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

Meaning Makers
Meaning Makers
Faith Development, Young Adult Faith Development (ages 18-35)

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 begins with a retreat at UBarU Camp and Retreat Center in Texas where participants bond with their small group and focus on personal and UU identities. Participants then meet with their 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.


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 was February 1, 2017 and we are still accepting applications on a rolling basis until February 28th.  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, food and transportation to the retreat from San Antonio airport if you are flying in. 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 for flights are available.  We intend to keep this program as affordable as possible for all participants.

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