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Families (Exploring Our Values Through Poetry)

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.

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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.

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