• From a young age, our children and youth are learning what being a Unitarian Universalist means—not just in theory, but in practice. In this webinar, we will talk with experts in the field of religious education and faith development about how justice-making can be a primary pedagogical tool and spiritual practice for children and youth in our Unitarian Universalist congregations. We will pay special attention to faith formation and identity development for children and youth of color, as well as LGBTQIA+ young people.

    Executive Director of the Minnesota UU Justice Alliance, Rev. Ashley Horan and Statewide Organizer, Pastor Danny Givens will help all our congregations prepare themselves better for social justice work.

    MidAmerica Region Youth MidWest Leadership School - July 15-21, 2018, Luther College, Decorah Iowa

    Welcoming Children to Church advice, handout

    Cindy Beal’s post about welcoming children in congregation:

    Open and closing readings from Ten-Second Rainshowers: Poems by Young People, compiled by Sandford Lyne,

  • Youth Advisorsnew youth advisor webinarFor volunteer and professional youth advisors/directors... Engage in the "Guide to Youth Advising," covering the basics of youth ministry, youth group essentials, and the regional support network of the MidAmerica Youth Advisor Network.

    Leader: Nancy Combs-Morgan

    Basic resources:

  • Nancy Combs-Morgan, MidAmerica Coordinator of Emerging Youth and Young Adult Ministries
    Dori Davenport Thexton, Faith Development and Growth Director, Central Midwest District UUA
    Reference: Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries

  • when youth lead webinarwith Author Jill Schwendeman

    Jill SchwendemanWhen Youth LeadThis webinar will engage leaders with the helpful guide, “When Youth Lead:A Guide to Intergenerational Social Justice Ministry.” In this work, Schwendeman demonstrates how teens are an enormous generative force for our faith communities and how adults have much to learn from youth about passion, friendship, discrimination, equality, faith and more. 

    Social justice work is an effective tool for bringing the generations together and the items included in this excellent resource have the potential to build rich partnerships among children, youth, adults and elders. The book includes practical tips for 101 social action projects, and we recommend you purchase the text at the UUA bookstore.