Canadian Events for Young Adults
- Gathered Here: monthly online check-ins for young adults. Join other UU 18-35 year olds on Zoom (a video-conferencing platform) for the sharing of joys and concerns, deeper check-ins, prayerful reflections, and an opportunity to process current events with a spiritually grounded community. Gathered Here alternates between the second Monday evening of the month at 8 pm Eastern and the second Thursday afternoon of every other month at 2 pm Eastern.
- Chorus: Young adults gather every May long weekend for Chorus, the annual national conference for Unitarian Universalist young adults. Every second year this gathering takes place in conjunction with the CUC Conference and Annual General Meeting. Young adults participate fully in the CUC Conference and also get together for age-specific worship services and social events. On odd-numbered years, Chorus happens in conjunction with its sibling event for youth, CanUUdle.
- Unicamp Young Adult Retreat: Join us for a relaxing three-day weekend at a beautiful camp and conference centre near Orangeville, Ontario. Young adults gather to enjoy worship, crafts, games, discussions, and outdoor activities. The weekend is what you make of it; participants help craft the schedule, and there is plenty of free time. Fees are sliding scale and include all meals and accommodation.
- Young Adults at the Western Regional Fall Gathering: Every October, young adults are invited to the annual multigenerational gathering of the Western Region (the prairies and Thunder Bay). The weekend combines multigenerational workshops, meals, and activities, and young adults have social time in the evening. Fees are sliding scale and home hospitality is available.
- Young Adults at the BC Regional Spring Gathering: Every other year in June, join with Unitarian Universalists of all ages from across British Columbia for a weekend of community building, workshops, shared meals and social time. On alternate years, connect with local groups at smaller gatherings: Metro Vancouver Unitarians, UU Island Network, and the BC Interior. Fees are sliding scale and home hospitality is available.
New! Text Reminder Service
There’s a lot to keep track of, which is why we’re offering a new way to get the most important info about young adult events sent directly to your phone. We will use this service to send monthly reminders about Gathered Here, as well as other important event notices such as registration deadlines. Here are instructions for how to sign up for text reminders using a service called Remind.
1) By text:
Just text @cucya to (502) 694-1142 and you will be signed up for reminders. You should receive a confirmation from Remind right away.
Visit rmd.at/cucya to sign up for text, smartphone notifications and/or email reminders. By creating an account, you can change your settings or unsubscribe at any time.
* Remind was designed for classrooms, so you’ll get a prompt asking whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, etc. Just choose “student” to move to the next page.
3) By email:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the reminder group. Please include your cell phone number in the message.Thank you and credit to Black Lives of UU for the text notification idea and instructions! Visit the BLUU website to learn more about their incredible work.
The CUC provides regular training and skill development opportunities for people of all ages, with some designed particularly for young adults. In addition to in-person trainings, we also offer online webinars and roundtables for congregational leaders of all ages.
Interested in hosting a training at your congregation? Contact email@example.com.
Young Adult Events and Programs of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in the United States
- OPUS is the annual continental UU young adult summer camp, taking place in a different location each year. Organized by and for young adults, OPUS is a great opportunity for young adults to connect with their peers, attend worship services and workshops, and enjoy a beautiful camp setting together. See the Facebook event for more details.
- Meaning Makers is a year-long spiritual development program for UU emerging adults (ages 18–24). 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 UU faith in the world?”.
- Young Adults at General Assembly: Thousands of UUs gather every June at the UUA’s General Assembly, including a few Canadians. Young adults are vital members of the GA community, participating in their own programming and joining fully in the business of the association. YA@GA brings together all young adult attendees for workshops, worship, social events, and more.
- Thrive Young Adult is a five-day summer leadership program for UU young adults of colour. At Thrive, participants build relationships, develop leadership skills, and explore their own racial and ethnic identities and UU identity.2018. Dates to be announced. In addition, Thrive Youth serves UU high-school-age youth of colour.
- The Intergenerational Spring Seminar is a UU gathering held in New York City where youth, young adults, and adults explore some of the most challenging issues facing humanity today. Each seminar focuses on a social or environmental justice theme with panel discussions, community building activities, keynote speeches, and worship services.