CER Youth Events Procedures and Requirements

CER Youth Calendar

  • Monday, November 27, 2023, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm CST (also: Sep 18; Oct 23 )
    Join Regional Congregational Life staff and consultants for a national three session series that will empower congregational leaders to faithfully support our transgender/non-binary community members....
    Webinar | For Adults | Sponsored by Southern Region of the UUA | From Southern Region
    Tagged as: Pastoral Care, Welcome & Inclusion for LGBTQ
  • Monday, December 4, 2023, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST (also: Jan 8, 2024; Feb 5, 2024; Mar 4, 2024; Apr 1, 2024; May 6, 2024; Jun 3, 2024; Oct 2; Nov 6 )
    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, December 5, 2023, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
    This month's topic is Raising and Protecting Funds for Your Congregation's Mission. Please join us. Led by Central East Region staff.
    Webinar | From Central East Region
    Tagged as: Stewardship for Congregations, Finance for Congregations, Leadership Development
  • Thursday, December 7, 2023, 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EST (also: Sep 19; Oct 12; Oct 24; Nov 9; Nov 21 )
    A time for leaders of small congregations in the MidAmerica Region and elsewhere to check-in.
    Webinar | From MidAmerica Events
    Tagged as: Small Congregations
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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;
  • 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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Safe and Healthy Youth Community!

Before signing up for a Central East youth event, adults and youth should be clear on the procedures and requirements.

Pre-registration Required

This is required for youth and adults. Each event has specific deadlines. No walk-ins.

Behavioral Expectations

All participants must agree to the expectations while registering. Each event may have additional site rules in addition to these.

UU Involvement

Both adults and youth must be active participants in a local UU congregation or Covenanting Community.

Congregational Approval for Adults

Adults must be approved by a congregational leaders, usually Director of Religious Education, paid Youth Coordinator, or Minister. Congregations without such paid staff may give this responsibility to a Board President or RE Committee Chair. There is an online approval form that must be submitted annually.

All adults attending youth events must be background checked. We require a national criminal background check with sex offender registry check done in the last 3 years.

Congregational Approval for Youth

Youth must be approved for each event they attend. We rely on local congregations to help us know both an event is safe for a youth and a youth is ready to be a safe attendee at an event.

This approval process is done via an online spreadsheet. Local religious leaders are sent a confirmation email when youth register and instructions on how to approve youth. Local leaders also approve the pairing of particular youth with particular adult sponsors/advisors.

Sponsors/Con Advisors

Each youth must have a sponsor for community cons. This adult must be an adult who knows the youth and who the local religious leader knows is an adult able to meet any support needs the youth has.

Adult to Youth Ratio

Our regional ratio is at least one adult to seven youth.

Some events may set different ratios, especially if events are far from home or require additional adult support.

This ratio defines the maximum number of youth a single adult may sponsor or advise at a community con.


Occasionally event planners, with involvement from UUA staff, involve guests such as guest presenters. Such guests are oriented to the event, stay in the public space, and are only present for the portion of the event they're participating in.

Late Arrivals, Leaving Early, Coming and Going

If participants are not able to plan to arrive on time, they should check with the event registrars for permission to arrive late.

In general, we ask that all adults and youth stay for the whole event rather than leaving early or coming and going. Each event has specific requirements and if a participant is not able to stay the whole time, they should check with the event registrars for permission ahead of time.

When event planners allow for coming and going, a sign in/out sheet is kept.

Age Range:

Senior high youth events are for youth ages 14-19 and in high school or the homeschool equivalent. Exceptions must be individually approved by regional staff in consultation with local religious professionals.

Metro New York and Western CER (Ohio Meadville) have specific junior high events. The age range for these events are described on the event pages.

Junior high youth may attend certain of Western CER (Ohio Meadville) events if they meet particular pre-conditions. They are described in the detailed information about this program.

Driving during events:

Youth may only be driven to sites away from the event where prior parental permission has been given. This is arranged for outings such as social justice field trips.

Sleeping Arrangements

Each person must have their own bedding and there must be visible floor space between them.

Community building cons have clear sleeping spaces defined by gender identity including a multi-gender sleeping space and separate adult sleeping space. After programming, youth must be in the single large lit awake supervised room or in a sleeping space. A pair of youth and a pair of adults take turns sweeping the building so the awake room remains supervised.

At trainings and small leadership events, the community covenants to a particular bed-time. At least two adults sleep in each room of youth and two adults remain awake until youth go to bed. Two adults wake at least once in the night to check on youth.

Behavioral Accountability

Community cons have a team of youth and adults who function as a facilitator of covenant for the community. When the host congregation has planned the con, there is a local adult and youth who serve on this team.

We aspire to restorative practices that focus on creating understanding of the context which created the violation and on a plan for the future which emphasizes both safety and restoring relationship. This can include sending participants home and may require much process outside of events before a participant can be trusted at an overnight event again.

We know that people make mistakes and can learn from mistakes. We seek to be compassionate and not let one mistake define anyone. And we have a high commitment to safety, accountability, and process which restores the trust of those injured by someone’s actions.

We will always inform the home congregation and parents of any youth who isn’t able to keep others safe or who has been hurt. And we will include both in the processes moving forward.

Our implementation of formal restorative practice is in progress and we are far from perfect.

Wrestling Games

These games are not allowed at Metro New York and Mid-Atlantic (Joseph Priestly) events.

Because people are often far from home, activities that have a significant risk of physical harm (e.g. Wink and Kissy Face) won't be part of CER region wide events.