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Supporting Youth and Young Adults of Color
Supporting Youth and Young Adults of Color
Faith Development, High School-Aged Youth Faith Development, Racial Justice & Multicultural Ministries

Whether you are a religious educator, youth advisor, minister, parent, mentor, community member, chaplain, or spiritual seeker, ministry to Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults of color is vital, spirit-filling work. Here are some resources for those who see serving youth and young adults of color as part of their role:

Curricula

Be The Change! gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different sizes. The project also includes additional activities, further links and resources, and an online community to support groups engaging with the project.

Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults is an eight-workshop resource which supports UU young adults to engage in honest and open conversations about race, better understand their own ethnic and racial identity and journey, and learn the practical skills they need in their own lives right now as they make their way in an increasingly multicultural world.

Workshops on identity formation created by Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings provide one-hour introductions to racial/ethnic identity formation for white youth, youth of color, and transracial adoptees. 

A crowdsourced collection of videos on race and racism created with UU youth in mind to supplement curriculum. Featuring personal stories, concrete skill-building, and engaging ways of understanding systemic racism.

Connecting

Thrive leadership schools are annual gatherings for UU youth and young adults of color to deepen our faith, lift our spirits, and build critical skills for leadership in the face of our uncertain, broken and beautiful world.

Virtual community gatherings for UUs of color are convened by Jessica York and welcome people of all ages and the Church of the Larger Fellowship periodically offers online covenant groups for UUs of color.

Stay in touch with Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color, hear from UU youth and young adults of color, and stay informed about new opportunities through our blog Blue Boat.

Liturgical Resources

Webinar Resources

Webinar on Ministering to Youth and Young of Color: Faith Formation and Spiritual Development.

Webinar on Naming Race as part of faith formation. 

Webinar on Inclusive Youth Ministry in a Diverse World

Funding

Check out the funding opportunities available to support UU youth and young adults of color!

Partners

Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) is the Unitarian Universalist, anti-racist, anti-oppressive, multicultural organization of people of color. Become a member and like DRUUMM on Facebook to stay in touch.

LREDA Diversity and Inclusion Team challenges the members of the Liberal Religious Educators Assocation (LREDA) to act as transformative leaders in growing inclusive congregations that model accountability, integrity and hope in the spirit of radical hospitality.

The Committee for Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression (CARM) of the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) works to strengthen the ministry of the UUMA by assisting the UUMA in becoming and remaining an anti-racist, anti-oppressive, and multicultural organization with particular attention to racial, cultural, ethnic, and economic oppressions. 

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