Spotlight: Young Adults of WellSprings UU

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 24th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, 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!!

Written 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  

Join the YA@GA 2016 Team Today

Written 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…


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



And the Mic Dropped…

Written 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…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Written 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

Written 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?

Written 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…

Becoming is in the Bookstore!

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


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


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,…