Taking a Small Risk for Big Growth

Posted by Bart Frost // November 25th 2015 // Future of Faith, young adults, youth // 2 comments


How Smart Congregations Grow Members This summer at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly, our Youth Media Volunteers interviewed a number of youth about their personal histories with Unitarian Universalism. As I reviewed their footage, something stuck out to me. Almost all of the youth said something along the lines of “I’ve been a member since I was two,” or “My whole family has been members since my parents got married in our church, before I was born!” Our interviews at General Assembly reminded me that membership is more than just signing a book and making a pledge. Being a part of a community is about relationships, it isn’t about signing the membership book…

Spotlight: Young Adults of WellSprings UU

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 24th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments


Jessica, a young adult, is coming up on the one year anniversary of when she found WellSprings Congregation, “A community charged full with the charge of the soul,” outside of Philadelphia, PA. She reflects, “I walked into WellSprings wanting more than separate groups of friends where I could play out separate parts of my personality, I was looking for integration. I wanted a place and people with whom I could be my whole self. WellSprings met me where I was – at first curious, but guarded about what being a part of congregation means.  I am finally in a place where I can let my big hair out and explore my many questions about why…

MidAmerica Young Adult Con!!

Posted by Celena Todora // September 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments


We share Celena Todora’s message to all Young adult Unitarian Universalists – Ed. CONduit: Opening Channels of Communication Hi, I would like to invite you all to the MidAmerica Young Adult Conference in Rockford, IL in November. Even if you are not in the MidAmerica region, you are welcome! Our theme is CONduit, which will be centered around opening up conversations about UUism beyond our spiritual communities. Hope to see some of you there ~ Celena https://www.facebook.com/events/1478416225794881/  

Join the YA@GA 2016 Team Today

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA, young adults // no comments

Jonathan Rogers passes the bandana to Ayla Halberstadt at General Assembly 2015.

Worship and GA Talks Coordinators Needed! APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2015 (CLICK HERE) Ayla Halberstadt and Cameron Young, YA@GA 2016 Co-facilitators have a cool pitch for you… I am Ayla Halberstadt, a co-facilitator for YA@GA 2016! I am the director of religious exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon and live in Bend, OR! In my spare time during the fall you can find me knitting, yelling at the TV while I watch college football, and surrounding myself with pumpkin scented things. I am so excited for General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, Ohio! Being apart of the YA@GA team is fulfilling and fun. You work alongside amazing young adults from…


Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 22nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, UUA, young adults // no comments



And the Mic Dropped…

Posted by Bart Frost // September 4th 2015 // Future of Faith, Pop Culture, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

Kanye and Church?

Bro! Listen to the kids! On Sunday, August 30th, Kanye West gave a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. I know, I know, that happened a week ago, but I was listening to his speech the other day and realized Kanye West was talking about and creating church that night. He started that speech with the quote above. “Bro! Listen to the kids!” Listen to the kids. Now, let’s be real, Kanye (and other pop culture icons) make their money by listening to the kids. It’s the truth, listen to them cheer. And yet, what is it that we are called to do? Are we called to stand on the side of love? Are…

Spotlight: UUs of Wellesley College

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // no comments


Consistency is Key Rosemary Dodd is a student at Wellesley College and was very involved in youth leadership in her Unitarian Universalist(UU) community back home in California. She is part of the UU student group at Wellesley, supported by a UU chaplain, and she can see the difference it makes coming to a school with an active and supported UU group on campus. “I think it helps to keep me balanced and gives me an opportunity to stay connected to my spirituality, especially since being UU has been so key to my identity and focus before Wellesley; it creates some continuity, which so many of my other UU young adult friends have struggled to find.”…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 16th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 3 comments


They Are Everywhere – You Just Need to Know Where to Look… “I’m moving to a new part of the country. How can I find other UU young adults?” “I just learned about Unitarian Universalism and want to check it out. Where can I find peers?” “I want to get more involved. When is the next gathering of UU young adults in my area?” Along with the time honored method of getting a visible flaming chalice tattoo or finding a local congregation, there are two old-but-improved tools from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries that I hope you’ll use to solve these conundrums! First up: the HubMap. Simple concept. It’s an open source…

Emerging Ministries Grow from UU Roots

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 29th 2015 // Future of Faith, young adults // one comment


Nell Krahnke grew up Unitarian Universalist (UU) and when she arrived at the College of Wooster and noticed that there wasn’t a UU group on campus she looked around and said “Alright, here’s the deal. This campus needs a UU group, so who is going to help me?” Luckily Nell found the help she needed in the form of a staff person from the local church and other enthusiastic students who were raised UU. They didn’t know it, but together they started a Unitarian Universalist emerging ministry: a new group or project that is grounded in our faith and brings people together in covenanted ways. Last week I wrote a blogpost about how covenants aren’t “cool”…

Want to Make Some Justice This Summer?

Posted by Bart Frost // May 26th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments


Here is a Chance to Do It! A message from Garner Takahashi Morris of the UU Justice Ministry of California: Hi Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California‘s Walking the Walk Leadership Retreat is Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at beautiful Camp DeBenneville Pines in Southern California.   YOU CAN ATTEND FOR FREE! We are looking for several people who are interested in facilitating justice-centered programming for children and youth over the course of the week.  Your room and board will be covered; this is not a paid position. GOT A GOOD IDEA FOR PROGRAMMING? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! We are also looking for resources for justice-centered programming for kids…