Post-Adolescent Stages of Development• Emerging Adult 20s• Transition 28-32• Young Adult 30s• Middle Adult 40-64• Maturity 65+
"Emerging Adulthood," Jeffrey Arnett• Interviewed 300, 18-29 year olds• Ongoing work to establish emerging adulthood as a new stage of life development
Emerging AdulthoodHow can Unitarian Universalism“speak” to these young adults, whoshare a feeling of “being in-between,”and who are very focused on theirpersonal identities?
Emerging AdulthoodUUs can connect with young adultsby:• recognizing them as a group• appreciating the diversity of this stage of life• supporting their social, intellectual, and spiritual needs
Develpmental Questions• “Who am I?” (identity)• “Do I matter?” (autonomy)• “How do I relate to others?” (Belonging/reconnection)
Adult Responses• I know and am fairly comfortable with who I am.• I am willing to take responsibility for myself.
Young Adult Characteristics• Considered the healthiest time of life• Biological function and physical performance reach their peak and begin to plateau• Major life investments – Work – Family – Friends – Community activities – Values
“Faith Formation for Young Adults,” John Roberto• offer community and spirituality in the context of a clearly defined faith tradition• offer worship and faith formation that is visual and experiential• respond to their needs for empowerment: leadership opportunities, responsibility, and accountability as well as authenticity and accessibility.
Tribal Church• Gather around a common cause• A ministry shift to basic care• The practice of spiritual traditions• A network of intergenerational encouragement
Common Cause• Principles and Purposes• Congregational Mission
Basic Care• Life course considerations• Living well – Caring for the body – Eating well – Managing household• Resources for – Singles – Couples – Parents
Spiritual Traditions• Excursions in nature• Contemplation• Reading• Journal writing• Conversations• Simple living• Social reform
Intergenerational Encouragement• Social Events• Mentoring• Storytelling• Service• Learning
Strategies• Focus on Community Life• Infuse Intergenerational Relationship-Building and Programming into Existing Programs and Activities• Incorporate All Generations into Ministries and Leadership Roles• Create New Models of Intergenerational Programming
Circles of Spirituality• Personal Sphere• Communal Sphere• Environmental Sphere• Organizational Sphere
Engaged SpiritualityEngaged spirituality is an aspect offaith development, particularly in thelives of young adults.
Engaged SpiritualityEngaged spirituality involves living adual engagement• engaging with those resources that provide spiritual nurture• engaging with the world through acts of compassion and justice.
Engaged Spirituality“Engaged spirituality is not an either/orprospect it is a conscious andintentional commitment to engage boththe nurturing and the active aspects ofreligious faith.” — Janet W. Parachin
Young Adult Service JournalBefore Your TripGOAL: to help you:1. reflect on who you are presently;2. prepare for your trip mentally;3. clarify your purpose.
Young Adult Service JournalDuring Your TripGOAL:• to capture your experience.
Young Adult Service JournalAfter Your TripGOAL:• to help you process your experience and incorporate what you’ve learned into your life.