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Pieces of the Puzzle: UU Young Adult Ministry

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Transcript of Pieces of the Puzzle: UU Young Adult Ministry

The Unitarian Universalist Association defines "young adults" as people who are 18 to 35 years old, but...
...age isn't really what matters in ministry
Ministering to young adults
means ministering to...
People who are becoming adults
Millenial Generation
Millennials tend to be....
disconnected from institutions
religiously unaffiliated
("the nones")
social media savvy

diverse and
accepting of difference
This could mean...
choosing a career
working full-time
money issues
serious
relationships
raising children
moving
Good young adult ministry...
All efforts that engage Millennials and support these life transitions are part of doing young adult ministry!
Young adult ministry takes many forms
Here are two
common approaches
Young adult
groups in congregations
peer group
small group
ministry
social events,
worship, meals
justice and
service
meets on campus
tend younger (18-24)
supported by a congregation
may meet at church
or in community
tend older
(25-35)
deeply involved with congregation
Resources for congregational groups
Resources for campus ministries
And there are always new pieces
being added to the puzzle!
concerned
about our world
oppression
follows up
with
social issues
goes
redefines
emphasizes
mission
church
youth
counters
on campus
engages
discernment
young
children
welcomes
embraces
change
applies
our faith
to
different
needs
adapts
is scheduled
throughout
the week
supports
Got a group? Add it to our HubMap!
Seeking a group? Check out HubMap!
uua.org/youngadults
facebook.com/HubYAUU
us on
uua.org/campusministry
Look for our Campus Ministry Handbook under "How to Get Involved" -> "Create"
facebook.com/CampusUUs
us on
Other ways that young adults connect with UUism
Church of the
Larger Fellowship
"a UU congregation
without walls"
virtual worship and community
www.clfuu.org
UU College of
Social Justice
uucsj.org
young adult internships
multigenerational
service learning trips
UU Camps,
Retreats
and Conferences
intensive experiences for
folks of all ages
National Gatherings
General Assembly

Opus - a spiritual retreat
for young adults
uuyan.org
District and Regional
Gatherings
local young adult
conferences
trainings such as Spiritual Activist Leadership Training
Online Connections
creating virtual community
a good number of young adults are involved in this Boston based Co-op organization
uucommunitycoops.org
Creative communities
thesanctuaries.org
a good number of young adults are part of this DC based
spiritual community
Missional Communities
a good number of young adults are involved in these justice focused communities
Leadership training
faitharchitects.org
A developing program run by
and for young adults to help
find their voice as UU leaders
?
What pieces will we add next?
Pieces of the Puzzle
Unitarian Universalist
Young Adult Ministry
If age doesn't matter, then what does?
born roughly 1980 - 2000
Created by the Office of
Youth and Young Adult Ministries

youngadults@uua.org
Generations and Life Stages
college
Groups on
college
campuses
Congregational Groups
Campus Groups
Living spaces
Lucy Stone
Co-op
The Sanctuaries (DC)
Sacred Fire UU
Faith Architects
...to help imagine the future
of UU young adult ministry.
sacredfireuu.org
The UUA is ready to support emerging ministries
these new groups and projects are grounded in our faith and bring people together in covenant
young adults have started many emerging ministries and participate in them too!
www.uua.org/emerging
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