Families are the primary influence on the faith development
of their youth. As a program leader, you take on a special role: supporting
families in your faith community to shape their youth’s Unitarian Universalist
faith development. By involving parents in the Poetry program, you help youth take the
meaning of the work they do in the workshops into their daily lives.
Each workshop offers Taking It Home resources including
conversation topics and other ways for youth and their families to extend the
workshop at home; these may include a game, a family ritual, or links to
informative and/or interactive
websites. Adapt each workshop’s Taking It Home section to reflect the activities
the group will have engaged in and, if you like, to help youth and families
prepare for workshops yet to come. If you have an e-mail address for each
family, you may wish to provide Taking It Home as a group e-mail, either before
or immediately after the workshop. Or you can print, photocopy, and distribute
Taking It Home at the workshop’s closing.
The Faith in Action activities for each workshop offer
opportunities to engage parents/caregivers and other congregants. Find out who
can enrich your long-term Faith in Action activities with their personal
interests, professional networks, or simply their time.
The leader/parent relationship is very important and must be
both welcoming and reassuring. When parents bring their youth to experience
Unitarian Universalist religious education, they need to feel confidence not
only in the safety and enjoyment you will provide, but also in your faith
leadership. Strong partnerships can foster parents’ commitment to becoming
strong faith leaders in their own families. As a leader, you can support and
inspire parents to bring intentionality and excitement to their role in their
youth’s faith development.
For more information contact web @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations.
Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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