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

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  • 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,…

  • 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…

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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 an image by Benjamin Schwartz...

Text, Talk, Act with Your Youth or Young Adult Group

May 7th 2016, no comments

More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30...

Where Were You on Good Friday?

March 25th 2016, no comments

Today is Good Friday, a day where those in the Christian tradition tell the story of Jesus’ tr...

Movie Night: Autism in Love

March 11th 2016, no comments

Broad Spectrum Welcoming I recently attended the Peek Award movie screening at the Utah Film Center....

Small But Mighty: UU Campus Ministry

March 8th 2016, no comments

“Small but mighty” is a phrase I enjoy. Possibly because I am a petite woman of short stature, y...

Share the Love: Bridgers’ Care Packages

February 17th 2016, one comment

Valentine’s Day is over but that’s no reason to stop sharing the love! Our congregations are gen...