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 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 Currated 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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