Benjamin Hosking and Ginger Furey are lifelong Unitarian Universalists and co-founders of the largest congregation-based Unitarian Universalist 20s and 30s group in Southern California, at Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena. They have grown from four to forty active participants, and from small spiritual discussion group to weekly programming and an expansive community.
In this video, they tell their story to the Rev. Summer Albayati.
- Spirituality First, Potlucks Second: The success of congregation-centered Young Adult Ministry comes from addressing the intimate spiritual needs of 20 and 30-somethings to build a tight-knit faith community, before launching into social activities. We come to church for spiritual community first. The potlucks come after that initial bonding.
- The Snowball Effect: Once regular spiritual programming is in place, social events can percolate. Potlucks, holiday celebrations, etc. came AFTER regular twice-monthly spiritual discussion was in place. Most of these activities are organic, self-sustaining offerings of members who are bonded by our spiritual core of faith, fellowship, and friendship. We build the structural scaffolding, but it’s up to the UUs within to welcome one another into social fellowship.
- Growth: The important thing is that these young adults are active in congregational life, not a separate group from church or unaffiliated. There is real conversion from attendance to pledging and volunteerism.
Learn more at the UU 2030 website!
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