Meaning Makers Young Adult Retreat – Travel Fund

Meaning Makers Young Adult Retreat – Travel Fund

Crowdfunding Completed: April 19, 2017

Amount Funded: $5015

Project Owner: UBarU Camp & Retreat Center

Short Description of Project

Meaning Makers Young Adult Retreat - Help us gather our UU Young Adults from across North America by donating to our travel fund.

How was this project connected to UU?

UBarU Camp & Retreat Center is a Unitarian Universalist camp and retreat center located in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We are an UUA Affiliated organization as well as a member of the UUACCC - The Unitarian Universalist  Alliance of Camps & Conference Centers.

Full Description of Project

More HOPE, More LOVE, More JUSTICE, More COURAGE, More JOY!                                                                                      Given the current times we need all of these things!  Help us make it possible by supporting our youngest UU adults.  With your generous donation we can help them to stay connected to Unitarian Universalism, our life giving faith as they navigate this world, care for themselves and resist.

Meaning Makers is a yearlong active spiritual development program for young adult Unitarian Universalists that began in 2016. Through in-person retreats, virtual small group ministry and mentorship, emerging adults explore the central question "Who am I and how can I live my Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith in the world?"

At this year’s retreat the first Meaning Makers cohort which first meet in 2016, will come together in person again after a year of meeting virtually in small groups.  Our new group of Meaning Makers will be meeting alongside them as they prepare for their year together. This innovative retreat structure will allow for time together with both the 2016 and 2017 Meaning Makers, mentorship from the outgoing contingent, time in separate cohorts, and time in small groups. Participants will leave the retreat with even more connections to UU peers and even greater commitment to our faith.

Why emerging adults?

18-24 year olds are least likely to be plugged into local UU communities due to lack of transportation, nearby UUs or absence of peers at church. Emerging adults need Unitarian Universalism as they grapple with adulthood and UUs need them in our movement as transformative leaders!

Why fund travel subsidies?

While the Unitarian Universalist Association has worked hard to make Meaning Makers affordable by subsidizing the retreat cost for participants and offering scholarships, travel costs to get to Texas remain a potential obstacle to participating in this exciting new program. Emerging adults are often just starting new jobs or are students working only part time. Add in student loan debt and soaring rent, and you can see how getting to Texas could be too expensive for many 18 – 24 year olds. By subsidizing their travel you make it possible for a young person to deepen their faith and stay connected to the UU community.