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young adults walk an outdoor labyrinth in golden light of early morning

Meaning Makers participants walk one of the labyrinths together at the first opening retreat

Meaning Makers

What Is Meaning Makers?

Meaning Makers is a year long spiritual development program for young Unitarian Universalists (UUs). Through in-person retreats, virtual small group ministry and mentorship, emerging adults will explore the central questions “Who am I and how can I live my Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith in the world?”  

The program began in 2016 with a retreat at UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Texas. Participants meet with a small group of peers once a month via video conference as they explore themes from Becoming together. These monthly meetings are supplemented by one-on-one meetings with a UU mentor.  The next retreat will take place June 7-11, 2017 at UBarU where this year's cohort will close out the program and next year's group will be getting started.

Who Is Meaning Makers for?

This program is designed for emerging UU adults, ages 18-24.  This population is less likely than other age groups to be served by local UU communities. We know that bridging out of youth community and finding ways to deepen one’s Unitarian Universalist faith as a young adult can be a challenge. That’s why this opportunity is designed for UU identified young people with at least two years of experience in UU community.


APPLY NOW! The two-part application process includes an online form (PDF for reference only) and a letter of recommendation. The priority deadline for the 2017-18 program is February 1, 2017.  To receive information on the program and application process you can "like" The Hub: Young Adults UUs on Facebook, join our Young Adult / Campus Ministry listserv.

Letter of Recommendation

You will need to submit a letter of recommendation from someone who can speak to your UU identity and spiritual journey. Your recommender should share with why they think Meaning Makers would be a good experience for you and how you will contribute to the program. You can provide your recommender with this information sheet (PDF) about the letter of recommendation.


The cost to participants for Meaning Makers is $200 per retreat, which covers lodging and food. Through the generosity of our donors, the UUA Annual Program Fund, and the help of UBarU’s fundraising efforts on Faithify, need-based financial assistance and travel subsidies are available.  We intend to keep this program as affordable as possible for all participants.

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