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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 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 Arts from Carleton...

Shannon Harper

Shannon Harper has been serving the Central East Region as the Youth and Young Adult Coordinator since the Fall of 2016. During her time with the UUA she has reimagined youth leadership school to reconnect with nature and created River Rising. Before coming to the UUA, Shannon served the Miami...

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

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

Learn About Chaplain Training in the Central East Region

From Central East Regional Group

Peer Chaplains are caring, understanding and compassionate listeners. They volunteer to serve at UU events such as youth conferences to offer one-on-one, personal care and attention to those who need extra support. These are not certified professionals, but every-day people with a desire to serve their fellow human beings

Chaplain Training

Multigenerational Pastoral Care

Caring for one another is a core spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists. Pastoral care is the term we use for the ways we offer support and compassion to each other in community....

Multigenerational Pastoral Care