At the UUA General Assembly President Bill Sinkford gave quite a rousing report on Saturday evening before the Bridging Ceremony. In it he spoke about the ongoing YRUU/Youth Programs Review going on. His comments give a good overview of intentions, hopes and process.
We need to find ways to more effectively support the health and vitality of our congregations.
Let me give you just one example. Our current youth ministry, YRUU, does many things well, especially leadership training. But that impacts only the relatively few youth who get involved at the district and continental level. For a variety of reasons far too many of our congregations have avoided YRUU events.
And because so much of the work of the UUA’s Youth Office has been organized around support for the YRUU structure, the result is that far too many of our congregations feel that their youth ministry is unsupported or under-supported by the Association. (ital by me)
In recognition of this reality, the UUA Board of Trustees asked Megan Dowdell, youth trustee on the UUA Board and me to convene a process to re-imagine our ministry to and with youth.
We now have that process in place. It will take two years. We want to begin by involving as many of our congregations as possible in this conversation. And so I have a request for you. This fall, when you receive an on-line survey about your congregation’s ministry to and with youth…fill it out. And when you get the invitation to hold a congregational conversation about youth ministry…say yes. It will take a day of your time and it can help shape new understandings and perhaps new structures that will support more of our youth and more of our congregational youth programs.
I hope I can count on your support.