Fiercely UU: Showing Up in Full

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 9th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Fiercely UU is a new blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. – Ed.     Showing Up in Full by KC Slack I’m what you might call a 1st & 7th principle Unitarian Universalist. Don’t get me wrong, principles two through six matter immensely to me, but the first and seventh are the ones I come back to over and over again in my…

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

Posted by jennicadavishockett // May 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

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More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30% of adolescents experience one major episode of depression before reaching adulthood.¹ And while this information is sobering, it is heartening to know that this is also the age at which people are the most receptive to positive influences that can help overcome mental health stress. Here is a way to be one of those positive influences:   During the month of May youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta are taking part in Text, Talk, Act for mental health, AND YOU CAN TOO! “Text, Talk, Act is an innovative effort that uses smart phones as a way…

Lessons From Youth Group

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious education program and a vibrant youth group. Some of my best friends were people I met at cons. I married my wife at the summer camp where we met. My greatest allies, mentors and cheerleaders were adult advisors I had. I found my calling to serve Unitarian Universalism (UU) at General Assembly Youth Caucus. Instead of going to my Senior Prom, I went to a training on youth empowerment and leadership. I credit YRUU with saving my life and giving me…

Send a Mamas Day Card!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 3rd 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Dear Reader of this message, People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple and powerful way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from the true kind of love we should be expressing on Mamas Day: The love that happens when our world is just, and when all our mamas are supported, cared for, and nurtured. It’s the kind of love I see when I look at Strong Families’ newest Mamas Day ecards. This Mamas Day, honor the mamas in your life – the…

The Secret to What Young Adults Want

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Julie Brock wrote this newsletter column for First Unitarian Society of Madison and shared it with us given how relevant it is to young adult ministry everywhere.  Thanks Julie! by Julie Brock Having young people in church is pretty great. Youth bring new energy, fresh perspective, and remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves, that will be here when we aren’t anymore. I know a lot of young people who want to explore spirituality in community, and find the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition to be grounding and resonant to their own worldview. Yet it remains true that it is difficult to give young people what they…

Diminish the Pain of Unjust Detention

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 26th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Strengthen bonds of love by Elissa McDavid Back in September, Warsan Shire’s (a Kenyan-born Somali poet) poem “Home,” flooded the internet: no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying – leave. run away from me now i don’t know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here “Home,” references in particular the on-going European refugee crisis, but also the larger forces of migration, across the globe and across borders. Shire points to the humanness of migration. In the United States, our media, our politics, and our society often forgets this. In particular, we forget the mothers, fathers, children, and families who have no option, but…

YA@GA Election Results

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA // one comment

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is full of gratitude for everyone who participated in the YA@GA elections process. Big thank yous go out to everyone who registered as a candidate, ran in the election, read about the candidates, encouraged others to vote and of course to the 60 young adults who did vote in the process. Without further ado we present the new YA@GA Co-Facilitator for 2017-2018: Aisha Ansano!   Aisha is a 3rd year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School and an aspirant in the Unitarian Universalist ordination process. She’s writing her thesis on the phenomenon of dinner churches and planning to start a non-Christian dinner church. Currently…

Giving Up Trash for Lent

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Living the Wasteless Life by Carter Smith My story actually begins almost a year ago, when one of my Facebook friends posted an article about Lauren Singer, blogger at Trash is For Tossers. She has become well-known in recent years for fitting two years of her trash into a single mason jar. I was astounded because I had never heard of anything like it, even in my growing environmental consciousness within the first year of my college career. Hearing that something known as a “zero waste lifestyle” was possible for people living in industrialized Western societies seemed both outlandish and amazing. From there I spent weeks reading pretty much any literature out there about waste…

Hallowed Growth in NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey bees housed in hives on the lot buzz by, and a bench constructed between cinder blocks doubles as a flower planter. Inside a modest greenhouse, a hodgepodge of reclaimed bathtubs support an aquaculture, growing fish and fertilizing plants symbiotically. David Young, the man behind this and many other community gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward, is taking me and seventeen other Juniata College students on a tour. Spending our spring break in New Orleans for a week of interfaith service and learning, we have just finished our first day of…

Meet Our New Youth Observers to the UUA Board

Posted by Bart Frost // April 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA, youth // no comments

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Welcome Andrea and Bailey! We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2018 Youth Observer Elections have come to a close and we are have two stellar Youth Observers. Nine congregations voted and both elections were very close. Our next Youth Observers will be Andrea Briscoe and Bailey Saddlemire.     Andrea Briscoe Andrea will be serving as Youth Observer for one year, 2016-2017. She is a member at Main Line Unitarian Universalist Church in Devon, PA. Andrea has served our faith in a number of roles including as a peer youth chaplain and worship coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Youth Ministry Council. She current serves as Senior Dean of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly…