What’s Up With Millennials? Ask UUs.

Written by Carey McDonald // April 10th 2014 // Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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Looking for Answers The Pew Forum’s March 7 report on the Millennial Generation (age 18-33) was yet another poll that highlighted the rising number of young people who are nonreligious. However, Pew’s report also made an important new connection, which is that the decline of religion among Millennials is rooted in the generation’s overall detachment from institutions. As the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and a Millennial myself, I see these generational changes play out every day.  In fact, looking at what’s going on in the United States’ 1000 Unitarian Universalist congregations is a great window into the Pew report’s conclusions about generations and institutions….

Faith Architects: Let’s Build Spiritual Homes!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // April 1st 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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This blogpost was written by Julie Brock, the Project Coordinator for Faith Architects to explain the purpose and direction of this exciting new endeavor!–Ed. Shape the Future of Faith Faith Architects is a program designed to empower Unitarian Universalist young adults to use their gifts and talents to build a spiritual home within their own religion.  Maybe this sounds crazy to you.  Why would someone have to build a home in their own religion?  Isn’t it THEIR religion? After growing up in the faith and being in leadership for several years, the best answer I can give is… sort of.  I mean, the values and principles and basis of theology are all the same both as a child…

Who Knows How Many Campus Groups We Have?

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 31st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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How many campus ministry groups DO we have? You hold the answer! Are campus groups growing? Shrinking? Doing interfaith work? Who supports them? Are they reaching new UUs? Are they helping our recently bridged youth stay connected? These are just a few of the questions I hear frequently as the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the  Unitarian Universalist Association. The truth of the matter is that I simply don’t know the answers. I do have a spreadsheet with contact information that is somewhat outdated, I have lots of anecdotes and stories and I have interactions with folks doing this work all over the country. But as for cold hard updated data?… Um… well… Well,…

Spotlight: UU young adults of Brooklyn, NY

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 28th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults–Ed.  “A gateway to being involved in the larger congregation,” “a bridge to multigenerational community” – These are just two of the phrases used to describe the ministry of welcome provided by the Twenties and Thirties group at First Unitarian Congregational Society Brooklyn (or First UU Brooklyn). Calling themselves the “TnT group” these young adults create a low-pressure environment free of judgment for those looking to add spirituality to their life in the often secular world of New York City.     Karen Plemons, who grew up Unitarian…

A Millennial P.O.V. on Millennials

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 21st 2014 // Issues and Trends, young adults // no comments

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Stephanie Mann takes issue with the media’s take on the Millennial Generation. We re-post her commentary on the commentary about the Millennial Generation which originally appears on the Beacon Broadside.–Ed. It’s rebuttal, bub, not narcissism The Fast Future Generation: When Millennials Fight Back By Stephanie Mann The Go-Nowhere Generation. Trophy Kids. The Peter Pan Generation. For a group that’s over 80 million strong, Millennials sure do take a lot of flak sitting down. Or at least they used to. Today, Millennials—the generation born in the 80s and 90s—are increasingly standing up against the mass media bully pulpit. More Gen Yers are stepping forward to pen op-eds, articles, and blog posts to defend themselves against their…

Summer Seminary 2014 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments

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Space limited demand is high Apply now to attend Summer Seminary July 30-August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Application deadline APRIL 1, 2014. This program allows Unitarian Universalist youth to explore their call to ministry in all its forms. Summer Seminary focuses on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, offering youth the opportunity to learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths. Summer Seminary 2014 is open to those who were in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) for the 2013-2014 school year, including those who bridged into young adulthood in the spring/summer of 2014. Learn…

Go to GA for Less Dough

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA, young adults, youth // 2 comments

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The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries offers scholarships and grants to attend General Assembly. Registration is free for volunteers. The application deadline is March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of award decision by April 23.   Don’t delay – click here!    

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Golden, CO

Written by Annie Gonzalez // February 10th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // one comment

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults– Ed. Making their place “My daughter was 19 and she said, ‘there’s nothing for me at church.’  It was a knife to my heart.” Sound familiar?  Sadly many young adults who bridge out of our youth groups don’t find a place in our congregations.  But Jill Armstrong, quoted above, wanted to do something about that in her congregation in Golden, Colorado.  Along with Jacqui Ainlay-Conley, another mother of a young adult UU, she started researching churches with successful young adult groups.  Then, after receiving a grant for…

Introducing Your YA@GA Staff!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // January 24th 2014 // GA, young adults // no comments

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Your Young Adults at General Assembly (YA@GA) co-facilitators and your Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office staff are pleased to introduce our volunteer staff for YA@GA 2014!  These folks are already working hard to plan workshops, events and worship services that minister to young adults at General Assembly and inspire everyone attending. Without further ado I give you:   Our Community Engagement Coordinator, Abigail Clauhs Abigail Clauhs is a senior finishing up her undergraduate degree in Religion (with a minor in English) at Boston University and is in the process of applying to seminary. Originally from South Carolina, she has a dedication to diversity and interfaith cooperation and is involved with Arlington Street Unitarian Universalist…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Des Moines

Written by Annie Gonzalez // January 13th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults. –Ed. Marisa Williams is a new parent in Des Moines, Iowa.  When her daughter Lilian was born in October of 2013 she had a community of people who instantly loved her child, bringing meals and supporting the young family.  The tight knit community that supported her had only known her for about a year, but they had welcomed her in with open arms.   Who are these incredibly supportive and welcoming folks?  They’re the Unitarian Universalist young adults of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, also…