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Build and Sustain Your Campus Ministry

Increase the impact, breadth and depth of your established campus ministry and make sure it is sustainable.

Stay in the Know

  • Stay in the Know with what is happening in the Unitarian Universalist (UU) campus ministry world is easier by tuning into these email lists, blogs, Facebook pages, and conference calls that connect you to the wider campus ministry community. Connection with community and continued leadership development opportunities are often the best resources for seasoned leaders—not to mention providing the support needed to persevere your ministry.
  • Join us for our monthly conference calls at 9 p.m. Eastern Time on the First Sunday of every month. See Staying in the Know for more information.
  • Posters and Banners can be used to help ensure others know about you.


  • Being More Visible, Changing More Lives: A UU Campus Ministry Group Handbook for Congregations (PDF, 71 pages)
    This detailed resource is intended for anyone in a congregation who wants to start, build or sustain a campus ministry. You might be the midwife of this project, someone who begins the movement and creates a healthy environment for the to-be-determined leadership to take over; you might be interested in assisting on smaller projects; or, the leader of the campus ministry group at your college or university. Whoever you are in getting your congregational campus ministry off the ground, this resource is your step-by-step guide of how to do it.
  • Code of Ethics for Peer Leaders in Young Adult and Campus Ministry
    Read and uphold this Code of Ethics, which the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network (CUUYAN) abide by and present as a model.

Program Ideas

Re-imagine small group ministry, refer to Levels of Engagement to see what else your congregation could be doing, or use Our Whole Lives (OWL), Standing on the Side of Love or Interfaith programming to enhance your group. Return to the Campus Ministry home page for links to more information.

Get Connected

  • Email the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at ya-cm [at] uua [dot] org to let us know who you are and what you're excited about.
  • Contact your district and regional staff to learn about area events and other campus ministry programs in your area.
  • Add your group and find others in The Hub Map, an open source map of Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry groups and organizations at the local, regional and national levels.
  • Add your event and find others in The Hub Calendar, an open source calendar of events for and by young adult Unitarian Universalists.
  • Organize an event, conference or camp—it's a great way to build relationships with other young adults in your district or region. You can use a registration template powered by Google Forms and provided to you by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries to help in organizing the event. Search “Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Conference Registration Form” in Google Docs Template Gallery, and edit to suit your needs.
  • Reach out to neighboring congregations to see what they are doing and how you can work together.
  • If you are a campus ministry professional, become a member of National Campus Ministry Association and gain access to resources, a large network of colleagues, and opportunities for professional development. We'll even pay your membership fee! For more information, refer to Grants and Program Support.
  • Go to a worship service hosted by the Church of the Larger Fellowship, held every Sunday at 8 pm and Monday at 9am and 1:30 pm Eastern. Worship is streaming online in real time—a great opportunity for quality worship with minimum planning.
  • Come to General Assembly (GA).

Additional Reading

  • Acts of Faith
    Eboo Patel's memoir Acts of Faith has been selected as the 2011-12 UUA Common Read. A 2008 speaker at the UUA General Assembly, Patel is founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), an international, nonprofit, youth service leadership organization.
  • The Addiction Ministry Handbook provides practical steps and information for faith communities serving the special needs of members affected by drug and alcohol abuse. This thorough resource outlines: The basics of drug abuse; the special role of faith communities and pastoral caregivers in supporting recovery; programming and initiatives that form the core of a congregation-based addiction ministry; and resources like an alcohol abuse assessment tool and a list of web sites and books for further study.
  • Big Questions, Worthy Dreams
    Dr. Sharon Daloz Parks covers many topics in this compelling book, namely the importance of mentoring. As UUs, we do a wonderful job of offering our youth and young adults the freedom to explore their inner and outer worlds, but rarely do we stay beside them as they do it. Parks, through her insight and research, guides the reader in developing the mentoring muscle to be an effective and accountable adult ally to young adults.
  • Campus Ministry: The Church Beyond Itself
    Although 20 years old, the message from Donald Schockley’s 1989 book still rings loud and true: campus ministry needs to be seen as part of the ministry all congregations seek to provide to all beings, regardless of their ability to make it “in the doors” of the church.
  • The College Chaplain is a practical nuts and bolts guide to the everyday details of campus ministry. White has organized the book around the key roles and functions of a campus chaplain—as pastor, priest, rabbi, prophet, steward, herald, missionary, and pilgrim. The book contains many useful tips and suggestions for new and experienced campus ministers as well as a helpful CD—The Chaplain's Tool Box.
  • The Death of Josseline: Immigration Stories from the Arizona-Mexico Borderlands
    The UUA Common Read book for 2010-11, Margaret Regan presents a series of intimate stories from immigrants, activists, human rights workers and border patrol people. Through their stories, the book explores the ethical, moral and spiritual challenges presented by the complex immigration issues on the border, evoking our human response, rather than a political or policy debate. Discussion guides that were developed as part of the Common Read project are also available.
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) has been selected as the 2012-13 UUA Common Read. Alexander, an attorney who is a civil rights advocate and litigator, asserts that crime-fighting policies and systems in the U.S., such as the “war on drugs” and the incarceration system, disproportionately and intentionally affect Americans of color. She describes multifaceted, lifelong discrimination and disenfranchisement that affect people who are branded “felon.”
  • Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?
    Beverly Daniel Tatum analyzes the different stages and forms of racial identity development in whites and people of color in the United States. Exploring race and racism in America and how we can develop stronger anti-racist identities in ourselves, in our children, and in our communities, this is a great book for group discussion.
  • We Would be One: A History of Unitarian Universalist Youth Movements (ebook only)
    This book by Rebecca Scott and Wayne B. Arnason documents the challenges, triumphs and far-reaching effects of the UU youth movement (former definitions of youth included what we now define as young adults). Compelling personal stories capture how important UU youth groups, conferences and organizations have been in people's lives from the late 19th century to the present. Arnason was the UUA's director of youth programs from 1980 to1984 during the creation of YRUU. Scott was a youth programs specialist in the UUA Youth Office from 1989-1990. Revised and updated from Follow the Gleam, published in 1980.


Refer to Grants and Program Support for information on funding.

The Addiction Ministry Handbook
A Guide for Faith Communities

Denis Meacham
From Skinner House Books

Tools to launch a congregation-based program for members affected by drug and alcohol addiction.

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