Jessica York

Director

Congregational Life

Email: jyork@uua.org

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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Adapted from a story by Jessica York. The song is an African American spiritual. This story is best told in pairs. One volunteer sings the song at the beginning and later in the story, while the other volunteer narrates the story....

Story | By Jessica York | October 27, 2011 | For High School | From A Place of Wholeness

Small group ministry can be a way to help individuals build relationships, experience a greater sense of belonging, and feel supported in their spiritual journey in the congregation.

Curriculum | By Helen Zidowecki, Jessica York | October 27, 2011 | From Sharing the Journey

A Zen Buddhist tale, retold by Jessica York. Two monks set out on a journey, one young, the other older and wiser. It was after the rains and the road was very muddy. At one point in their journey, they encountered a young woman standing before a large mud puddle....

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grade 6, Middle School | From Amazing Grace

An Ashanti story retold by Jessica York. Anansi, the spider, loves to spin a tale! He can regale you for hours with stories full of wonder, stories full of fun, and stories full of facts, too. Because he is so nosy, Anansi knows almost everything about almost everybody. Almost....

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grade 6, Middle School | From Amazing Grace

Buddhist Jataka tale retold by Jessica York. In the town, there was a school for young people. The school was very poor, but the youth were mostly happy because they had teachers who were wise and who cared for them very much. One day, one of the wise teachers gathered the students. "Our school...

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grade 6, Middle School | From Amazing Grace

You may like to introduce the story with these words: This story is about a time when a group of Unitarian Universalists had to make a difficult decision together and needed to listen to each other. Unitarian Universalism is a living faith. We think that people should be free to believe what they...

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grades 4-5 | From Toolbox of Faith

Adapted from the Tapestry of Faith story "James Luther Adams," by Jessica York. Present the story Introduction and Part I, reading aloud up to the point marked "STOP." Then, lead a role play and discussion as instructed in Alternate Activity 3, Description of Activity....

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Adults | From Faith Like a River

You do not have to be rich or famous or even an adult to make a difference in the world. You do not need to have special training or be the ruler of a country. Many people who feel passionately about injustice in the world speak up about it....

Story | By Jessica York | October 26, 2011 | For Children, Grades 4-5 | From Toolbox of Faith

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