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Young Religious Unitarian Universalists

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Young Religious Unitarian Universalists
PredecessorLiberal Religious Youth
Formation1981 and 1982[1]
Typereligious organization
PurposeYouth program, youth ministry
AffiliationsUnitarian Universalist Association
Canadian Unitarian Council

Young Religious Unitarian Universalists (YRUU) is a term used within the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in the United States and formerly the Canadian Unitarian Council. YRUU was an organization at the continental level primarily run by youth, ranging in age from 14 to 20, with mentoring adult partners. The continental organization of YRUU ended in 2008, but the term is still used by certain active youth groups and conferences at the congregational and district levels.[2]

The continental YRUU goals included youth empowerment, social activism and building leadership qualities.[3][4] YRUU members often made their presence known in public demonstrations; for instance, in the June 23, 2006 protest in St. Louis, Missouri, against Victoria's Secret for allegedly printing its catalogues on paper from endangered North American forests.[5]

In February 2008, UUA President William G. Sinkford, in a letter to the YRUU Steering Committee, announced there would be no further funding for continental level YRUU at the end of the fiscal year. "There is broad consensus that the current structure for continental youth ministry is not serving our faith well," wrote Sinkford. "It is true that continental YRUU, as we have known it, will be replaced at some point by a new structure that will serve us better."[6] Two months later, the UUA Board of Trustees announced it would cease its funding for the continental level YRUU activities in June 2008 and refocus its North American youth ministry endeavors.[7] The Youth Ministry Working Group (YMWG)[8] was appointed and charged with recommending a strategic imagination and framework for Unitarian Universalist youth ministry. The YMWG concluded in 2009 and issued a final set of recommendations of concrete actions that could bring forth a vision of vibrant, congregationally-based youth ministry and truly multigenerational faith communities.[9]

Beginning in 1982, continental YRUU published the newspaper Synapse, which appeared three times a year.[4] In 2005, budget cuts forced the publication to be switched to two online issues that were compiled into a single print edition. In 2007, the UUA's Office of Youth Ministries halted publication, identifying a lack of submissions and staffing, and announced that Synapse would be replaced by a newsletter that would be published three times a year.[10] The UUA's Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries now publishes a monthly e-newsletter distributed by email and an ongoing blog, Blue Boat,[11] which is open to submissions about topics of interest to and/or written by UU youth, young adults, or their adult allies.[12]

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  1. ^ 5-Year Review Committee. "YRUU 5 Year Review" (PDF). Unitarian Universalists Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 6 August 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ "A-Z Index & Glossary of Unitarian Universalist Programs, Resources & Organizations". Unitarian Universalist Association. Archived from the original on 7 January 2012. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  3. ^ UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. "Six Components of Balanced Youth Ministry". Unitarian Universalist Association. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  4. ^ a b Erickson, Judith B. (1998). Directory of American Youth Organizations. Free Spirit Publishing. p. 96. ISBN 1-57542-034-1. A fivefold program that encourages learning, worship, fellowship, social action, and leadership development. Provides a communications network for local and district groups and promotes youth empowerment. Publishes Synapse; holds annual North American Conference. This organization has roots extending back to the nineteenth century.
  5. ^ KMOV-TV News coverage[dead link]
  6. ^ "Board urges transparency in youth ministry transition", UU World Magazine
  7. ^ "UUA considers new plans for youth ministry", UU World Magazine
  8. ^ "Youth Ministry Working Group". Archived from the original on 2012-01-06. Retrieved 2012-01-06.
  9. ^ Youth Ministry Working Group. "Recommendations for Youth Ministry" (PDF). Unitarian Universalist Association. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  10. ^ UUA Office of Youth Ministry. "Letter to Synapse Subscribers" (PDF). Unitarian Universalist Association. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 August 2009. Retrieved 6 January 2012.
  11. ^ Blue Boat
  12. ^ "Get Connected". Youth Ministry. Unitarian Universalist Association. Retrieved 6 January 2012.

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