Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

Tumble Through Lent This Year

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Join the Second Annual Unitarian Universalist Lent Tumblr Join Unitarian Universalists everywhere who observe Lent starting Wednesday, February 18 online at practicinglent.tumblr.com. Learn how it works. From the practinglent tumblr: Something new is preparing to bloom! We will soon be posting the list of words for our 2015 daily practice of spiritual formation in words and images, to coincide with the season of Lent. Stay tuned and join us for the February 18 launch! Discover the 47 words of Unitarian Universalists Practicing Lent 2015.    

Organize for Economic Justice on Feb. 20, 2015

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice // no comments

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Attend The UU Escalating Inequality/Opportunity for All Conference Terry Lowman Boardmember of  Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community shares the following message: A group of Unitarian Universalists (UU) will meet in Evanston, IL the weekend of February 20, 2015 for the Unitarian Universalist Escalating Inequalty/Opportunity for All Conference. This conference is sponsored by UUs for a Just Economic Community (UUJEC). We have great speakers including Chuck Collins, Rev Dr. David Breeden from the Commission on Social Witness and Bertha Lewis, as well as workshops featuring a  broad spectrum of diversity of the presenters to keep things honest (young, old, rich and poor). Scholarships are available for travel and registration and home hospitality is available….

Our Sankofa Moment

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

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Unitarian Universalism Calls On Your Continuing Presence We share this letter about Selma and Unitarian Universalism as a voice for justice on Standing on the Side of Love. – Ed. Today, our nation again stands on the precipice of a significant movement for racial equity that calls to Unitarian Universalists to respond as people of faith anchored in the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We – five women of color who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith through the Unitarian Universalist Association – write this letter to express our hopes for the participation of Unitarian Universalists with regard to a Sankofa moment presented to us by the 50th anniversary commemoration of…

Selma Movie Discussion Guide

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Social Justice // no comments

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of this Seminal Story Ava DuVernay’s movie Selma depicts the three marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965 that catalyzed passage of the Federal 1965 Voting Rights Act. Unitarian Universalists were present at this moment in history, marching and witnessing with Martin Luther King, Jr. for Civil Rights. We recommend you see the movie, and offer this discussion guide to engage your congregation in recognition of the anniversary of this moment in the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago that engaged many Unitarian Universalists and – arguably – changed the course of our movement and the Unitarian Universalist Association. This youth-friendly, Unitarian Universalist  discussion guide, written by UU World Senior Editor Kenny…

Youth Together for Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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First Unitarian Society of Denver Youth Group Hosts MLK Con 2015 MLK CON 2015 In Review by Sofia Avery-Kapulski and Max Pivonka Picture a dense horde of teenagers packed into a church sanctuary, murmuring spiritedly. It’s night. Many of them have traveled long, exhausting hours just to congregate here, and yet the smouldering quiver of adolescent incendiarism can be felt from the steps outside. The air of inspired, visceral unity is formidable.   But this is no cult coming-of-age rite, nor is it the beginning of a subversive and dangerous riot. These youth are gathered together here tranquilly, they’re gathered because of a shared passion for justice, and they are gathered in the name of…

Millennials Are Called to Deeper Meaning

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 9th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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And Drawn to Where Religious Community Can Happen This Barna Group update, Designing Worship Spaces with Millennials in Mind, reveals that as a group when it comes to places of worship  Millennials more readily choose venues that promote the opportunity for creating community over traditional church space. Real world examples from the Unitarian Univeralist faith include The Sanctuaries, DC and The Sanctuary, Boston. Yet the Barna Group report also shows that the dedicated religious nature of the space where worship happens is meaningful too. From the Barna Group report:   While “Sanctuary,” “classic” and “quiet” are more often associated with traditional church buildings, less than half of survey respondents preferred the word “traditional” over “modern.”…

Summer Seminary Applications Open 2/13/2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Programs and Links, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments

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Explore the Call “Welcome to the club!” is what my former boss, Nancy Bowen Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region, said to me when I responded to her question of “what do you want to do with your life?” with “I want to run a spiritual retreat center.” “I know so many ministers who have that as their end goal,” she said. Ministers? I share a goal with ministers? OMG, does Nancy think of me as a minster? I’m nowhere near ordained. I am as close to a minister as a kid in a sandbox is to famous Barcelonan architect, Antoni Gaudí. And yet, when I was a teenager, although I would outwardly say…

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…