What is YARN?
The Young Adult Revival Network is a global effort to rebuild the UU young adult network. Literally, YARN is a program run out of the First UU Society of San Francisco. We have a Steering Committee that oversees YARN and a Ministry Committee that run several programs. All our programs are for any between the ages of 18 to 39. At the bottom of this page is a list of all our leaders. We are funded by donations, gifts, merchandise sales, and by the UU Funding Program.
To be a program that fosters and supports inclusive, celebratory, Unitarian Universalist young adult spaces that recognizes intersectional identities and the challenges of privilege and oppression;
To connect UU young adults with one another wherever they are;
To directly produce UU ministries for young adults and act as the go to source for young adult ministry opportunities;
To be a a program led by and for young adults
To actively engage in anti-racist & anti-oppressive efforts in our communities;
To create and share resources that grow young adult community;
To create a lasting organization to continue this work.
And live the Eight Principles fully in our lives, our works, and in our communities
We believe that ministering to young adults is essential to the future of our religion.
We believe that there is a need for a young adult focused entity/organization within our faith.
We believe in funding young adult ministry at local, regional, national, and global levels.
We believe in holding spaces centered around marginalized identities.
We believe in creating ministries, worships and faith experiences with challenging ideas and concepts that nurture spiritual growth.
We believe in connecting young adult communities around the world and across platforms, recognizing that digital spaces can be sacred spaces, acknowledging that they are the virtual walls of a faith community.
We believe in seizing moments/ recognizing the opportunities in our lives to actively engage in social justice efforts that align with our principles and values.
We believe in resourcing and supporting young adult lay leaders in their communities.
We believe that this work is a living process, which we can always revisit and transform
We covenant to...
Put our faith first, living out our values in the world as we create and envision Beloved Community and create amazing Unitarian Universalist spaces for Young Adults.
Live the eight principles of our faith, while actively dismantling white supremacy for ourselves and our community as we do this work.
Extend an invitation, but not an expectation to share; Take space or make space so everyone has a voice; Prioritize those most marginalized by society at large.
Listen to each other with an open heart; Be mindful that lived experiences are not universal, and to be open to different cultures and ideas both in and out of the UU community.
Acknowledge when covenant has been broken, working as a collective to repair and strengthen the relationship.
Take the time to do the work and educate ourselves without burdening others when we have broken covenant; Seek wisdom from those offering it, rather than demanding it from the people closest to you.
Practice open inquiry when possible; Assume competence and goodwill as a starting point; Recognize that some things are set while others are flexible.
Be honest, direct, and authentic.
Honor personal boundaries, recognizing there is life beyond our faith community.
Support practices of healthy self-care and all that supports a healthy community.
Focus on what we can get done, what we can invite others into, and to conduct ourselves with integrity.
*The 8th principle reads: “We, the member congregations of the Unitarian Universalist Association, covenant to affirm and promote: journeying toward spiritual wholeness by working to build a diverse multicultural Beloved Community by our actions that accountably dismantle racism and other oppressions in ourselves and our institutions.”