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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 June 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 7th-11th 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.


The two-part application process includes an online form and a letter of recommendation. The priority deadline for the 2017-18 program will be February 1st 2017.  To receive information on the application process you can "like" The Hub: Young Adults UUs on Facebook, join our Young Adult / Campus Ministry listserve or circle back to check this webpage after December 1st 2016, when the application will open.

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 Annual Program Fund and help of UBarU’s fundraising efforts on Faithify, need-based financial assistance and travel subsidies were available to all who needed them for the first retreat.  We intend to keep this program as affordable as possible for all participants.

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