Youth Ministry

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Central East Regional Group

Better Together

  • July 1, 2018 at 6 pm ET. You are invited to gather to remember the extraordinary Wendi Winters.
  • By Shannon Harper
    Summer is a glorious season. Traditionally it’s sold as a leisure time, a time to relax, enjoy yourself, get outdoors and have some fun.
  • Fifty people left UU Fellowship of Harford County early on Saturday, March 24 for the rally in Washington, D.C. The experience seems to have resonated with the students who attended as well as the adults....
  • The Central East Region’s staff is excited to announce the hire of Shannon Harper, our new Youth and Young Adult Coordinator.
  • A couple weekends ago (on President’s Day weekend) CERG youth had our very first regional caucus at the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg on Clover Lane! Our goal was to have youth and adult representatives from each district meet and figure out how to organize ourselves before the regionalization...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    It's that time of year again! Time to sign up for Goldmine. What's Goldmine? It's a week long life changing experience for teenage UU's. It's a chance to practice leadership skills, to explore one's values, to ponder on one's own calling. It's a chance to learn to lead worship and to learn more...
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    First Unitarian in Rochester NY has made some really exciting changes in how their youth program is structured. While they have a large youth program, the philosophy of these changes is accessible to youth programs of every size. Here's an over view from Sheila Schuh, DRE:...
  • I have had the privilege of being the Director of Religious Education at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Amherst for 4 years now. As any veteran DRE knows, change is something that often needs to be approached delicately, and in small increments. For at least my first 2 years, consistency and a...
  • During the week of June 16-21st, 2014 youth from First UU Columbus alongside a couple of teens from other UU congregations came together to learn about reproductive justice. We learned a lot, challenged each other, affirmed our strong beliefs in human rights, and had a bunch of fun. Our major...
  • This is a post from the Con's senior co-dean Lilly Kahris, information on bringing some of the programming to your congregation is at the end of this post....
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    Between the evening of Friday October 10 and the morning of Monday October 13, sixty youth and twenty-two adults from across the Central East Regional Group gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Centre County in State College PA. The second annual CERG youth con was a chance to...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    In 1991 Jaco Ten Hove and others in the Pacific Northwest started a grand experiment, adapting the idea of a week long leadership school into a leadership school for youth. I first encountered Goldmine trained youth leaders as co-leaders of training I was leading in 2005, and Wow! They were...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    The first ever regional con happened this year in CERG!
  • People often ask me, “How can we attract more young adults and families? The key to answering that question lies in understanding the Millennial generation. They are children born to the post WWII boomers, between 1989 and 2000, also called the Gen Y generation....
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    It's amazing to watch the effects of the contagion of cooperation that seems to be springing up. When I first was employed by the Ohio Meadville District (as Young Adult Coordinator) from 2006-2009 I saw faint symptoms--a combined leadership school, a monthly phone call between young adult staff and...


Youth Ministry

MidAmerica Events

  • By Nancy Combs-Morgan, Dori Davenport Thexton
    Webinar video: Sustainable youth ministry
  • By Nancy Heege
    Webinar video: Getting the congregation involved will enrich the process.
  • By Jill M. Schwendeman
    Webinar video: teens are an enormous generative force for our faith communities.

MidAmerica News

  • Our transformative Midwest Leadership School, for youth, young adults, and adults, went through a significant change this year with engaging multigenerational group spiritual practices, focusing on worship as THE spiritual practice.

Uplift: Uplifting LGBTQ+ Experience Within and Beyond Unitarian Universalism

  • By Sara Green
    I did a little research on the history of National Coming Out Day. It began in 1988 with the premise that coming out as a queer or trans person was the most basic form of activism one could do, because of the rationale that it is harder for people to hate queer or trans people if they know...

UU World

  • By Elaine McArdle
    New self-assessment tool is helping UUs identify their spiritual priorities.
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  • By Asha Pruitt
    Thoughts on adolescence, growing up, and bridging into adulthood.
    Image credit: water color illustration of a woman with arms outstretched