 12-14. Registration closes on Friday, April 5th so sign up today! This conference is free of charge, and transportation scholarships are available.
This leadership development training and conference is for Unitarian Universalist young adults who are current or aspiring young adult or campus ministry group leaders. It is targeted specifically for those in the Greater Metro NY area, and open to other young adults who would like to travel and join. It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY and is accessible through public transit. We will begin at 8pm EST on Friday, April 12th and conclude in the morning on Sunday, April 14th. Pick-ups and drop-offs from the train, as well as parking are available. Lodging will be provided on Friday and Saturday night. Snacks will be provided Friday night, as will all meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday.
Register here today - registration closes on Friday, April 5th.
There are two tracks available for this conference:
1. Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership for Emerging Leaders
This track focuses on preparation and training to lead the Spirit in Practice curriculum, as well as training for organizing and leading a young adult or campus group.
Spirit in Practice is part of the Tapestry of Faith series of faith development programs, and is available for free online. It is centered around spiritual practice through four strands: spiritual development, ethical development, Unitarian Universalist identity, and faith development. The curriculum author is Rev. Erik Wikstrom, currently serving at Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church – Unitarian Universalist, and formerly the Worship and Music Resources Director for the Unitarian Universalist Association. This track focuses on small group facilitation skills, organizing a group, and effective advertising.
This track is facilitated by:
Kayla Parker, Campus Ministry Associate, Unitarian Universalist Association
Craig Rubano, Youth and Young Adults Program Coordinator, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton
2. Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership for Experienced Leaders
This track focuses on preparation and training to lead Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults curriculum, as well as training for organizing in the wider community.
Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults is part of the Tapestry of Faith series of faith development programs, and is available for free online. It offers a process by which young adults can engage in honest and open conversations about race, better understand their own ethnic and racial identity and journey, and learn the practical skills they need to in their own lives right now as they make their way in an increasingly multicultural world.
This curriculum’s authors are Mark Hicks and India McKnight. India McKnight formerly served as staff in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association, the Paint Branch Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens (New York). Mark A. Hicks, Ed.D. is the Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago, and is the author of Building the World We Dream About for Adults, among other curricula.
This track is facilitated by:
Betty Jeanne Rueters-Ward, Youth and Young Adult Program Coordinator, Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock
Sara Angell-Isom, Youth and Young Adult Ministries Consultant, Metro NY District, Unitarian Universalist Association
Have questions you’d like answered before you register by Friday, April 5th? Yes, the conference really is free and we also have transportation scholarships available. More questions? Feel free to contact us:
Kayla Parker, Campus Ministry Associate, Unitarian Universalist Association, kparker @ uua . org
Sara Angell-Isom, Youth and Young Adult Ministries Consultant, Metro NY District, Unitarian Universalist Association, flmangll @ gmail . com