Issues and Trends of interest to Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults

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  • Spiritual Practices for White Anxiety

    Tomorrow some right wing extremists are planning to hold a rally in the city I live in and I’m planning to march against white supremacy. Like many folks, I have a lot of questions rattling around in my brain. I have petty selfish questions, logistical questions, and deep questions. I’m wondering “How much violence will there be?” and “Should I wear a love shirt over my clergy shirt?” and “What if the cell phone towers jam and what if it rains?” and “What if things start to escalate, should I leave? Should i try and protect my friends of color? Will I have the courage to do that?” and “What if white people in our march…

  • What UU Campus Ministry Looks Like in Trump Times

    UU Campus Ministry Partners with Undocumented Student Center Submitted by the Rev. Beth Banks The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis has a long-standing campus ministry, supported by a Senior Minister, a yearly intern and a Campus Committee from the congregation. Recently we’ve been asking what it would look like if we did more than provide a home-cooked meal, a facilitated discussion, activities, and pastoral care for students exploring Unitarian Universalist. This year we found out what that could mean. What has emerged is a very different campus ministry than anything we’ve done before. In 2014, Beth Banks, our Senior Minister went on a Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) immersion trip to the border…

  • 13 Reasons We Need Have These Conversations…

    But Maybe Not Using 13 Reasons Why Netflix recently adapted Jay Asher’s young adult novel, 13 Reasons Why, into a 13-part series that has catapulted into pop culture, breaking social media and viewership records. Visually compelling with cliff-hangers that pull you from one episode to the next, 13 Reasons Why is well made (produced by Selena Gomez’s production company) but that doesn’t mean it is good. A number of justified critiques of the series note that it glorifies suicide, includes graphic scenes of rape, and goes against recommended guidelines for discussing suicide in the media. It also portrays adults as non-supportive especially the black male guidance counselor, who fails to note the warning signs that the main character…

  • Reflection on White Supremacy in Our UUA

    From the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries UPDATED 3/31/17. [Since the publication of this post from our office, the President of the UUA has resigned (read the reporting of this event on UU World here), and the Leadership Council of the UUA released this statement.] – ed. A very important conversation has been happening about the insidious white supremacy in our Unitarian Universalist Association, centering currently around our hiring practices. We encourage you to do some digging and read multiple perspectives in this conversation. A good place to start is the 3/27 UUWorld article, statement from Black Lives of UU and this Compilation of Responses. With gratitude to those reminding…

  • What Does Sanctuary Really Mean?

    by Elissa McDavid We are facing reality, as a faith, a nation, and individuals who may not have been as active as we should have been before the election results of November 8th. Those that lived-in fear before, now live in greater fear as families and communities are torn apart, on an even larger scale. Like many people, I am figuring out how to help those that face deportation, fear, and intimidation. I am trying to understand this as a Unitarian Universalist and as a young adult. I am also an intern with the Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, working with Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate Annie Gonzalez Milliken,…

Latest Developments

Spiritual Practices for White Anxiety

August 18th 2017, no comments

Tomorrow some right wing extremists are planning to hold a rally in the city I live in and I’m pla...

What UU Campus Ministry Looks Like in Trump Times

July 12th 2017, no comments

UU Campus Ministry Partners with Undocumented Student Center Submitted by the Rev. Beth Banks The Un...

13 Reasons We Need Have These Conversations…

May 4th 2017, no comments

But Maybe Not Using 13 Reasons Why Netflix recently adapted Jay Asher’s young adult novel, 13 Reas...

Reflection on White Supremacy in Our UUA

March 28th 2017, 36 comments

From the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries UPDATED 3/31/17. [Since the publica...

What Does Sanctuary Really Mean?

February 28th 2017, no comments

by Elissa McDavid We are facing reality, as a faith, a nation, and individuals who may not have been...

Snapchat Me a Movement

February 16th 2017, no comments

How Snapchat makes social change happen We reprint with permission this very useful guide to using S...

Spiritual Practices for Privileged Fragility

January 26th 2017, 5 comments

The great safety pin debate. The epic pussy hat debacle. These are just two examples of an ongoing t...

Real Love is Not Nice

December 21st 2016, no comments

There is a poster you can buy in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bookstore that says in...

LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition

November 21st 2016, 2 comments

by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gend...