The Unitarian Universalist Association is making several staffing changes and reorganizing some staff groups because of the resignation of a key staff person and the implementation of a revised program of youth ministry.

The Office of Young Adult and Campus Ministries is being merged with the UUA Youth Office to form the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries within the Lifespan Faith Development Staff Group. A director for Youth and Young Adult Ministries will be named this summer. This realignment is the result of a multi-year examination of youth ministry and is an effort to reach more youth at the congregational level.

The resignation this spring of the Rev. Tracy Robinson-Harris, who has served as director of the Congregational Services Staff Group for eight years, has prompted additional staff changes. There will no longer be a Congregational Services Staff Group. Members of that group will work within other staff groups.

The District Services Staff Group will become the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group. The following offices, currently in the Congregational Services group, will move to the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group: Congregational Stewardship Services, Services to Large Congregations, and Growth Services. The Marketing Outreach office is being disbanded and will be replaced by a campaign that is still under development. That campaign will reside with the Advocacy and Witness Staff Group.

The office of Congregational Justice-Making, which is in the Congregational Services Group, will become part of the Identity-Based Ministries Staff Group. Congregational Justice-Making, directed by Diane Martin, is responsible for the JUUST Change and Journey Toward Wholeness programs as well as the Jubilee I and Jubilee II trainings. Congregational Justice-Making includes about 25 part-time consultants and trainers in antiracism, antioppression, and multicultural work.

The Rev. Harlan Limpert, director of the District Services Staff Group, will head the Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group. Robinson-Harris will continue to be responsible for congregational safety and ethics issues for one year, as a consultant. The realignment of staff groups was announced by Kathleen Montgomery, executive vice president of the UUA. All staff changes will take effect July 1, 2009.

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Don Skinner
Don Skinner is editor of InterConnections and a member of the Shawnee Mission UU Church in Lenexa, Kansas.

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