Youth & Intergenerational Resources

How can we help young people feel like they have a voice in the world?

On Living the Questions, OnBeing’s Krista Tippet considers this question from her audience, stating,

“I think of this as the wisdom of young adulthood and of the teenage years: You have this sense of urgency about what is possible”; and concludes with encouragement to nurture the voice and agency of young citizens as we foster intergenerational friendships.

The Minnesota Conference is partnering with staff from the national setting of the UCC and other conferences around the country to host and facilitate a series of online gatherings for youth and young adults to give voice to the unrest they are experiencing in these days and to encourage and support one another in their work for racial justice. Learn more about this fantastic line-up of rallies, in the form of town hall forums and webinars.

Students at Luther Seminary share personal water stories in conversations about abundance and drought, water in scripture, cultural connections to water, and vocational call to care for water where we live. Part I and Part II of Water Where We Live is created in partnership with faith communities, Capitol Region Watershed District, and Growing Green Hearts. Learn more about water far and near through the power of international stories.

If you have questions or concerns about how to replace VBS/Day Camp or what to do instead of camp or a mission trip, this is the conversation for you! Join clergy and other faith formation leaders from UCC, UMC and Presbyterian congregations around Minnesota for this discussion, jointly presented with The Ministry Lab. Rev. Kevin Brown, Associate Conference Minister of Faith Formation for Children & Youth, will facilitate this supplemental Co-Lab Webinar “Do You Know What You’re Doing This Summer…??” For more information, contact Rev. Kevin Brown or Rev. Emily Meyer, Ministry Lab Director. Join via Zoom with this LINK.  If you prefer to join via telephone, call 1-312-626-6799 and use meeting code 997 774 390.

EssayonTime writer Erin Mulligan offers a Guide to Bullying Awareness and Prevention for Youth: How to Recognize and Prevent Abuse at College. It includes a number of discussion starter questions and data, links to counseling and intervention resources, and parent/mentor guides.

Fuller Youth Institute offers this helpful article on Reinventing Graduation and this 4-Week digital/downloadable study for high schoolers: Faith in an Anxious World.

Spark House offers a number of intergenerational online resources.

Fuller Youth Institute offers a 4-week curriculum on anxiety and faith for high school students.

The Lewis Center for Church Leadership shares 50 Ways to Strengthen Ministry with Youth.

d365 is an online daily devotion that includes leading questions that could be discussion starters.

The Ministry Lab’s Rev. Emily Meyer offers several study guides based on movies and series, including Iron Man (2008), Spider Man (2002), Messiah (Netflix, 2020), and – coming soon: movement and activity-based Frozen 2!

forma/Faith@Home shares regular/weekly RCL “lectionary-based readings and reflections”.