UUA Congregational Life Staff Group

Group Photo of Congregational Life Staff in January 2018

The regional Congregational Life staff are congregations' local connection to the UUA. All of the program Congregational Life staff have expertise in most aspects of congregational life and each also has a few program areas of expertise. See the UUA Congregational Life Staff Group page for more information.

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HOPE for Us Coaches
A nation-wide team of specialized coaches who help congregations engage conflict, covenant and re-covenant, love boldly and faithfully.
Permission Forms and Communication with Parents
Permission forms are one form of communication with parents and guardians. Parents/guardians should understand the components of a youth program including:
Safe Transportation for Youth Ministry
Recommended Practices for transporting youth during Youth Group events.
Policies for Overnight Youth Events
Policies around sleeping arrangements at youth events in the past have either been too laissez-faire, or rigidly bound to norms that don't fit our values (assumptions of heterosexuality or binary gender.)
Safe Spaces for Youth Pastoral Care
Because of the power disparities and the potential for boundary violation in pastoral care conversations between adults and youth, we recommend adults engage in these recommended practices to create a supportive, appropriately confidential, and safer space for youth.
Two Unrelated Adults Present for Youth Safety
It is advisable to have two (or more) unrelated adults with youth during all programs and events. This helps to protect youth from abusive or manipulative situations.
Sexual Boundaries for Minors
Adults and religious professionals who work with youth need to know our reporting responsibilities and know what counts as child abuse. Knowledge is power and youth (and parents) need to know what’s legal and what’s not in their state. As a healthy sexuality-positive community, we owe it to our...
Recommended Practice for Age Range in Youth Ministry
​​The UUA defines “youth” as any young person currently in high school (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth or other uncommon schooling situations). "Youth" also includes minors of the same age who have left school without receiving a diploma. Youth fitting this definition may or may...
Participant Covenant for Youth Events
Each group or event is encouraged to develop its own covenant to respect appropriate safety boundaries. Three forms of covenant are encouraged for programs to consider.
Codes of Ethics for Adults in Youth Ministry
Adults working with youth bear a special responsibility in fostering youth spiritual development and modeling healthy behavior. 

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