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Shannon Harper

Youth and Emerging Adult Ministries Specialist

Central East Region in Congregational Life

Email: sharper@uua.org

Telephone: (937) 476-1623

Shannon Harper has been working with the Central East Region since the Fall of 2016. In her role as Youth and Young Adult Ministries Specialist she supports regional and national youth and emerging adult programming as well as advising and resourcing congregations in their implementation of programs for young people. During her time with CER she has reimagined how we talk about leadership with young people through River Rising Leadership Experience. She has also collaborated on and lead youth projects around creating spaces for BIPoC, pastoral care trainings, restorative processes, advisor trainings and anti-racism/anti-oppression work. Since 2019 Shannon has served as a Co-Convenor of the Youth Ministry Roundtable, a collaborative group made up of staff from Congregational Life and Lifespan Faith Engagement Offices as well as UU College of Social Justice, that collaborates on resource development, safety and helps set the direction of youth ministry in the UUA.

Before coming to the UUA, Shannon served the Miami Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Dayton, OH for five years as their Director of Religious Education. In addition, she served as the OWL and Youth Event Coordinator for MidAmerica Region for a year and as a contracted staff member before that. Over the years she’s had the pleasure to serve as volunteer staff for Youth Midwest Leadership School, GA Youth Caucus, UU United Nations Spring Seminar and Southeastern Summer Institute (SUUSI); advisor and liason to the Heartland Area Youth Council (HAYC); and at large member of the MidAmerica Youth Advisors Network (MAYAN) Board. One of her favorite past jobs was teaching after school and summer camp arts and crafts at a local community center. One of her least favorite: Scheduling Manager for a large homecare agency. Shannon prefers work that is creative, fluid, continually emerging and soul nourishing - which is why she loves youth and young adult ministry!

When she’s not hanging out with other people’s teenagers she enjoys being with her own children and grandchildren, talking to her plant friends and being near large bodies of water. Shannon is an artist at heart and, although she doesn’t find much time to get into the pottery studio right now, she’s always looking for ways to express her creative spirit.

From Shannon Harper

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Better Together | Central East Region

Lessons from Growing Things

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
This past spring I joined a trend. I’d like to say I don’t get sucked into fads but I must admit, I’m susceptible.
Youth and Young Adult Programming for Summer

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
This blog post was supposed to be about UU Youth and Young Adult opportunities for this summer.
How is Your Body, Mind and Your Spirit?

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
Friends, how is it with your bodies, minds and spirits these days? Are you doing regular check-ins with yourself? Noticing some things that weren't there b
Shifting How We Support Youth Leaders

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
This past summer Central East Region piloted a new leadership experience for Youth called River Rising.
Why a New Leadership School for Youth? River Rising

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
What kind of leaders do[es] our faith and our planet need in a future that is as close as tomorrow?
Introducing River Rising

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
The Central East Region is excited to announce the creation of a new week-long youth leadership experience happening this summer in 2019
Join Us for Youth Ministry Revival!

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
Join us for Youth Ministry Revival March 1-3, 2019!
Maintaining the Beloved Community

Shannon Harper

From Better Together
Summer is a glorious season. Traditionally it’s sold as a leisure time, a time to relax, enjoy yourself, get outdoors and have some fun.

Central East Region

Supporting Youth and Young Adults

Shannon Harper

From Central East Regional Group
If you attended virtual General Assembly last month, you probably read or at least heard about the Responsive Resolution that was adopted.
CER Youth Resources for Youth Leadership

Evin Carvill Ziemer, Shannon Harper

From Central East Regional Group
Youth leaders provide energy, insight, and wisdom to their faith communities. Their deep love, their new ideas, and their skills are needed. And as many...

For more information contact cer@uua.org.

Shannon in her office
Bowl of a chalice with a rainbow lotus design

A chalice created by Shannon Harper.

Selfie photo with colleagues during a conference