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Get Started with Campus Ministry
Take these first steps in establishing your campus ministry that will set you up for success.
Get in the Know
- Stay in the Know about Unitarian Universalist (UU) campus ministry by tuning in to these email lists, blogs, Facebook pages, webinars, and conference calls that connect you to the wider campus ministry community.
- Posters and Banners can be used to help ensure others know about you.
- Campus Organizer's Handbook (PDF, 8 pages)
This short, eight-page handbook provides basic information helpful for you as a campus organizer when forming or developing your group.
- Levels of Engagement (PDF, 6 pages)—Find the level of campus ministry engagement that works for you and your congregation. Not all campus ministries are groups that meet every week; some are simple acts of support that happen twice a year.
- Being More Visible, Changing More Lives: A UU Campus Ministry Group Handbook for Congregations (PDF, 71 pages)
This detailed resource is intended for anyone in a congregation who wants to start a campus ministry and will teach you the skills to make this group vibrant and sustainable. You might be the "midwife" of this project, someone who begins the movement and creates a healthy environment for the to-be-determined leadership to take over; you might be interested in assisting on smaller projects or the leader of the campus ministry group at your college or university. Whoever you are in getting your congregational campus ministry off the ground, this resource is your step-by-step guide of how to do it.
- Code of Ethics for Peer Leaders in Young Adult and Campus Ministry
Read and uphold this Code of Ethics, which the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network (CUUYAN) abide by and present as a model.
- Email the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at ya-cm @ uua.org to let us know who you are and what you're excited about.
- Contact your district and regional staff to learn about area events and other campus ministry programs in your area.
- Add your group and find others in The Hub Map, an open source map of Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry groups and organizations at the local, regional and national levels.
- Add your event and find others in The Hub Calendar, an open source calendar of events for and by young adult Unitarian Universalists.
- Organize an event, conference or camp - it's a great way to build relationships with other young adults in your district or region. You can use a registration template powered by Google Forms and provided to you by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries to help in organizing the event. Search “Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Conference Registration Form” in Google Docs Template Gallery, and edit to suit your needs.
- Reach out to neighboring congregations to see what they are doing and how you can work together.
- If you are a campus ministry professional, become a member of the National Campus Ministry Association and gain access to resources, a large network of colleagues, and opportunities for professional development. We'll even pay your membership fee! For more information, refer to Grants and Program Support.
- Go to a Worship Service hosted by the Church of the Larger Fellowship every Sunday at 8 pm and Monday at 9am and 1:30 pm Eastern. Worship is streaming online in real time—a great opportunity for quality worship with minimum planning.
- Come to General Assembly (GA).
For more information contact ya-cm @ uua.org.
This work is made possible by the generosity of individual donors and congregations. Please consider making a donation today.
Last updated on Friday, October 5, 2012.
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