Friday, September 3, 2010

UUA Children's website?

Does anyone know if there is a childrens/tween/young adult area on the UUA website? I didn't immediately see one. If there isn't one, who do you contact to encourage them to develop an area dedicated to those age groups?

2 comments:

Steve Caldwell said...

There is a young adult area on the UUA web site but it's not the same age range that is used in other areas and may not be what you're looking for.

For example, young adult fiction is for persons ages 14-21 (based on the Wikipedia article about this).

The UUA's young adult ministries web pages are for persons ages 18-35 and that may not be what you're looking for.

There are youth ministry pages for middle school and high school youth:

http://www.uua.org/religiouseducation/youth//

These resources are designed for adults who are working with youth (including tweens and high school age youth).

There are children's resources pages on the UUA web site -- again, they are designed for adult who work with children.

The fact that there are no resources online that directly speak to children, tweens, or older high school age youth probably reflects the strict congregational focus currently in vogue in the UUA. With this congregational focus, web site areas that directly speak to children, tweens, or older youth would be inappropriate because the UUA is a support organization for congregations and should not be providing ministry directly to individuals.

A former district trustee and minister in my district said that UU youth ministry programs at the district and continental levels were "not in right relationship" because districts and the UUA should not be providing ministry directly to individuals.

R. said...

I love this idea! Yes UUA needs a Kids RE space. But maybe CLF would be better at it.

There could be fun quizzes about famous UUs. interactive rainbow painting w/ the 7 principals.

So much fun they could do!