Stay in the Know with Youth Ministry
There are many ways to stay in the know on what's happening in youth ministry including a blog, Facebook page, Twitter feed, newsletter, email lists, webinars and conference calls that connect you to the wider community of high school aged Unitarian Universalists (UUs).
Blue Boat Blog
Visit Blue Boat, the blog hosted by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). The youth section is a space to share stories, successes, resources and information for youth, as well as the advisors, staff and adult allies who work with them. Youth are actively encouraged to submit content to Blue Boat and make their voice heard!
Unitarian Universalist Youth Ministry Facebook page shares what is going on in our congregations, as well as resources and opportunities.
Subscribe to our feed @YAYAUUA—we promise to tweet only when it's really important.
Subscribe to our newsletter to receive two types of mailings of brief, up-to-date notices:
- Blue Boat Newsletter—Monthly focused highlights of information that is most useful to youth and their allies from the Blue Boat blog.
- Blue Boat Red Flag Edition—Special Edition newsletters on deadlines as they arise—hey, we don't want you to miss the boat!
Email Discussion Lists
- Advisor-L discussion list for youth advisors to ask questions and share best practices about working with youth.
- PYMS-L discussion list for paid youth ministry staff to ask questions and share best practices about youth ministry.
- REACH-L discussion list for sharing about Unitarian Universalist religious education issues.
Conference Calls and Webinars
Conference calls and webinars are dedicated to the development of our community of youth ministry leaders.
- Webinar of Youth Ministry Updates
These periodic webinars for religious professionals discuss the latest developments and resources in UU youth ministry. Email youth [at] uua [dot] org to find out about and register for the next scheduled webinar.
- Webinar on Ministry with Transracially Adopted Youth
Transracially adopted youth of color belong to many UU congregations that are mostly white. Download the recording of this previously held webinar to better understand the needs of transracially adopted youth and explore how religious professionals can address those needs. More information, including download links, is at Youth and Young Adults of Color Resources.
- Webinars of Interest to Adults Involved in Youth Ministry
See this listing of upcoming and archived webinars of interest to youth advisors and other adults interested in youth ministry who want training, refreshers, and ways to expand their knowledge base and skill set.
Have a question? Need support? Looking for resources? These folks can help:
- Your District Staff can inform you of local resources and opportunities, provide consulting assistance, and connect you with youth ministry efforts made by congregations in your area.
- UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries advocates for the vision of multicultural and multigenerational youth ministry, provides resources and materials for youth leaders and religious professionals, and communicates success stories, challenges, hopes and dreams of youth ministry. Email youth [at] uua [dot] org or call (617) 948-4350 with questions, challenges or ideas about UU youth ministry, programming, issues and groups. We can also respond more generally about multigenerational congregations and multicultural and identity-based issues affecting youth.
- UUA Resource Development Office provides curricula and professional leadership to support religious education programs for all stages of life, in congregations and other Unitarian Universalist groups. Offerings include Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education programs, Tapestry of Faith religious education programs, and the UUA WorshipWeb of reflections, orders of service, and other tools for gathering together in faith. Watch our What's New page for youth leadership and learning opportunities. Email religiouseducation [at] uua [dot] org about your faith development resource needs.
These reports provide additional background on UU youth ministry.
- The Youth Ministry Working Group Report (PDF, 24 pages)
The capstone of the UUA's multi-year Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth, this report from the Youth Ministry Working Group offers both specific suggestions and a call for a broad culture change in our faith communities to nurture a vibrant youth ministry and UU faith. To help you explore the Youth Ministry Working Group Report and adopt its recommendations in your own congregation or organization, accompanying user guides are available for youth, UUA staff, and congregations.
- Mosaic Project Report offers recommendations to help congregations, districts, and Association create an environment that effectively supports Youth and Young Adults of Color both in their development of a healthy identity and through the transition from childhood to adulthood. The positive impact of creating such an environment can reach beyond the Youth and Young Adults of Color community into all ministry areas. An essential read for all those working with youth.
- 2008 GA Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution Follow Up
At the 2008 General Assembly, one of the three motions calling our association of congregations into deeper and healthier relationship with Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults was the responsive resolution entitled Youth and Young Adult Empowerment: Accountability, which called for member congregations, districts, and other Unitarian Universalist groups to report annually on their work with youth and young adults.
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