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CER Youth Resources for Faith Formation

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Everything a congregation does is faith formation. And, there are opportunities present in structured learning environments that give our youth a chance to engage with a free and responsible search for truth and meaning. This can mean a structured curriculum that goes in-depth or integrating stand alone workshops.

Best Practices

  • Our Whole Lives (OWL) comprehensive sex education is an important offering for our youth. The grades 7-9 curriculum is important. And, our older youth need a return to these conversations in OWL 10-12 as they and their peers become more sexually active

  • Include the youth in exploring what areas of faith formation they want to explore

  • Experiential Education is an important pedagogy for both our adult facilitators and youth to understand and practice using

  • Coming of Age and Bridging are life transitions that are enhanced and deepened by use of intentional reflection and programming.


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

Backpacker's Notebook Exploring Unitarian Universalist Faith and Community

By Donna DiSciullo, Michael Tino

From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

A unique and personalized notebook for UU youth and young adults.

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Bridging A Handbook for Congregations

By Gail Forsyth-Vail, Jessica York

From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Bridging will enhance your Youth and Young Adult Ministry programs, and help make the process of becoming a young adult a spiritually fulfilling community event for your congregation.

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Coming of Age Handbook for Congregations

By Sarah Gibb Millspaugh

From inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

Comprehensive guidebook for religious educators of adolescents...

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