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PWR Staff Create Resource for Supporting Emerging-Adults in Leadership

Three young adults at a cafe table working.

​Imagine if you will… in your home congregation... that emerging adults (ages 18-24) are fully integrated into the life of the church, and have strong connections with each other. They are involved in both intergenerational and age-cohort activities that satisfy spiritual and social needs (mixing and huddling). They are in positions of leadership throughout the church, and their perspectives and voices are valued, not just because of their generational lens, but also because of their leadership abilities. Their leadership is felt in many aspects of congregational life. Young adults are (becoming) a large part of our identity as a faith community, it is truly their congregation, too.

Are you interested in making this vision a reality? PWR staff Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh and Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist, have created some guiding questions and tips on a new LeaderLab resource, Engaging Emerging Adult Leaders in Congregations.

About the Authors

Eric Bliss

Eric Bliss, Pacific Western Region Youth and Emerging Adult 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...

Sarah Gibb Millspaugh

Bio for Rev. Sarah Gibb Millspaugh of the UUA Pacific Western Region's staff.

Annie Gonzalez Milliken

Annie grew up Unitarian Universalist (UU) in central Illinois and has enjoyed being engaged in various aspects of UU life in Minnesota, New York, California and now Massachusetts....

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