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Pennsylvania: Young Adult & Campus Ministry Anchor Congregations

  • First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh
    Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Ohio-Meadville District
    First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh's campus ministry—Unitarian Universalist Community on Campus (UUCC) at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh—provides an outlet and sense of community for existing Unitarian Universalists and like-minded students to explore their spirituality during important developmental years. The group works in collaboration with students and recent graduates to develop a ministry composed of three components: 1) worship/spiritual development from a Unitarian Universalist perspective; 2) social justice awareness and action; 3) socialization. The Campus Ministry collaborative philosophy is simply: “You (the students) provide the inspiration; we (the coordinator and congregation) will provide the grunt work.” With a distribution list of over 100 young adults, the campus ministry group meets every Wednesday from 8:00-10:00 pm throughout the school year. The students have a half-hour circle worship followed by a check-in. They then have a guest speaker, plan for upcoming Social Justice event, or continue discussion based on the theme of the worship. Finally, a free meal and socializing ends the evening. Additionally, the group organizes monthly young adult potlucks and leads a yearly worship service for the entire congregation.

    Read more about First Unitarian's campus ministry program.

    Received Anchor Congregation designation in 2006.

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