Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Oakland, CA

Written by Annie Gonzalez // April 23rd 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults – Ed. “Bishop Yvette Flunder says her approach to church membership is ‘you welcome someone, you make them feel loved and then you put them to work.’ Well that’s what I try to do!” says Alex Haider-Winnett. He’s the outgoing coordinator of the young adult group at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland (FUCO) and he’s been a member there for about four years.  It looks like his strategy is working. First of all, young adults feel welcomed at FUCO.  Aaron Hinde, a young parent, started attending…

“Friendly” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Pre-qualified by Social Media The Interconnections Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in its story, “Welcoming in the Age of Social Media” discusses the added importance of making genuine connection with new comers since most people have Googled congregations they are considering joining before ever setting foot through the door. Most first-time visitors learn about a congregation from its on-line presence, and are ready to join, making the way they are received by members the deal closer – or deal breaker.   Unitarian Universalist Peter Bowden, who specializes in the relationship between media and congregation proposes a three questions every membership team should ask itself to better welcome newcomers, pointing out, “Thanks to digital…

There’s No Snoozebar on this Clock

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 15th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Climate Change: 5 Minutes to Midnight, 15 Years and Counting Down The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a report showing that the effects of global warming have not yet become irreversible, but that they will in 15 years should action not be taken now on a global scale to cut green-house gas emissions. Research in the report also shows that reducing climate change is not only affordable, but is economically beneficial, claiming, “societies would likely be 5 percent poorer if nothing is done to protect the climate.” Learn about Environmental Justice at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Listen to “Climate Change Adjustments Must Be Fast And Major, U.N. Panel Says“,…

Confronting Intolerance with Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Celebrating All Families Responding to criticism for supporting diverse models of family, and in a way that would seem right at home at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Honey Maid literally turned the words of their critics against them to remind them of  a deeper message. Read this account in images on Business Insider. Learn about Marriage Equality and the UUA Find out how the UUA fights for Social Justice Watch the Honeymaid video:  

Who Knows How Many Campus Groups We Have?

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 31st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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How many campus ministry groups DO we have? You hold the answer! Are campus groups growing? Shrinking? Doing interfaith work? Who supports them? Are they reaching new UUs? Are they helping our recently bridged youth stay connected? These are just a few of the questions I hear frequently as the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the  Unitarian Universalist Association. The truth of the matter is that I simply don’t know the answers. I do have a spreadsheet with contact information that is somewhat outdated, I have lots of anecdotes and stories and I have interactions with folks doing this work all over the country. But as for cold hard updated data?… Um… well… Well,…

Teens and Their Social Media

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 13th 2014 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Connecting, Despite Everything The increasing diversity in family life-style, advent of two-income families, limited public resources, shortened school days and paring instruction down to core subjects crete the impetus to place youth in structured after-school activities. The casualty of this has been “hang-out time”, when youth could interact in less structured environment and connect on their shared experience. New research suggests that young people use social media to make up for the time they no longer get to hang-out, showing that what they want most is the opportunity to connect and share with peers. This presents an opportunity for faith organizations providing a balance of strucutre and free-time in an environment conducive to growth and…

Bust Injustice with Us

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 7th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Defeat Racial and Multicultural Injustice Youth are coming of age in an America that is increasingly diverse. Be The Change! (BTC) gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core BTC training is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different sizes. The project also includes additional activities, further links and resources, and an online community to support groups engaging with the project.   Unitarian Universalist youth have often been at the forefront of our struggle with anti-racism, stretching back decades of national and local involvement. Though much progress has been made in addressing…

Where to Stay at GA?

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 4th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA // no comments

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Don’t Panic, Do Act Fast! Housing at General Assembly (GA) this year is under pressure – because this is shaping up to be one of the best attended meetings in years, and also because of unforeseen labor disputes at two of the major hotels in Providence. The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) can not in good conscience contract with businesses that knowingly act against Unitarian Universalist Principles or the actions for social and economic justice pursued by the UUA. The UUA was thus obliged to end the contracts reserving blocks of rooms for GA attendees with these hotels. (Learn more about the dispute between these hotels and the people who work at them here.) There are…

Building the Millenial Base

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 21st 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Engagement Mechanics 101 A strategy that faith-based organizations can use to engage – and keep engaged – the Millennial Generation. This Millennial Impact Report infographic shows how faith-based organizations that are active on social issues and causes can engage Millennials, people born between the late 1970s and early 2000′s, immediately and over the long-term. Estimates of the size of the Millennial Generation vary between 75 – 95 million, or about  25% of the population of the United States; engaging them in a long-term relationship with organizations that depend upon member support can mean the difference between growth or increasing irrelevance. While faith affiliation amongst “M-gens” is lower than other generations, M-gens actively support the causes…

Takai Takes on Arizona

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 19th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments

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Zero Exceptions George Takai, the popular meme-ist (and helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series) responds to Arizona Senate Bill 1062 permitting business owners to deny service to LGBTQ people on religious grounds, which passed the Arizona Senate. Likening it to Jim Crow laws, Takai threatens to create global public awareness through social media, mobilizing a boycott against Arizona if Governor Jan Brewer signs the bill into law. In the past Brewer vetoed similar legislation, though she is known to support the right of business owners to deny service. Read the text of Arizona Senate Bill 1062, “exercise of religion; state action”. Read George Takai’s post, “Razing Arizona”. Read the story about Takai’s…