goldmine_alterDear Religious Education Colleagues, Ministers and Congregations,

Do you have a high-school aged youth showing leadership potential? Consider supporting them in applying to participate in the PNWD GoldMine Youth Leadership School this Summer July 21 – 27.

GoldMine is a week-long community building and training space for high school youth interested in and involved in leadership. Our model is one of intentional community-building, created and nurtured by paying attention to and bringing forth what makes community work.

In the process of building, paying attention, and learning, students and staff explore Religious History and Values, Worship Arts, and Leadership Development. All of this takes place in a context of building and strengthening Credos, which are statements about their own personal operating beliefs.

GoldMine is a joyful, challenging, intense week of interaction from morning until night, where Students and Staff work together, bonding over engaging themselves and each other in building community. And we do build community, but not for it’s own sake. We build it so that we can be more effective in the world.

The GoldMine Youth Leadership School is a laboratory for studying how to bring Unitarian Universalism to life, how to make it more enrolling, and how to recognize and reinforce what makes a community invitational. GoldMine also teaches how to bring that kind of knowledge, skill, and joy to the rest of your life.

GoldMine is not camp, nor is it a retreat. GoldMine is an event that can result in a significant change in the life of a young person, in a community, and in the larger world of Unitarian Universalism. GoldMine is about bringing a community of youth and adults to a turning point with the potential to engage a new level of understanding, confidence, clarity, and depth about what it means to be a leader.

Finally, the GoldMine Youth Leadership School is an event that can change the way we think and act as Unitarian Universalists. It is an investment in our future.

If you have a high-school aged Unitarian Universalist in your community who has…

  • Worked on a committee
  • Held an office
  • Taken part in a worship service
  • Attended a meeting
  • Felt moved by a justice issue
  • Organized anything
  • Participated in a discussion
  • Been involved in a conflict
  • Or wanted to do any of these things…

GoldMine could be a good place for them to grow.

Support your youth who are ready in taking the next step.

For more information about how your youth can apply please visit:

If you have questions about GoldMine please contact me, or Jennica Davis, or ask one of your colleagues who is familiar with GoldMine.

I am the Rev. Eric Kaminetzky and I serve our congregation in Edmonds, WA. This is where GoldMine will be held.

Jennica Davis is our Pacific Western Region Youth Ministry Specialist.

Thank You!


Eric and Jennica

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