October 15, 2006
says Jason Lydon, congregational director at Community Church of Boston and a
former Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) program specialist. Here's what he
Get youth involved in social justice issues by learning
about the issues youth are involved in or that are of particular interest to
them. For ideas, visit the YRUU website.
Utilize Unitarian Universalist Association curricula or develop your own to keep youth engaged in religious
education through high school. Involve them as teachers for younger children
with support from other youth or adults. Include them on the Religious Education
Involve youth in worship by asking them to participate
in readings, chalice lightings, choir, and other musical aspects of worship.
Encourage them to create at least an annual service. Be receptive to different
ways of conducting worship. A midweek service might be more popular with them
than Sunday morning.
youth in small group ministries to create authentic intergenerational community.
Consider a newsletter column written by youth. Invite youth onto committees, but
make allowances for their busy evening schedules. Do more than add a token youth
here and there. Build intentional and authentic relationships. Encourage
conversation among people of all ages at coffee hour. Serving alcohol at church
events can alienate underage people. Address youth directly rather than going to
their parents or guardians. Above all, learn the names of youth in your
congregation and address them as individuals.
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Last updated on Wednesday, September 14, 2011.
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