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Put Your Spiritual Guidance in Every YA Pocket

Posted by Carey McDonald // September 28th 2012 // Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // no comments

A wealth of YA experience in every YA pocket: Skinner House Books wants your help to make YA ministry at 24/7/365 experience! -Ed.

Make it Portable and Take it Everywhere

There’s an exciting new publication in the works for UU young adults: a pocket-sized guide offering progressive religious resources on some of the main themes of young adult experience. It will address themes such as developing one’s identity, charting a path in life, education and work, relationships and community, and service and social justice. As the editor of this new spiritual reflection resource, I am looking for your poems, writings and quotes on the challenges you’ve faced as a young adult Unitarian Universalist to include in the book.

Similar to Bless All Who Serve for UU military personnel and their families, this pocket guide will include brief reflections, prayers, poetry, sayings, hymns, songs and chants that can be used by young adults in personal devotions, campus ministry groups, meetings and conferences, and other places where young adults may gather for spiritual deepening.The guide, to be published by Skinner House Books, will include resources from ancient wisdom traditions, UU leaders, and contemporary authors, and will reflect a diversity of voices and perspectives.

We are especially interested in brief, original 100-200 word reflections and meditations that seek to provide wisdom and inspiration to young adults on the following themes: developing identity, spirituality and values, confidence and resilience, self-expression, body issues and wellness, alcohol and other drugs, depression and anxiety, death and loss, family and roommates, love and sexuality, making a community and home, balance and time management, money and debt, finding a job or vocation, privilege and oppression, leadership and allyship, service to others and activism, ecology, the arts and media, getting in trouble and finding support, and cultivating hope. We are open to receiving reflections on other themes as well.

As we edit this work, we seek to draw from a wide variety of people and constituencies, including UU young adults and those who serve them. You are warmly invited to send in:

  • 100-200 word original reflections
  • Original prayers, poetry, hymns
  • Recommendations of prayers, poetry, quotations, hymns, songs and chants.

Materials may be submitted on a rolling basis until December 31, 2012. Not all materials submitted will be able to be used, but the authors of all works included will be notified and their work credited. Please send submissions and any questions to greg.mcgonigle@oberlin.edu. I look forward to reading your submissions!

Rev. Greg McGonigle is the Director of Spiritual Life at Oberlin College.





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Carey is the Chief Operating Officer for the UUA.
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