Jessica York


Congregational Life


Telephone: (617) 948-4364

Jessica York is the Director of Congregational Life at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Previously she was the Co-Director of Ministries and Faith Development. During her fifteen plus years as a religious educator she has served on the Liberal Religious Educators Association’s Integrity Team, the MidSouth District’s RE Committee, and the MidSouth District Board, and as an advisor for the Birmingham Alliance of Gay, Straight, Bisexual, Questioning and Transgender Youth. She is the author of the Tapestry of Faith programs Signs of Our Faith and Virtue Ethics, and she is co-author of Bridging: A Handbook for Congregations, Creating Home, and Sharing the Journey: Small Group Ministry with Youth. She currently lives in her native Birmingham, Alabama.

From Jessica York

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[Editor's note: World AIDS Day is December 1.] This painting was a gift from a man I barely knew, but the beauty of the real gift he gave me cannot be captured with a photograph....

By Jessica York | November 26, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Death, Kindness

The Signs of Our Faith program guides children to do their best to live faithful lives every day. It presents fourteen traits or values that most Unitarian Universalist love, including the quest for knowledge, reverence for life, supporting one another on our faith journeys, and public witness.

Curriculum | By Jessica York | October 15, 2013 | For Children, Grades 2-3 | From Signs of Our Faith

That is what my big brother said to me more than a decade ago. The occasion? I was hired as the Director of Religious Education at my local UU church. My brother knows something about ministry. He is a minister and bishop in the Missionary Baptist Church, married to a preacher’s kid, with whom he...

By Jessica York | September 18, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Professional Development for Religious Educators

The Creating Home program helps children develop a sense of home that is grounded in faith. Together with your group you will ask questions about the purpose of having a home and the functions a home serves, for us as humans and for other animals.

Curriculum | By Christy Olson, Jessica York | September 16, 2013 | For Children, Grades K-1 | From Creating Home
Tagged as: Children's Faith Development, Home, Unitarian Universalism

May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity Dialogue & Development, established by the United Nations to support the 2001… Declaration of Cultural Diversity. The day gives an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the...

By Jessica York | May 21, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Multiculturalism

[This post appears by courtesy of the 2013 Mama's Day Our Way campaign of… Families, a national initiative for policy and culture change in support of all families, for which the post was originally written. -- Editor] In...

By Jessica York | May 12, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Families & Faith Development, Mother's Day, Multiculturalism

Spring is here. Life may be blooming all around you, or perhaps just starting to bud. In Alabama, spring brings the dread of tornadoes, but I also have something to look forward to: the pear tree in my backyard....

By Jessica York | May 1, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: Multiculturalism

I remember reading that Natalia Averett would be representing the Joseph Priestly district on the UUA Board of Trustees. I first met Natalia at the UUA’s Multicul… Leadership School in 2010. Recently, I worked with Sana Saeed, a co-author of Building Beloved Community, a program on...

By Jessica York | April 25, 2013 | From Call and Response
Tagged as: High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Young Adult Faith Development (ages 18-35), Racial Justice & Multicultural Ministries, Multiculturalism

CAST Lexie, a White bookstore manager. She is one of three manager/trainers in the company. She has decades of sales experience, though she has only been in books for three years. She currently manages a small mall bookstore that is part of a chain....

Handout | By Jessica York | July 23, 2012 | For Adults | From Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults

This program's premise—in the words of the Buddha, recited in every workshop Opening—is that "our thoughts and actions become habits and our habits shape our character." We have some control over our character. We can shape the person we want to be by making intentional, thoughtful decisions.

Curriculum | By Jessica York | April 2, 2012 | For High School, Middle School | From Virtue Ethics

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