Breaking Humanist Ground

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 20th 2014 // Future of Faith, On Campus // no comments

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Tufts University – which has long has a relationship with Unitarian Universalism(UU) – became the first college campus in the United States to hire an humanist chaplain. Tufts has created the position of “Humanist in Residence of the Tufts University Chaplaincy”. Chris Stedman finds out why in his interview of UU Rev. Greg McGonigle, of the Tufts University Chaplaincy in his story on Religion News Service, “After Atheists Asked, Tufts Creates First University-Funded Humanist Position“.   Who is Chris Stedman? Read more by Chris Stedman – “Faitheist” – Published by Beacon Press. (Available at the UUA Bookstore) On Huffington Post On Patheos On Religion News Service On The New Humanism       After atheists…

Sunday Challenge: TUESDAY ANSWER

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 14th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, young adults, youth // no comments

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1793 –> 1825 –> 1961 –> NOW! Dear Friends, Thanks for participating in the first of many Sunday Challenges. We received exactly five correct responses, so everyone wins a copy of “Becoming”! This meditation manual, edited by Kayla Parker (former Campus Ministry Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association), is for young adults in Unitarian Universalism. Now, for the answers: 1793 is the year the Universalist Church of America was founded. 1825 is the year the American Unitarian Association was founded. 1961 is the year the two organizations Consolidated to found the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). As noted by Aaron Stockwell in his response to our challenge, this seal used to reside in the floor of…

Say No More, Just #Change the Name

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice // no comments

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October 12, 2015: Columbus Day INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY Sign this petition today it’ll make a difference next year, and every year thereafter. From Beacon Press – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (author of An Indigenous’ Peoples History of the U.S. has a special message for President Barack Obama: The United States should honor Native American nations and communities over a symbol of colonization and genocide… Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day! ADD YOUR VOICE: Click here to read the appeal and sign the official petition.(http://wh.gov/i3Isc) Then share this message. READ MORE ABOUT IT ON BLUE BOAT  

It’s Time to Apply for YA@GA 2015 Staff!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 8th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA // no comments

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Let your light shine on YA@GA staff in Portland Is General Assembly starting to feel like Hogwarts, that magical place you miss so much you can’t even remember for sure if it’s real? Well don’t worry, it’s happening again next year! Trust us, we are your YA@GA co-facilitators, and we’re (Religious Education) professionals. We are Jonathan Rogers and Ayla Halberstadt, and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about ourselves, and about the fully-funded volunteer staff positions that we will be hiring for; we’d love to have you on our team! In case you missed last year’s General Assembly in Providence, we’ll catch you up: formerly known as Young Adult Caucus,…

Honor the Originals on October 13

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // one comment

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Not Columbus Day: Indigenous People’s Day Columbus Day celebrates the eponymous explorer’s landing of the on the shores of the Americas in 1492. Indigenous People’s Day celebrates the people and cultures of the Americas whose destiny was changed by his arrival. Columbus’ voyage was the result of a papal policy of religious conquest – the effects of which continue to harm indigenous people all over the world. ** UPDATED 10/07/14** – Seattle City Council unanimously replaces “Columbus Day” with “Indigenous People’s Day. Read more. Unitarian Universalist Principles and Beliefs call upon the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to establish social justice for native American and indigenous people’s. Honor Indigenous People’s Day with the UUA. Resources from the UUA…

What’s the Good News in Youth Ministry?

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, youth // 2 comments

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Find out this Wednesday at 7:30, Mountain Time Eric Bliss, Director of Religious Exploration, First Unitarian Society of Denver, presents, “Youth Ministry: A Balanced Approach”, this Wednesday evening. From his announcement, For professionals and volunteers who work with youth, there are many complex issues to tackle.  This webinar will explore the best practices in a balanced approach to Youth Ministry with the aim of giving the participant tools to empower leadership, to explore Unitarian Universalism more deeply, and to nurture the soul of the adviser.  Come hungry, leave happy knowing that you are prepared to partner with your congregation’s youth to go deeper than ever before… Good News in Youth Ministry Youth Ministry:  A Balanced…

A Millenial Reveals Why Millenials Leave Religion

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Ready to Lead – Not Just Follow Antonia Blumberg, Associate Editor of HuffPost Religion observes the lack of young adult leadership of organizations devoted to social change, despite that as a group young adults massively participate in actions fort change.   The Unitarian Universalist Association agrees! We promote youth and young adult leadership and work to create multigenerational congregation   From her commentary on Huffington Post: We’re leaving for different reasons, probably in large part our fatigue with outdated social mores. But I imagine it also has something to do with our marginalization in many religious organizations. Antonia Blumberg’s commentary ends with the following request, If any religious leader or conference organizer would like to…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

Now Commit to Respond

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 24th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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The Climate Changed for the Better Last Sunday More than 400,000 people marched in New York City last Sunday, sending a message to world leaders in town for the United Nations Climate Summit that the time to act for Environmental Justice is now. Considerably more than 1,500 Unitarian Universalists (UU) were in the crowd, including many who arrived on the “Climate Justice train” from the west coast. The Unitarian Universalist Assocation acts for Environmental Justice as part of its mission to establish comprehensive social justice Progress was made but this issue of global of importance requires sustained mobilization. The UUA has launched Commit2Respond to help change the climate for better – and for good. Related…

UUCEF Joins Call for Investor Action

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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The Unitarian Universalist Common Endowment Fund (UUCEF) has joined other institutional investors in calling for Carbon Pricing and a comprehensive agreement to deal with the effects of climate change on people and the environment. Read the statement on uucef.org