Snapchat Me a Movement

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2017 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

How Snapchat makes social change happen We reprint with permission this very useful guide to using Snapchat as a platform for advocacy work by Aneta Molenda, originally published on the M+R lab blog. Learn more about the passionate people who support progressive advocacy groups and causes at M+R, .   Snapchat for Advocacy by Aneta Molenda Anyone can snap a selfie with the doggy ears filter. And anyone with excellent taste (me) can make heavy use of the rainbow vomit. Exhibit A: But a real Snapchat superstar uses her powers for something loftier: pressuring Congress, speaking out on urgent issues, and saving the world. It really is a snap (apologies in advance for the bad…

Spiritual Practices for Privileged Fragility

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 26th 2017 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // one comment

The great safety pin debate. The epic pussy hat debacle. These are just two examples of an ongoing trend in liberal circles: people (often with relative privilege) respond poorly when their well meaning actions are critiqued by others on the left (often by folks with relatively less privilege). While some lament that divisive critique is destroying the left I know that we who believe in liberation have the spiritual resources to respond well to critical feedback and move forward together. How do I know this? Because I’m an able bodied cis white woman from a middle class liberal background who has learned to respond less defensively to critique from the left over time, using spiritual practices….

Real Love is Not Nice

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 21st 2016 // Issues and Trends // no comments

There is a poster you can buy in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bookstore that says in big font “Love is Hard. Do it anyway.”  This poster, designed by Carey McDonald, UUA Outreach Director, talks about an interdependent inclusive love. This is the love we’re called to as Unitarian Universalists (UU). I believe that love is hard, and I try and try to do it anyway. I fail a lot, because I’m human. I try again. This real hard love is at the center of my faith, and because it is so sacred to me, I feel frustrated when I see people confusing what love calls us to with being nice. These days many of…

LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 21st 2016 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 2 comments

by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gender creative and sexually non-conforming youth and teens–all those who are queer, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and a hundred other wonderful self-proclaimed identities, My heart breaks for you. This is not the future I wanted for you. This is not the future I have been fighting for. But I also know you are strong and I want you to have the information you need to survive. Because I need you to survive! I haven’t seen a “this shit is real” missive to you yet, so here’s what I’ve got. I don’t think it’s helpful to sugar coat this. Yes, you and…

What do you need right now?

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 9th 2016 // Contact Us, Issues and Trends // 8 comments

What do you need right now dear ones? How are we going to get through this? Maybe you’re in shock. Maybe you’re pissed as hell. Maybe you’re weeping. Maybe you’re numb and trying to do all the normal things. Maybe you’re hiding in bed. All of these reactions are totally normal. There is nothing that makes this ok, because hate is not ok and greed is not ok and violence are not ok. Electing a president who is overtly racist, sexist, violent and endlessly greedy is not an ok thing to do. We all know these next four years won’t be ok. And yet, paradoxically, we keep going. So what do you need right now…

Standing Rock – Issue Primer

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, answered the call of protest leaders for clergy of all denominations to join peaceful interfaith witness with the indigenous peoples who are protecting the water and land at Standing Rock. Learn more about this here. ________________________________________ The call for peaceful public witness follows acts of violence and intimidation committed against protestors, and the infringement of First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech of both protestors and the Press. Protestors have been subjected to the use of private security firms with attack dogs unleashed against them, the arrest and unusually harsh treatment of protestors by…

Adulting is Hard – by Kayla Parker

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 12th 2016 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

Adulting Is Hard by Kayla Parker When I was twenty-five, I started graduate school and my Dad had a stroke. Doctors told us he should have died. He is still alive, though forever changed. When I was twenty-six, my ex came out as trans and I felt awful because I thought if I had been more supportive he might have come out earlier. That same year, the Black Lives Matter movement called on me to face my white privilege with an urgency I had never felt before, and continues to do so today. When I was twenty-seven, one of my best friends successfully fought off an attempted assault by a stranger who broke into her…

Equalize Privilege and All Will Rise

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 2nd 2016 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

What Noah Learned at UU Mid-West Leadership School by Noah Rowan I have privilege. White privilege. Male privilege. Cis-gender privilege. Economic privilege. Until recently, I felt guilty about my privilege. I shoved it down and denied its existence. I waited for someone to reassure me that privilege was a made up phenomenon. I watched others do the work but called myself an ally. I never spoke up about the numerous opportunities I received. I couldn’t explain or fix it, so why acknowledge that privilege was existent in my life? Recently, I attended UU Youth Midwest Leadership School in Beloit, WI. This intensive experience, which explored leadership development, social justice, our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith, and…

SnapChat Younger Folks Into Your Congregation

Posted by Bart Frost // May 16th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

Using SnapChat to Expand Your Reach To Younger Folks Recently I shared this image, by Benjamin Schwartz that appears in the New Yorker Magazine:   to Facebook adding “Imagine being the one trying to explain why churches and our office should be using it.” In the comments, a number of folks asked how to use it within church contexts lamenting they tried it when it first came out and it just didn’t work. Why SnapChat? According to SnapChat‘s own numbers, more than 60% of 13-34 year-old smartphone users in the US are Snapchatters. Furthermore, it is a great platform to share things that are happening live and locally. We continue to see more social media platforms…

Text, Talk, Act with Your Youth or Young Adult Group

Posted by jennicadavishockett // May 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30% of adolescents experience one major episode of depression before reaching adulthood.¹ And while this information is sobering, it is heartening to know that this is also the age at which people are the most receptive to positive influences that can help overcome mental health stress. Here is a way to be one of those positive influences:   During the month of May youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta are taking part in Text, Talk, Act for mental health, AND YOU CAN TOO! “Text, Talk, Act is an innovative effort that uses smart phones as a way…