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Y&YA Ministry Session Five



Slide presentation for the fifth session of MidAmerica-UUA's online course Youth & Young Adult Ministries. This session was primarily about Young Adulthood.

Slide presentation for the fifth session of MidAmerica-UUA's online course Youth & Young Adult Ministries. This session was primarily about Young Adulthood.



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Y&YA Ministry Session Five Y&YA Ministry Session Five Presentation Transcript

  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry: Session Five Young Adulthood & Service
  • 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
  • Youth & Young AdultSERVICE
  • 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.