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

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  • 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,…

  • 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….

Latest Developments

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, 34 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...

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...