Monday, March 28, 2005
Consultation on UU youth ministry.
Bill Sinkford, president of the UUA, and Megan Dowdell, the UUA's youth trustee-at-large, released a report today on the Consultation on Ministry to and with Youth. The consultation brought 30 youth and adults together in late February to start envisioning a new and expanded model for Unitarian Universalist youth ministry.
The consultation identified five priorities:
- Youth Ministry needs to be served at a more robust, flexible, diverse level than YRUU currently offers.
- Denominational youth work needs to serve local congregations and their youth ministry.
- YRUU and UUA administration need to define an authority structure that respects the rightful role of institutional youth and adult leadership at the same time that it supports the growth and empowerment of all UU youth.
- Anti-racism and anti-oppression work is an important part of youth ministry, although there is not only one way of doing it, and the "right" way depends on individual identities. We need to move this work ahead.
- There needs to be more and better communication among continental, district, and local levels, and within congregations.
Sounds like a good beginning to me. The youth-and-young adult community at FUUSE is also discussing the report.
Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 28 March 2005 at 5:46 PM