Make an Impact: Be Dean of Youth Caucus

Posted by jennicadavishockett // June 15th 2017 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

LEAD YOUR PEERS @ GA Youth Caucus Deans are the leaders of the volunteer Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly and applications are now open through August 10th. Deans work with the Youth Caucus Staff to fulfill the mission and purpose of Youth Caucus, which is to galvanize the youth of our movement by deepening our collective Unitarian Universalist spirituality and helping youth make an impact on our association through General Assembly. Over the last several months, I have enjoyed my time as Junior Dean. When I first started, I was nervous because I had never experienced leadership on such a large scale, but the idea that I would be working with so many new people in the coming…

Activate Your Social Justice this Summer

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 11th 2017 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Take Their Word for It – You’ll Be So Happy You Did From our friends at the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ)  – ed. (linkback to original post here) Are you a high school aged youth who is wondering how to engage more fully in social justice work? We at UUCSJ have the program for you this very summer! But don’t take our word for it, hear about Activate Youth Justice Trainings from youth who have not only already participated in one Activate training, but are also choosing to do another this summer!   WHO: John Martin Tomlinson PROGRAM: Activate Southwest Borders 2015 and Activate NOLA: Racial Justice and Beloved Community 2017 “I…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 9

Posted by jennicadavishockett // April 14th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

In the April Webinar, Natalie Briscoe, Congregational Life Staff in the Southern Region, and Kim Sweeney, Congregational Life Staff in the New England Region, talked about new models and methods for stellar Youth Ministry that may challenge our assumptions about what ministry to and with Youth can and should be.  When asked to sum up the webinar, Briscoe said “In particular we lifted up a vision of whole Unitarian Universalist communities where youth are a part of the entire congregation as well as having youth-specific space for developmentally appropriate stretching. We also explored methods for relationship-centered ministry (rather than program-centered ministry) that builds sustaining, multigenerational connections throughout the congregation. These models both rest on the foundational idea that youth…

Register for General Assembly Now!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 11th 2017 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Registration for General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans, LA, June 21-25 is in full-swing. It’s not too late to join fellow Unitarian Universalists in worship, learning and action! Learn more here.

ELECTION: 2017 Youth Observers to the UUA BoT

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2017 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

VOTE YOUR CHOICE BY APRIL 10, 2017   Learn about the voting process for the Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees here. (Remember, youth vote as a block with their youth group.) Read their candidate statement here. Watch the videos by Aine Hunt and Tanner Linden explaining why they want to be your Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. (The videos appear in alphabetical order.) Access the On-line Ballot here. Or the paper ballot here.

Be a Delegate at GA 2017

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 16th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, General Assembly 2017, Guides and Tools // 2 comments

Did you know youth who are members of their congregation can represent their congregation at General Assembly by serving as delegates and voting in General Session (aka “Previously Plenary” aka “GenSesh” aka the way we conduct the business of the association)? Talk to your congregation’s leaders as soon as you can to start the process. They may be able to financially support your way to General Assembly. You’re also encouraged to apply for a scholarship because serving as a delegate increases your chance of getting a scholarship. The deadline to apply for scholarships is March 31st, so now is the time! Hannah Rigdon, Sr. Business Manager for Youth Caucus has some words of wisdom about the importance of…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 7

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 27th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

Part of a successful youth ministry is creating and maintaining sustainable systems and organizational tools, like calendaring, directories and templates, to keep the youth ministry program running as a vital part of the congregation and so it can live on after a volunteer or staff member leaves. Adults need to be competent in practicing compassionate communication, handling conflict with grace and humility, expressing needs, and being a good listener. And they need to be able to model these skills for youth. Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide has some tips for developing these skills. Volunteers and staff must be competent with social media. Supervisors should inform volunteers and staff if their congregation has something akin…

Why Should Young Folks Go To General Assembly?

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 21st 2017 // Events and Opportunities, General Assembly 2017, Guides and Tools // no comments

What is the role of spiritual community in these times? We’ve been asking that question over and over, particularly as we think about our upcoming Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. What is the point of gathering, especially a gathering that takes so many resources, when so many of us are in pain, subject to violence, unclear what the months between here and there will bring? This General Assembly the theme is “Resist and Rejoice.” And we certainly have much need for resistance. The white supremacy, greed fueled economic inequality, hetero-patriarchy and ableism that existed before Trump was elected is gaining ground in our government and in our streets. These developments are horrifying, outrageous, scary. So…

Living Legacy Project Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 6th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, Mosaic, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Energize this Legacy APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED | GRANTS AVAILABLE Announcing the Living Legacy Project (LLP) All Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage, June 5th-9th, 2017! This 5-day pilgrimage will be led by LLP board members Reverend Gordon Gibson and Reggie Harris, beginning in Birmingham and continuing to Marion, Selma and Montgomery, Alabama. The vision of the LLP Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage to create a connection with youth to the history of racial justice in the United States — so that they too, can become actively engaged in the Unitarian Universalist racial justice movement of today. Planning team members Jules Jaramillo, Director of Lifespan Religious Education at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist and Tina DeYoe Director of Religious Education…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 6

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 17th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics If you’ve found yourself here on Blue Boat it’s a fairly safe assumption that at some point in your Unitarian Universalist life, you’ve created a covenant with a youth group or religious education class. Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is a champion of covenant and works with groups all the time to create them. He notes that when we do this essential activity, it might at times feel…how do you say… tedious or awkward. Eric says that covenanting is essential because, “Capital “C” covenant is the basis of our faith.  In other words, rather than doctrine or creed, how we choose to be in relationship with…