Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…

Luminary Leaders Ask Peter & Jim Tough Questions

Written by jennicadavishockett // January 29th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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On Saturday January 24th, Luminary Leaders from across the United States joined UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUA Moderator Jim Key for a webcast to ask them anything they wanted. Oh did they ask some tough questions! Find out what youth across the nation really want to know about how the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) works. Hear Jim’s answer to “Where do you draw the line between democracy/equity and inefficiency?” and Peter’s answer to “What do you think is most important to tell the world about Unitarian Universalism?” (Spoiler: Jim and Peter agree it’s not about doing things right, but about doing the right things.) You’ll be surprised to find out neither Peter nor Jim had…

Covenant Creates Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

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While the Future of Faith is being determined by innovations in the places and ways people connect to and live their spiritual life, it is the practices that allow for and encourage them to connect in real and genuine ways about the things they hold most sacred that allows these new expressions of spiritual life to take hold in community with others. This post – re-posted with permission – by Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development of the Canadian Unitarian Council, shares how Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults (YaYA) covenant building leads by example. – Ed.   The Sacred Oops and Ouch: What UU Youth Have Taught Me About Covenant…

Becoming, the E-Book, is Here For All!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 27th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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So what if Becoming is currently out of (paper) stock – Get it online!   As previously noted, we have this really fabulous problem that a wonderful free resource created by Skinner House Books and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is so widely desired that we are  unable to immediately fulfill all the requests for copies. So maybe you are sitting around thinking “Gosh I wish I had a copy of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.  I would be so happy if for a mere 99 cents * I could acquire an Amazon Kindle version with the click of a button!” Well you, my friend (and your friend’s friends, and their…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

Youth Energy Solution

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Brighten UU Youth Group Leads on Environmental Justice The Youth Group at Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (CUUB), Michigan has spearheaded an initiative encouraging energy utilities to adopt more energy efficient and renewable sources of energy. Learn about their work, strategy and how you can act for environmental justice at Youth Energy Solution. Learn more about Unitarian Universalist Association (UU) Youth Groups.

Are You Wondering if You’ve Got the Call?

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments

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Find out at Summer Seminary 2015 Click HERE

Weekend Challenge #5 – the Winner Is…

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 20th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Congratulations to the unique* Luminary Leader Rachel Milles for successfully answering our challenge! Remember Viola Liuzzo with us by reading her story, previously posted on Blue Boat.       * Rachel is unique in many ways – in this case she is the only person to have correctly answered this Weekend Challenge.  

Weekend Challenge #5 – Name and Date, Please!

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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What is the name and birth date of the Unitarian Universalist who lost her life fighting for a cause commemorated on the front-page of the Blue Boat right now? Enter your answer as a comment to this post. We will announce the winner – or winners – and publish your response on Tuesday, January 20.

It Can’t Be the Same Without You

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, YA @ GA 2014, young adults // no comments

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Hey, Young Adults – General Assembly is only about Six Months* Away   * Find out EXACTLY how much time is left before the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon.