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|Introducing Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist for the
Pacific Western Region
I want to reach out and introduce myself in this new role as your Youth Ministry Specialist on UUA Congregational Life Staff for the Pacific Western Region. I began in July, working most of that month alongside James Griner, who has now completed his year as Interim Youth Ministries Specialist.
I look forward to working with all religious leaders and congregations in the Pacific Northwest and throughout the region, to create vibrant youth and multigen communities in your congregations, clusters, and beyond. Hooray! :)
My vision for youth ministry across the Pacific Western Region is threefold:
1) Cultivating a "Constellation of Connection" (Mark DeVries)
My vision for vibrant youth ministry in a regional setting is one that is devoted to fostering connections and building bridges for the youth to engage with Unitarian Universalists across the generations. I am convinced that if we are interested in creating a liberal religious revolution, then we must invest heavily in the avenues that strengthen the bonds between our youth, their mentors, congregations, and their faith.
2) Leadership Development
It is absolutely necessary to train and counsel energetic youth and adult leaders. Any successful endeavor requires capable organizers who have interpersonal skills, knowledge of systems, and a commitment to the cause. Leadership training opportunities based in best practices, mentoring processes, and a commitment to partnership, are all extraordinary tools for cultivating the leaders of tomorrow. Stay tuned to the PWR and PNWD websites, Twitter, email, and Facebook for future webinars, retreats, cons, camps, and other immersion experiences designed to this end.
3) Faith Formation
Our youth leaders require a sturdy spiritual center from which to draw strength and inspiration for their work. There is a need for an understanding of mission, and a necessity for self-awareness—an attribute that instills resiliency for when events do not go as planned. I am committed to working with multigenerational leaders to instill and nurture a robust UU core identity that evokes a spirit of wonder, an emphasis on the transforming power of love, and an enduring commitment to exploring religious ideas.
I am thrilled beyond measure at this opportunity to further contribute to our religious movement and to the development of our youth and their communities. There is much terrific groundwork that has already been laid in the Pacific Western Region. I hope to add to that legacy of sustainable and supportive youth ministry.
Please reach out to me anytime with your questions. Onward and upward!
In faith and in the spirit of love,
Youth Ministry Specialist, Congregational Life Staff
UUA Pacific Western Region
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