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Multigenerational Ministry

Many Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities are embracing multigenerational ministry. When we say multigenerational ministry, we are talking about a ministry that brings all of our people together, regardless of age. We are talking about a congregational life where all are welcomed, included, and encouraged to lead and participate at any age. Multigenerational ministry brings the ages together to minister to and with each other….children, youth, young adults, emerging adults, the middle aged, older adults and elders. It calls for a whole community, not fractured or siloed by age. 

Multigenerational? Intergenerational?  What’s the difference?

Both of these terms have been gaining traction in our congregations in the past 5-10 years, and we wonder if they mean the same thing, and if not, which one do we use? Intergenerational typically refers to interactions between people of two different generations: a teacher working with a child in a Religious Education class, a Baby Boomer minister offering pastoral care to a Gen X parent, a young adult working with a grandparent in a mentor/mentee relationship. These are all great, and we need these intergenerational connections as well as multigenerational connections (among 3 or more generations) to help our congregations thrive.

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Why Multigenerational Ministry?

Multigenerational Game Night

Multigenerational ministry is important for many reasons.


A multi generational UU group preparing dinner.

Everyone benefits from multigenerational ministry.

What does it Look Like?

Members of the UU Congregation of Atlanta take part in a Pride march.

Multigenerational ministry can take many forms.

How Is It Happening?

Service project making snack packs at the Central Unitarian Church of Paramus, NJ.

There are many ways congregations are implementing multigenerational ministry.


Congregation members sing at Multigenerational Worship at the UU Church of Montpelier VT.

Resources for Multigenerational Ministry

GA Workshops

Multigenerational guitar circle.

General Assembly workshops offer more ideas about multigenerational ministry.

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