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Summer Seminary Was Awesome
Summer Seminary Was Awesome

The weekend of August 9-11, sixteen incredible Unitarian Universalist high school students came from across the country to explore a calling to professional ministry in our faith. Summer Seminary, the first of what we hope will become a fixture of UU youth ministry for years to come, offered these youth an opportunity to ponder their own sense of calling and mission, learn about the process for applying and attending theological school, and meet with ministers, religious educators and activists to hear about their lives as religious professionals.

  Highlights of the weekend included:  

I was so inspired and impressed by the dedication to our faith, compassion and vision that these youth had at their fingertips.


Our time together was infused with a powerful spirit of reverence and worship. We sang, prayed, meditated and preached our way through the weekend in glorious fashion. What a spiritually grounding and uplifting experience!


It was a true a privilege to help these youth forward on their path to religious leadership; our faith movement will be stronger for their presence.

            Do you wish you hadn't missed Summer Seminary this year? Watch for news about Summer Seminary on The Blue Boat blog or check this fall, we hope to be posting updates about Summer Seminary 2014 soon!  

About the Author

  • Carey McDonald is the UUA's Executive Vice President. He's a lifelong UU who has worked in nonprofit, government, political and progressive organizations.

Comments (5) (Open)

Mitzvahs at the... (not verified) 5 years 1 month ago

[...] who attended the UU Youth Seminary just a few weeks ago, has taken it a step further.  She has no problem seeking out strangers to [...]

Carey McDonald (not verified) 5 years 2 months ago

Thanks for the suggestion, Jennifer! We thought about expanding the age range this year, but didn't have the space. In the future we are looking at a variety of ways to support young adults and college students who are thinking about ministry, including gatherings, online groups and webinars.


Summer Seminary... (not verified) 5 years 1 month ago

[...] then, but I was even more excited while writing my application for the program two years later. Summer Seminary, as it came to be called, was a weekend program in Boston for UU youth considering ministry and [...]

Jennifer (not verified) 5 years 2 months ago

You should offer this for young adults, I would love to go to Summer Seminary.

Summer Seminary... (not verified) 5 years 1 month ago

[...] Summer Seminary, as it came to be called, was a weekend program in Boston for Unitarian Universalist youth considering ministry and other forms of religious leadership.  There was an application process from which sixteen amazing Unitarian Universalist high school students were selected from all over the nation.  We assembled at Picket and Elliot House, the UUA’s Bed and Breakfast, for what would be an incredibly affirming and life-changing weekend. [...]

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