Becoming is in the Bookstore!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 15th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Get it Off Our Shelf and Onto Yours Now! Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood is a wonderful resource for Unitarian Universalist young adults and seekers alike. Thanks to some generous donors the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) teamed up with Skinner House books to print 3,000 free copies of this slim but meaningful volume. You can read the editor’s promotion of the book here. This book is so popular with young adults, religious educators, parents and grandparents of Millennials and lay leaders that we ran through those 3,000 copies very quickly. You can read about that part of the story here. We are still going to…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Fourth Universalist

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Animating Church Life “We actually had a conversation recently about how we can get more older people to come to our church,” shared Ryan Novosielski, current president of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. “I know that’s not a common conversation [in Unitarian Universalist churches] but hey, it’s New York!” Ryan is one of the many young adults serving in leadership at Fourth Universalist, commonly shortened to “4th U.” He helped start the young adult group about five years ago when they lacked critical mass. Now their group tells a very different story. Erin Bigelow, who chairs the Church Council where representatives of each committee meet, and serves on the Transitions and Right Relations Teams,…

GROW Your Climate Justice Activist Skills

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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Train to Change the Climate on Climate Justice! GROW Climate Justice, from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, trains young adult activists to do the work of climate justice for the long haul. Learn skills, gain practices, spiritual grounding and build relationships that will change the climate on climate justice! GROW Climate Justice in Chicago, IL.  August 7-11. The workshop — which has been subsidized by many generous donors — costs $200/person. Travel grants are available from the UUCSJ.

YA@GA Elections Tuesday April 7th!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2015 // GA, young adults // 2 comments

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YOU DECIDE IN ONE WEEK  What YOU Need to Know to Vote: As explained in this post calling for candidates, Young Adults@General Assembly (YA@GA) was known as Young Adult Caucus and historically elected caucus “co-moderators” during a program slot at General Assembly. Shifting to YA@GA in 2014 we not only re-imagined how we serve young adults at GA with programming, we also began to re-think other practices like elections. In-person elections were poorly attended, didn’t always yield a slate full of qualified candidates, and made it impossible for anyone who wasn’t at GA that year to participate. We knew we could live more fully into our fifth principle. So this year it’s different. This year candidates…

If You Wanna Be Elected, First You Gotta Run…

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, General Assembly 2015, young adults // one comment

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For YA@GA co-facilitator! Are you a Unitarian Universalist young adult with experience building community with your peers and a love for national gatherings? Are you interested in shaping programming for Young Adults at General Assembly (YA@GA) in 2016 and 2017? Wanna serve our faith and get a free trip to Columbus, OH and New Orleans, LA for two no cost GAs? Well then you’ve gotta run for YA@GA co-facilitator in our brand new and improved virtual election process! Every year at YA@GA (formerly Young Adult Caucus) we hold elections to choose our next co-facilitator (formerly co-moderator). And while these elections have yielded some stellar results (I got to work with Hannah Roberts last year!  This year…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Mutual Aid Carrboro

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 5th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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True Solidarity – Enduring Fire “A few weeks ago after a particularly long and hectic day, I sat down at a Mutual Aid Carrboro gathering. As we checked in with one another, I realized that this felt like home.” This is the report from Kyle Reeves, a graduate student at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who was “craving connections with folks outside the chemistry community” and was drawn to Mutual Aid Carrboro, once he heard of it, after prior experience with a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Massachusetts and a desire to seek justice. He describes Mutual Aid Carrboro, which is part of the larger organization Sacred Fire UU, as “an intentional group based in…

Millennials Are Called to Deeper Meaning

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 9th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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And Drawn to Where Religious Community Can Happen This Barna Group update, Designing Worship Spaces with Millennials in Mind, reveals that as a group when it comes to places of worship  Millennials more readily choose venues that promote the opportunity for creating community over traditional church space. Real world examples from the Unitarian Univeralist faith include The Sanctuaries, DC and The Sanctuary, Boston. Yet the Barna Group report also shows that the dedicated religious nature of the space where worship happens is meaningful too. From the Barna Group report:   While “Sanctuary,” “classic” and “quiet” are more often associated with traditional church buildings, less than half of survey respondents preferred the word “traditional” over “modern.”…

Summer Seminary Applications Open 2/13/2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Programs and Links, UUA, young adults, youth // 2 comments

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Explore the Call “Welcome to the club!” is what my former boss, Nancy Bowen Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region, said to me when I responded to her question of “what do you want to do with your life?” with “I want to run a spiritual retreat center.” “I know so many ministers who have that as their end goal,” she said. Ministers? I share a goal with ministers? OMG, does Nancy think of me as a minster? I’m nowhere near ordained. I am as close to a minister as a kid in a sandbox is to famous Barcelonan architect, Antoni Gaudí. And yet, when I was a teenager, although I would outwardly say…

Intern With The Sanctuaries DC this Summer

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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You are Needed for This Unique Ministry in Washington, DC You’re needed. Yes, you, the young adult who is looking for something meaningful to do this summer, you with a commitment to multicultural community building and spirituality. You’re the one. “The most pressing needs of our time,” Parker Palmer writes, “demand community in response.” How else are we to truly know the sacredness of life unless we live in a community where we can be persons, and not merely instruments or roles, to one another? You’re needed by a community that aspires to practice what Palmer preaches. A community of creative people from diverse racial and religious backgrounds. A community of dreamers and risk-takers promoting…

Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…