College & University Campus Ministry
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) know our actively inclusive faith speaks to the needs and questions of many college and university students. So UUs across many campuses are finding ways to connect and make a spiritual home-base with one another. And if you need help connecting and starting, the UUA can support and accompany you!
Campus Ministry is good for everyone
Students who were raised UU and miss their home faith communities need us. Students who have never heard of Unitarian Universalism and are striving to make meaning of our world need us. Higher education, which is increasingly aware of the positive benefits of interfaith work and spiritual involvement on campuses, also desperately needs us. And we UUs need the energy and ideas of students in our movement.
... so plug on in!
Connect to a network of bridging youth & emerging adults; on Facebook, join a group for UU emerging adults, the larger group for all UU Young Adults (18-35), or a group for UU campus ministry leaders. Read our blog Blue Boat, or connect via Twitter. Connect to Emerging Adult Ministry Associate, Rev. Stevie Carmody, for more support and accompaniment!
Got a UU campus ministry group? Tell us!
Some campus ministries to check out
- Boston Campus Unitarian Universalists (sponsored by Sanctuary Boston)
- Emerging Adult Task Force, through the Pacific West Region
Good campus ministry is good young adult ministry! Explore these resources for the many components of healthy UU community life, including Spirituality and Worship, Identity Formation and Multigenerational Pastoral Care.
Find a campus ministry near you, list your campus ministry, or just put yourself on the map as an individual reaching out! The HubMap is a Google map of young adult and campus ministry groups. Fill out this form to get on the map.
Small group ministry is the most common type of campus ministry. Find downloadable guides, manuals, curricula, liturgy and music resources to support your student group in having meaningful programming.
Starting or maintaining a campus ministry group is hard work. This handbook has tips and ideas for outreach, programming, inclusive community building and more.
We have a lot to offer college students, so they need to know how to find us. Whether your established group is trying to reach more folks or you’re just starting out, these outreach tips and materials should help.
Moving from being a UU youth to UU young adult life can be challenging. This Prezi slideshow demonstrates where campus ministry fits into the big picture of navigating what can feel like a spiritual cliff.
This GA Talks video from 2014 shows why Unitarian Universalism is needed on college campuses now more than ever.
There are many ways to do good young adult and campus ministry. The Spotlight Series on the blog Blue Boat highlights groups doing this important work around the country.