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Identity-Based Resources for Youth

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Unitarian Universalist (UU) ministries strive to make our faith a more welcoming, inclusive, empowering, and just faith for all. See below for youth specific, identity-based resources.

Identity-Based Support for Individuals

  • Resources for Youth of Color
    Links to online resources, events, and staff contact information for Youth of Color (Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, trans-racially adopted, bi-racial and multiracial).
  • Identity Formation for Young White UUs
    Those of us who are white, or perceived to be white, need resources and tools to develop a healthy white anti-racist identity so we can continue to most effectively follow the call of our faith to build beloved community.
  • Queer Resources for Youth
    Links to online resources and events about sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity for youth and their families; youth with parent(s) who identify as such; and those who work with them.
  • Exploring Healthy Masculinity for Young UUs
    Learn what healthy masculinity looks like and how young Unitarian Universalists can use UU values to promote healthy masculinity in our culture and communities.

Educational Materials for Groups

  • NEW! Supporting Trans and Non-Binary Youth in Your Congregation
    Learn about transgender, gender-variant, and non-binary identities and how we can welcome and make most comfortable those youth who hold or are exploring such identities.
  • Be the Change! Project
    Offers Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different sizes. Also includes additional activities, further links and resources, and an online community to support groups engaging with the project.
  • Guide to Race-Based Affinity Groups (PDF, 8 pages)
    A guide to resources, activities, and prompts that facilitate race-based affinity groups as part of a workshop series, conference, or other gathering, along with theological framing of the purpose and benefits.
  • Workshops for Youth on Identity-based Topics
    One-hour workshops for youth, each with an animated video and a discussion guide. Topics include Ethnic Identity Formation, White Identity Formation, Gender and Sexual Orientation, and Support for Youth Struggling with Addiction.
Book Cover: Voice from the Margins by Jacqui James and Mark Morrison-Reed

Voices from the Margins

"This collection of reflections and aspirations invites us to listen to voices that have been silenced in the past. This kind of listening is vitally important to our religious movement. In order to create a beloved community-one that shares a powerful love and shapes a common purpose-we must know one another. In order to know one another, we must hear each other's stories, see the world through each other's eyes."

— Rev. Peter Morales, from the Foreword

In Voices from the Margins, Jacqui James and Mark Morrison-Reed have compiled a remarkable collection of reflections and meditations from voices often left unheard in Unitarian Universalism. These writings remind us of both what we miss when we don't listen to marginalized voices and the amazing insights we stand to gain when we do.

Graphic of hands making a heart shape for Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency.

Queer & Trans Youth Resiliency Tumblr 

Queer and Trans Youth Resiliency is a project of the Revolutionizing A Dream (RAD) cohort, the young people's arm of the Strong Families movement. We are made up of organizations that work with young people ages 13 to 23 on issues of race, gender and sexuality.

We are tired of the way the media portrays queer and trans youth as victims. Yes, violence, homophobia and transphobia are realities for many of us, but we are so much more! We are creative, diverse and resilient. More than a stereotype, more than a statistic, we are resilient!