In order to “ensure that the unique gifts and talents of youth and young adults are present in all aspects of the life of the Church” (UCC Bylaws, section 286)1 the Council for Youth and Young Adults shall gather themselves according to these guidelines. These guidelines should be evaluated at least once every two years and altered by the currently convened group if needed in order for the group to best serve its primary functions.
The primary functions of CYYAM2 are to:
- Gather together networks of and build community among UCC youth and young adults;
- Build leadership capacity among UCC youth and young adults;
- Nominate qualified youth and young adult leaders to the UCC National Boards and other wider church leadership positions;
- Assist in the planning and execution of youth and young adult events
- hold two video calls in conjunction with NOWCYM to discuss RYEs, youth@synod and other events throughout the denomination
- Establish and plan youth and young adult Sundays (with curriculum and advertising) for the United Church of Christ
- Make statements on behalf of youth and young adults during relevant world and national events
- Actively maintain social media accounts for youth/young adults
- Host webinars or other learning and faith formation events utilizing online platforms for youth and young adults
The Council for Youth and Young Adult Ministries (CYYAM) shall gather itself in two separate, but overlapping groups:
1.) Youth (applicants should have completed their sophomore year and be no older than 15)
2.) Young adults (graduated high school or its equivalency and be between the ages of 19-26)
The Youth council shall consist of 6-8 youth members and 2-3 young adult mentors while the Young Adult council shall consist of 6-8 members. (For a total of no more than 19 total CYYAM members.) Members will be drawn from UCC youth and young adults from across the denomination via the application process. CYYAM will include two older adult advisors (age 25 and older, preferably of different gender identities/expressions, including persons who identify as non-binary) who will serve as mentors, support and, when necessary, chaperones for youth members of CYYAM. CYYAM will be supported by the UCC’s Faith Education, Innovation and Formation team. All budgetary expenditures shall be approved by the team’s staff liaison in accordance with UCC policies and procedures.
Adult advisors will ensure that mentoring is a crucial part of the interaction between these two groups. For example, Young Adult Members and/or experienced members of CYYAM can be assigned as mentors to younger/newer members of the Council. All members will be responsible for recognizing and recruiting potential new members of the council while they are members. These two age-separated groups shall meet at least once a year in an overlapping session.
As CYYAM seeks to be faithful to the UCCs call for diversity, there may be times that some members will be asked to sit on separate councils/affinity groups and give voice to the youth and/or young adult perspective. While true inclusion and welcoming is this council’s goal, we also know there is much work to do inside and outside of ourselves to make that a reality.
Each day a person in the world is living with HIV is a World AIDS Day.
December 1 is the annual observance of World AIDS Day.
Live life positively – know your HIV status
The need for increased HIV response is urgent. We are in a brief window of opportunity for ending the HIV epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. Taking advantage of this window of opportunity will make a world of difference.
The best way to know your HIV status is to get tested.
Live Life Positively: 3602HIV trailer (UNAIDS video)
Fast Tracking the HIV Response
According to UNAIDS, "Front-loading investments in this fragile window up to 2020 could reduce new HIV infections by 89% and AIDS-related deaths by 81% by 2030." If we stay the current course, and fail to fast-track the response, we stand to lose the gains we've made with devastating consequences to the health and lives of millions of people the world over. There can be no clearer or compelling moral imperative for people of faith.
The time to act is now!
The time to scale-up our response is now!
The importance of the whole church engaging in HIV response has never been more critical. As never before, there is a path to ending the epidemic in our lifetime. The implementation of the 27th General Synod's resolution, "Calling for Comprehensive HIV Prevention in Church and Community," is the road map for the UCC, inviting the whole church to be faithful to do all it can.
As you plan for this global observance, please use the following resources, adapting them according to the needs of your particular context.
Information and Fact Sheets
More Worship/Spiritual Resources
- 2017 Prayer Service, Exhibition, Panel Discussion - World Council of Churches
- 2016 Prayer Service from World Council of Churches
- 2015 Liturgy from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
- Worship Ways Litany
- Prayer for Holistic Healing
- HIV-AIDS Advent Calendar
- World AIDS Day Resources from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
- Church World Service HIV/AIDS Worship Resources
Liturgy on "Zero Discrimination"
prepared by representatives of the committee for Ethics, Theology and HIV and AIDS of Action against AIDS - Germany
- AIDS Day Sermon from Mission Hills UCC (San Diego, CA) on Vimeo.
Global Ministries - Projects, Stories, Resources
Global Ministries is the common witness of the United Church of Christ and the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) responsible for nurturing relationships with international partners on behalf of Disciples and the UCC.
TheBody.com continues to be among the best for a wide-range of HIV information.
- UNAIDS 2015 World AIDS Day Report
- UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy
- Fast Track - Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030
- UNAIDS Infographics
- UNAIDS Resources - Documents
- AIDS.gov - World AIDS Day
- Facing AIDS: http://facing.aids.gov/
- Light for Rights: http://www.lightforrights.org
- 2014 Liturgy from the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance
- UNAIDS Global Report 2014
- World AIDS Day 2014
- UNAIDS Strategy - Getting to Zero
- World AIDS Day Resources 2007-2010
- UCC HIV and AIDS Publications PDF
- Links to other HIV and AIDS resources and organizations
- 2013 UCAN World AIDS Day Announcement