Upcoming Youth and Young Adult Events

Youth and young adult ministry is an important part of Canadian Unitarianism, both in the work of the CUC and at the congregational level. Here are some events coming up over the fall, and a reminder to save the date for the CanUUdle XVIII and the National Conference May 18-21, 2018.

For youth (14-20):

High School Our Whole Lives (OWL) Weekend – October 20-22 – Unitarian Congregation in Mississauga

Registration open until October 13

For youth advisors and adults working with youth:

Central Region Gathering – Beloved Community

October 28 – Unitarian Fellowship of London

Registration open until October 20

Workshops include: Meetings and meaning (Rev. Peter Boullata), Congregational covenants (Rev. Linda Thomson), and Youth Ministry Training for adults working with youth (Asha Philar). Full day Junior Youth mini-con for ages 10-13!

Special price for young adults: $25

Youth and young adults: Save the date for May 2018!

CanUUdle XVIII – May 18-21, 2018 – First Unitarian Church of Hamilton

Registration will open in February. Youth and adults wanted to for the planning (staff) team – applications open in November.

Young adults at the CUC National Conference – May 18-21, 2018 – McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario.

18-35 year old UUs will once again gather on the May long weekend, in conjunction with the CUC Conference in Hamilton. Our weekend will be a mix of multigenerational events and young adults social and worship time. Stay tuned for more details!



Welcoming, Serving, and Engaging Young Adults


There is an exciting new development at the CUC: A year long project focusing on engaging young adults is being launched.

This initiative is inspired by Lindsay Hindle’s address during the Sunday morning service at the CUC’s National Conference in May 2016; Lindsay is a young adult from Vancouver who shared her views about what could be done to effectively engage young adults. Rev. Steven Epperson of the Unitarian Church of Vancouver took up the challenge and set the ball in motion. Led by Rev. Carly Gaylor and supported by the UU Ministers of Canada and the Canadian Unitarian Council, the project will work with congregations to improve the way they welcome, serve and engage young adults.

CUC staff have begun running a series of 3 webinars between November 2016 and June 2017 to help congregations navigate the work of welcoming young adults and improve their in-house practices. The webinars will include a congregational self-assessment, a discussion of generational differences and needs, concrete plans for improvement, and personalized help to carry out this work.

The first introductory session ran at the end of November 2016, where participants joined Asha Philar, CUC Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development Staff, and Rev. Carly Gaylor, Project Coordinator, to learn more about the project, how it could impact local congregations, and for an introduction to the self-assessment process. Whether you have many young adults, few, or none, this workshop is an opportunity to hear experiences, hopes, and dreams of young adults in our communities and beyond. The hope is that, by the end of the project, resources, direction and tips on inviting and welcoming younger members, and meeting the needs of those already in your UU community will be developed, collected and shared.

Interested in being part of this process and ending the church year with a new an improved strategy for young adult ministry? It’s not too late to take advantage of the resources for young adult ministry that will follow in the months to come, and to join the following two webinar sessions, which will be planned to run around February and April in the coming year. Congregations will be asked to commit to both winter and spring sessions, so stay tuned for more information, sign up details, and save the dates in the weeks to come.

Come join the next conversation planned for 2017 and get ready for a transformative year!

Save the Date: Justice Con 2017

Bridging-2015A young adult con for all ages!

  • When? May 19 – 22, 2017
  • Where? Westwood Unitarian Congregation – Edmonton, Alberta
  • Who? Young adults (18-35) and people of all ages who are young at heart. Limit of 45 people.
  • What? A “Con-style gathering” – where everyone participates in leadership, and everyone helps to create beloved community through worship, workshops, cooking and activities.

New in 2017, the CUC is running a full weekend con for people of all ages which will be planned and run by young adults. We are opening the door to people who want to experience the profound connections that younger UUs create together at gatherings.

We want to share the beauty of this community, and invite older adults into meaningful relationship with young adults.  Our broad theme is “love and justice”, taking inspiration from the new vision for Canadian Unitarian Universalism.   Continue reading

Making the Bridge

Bridging-2015It’s that bridging time of year again! As the school and church year winds down, many youth in the 18-20 age range are thinking about bridging out of youth group and the adventures that lie ahead.

“Bridging” is what we call the step from youth to young adulthood, when youth choose to transition out of the youth community and into the young adult one. This important transition is often marked with a bridging ceremony that youth can participate in at a youth group event, a conference, or during a Sunday service (or sometimes all of the above).

Youth can choose to bridge whenever it feels right to them (within that age range), and they can bridge as many times as they want. It can be an incredibly emotional transition, as youth leave the beloved community that has been their UU home throughout their high school years. Some may be starting new school programs, jobs, travel, or a move to a different city, so the separation from youth group may be physical as well as mental. Continue reading

Upcoming Youth & Young Adult Events

CUC YouthThere is so much going on over the coming year for youth, young adults and youth ministry professionals! Please see the sections below for events and opportunities, and please pass this information along to those in your congregations that may be interested!

Any questions? Contact Asha Philar, Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development at asha@cuc.ca or 519-900-2995. Continue reading