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

Latest Developments

  • Snapchat Me a Movement

    How Snapchat makes social change happen We reprint with permission this very useful guide to using Snapchat as a platform for advocacy work by Aneta Molenda, originally published on the M+R lab blog. Learn more about the passionate people who support progressive advocacy groups and causes at M+R, .   Snapchat for Advocacy by Aneta Molenda Anyone can snap a selfie with the doggy ears filter. And anyone with excellent taste (me) can make heavy use of the rainbow vomit. Exhibit A: But a real Snapchat superstar uses her powers for something loftier: pressuring Congress, speaking out on urgent issues, and saving the world. It really is a snap (apologies in advance for the bad…

  • Spiritual Practices for Privileged Fragility

    The great safety pin debate. The epic pussy hat debacle. These are just two examples of an ongoing trend in liberal circles: people (often with relative privilege) respond poorly when their well meaning actions are critiqued by others on the left (often by folks with relatively less privilege). While some lament that divisive critique is destroying the left I know that we who believe in liberation have the spiritual resources to respond well to critical feedback and move forward together. How do I know this? Because I’m an able bodied cis white woman from a middle class liberal background who has learned to respond less defensively to critique from the left over time, using spiritual practices….

  • Real Love is Not Nice

    There is a poster you can buy in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bookstore that says in big font “Love is Hard. Do it anyway.”  This poster, designed by Carey McDonald, UUA Outreach Director, talks about an interdependent inclusive love. This is the love we’re called to as Unitarian Universalists (UU). I believe that love is hard, and I try and try to do it anyway. I fail a lot, because I’m human. I try again. This real hard love is at the center of my faith, and because it is so sacred to me, I feel frustrated when I see people confusing what love calls us to with being nice. These days many of…

  • LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition

    by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gender creative and sexually non-conforming youth and teens–all those who are queer, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and a hundred other wonderful self-proclaimed identities, My heart breaks for you. This is not the future I wanted for you. This is not the future I have been fighting for. But I also know you are strong and I want you to have the information you need to survive. Because I need you to survive! I haven’t seen a “this shit is real” missive to you yet, so here’s what I’ve got. I don’t think it’s helpful to sugar coat this. Yes, you and…

  • What do you need right now?

    What do you need right now dear ones? How are we going to get through this? Maybe you’re in shock. Maybe you’re pissed as hell. Maybe you’re weeping. Maybe you’re numb and trying to do all the normal things. Maybe you’re hiding in bed. All of these reactions are totally normal. There is nothing that makes this ok, because hate is not ok and greed is not ok and violence are not ok. Electing a president who is overtly racist, sexist, violent and endlessly greedy is not an ok thing to do. We all know these next four years won’t be ok. And yet, paradoxically, we keep going. So what do you need right now…

Latest Developments

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, one comment

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...

What do you need right now?

November 9th 2016, 8 comments

What do you need right now dear ones? How are we going to get through this? Maybe you’re in shock....

Standing Rock – Issue Primer

November 4th 2016, no comments

Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President...

Adulting is Hard – by Kayla Parker

October 12th 2016, no comments

Adulting Is Hard by Kayla Parker When I was twenty-five, I started graduate school and my Dad had a ...

Equalize Privilege and All Will Rise

August 2nd 2016, no comments

What Noah Learned at UU Mid-West Leadership School by Noah Rowan I have privilege. White privilege. ...

SnapChat Younger Folks Into Your Congregation

May 16th 2016, no comments

Using SnapChat to Expand Your Reach To Younger Folks Recently I shared this image, by Benjamin Schwa...