Coming of age in Unitarian Universalism is an important ritual that marks one step on your path to adulthood. This journal will be a companion on your year-long journey and a tool to help you think through some challenging questions. Credo means "to this I give my heart," and within these pages you'll find prompts, quotes, and creative exercises that will help you explore UU history and theology, spirituality, community, leadership, your personal beliefs and identity—and ultimately help you decide what it is you want to give your heart to as you deepen and grown your relationship to your faith and community.
Bart Frost, Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA, has written a resource that gives suggestions on how to use this resource in congregations. To read it click here.
Coming of Age in Unitarian Universalism is an important ritual that marks one step on your path to adulthood. It is similar to a First Communion or a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and symbolizes your growing maturity. Throughout this year, you will be exploring Unitarian Universalism, your values, your beliefs, and the various ways these all connect. You might be embarking on this journey alone or with a group of your peers. It's likely you will have an adult mentor who will be walking with you on this path of self-discovery and growth. You will ponder questions that philosophers have been wondering for millennia. You will learn about the history of Unitarian Universalism and the deeds of our ancestors. You may hear and share stories that fill you with sadness or make your heart soar. At the end of the year, you will have the opportunity to create, write, or make a credo statement and present it in front of your community.
This journal is another companion on your journey and a tool to help you think through some of the more difficult questions as you progress through the year. It gets its title from the meaning of "credo," which is "to this I give my heart." Within it, you will find prompts and quotes exploring our UU history and theology, spirituality, community, leadership, and your personal beliefs and identities. Some prompts may ask you write a response or create something or just think, but of course, this journal is yours to use how you wish according to the way it serves you best.
It is my hope that this journal and the prompts and quotes within help you figure out what it is you want to give your heart to as your relationship with Unitarian Universalism and your UU community deepens. As Edward Searl said, this is a long journey and this is just the beginning.
Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries
Unitarian Universalist Association