Leadership Code of Ethics

CER Youth Calendar

  • Friday, December 8, 2023, 12:00 pm - Sunday, December 10, 2023, 3:00 pm PST
    OWL Facilitator Training, Grade Levels K-1/4-6, Seattle, WA
    On-site | Seattle, WA | Assistive listening devices available | Wheelchair accessible
    Tagged as: Sexuality Education
  • Monday, December 11, 2023, 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST (also: Jan 8, 2024; Feb 12, 2024; Mar 11, 2024; Apr 8, 2024; May 13, 2024; Jun 10, 2024; Sep 11; Oct 9; Nov 13 )
    Lay Leaders Monthly Conversations 2023-2024
    Meeting | From MidAmerica Events
  • Sunday, December 31, 2023, All day (also: Jan 29; Apr 30; Jul 30; Oct 29 )
    Fifth Sunday Fellowship: A Shared Pulpit Experience is a collaborative, online service/worship event created by several congregations together that will explore the themes of each Principle. Please join us and stream the service for your congregation!
    Worship Service
    Tagged as: Principles and Purposes, Worship
  • Monday, January 8, 2024, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST (also: Feb 5, 2024; Mar 4, 2024; Apr 1, 2024; May 6, 2024; Jun 3, 2024; Oct 2; Nov 6; Dec 4 )
    If you identify as Black, Indigenous or a person of color (BIPOC), you're invited to join us for the Central East Region's BIPOC gathering happening on the first Monday of the month at 6:30pm ET. In our gatherings we are joined by lay folks of color, lay leaders of color and/or religious...
    Webinar | From Central East Region
    Tagged as: Building Community, Anti-Racism
  • Tuesday, January 9, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST (also: Feb 13, 2024; Mar 12, 2024; Apr 9, 2024; May 14, 2024; Oct 10; Nov 14 )
    Presidents' Gatherings are an online space for current congregational Presidents, President-Elects, Vice Presidents, and Past Presidents to create a community of learning and collaboration with each other and with Southern Region staff.The Presidents' Gathering sessions are held on the 2nd Tuesda...
    From Southern Region
  • Friday, January 12, 2024, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
    Administration as Leadership Renaissance module pilot
  • Friday, January 12, 2024, 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST (also: Jan 13, 2024; Jan 14, 2024 )
    Do you wish to deepen your understanding of how race and ethnicity play out in our institutions and our daily lives? Are you ready to take a leading role to nurture a multicultural future in the face of opposing cultural currents? Come Join Us for this Life-Changing Weekend!
    Training | Sponsored by UU Church of Akron, Fairlawn, OH | From Central East Region
    Online & on-site
    Tagged as: Anti-Racism
  • Thursday, January 18, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
    Let's connect! Join your peers to share ideas, questions, concerns and support. This will be our second gathering for the 2023-2024 church year. We hope you can join us!...
    From New England Region
  • Tuesday, January 23, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
    Theme: How do we know how we are doing?Many of the metrics we have typically used to assess our effectiveness in congregations such as attendance numbers, pledging income, etc. are a bit removed from the core of our purpose. That is especially true in these times....
    From New England Region
  • Friday, January 26, 2024, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
    Join us to examine and practice ways to navigate healthy conflict as a leader.
    Public Event | From Educational Opportunities for Musicians
  • Friday, January 26, 2024, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
    • Understand that culture change involves internal as well as external work over time; • Understand that incremental changes create the ripple effect to extensive changes;
  • Friday, January 26, 2024, 1:00 pm - Sunday, January 28, 2024, 4:00 pm PST
    OWL Facilitator Training, Grade Levels K-1/4-6, Studio City, CA
    On-site | Studio City, CA | Wheelchair accessible
    Tagged as: Sexuality Education
  • Wednesday, January 31, 2024, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST (also: Feb 7, 2024; Feb 21, 2024 )
    If you are a newer religious professional serving in UU faith development, this series will provide connection, community, and context! This 3-part series course, offered in an online format, will be on Wednesdays, January 31, February 7, February 21 9-11 am PT / 10-12 MT / 11-1 CT / 12-2 pm ET
  • Thursday, February 1, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
    This month's topic is CER Leader Skill Up: Practices of Intergenerational Connection. Please join us. Led by Central East Region staff.
    Webinar | Sponsored by Central East Region of the UUA | From Central East Region
    Tagged as: Multigenerational Faith Development, Leadership Development
  • Friday, February 2, 2024, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
    Central to our understanding of congregational systems is a grounding in the awareness that “everything we do is faith development; everything we teach is Unitarian Universalism and that the congregation is the curriculum.”
    Webinar | Featuring Connie Goodbread, Cameron Young | Sponsored by Southern Region of the UUA | From Southern Region
    Tagged as: Credentialing for Religious Educators, Faith Development
  • Monday, February 5, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
    OWL Facilitator Training, 7-9/10-12, Online – February 2024 EST
    Tagged as: Sexuality Education
  • Monday, February 5, 2024, 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm PST
    OWL Facilitator Training, 7-9/10-12, Online – February 2024 PST
    Tagged as: Sexuality Education
  • Tuesday, February 6, 2024, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST (also: May 7, 2024; Aug 1; Nov 7 )
    Religious Education Professional (REP) Meet-Up
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
    Expand your understanding of curriculum, religious education, and faith development!
  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
    Southern Region Primer Leadership Experience

