Looking for resources to further your religious education and spiritual growth? Check out the selection of online resources for all ages below.
death, grief, and loss
- parents and families — (Let’s Talk About) Families and Loss: This guide prepares family members to explore the topic of loss with one another. It offers information about how children understand loss. This booklet also provides Activities and Resources to help families and congregations examine their own histories of, and reactions to, loss over their lifetimes.
- young children/children — Children’s books about death and grief: a list of picture books appropriate for young children available in our church library.
- adults — Unitarian Universalist Beliefs about Life and Death: Two of the big questions religions have sought to answer over the years are: “Why does life exist as we know it?” and “What happens after we die?” Unitarian Universalism won’t promise you ironclad answers to these questions. But we will promise you a community of learning and support to explore what matters most.
- older adults — Facing Death: Reflections on loss and grief, end of life conversations, and guidance on memorial services
tragedies and disasters
- parents and families — When Tragedy Strikes: Our job is not to help our children become immune to the sadness of tragedy. Instead, let us help them feel secure with them knowledge that they are loved and cherished; let us model for them a reverence for life, and open their eyes wide to injustice, and also remind them to look for the heroes who bring us hope.
relationships, marriage, divorce
- parents and families — Relationships and Parenting: resources to help you bring intention to two important kinds of relationships: committed partnership or marriage and being a parent.
- parents and families — Divorce and Remarriage: This booklet offers a UU perspective on divorce and broken relationships–how UU Principles inform our understanding about these events, how the ending of committed relationships affects individuals and families, and how UU congregations can offer support to people experiencing this major life change.
- young adults/adults — Resources for Unitarian Universalist singles: Online groups, camps, and links to congregations with groups or events for singles.
- adults — (Let’s Talk about) Marriage and Committed Relationships: How do we live our religious values in our most intimate relationships? How do we express our belief in the dignity of every human being in day-to-day interaction with a spouse? What does it mean to practice justice, equity and compassion in a partnership?
- older adults — Safer Sex for Seniors: provides fact sheets on physically and emotionally safer sex, partner communication, patient/doctor communication, and sexual rights in long-term care. Advice from experts in sexuality and health education.
- young children/children — Children’s books about money: conversations about money are an important part of understanding the control and power of money. With this understanding, we can keep commercialism in perspective and use money to reflect our values.
- adults — Money: Meaning, Values, and Life: It is a spiritual practice to engage in conversations and reflections about money in order to align our use of money with our values. Here are some tools to help.
- youth/young adults — Transitions and Rituals: Unitarian Universalists believe in supporting our youth and young adults through times of transition. These life stages are full of changes which include loss, gain, confusion and growth. Our faith offers resources to help us make meaning of the changes we may experience as youth and young adults.
- older adults — Kendal at Home: a non-profit founded on Quaker values offers seminars and resources to help people age-in-place in their own homes. Their blog offers guidance and suggestions on a variety of topics.
- youth — Resources for queer youth: resources about sexual/affectional orientation and gender identity for youth, their families and allies; youth with parent(s) who identify as such; and those who work with them.
- youth/young adults — Resources for Youth and Young Adults of Color: Leadership, social justice, educational resources, community building, advocacy, and more.
health and wellness
- youth — TeenLink: Our teen volunteers are trained to listen to your concerns and talk with you about whatever’s on your mind – bullying, drug and alcohol concerns, relationships, stress, depression or any other issues you’re facing. No issue is too big or too small! Calls and chats are confidential and anonymous. Teen Link empowers youth to make positive and self-respecting decisions and provides resources and assistance. Teen Link includes a statewide teen-answered help line, online chat support, youth suicide prevention training, and other resources. Teen Link focuses on serving youth in the Seattle-King County area and Washington State.
- adults — Addiction: resources and information to support reflection and transparency, and to help those with addictions, their families, and their communities along the path to recovery.
- older adults — Medical Decision Making: information and guidance for health care planning and resources which examine some common medical practices and approaches and suggest alternatives.
- older adults — Support for Caregivers: Practical guidance and spiritual support for caregivers and congregations
creating caring community
- congregational leaders — Safe Congregations: The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has been a leader in creating both resources and recommended processes to help make congregations safe and welcoming places to all.
- congregational leaders — Disability and Accessibility: Unitarian Universalists (UU) are committed to welcoming and affirming people of all abilities. For everyone, whether having a disability or not, the environment in which we live, learn, play, sing, work, meditate, reflect, and pray must feel welcoming in order for everyone to grow and thrive.
- congregational leaders — Pastoral Care: Caring for one another is a core spiritual practice for Unitarian Universalists. Pastoral care is the term we use for the ways we offer support and compassion to each other in community.
- congregational leaders — Pastoral Care for Youth: Pastoral care is important in our youth ministry. In times of need, youth are most likely to turn to the adults they know best. Volunteers and staff need to know how to share concerns and enlarge the circle of confidentiality when necessary by bringing in a minister, religious educator or parents.
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