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Sharing the Journey: Small Group Ministry with Youth

Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.

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Jessica York (co-author Creating Home) serves the Unitarian Universalist Association as Youth Programs Director in the Lifespan Faith Development staff group. She holds a B.A. from Yale College and has done graduate work in fine arts at Tulane University. She is a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, Alabama.

Helen Zidowecki, Minister of Religious Education, organized Unitarian Universalist youth activities in Maine for 20 years. Author of a variety of small group ministry materials for youth, she serves on the Unitarian Universalist Small Group Ministry Network Board, and has led workshops and conferences for youth, religious educators (including Renaissance modules), and in small group ministry. She is a member of the Augusta, Maine, congregation.


We would like to thank everyone who helped with this document, especially Eric Dawson, for sharing his Small Group Ministry Facilitator’s Training, and Peter Bowden, for his feedback and support.  — the Authors

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