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The following is the Code of Ethics that each youth and adult in leadership for our youth events must adhere to.

UUA Youth and Adult Leaders Code of Ethics 2019

Adults and youth in leadership roles are in a position of stewardship and play a key role in fostering spiritual development of both individuals and the community. It is, therefore, especially important that leaders be well qualified to provide the special nurture, care, and support that will enable youth to develop a positive sense of self and a spirit of independence and responsibility.

Leaders shall be informed of the code of ethics and agree to it before assuming their role. In cases of violation of this code, UUA staff may remove or restrict, temporarily or permanently, the leader from the leadership role and/or from UUA event participation.

As either an adult or youth leader I agree to:

  • Serve as a role model to other youth and adults in my program including modeling affirmative consent, following all site rules, UUA Behavioral Expectations, and UUA policies.

  • Respect any information that must be kept in confidence. I understand that as a youth, this information need not be held secret from my parents. And as a leader, I understand I have the freedom to seek the counsel and support of my local religious professional.

  • Report to UUA Staff any unsafe behavior, threats or thoughts of harm to self or others, violations of UUA behavioral expectations, poor adult boundaries, and any possible child abuse or other ways youth are in danger including substance abuse and suicidal thoughts.

  • Communicate with UUA staff about anything which threatens the well-being of any program or youth community including anything violating the Youth Safety Guidelines.

  • Engage in conflict and disagreement directly, creatively, and honestly while holding others with dignity and compassion. Listen to others with openness and a willingness to receive feedback. Seek mediation when needed.

  • Remain an active participant and in covenant in a UU Congregation or Covenanting Community

  • Engage in the emotional and physical self-care, ongoing training, and spiritual development needed to bring my best self to my community.

  • Respect the full range of human difference including race/ethnicity, age, sexual orientation, gender/gender expression, socioeconomic status, physical and mental ability, theology/belief, and primary language among my community and seek to build a community inclusive of all.

As a youth leader I agree to:

  • Refrain from engaging in any form of sexual, seductive, or erotic conduct with other youth at events and; outside events, to be conscious of my power as a youth leader when sexually or romantically interested in a peer I met through UU youth events.

  • Empower other youth as part of my leadership.

  • Be attentive to ways current or potential youth leaders’ behavior may be damaging to the trust the community puts in them and seek both youth and adult assistance.

  • Where I am older than other youth, recognize the greater influence my age gives me and the greater responsibility I have to maintaining healthy relationships with younger youth. This includes keeping appropriate emotional, sexual, and physical boundaries with youth who are still minors after I bridge.

  • Seek the assistance of other adults in leadership or UUA staff when I have discomfort with any adult, especially one in leadership.

  • If I am a driver, I will not drive other youth to events.

As an adult leader I agree to:

  • Commit to following, modeling, and mentoring other adults in the ethics described in the Code of Conduct for Adults attending UUA Youth Events

  • Refrain from all behaviors at youth events, with youth from youth events, and in view of youth online, both verbal and physical, that are in any way erotic, seductive or sexual in nature.

  • Consciously engage with youth in ways that seeks to meet their needs rather than mine. Refrain from any behavior that takes advantage of youth and adult attendees.

  • Understand that it is primarily my responsibility to maintain appropriate boundaries with youth and youth leaders and to cultivate an atmosphere of health and trust with them.


Adults and youth in leadership positions who work with youth under the ageis of the UUA are responsible not only to the youth, but to the UUA as well. Remember: you are acting as a representative of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

I have read this form in its entirety and I understand the ethical responsibilities of both youth and adults in leadership. I commit to following this code of ethics in my own actions and to support my co-leaders, both youth and adults, in living in covenant with each other, the UUA, our congregations, parents and our youth community.

I have disclosed to the UUA any past and will disclose any new child welfare agency investigations or any criminal or juvenile delinquency arrests, charges, or convictions particularly including those involving abuse, violence, sexual misconduct, domestic violence, child abuse, driving while intoxicated, firearms or dangerous weapons or similar matters against me.