Eric Bliss, Pacific Western Region Youth Ministry Specialist, is a native of Knoxville, TN, where he grew up attending both Westside Unitarian Universalist and Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Churches. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Teacher’s Certificate in the states of Tennessee and Utah. As a career educator, Eric has taught secondary science classes from Ecology – to Chemistry – to English as a Second Language. Eric has been active in UU leadership virtually his entire life, beginning as a YRUU group leader, eventually becoming a youth mentor, coordinator, director, and advisor at places such as The Mountain, NCCJ’s “Anytown,” Ferry Beach, Quuest Youth Camp, UUA Summer Seminary, and GA Youth Caucus. Eric has served as the Mountain Desert District (MDD) LREDA Chair and also as the Chaplain to Youth in MDD. First Unitarian Society of Denver was Eric’s most recent place of employment, where he served as the Director of Religious Exploration for six years. Eric is currently a member of the Fahs Collaborative Guiding Team and is on the UUA Youth Ministry Roundtable. He is the loving father of two beautiful boys, named Hollis and Ozwell, is an avid soccer fan and coach, loves skateboarding, playing guitar, and exploring the outdoors.