UUA Congregational Life

Resources and More

We have a growing library of online resources: Meet your field staff, learn about good safety practices, train your leaders, support your staff, certify and update your congregation's information.

Congregations & Leaders

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.

The mission of Congregational Life staff is to:

  • Coach: Congregations feel supported in their work, both structural and missional
  • Connect: Congregations feel they are a part of a larger Association
  • Challenge: Congregations understand their covenantal relationship with their UUA
  • Companion: Congregations feel known, cared for, heard, seen and affirmed

About Our Regions

Stated simply we strive to serve interdependence, innovation, and impact.

Congregational Life is made up of five regional field staff teams led by the Director of Congregational Life that work with district and regional boards to support the health and growth of congregations and other Unitarian Universalist communities.

Group Photo of Congregational Life Staff in January 2018

Who to Call for Support

UUA Regional Map

Staff

Central East Region

MidAmerica Region

New England Region

Pacific Western Region

Southern Region

HOPE for Us Conflict Engagement Team

Director of Congregational Life

Regional Leads

Online Discussions and Groups

To join the conversation with the Congregational Life team and other congregational leaders, please explore these online discussions and groups:

From UUA Congregational Life

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HOPE for Us: Conflict Engagement Team
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:
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Safe Transportation for Youth Ministry
Recommended Practices for transporting youth during Youth Group events.
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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.)
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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