Vote for Voting

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 31st 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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It is a Right. Some Want it be a Privilege From UUA.org, “On June 25, 2013, the Supreme Court effectively struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 by a 5-to-4 vote, freeing nine states, mostly in the South, to change their election laws without advance federal approval.” The outcome of the election on this November 4 could shift the balance of power in the United States Senate and state and local governments all over the United States. And while election driven change in government is good, when that change is the result of a less than fair process it is not. Amongst the things an individual can do to ensure a…

New On GA Talks @ YouTube

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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Campus Ministry Renaissance  Religious life on campus improves the scholastic performance  and quality of life for students. Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus.         Watch “New Relevancy for Campus Ministry” presented at GA Talks 2014

Showing Up for a Campus in Crisis

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 28th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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UU Campus Ministry Spans the Divide Rev. Evan Young contributes this compelling post about the role Unitarian Universalist campus ministry plays in interfaith healing on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. – Ed. By Rev. Evan Young As an ordained Unitarian Universalist campus minister, I’ve had plenty of times where I sat with a student as they went through some kind of crisis. Showing up when things are hard to offer an honest, caring, supportive presence is a core part of what I do at Ohio University, where I serve United Campus Ministry, a progressive ecumenical and interfaith organization. But this fall, for the first time, I’ve had to show up that way…

7th Principle Moments

Written by Bart Frost // October 27th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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I recently finished a book edited by Dori Baker called Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World. In it, one of the writers describes a congregation’s youth ministry through their awareness and verbally recognizing “God moments”. God moments are defined as “an instant of crystal clear knowing that God is present and active in the world”. The congregation is a United Methodist Church that spending a lot of time and money doing missionary work and a lot of energy listening for and sharing “God moments”. As I read about their interactions and how they felt the holy while on trips to Appalachia, or during a moment of laughter in the…

Reproductive Justice in Moving Pictures

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 24th 2014 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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The youth group of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus has just released two videos, sharing what they learned about Reproductive Justice and the impact it has on the lives of real people – watch them here:  What is Reproductive Justice? Learn about the Unitarian Universalist Association and Reproductive Justice Reproductive Justice Stories Read the youth group’s Reproductive Justice Trip Daily Blog.

Beat ALEC at its Own Game

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 22nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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A Call to Action From the President’s Pen President Peter Morales writes in response to ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council) raising funds to counter pressure brought by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) against this organization that works to undermine social, economic and environmental justice. – Ed.   Friends, Last Friday, October 17, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) sent out an email asking their supporters for funds to fight the “smear campaign” waged against them by the Unitarian Universalist Church. ALEC claims that we UUs wish to “silence competing ideas and speech” because we have shone a light on their secretive activities to undercut voter registration, pass anti-immigrant legislation, harm the environment, and block…

Luminary Leaders: Lighting a New Way

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, UUA, youth // no comments

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Are you 14-18 or in your first year out of high school?          Are you dedicated to living your Unitarian Universalist faith?                 Are you a leader in your congregation, community, district or region?                        Or do you want to be?  Now is your time to apply to be a Luminary Leader. Join other youth leaders across the nation in lighting a new way. Visit uua.org/luminary to find out how to join. Apply for Level One and get access to a variety of open opportunities to lead. Apply for Level Two, which includes submitting an Experience Profile…

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 // 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 // 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