Young Adult Events

While often embedded within the multi-generational communities of conferences and congregations, certain times are set aside to gather together as young adults. The following events are specifically geared towards the Canadian young adult community.

Subsidies from the CUC are available to help Canadian young adults with registration and travel costs associated with attending events.

Annual Gatherings:

CUC Annual Conference

UU Young Adults at the CUC 50th anniversary Annual Conference & Meeting in Toronto, May 2011

UU Young Adults at the CUC 50th anniversary Annual Conference & Meeting in Toronto, May 2011. More than 50 YAs attended, meeting an anniversary goal.

Young Adults gather for a mini-con or retreat that takes place on one day (or half day) either before of after the main events of the CUC’s Annual Conference and Meeting, during the May long weekend. This gathering takes place in a different host city across Canada each year.

Connecting with Young Adults across Canada

Gathering alongside the ACM has given Canadian Young Adults the chance to connect, and reconnect, with a community of young people scattered across the country. The ACM draws folks from all four of Canada’s regions, whether as delegates to the Annual General Meeting, CUC-affiliated groups, or conference habitués. Taking advantage of our national assembly, the young adult day at the ACM sets aside time during this busy weekend to bolster our connections to one another.

What to expect at an ACM Young Adult day

Every year takes on the new shape crafted by the volunteers who plan the event, and the landscape of the conference’s locale. However, activities often include:

  • ice-breakers and check-ins
  • worship
  • discussions or workshops
  • invigorated planning for future Young Adult groups and initiatives
  • games, walks, or outdoor adventures
  • relaxing and commiserating after a long conference weekend!

Opus

Opus is a summer Young Adult retreat for UUs ages 18 – 35 from around Canada and the United States. It takes place over a week in August at various locations across the continent.

What’s this retreat all about?

The first Opus was held in Colorado in 1986 and has run (almost) annually ever since. Evolving over the years, Opus continues to be a highlight of the year for many UU Young Adults, and offers a special and ephemeral opportunity for YAs to gather together, minister to one another,  build community and ‘be church’ for a week each summer.

Opus offers:

  • five days of amazing fellowship in a lush, camp setting
  • workshops and activities on topics of all kinds
  • deep, soulful, participatory worships
  • an annual place for UU YAs from across Canada and the United States get to know one another
  • a space to feel safe exploring and expressing your true (and best) self
  • opportunities for spiritual growth and stepping into leadership
  • an immersive experience with UU YA community that strives to be radically inclusive, justice centred, and spiritually alive

Why is Opus so amazing?

Check out this video from the 2010 Opus held outside Chicago (15 minutes, but the first 4 give you an excellent idea).

Opus

Young Adult Unicamp Weekend

For the past several years, young adults have gathered for a low-key retreat at Honeywood, ON’s Unicamp for a weekend in September.

A weekend retreat

This weekend is intended to be a casual, relatively unstructured weekend to hang-out with other YA UUs. We tend to brainstorm/schedule most activities as a group on the first evening, so ideas from participants shape our time together!

Young adults are welcome to bring their children, however, childcare and children’s programming isn’t provided. The weekend is designed to be pretty laid back and loosely structured, so you and your children can join in whatever activities work for you and opt out of whatever doesn’t.

Unicamp offers:

  • a relaxed, UU camp setting for a break from the every day
  • campgrounds and sleeping cabins
  • camp fires and apple trees
  • a clothing optional beach
  • games, hikes, and cave tours
  • an annual opportunity to connect with UU Young Adults before Summer is but a faint memory!

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April 2017

Young Adult Project Webinar 2

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Join the Young Adult Project to promote welcoming and serving Young Adults in your congregation. This project is a partnership between the Canadian Unitarian Council, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and the UU Ministers of Canada and is coordinated by Carly Gaylor and Asha Philar. Read about the project here, including requirements and time commitments. Registration to join is due January 31st! This is the second of 2 webinars: Second Webinar (1.5 hours) – choose one of these dates: Sunday, April…

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Young Adult Project Webinar 2

April 11 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Join the Young Adult Project to promote welcoming and serving Young Adults in your congregation. This project is a partnership between the Canadian Unitarian Council, the Unitarian Church of Vancouver and the UU Ministers of Canada and is coordinated by Carly Gaylor and Asha Philar. Read about the project here, including requirements and time commitments. Registration to join is due January 31st! This is the second of 2 webinars: Second Webinar (1.5 hours) – choose one of these dates: Sunday, April…

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May 2017
TBD

Young Adult Con 2017

May 19 @ 5:00 pm - May 22 @ 12:00 pm EDT
Westwood Unitarian Congregation, 11135 65th Ave
Edmonton, AB T6H 1W3 Canada
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A young adult con focusing on building beloved community, deepening our connections, and growing as spiritual beings. When? May 19 – 22, 2017 Where? Westwood Unitarian Congregation – Edmonton, Alberta Who? Young adults (18-35). 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. Website and Registration: www.cuc.ca/young-adult-con-2017

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June 2017
$200

Meaning Makers

June 7 - June 11
UBarU Camp and Retreat Center, 277 UBarU Drive
Mountain Home, TX 78058 United States
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Meaning Makers is a year long spiritual development program for young Unitarian Universalists (UUs) between 18 and 24 years old. Through in-person retreats, virtual small group ministry and mentorship, emerging adults will explore the central questions “Who am I and how can I live my Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith in the world?”

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$350

Thrive Young Adult

June 17 - June 20

Thrive brings together UU young adults of color (People of African Descent, Caribbean, Native/American Indian, Asian and Pacific Islander, Latina/o and Hispanic, Middle Eastern/Arab, and Multiracial), ages 18-35. There is also a parallel Thrive program for white young adults. Participants will explore racial and ethnic identities, nurture spirits through worship and spiritual practice and build transformative relationships. The cohorts will come together to learn community organizing skills from bold, expert leaders, and to craft a strategic vision for anti-racism work…

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August 2017
TBD

OPUS UU Young Adult Con

August 16 @ 8:00 am - August 20 @ 5:00 pm EDT
Snow Mountain Ranch, 1101 CR-53
Granby, CO 80446 United States
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The annual continental conference for young adults - OPUS is a great way to connect with other young adults, explore your spirituality together, participate in worship and workshops and much more. Many Canadians attend OPUS and highly recommend this awesome weeklong con! Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1874266902817362/

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September 2017
TBD

Unicamp Young Adult Weekend

September 15 - September 17
Unicamp of Ontario, 638159 Prince of Wales Rd.
Honeywood, ON L0N 1H0 Canada
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Join UU young adults (18 - 35) for a weekend of community, conversation and carousing amidst the splendors of the changing leaves. Come for a hike on the trails, pick apples and make cider, gather a crew for a workshop, or grow friendships over crafts and games, evening worship and stargazing. Whatever the weekend is, it’s up to you as participants to bring your own gifts forward. With cars coming from everywhere between Montreal and Windsor, we can probably help…

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(Note: There is a more US focused calendar maintained by the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office called the Hub, that may include other YA events not listed here)

If you are organizing a cluster or regional event for young adults and would like your event included in the calendar, please contact Asha Philar (asha@cuc.ca) to have your event added.

***unless noted otherwise, events are for Young Adults aged 18 – 35

These events and more are listed in the Calendar. Check it out for more information.