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Youth Ministry Resources for Pastoral Care
CER Youth Ministry Resources for Pastoral Care
High School-Aged Youth Faith Development
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Pastoral care is a core ministry and spiritual practice in Unitarian Universalism. Youth should have the support of good active listening from their peers, adults who can listen to them, and access to the formal pastoral care of the congregation such as religious educator and minister.

Youth should be part of the caring web of their community. They can support others by sending cards, making meals, and listening to peers. And they should be considered by the religious professionals and pastoral care team as vital members of the community in need of support and celebration.

Youth deserve adults competent in developmentally appropriate pastoral care and need specific care around their identities, particularly around gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity and race. (link to Exploring Identity page below)

If a youth is in crisis please see our UUA crisis management, mandatory reporting, and trauma response pages.

Resources to build youth capacity for pastoral care

Resources to build adult capacity for developmentally appropriate pastoral care

Specific resources

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About the Authors

  • Evin serves the Central East Region in the areas of Youth Ministry, Young Adult Ministry, and Intercultural Competency work and as Primary Contact for congregations in upstate and central New York. Evin holds a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and Bachelor of...
  • Shannon Harper has been serving the Central East Region as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator since the Fall of 2016. Before coming to the UUA, Shannon served the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH for five years as their Director of Religious...

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