Are you a young adult (18-35) looking for interesting resources for deepening in your own spiritual journey, leading your young adult group or program, creating intergenerational community at church, or planning a young adult-focused worship service?Resources for Young Adults - Click here
- Spotlight: a blog by Annie Gonzalez Milliken of the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult office – highlights a different young adult or campus ministry group in each post.
- Finding a Spiritual Home: A resource on Unitarian Universalism for Young Adults
- For young adult worship resources check out the UUA Worship Web: an online store-house of readings for worship.
- UUA resources for Young Adults: a treasure trove of interesting resources and writing for and by young adults.
- UUA resources for Campus Ministry: access resources, articles and knowledgeable staff members who support campus ministry groups.
- The Church of the Younger Fellowship: a part of Church of the Larger Fellowship (see below) focused on young adults.
- Church of the Larger Fellowship: Participate in an international community of UUs, from wherever you are, with online worships, a UU “talk show”, weekly reflections and social connections.Find spiritual community no matter where you are in the world! Connect, reflect and deepen as we come together for video worship with real-time interaction. Services are Sundays at 8pm or Mondays at 2pm Eastern Time. You are welcome here.
- Faith Architechts: An organization of young adults developing curricula in three different focus areas: Community Building, Social justice, and Worship.
Are you a congregational leader, member or UU who wants to support the creation, maintenance and growth of young adult programs at your congregation? Are you looking for resources to help your congregation be more welcoming of young adults, and create vibrant, multigenerational community that meets the needs of people of all ages?Resources for congregational leaders - Click here
Understanding young adult ministry:
- Finding a Spiritual Home: Reflections about Unitarian Universalism by young adults on the themes of transitions, creating community, living spiritually, seeking justice, and cultivating visionary leadership. This article will help congregants understand what is important to young adults, and what they seek in a spiritual community.
- Two blog posts, from a Christian perspective, on the common reasons that young adults stop attending church, and may not find church as their setting for spiritual growth.
- Future of Faith: A highly recommended article series about young adults, based on “generational theory”, which will help older folks understand the current generation of young people in our congregations. Written by Carey MacDonald, former Director of the UUA’s Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministry.
- Article: Is it OK Not to Go to Church? A reflection by Youth and Young Adult Ministry staff person Asha Philar on the reasons that church may not appeal to young adults, especially those in the 18-24 age range.
- Congregational Self-Assessment Tool for Young Adult Ministry: A great first step for any congregation that is interested in attracting young adults, or better supporting current young adult members.
- The self assessment tool is based around 5 stages for Young Adult ministry, another useful resource for congregations.
- General Resources for Congregational Leaders: A great collection of resources from the UUA for congregations and leaders wanting to work on Young Adult ministry.
- Article: How to create vital young adult ministries (from Interconnections 2014)
- Poster: Making Coffee Hour a more Young Adult friendly experience: includes some very useful tips for making conversation with young adults that will help them feel more (not less) welcome. We recommend printing and posting this at your church!
- Spotlight: a blog by Annie Gonzalez Milliken of the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult office – highlighting a different young adult or campus ministry group in each post.
- Upcoming Webinars: In the fall 2016 we are planning a series of webinars for congregations looking to create and support vibrant community and programs for young adults.
Do you have a favourite link, resource or article that you would like to see on this page?
Do you have a question about creating and fostering young adult programs and multigenerational community in your congregation?
Please contact Asha Philar, the CUC’s Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development Staff person at 519-900-2995 or firstname.lastname@example.org – I’d love to hear from you!