CER Youth Ministry Resources for Pastoral Care

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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 Carvill Ziemer

Evin serves as the Developmental Lead for the New England Region. Evin holds a Masters of Divinity from Earlham School of Religion and Bachelor of Arts from Carleton College.

Shannon Harper

Shannon Harper joined the Lifespan Faith Engagement Office as Co-Director in the summer of 2022. Previously, Shannon worked with the Central East Region since the Fall of 2016.

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Evin Carvill Ziemer and Shannon Harper

Resources Curated by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer (left), CER Program Manager for Youth Ministry and Shannon Harper (right), CER Youth and Young Adult Coordinator

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Chaplain Training

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