Our Emerging Faith Could Heal the World

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Covenants Are More than “Cool,” and Fitness Won’t Fix the World – Cherish the old, embrace the new, avoid the fads and heal the world – In April I got to go home for work. I don’t mean home to the house I share with my partner and housemates here in Boston. I mean back to the part of the country I say I’m from, back to the people who raised me and made me Unitarian Universalist (UU).  I went back to my childhood state, Illinois, to attend the MidAmerica Regional Assembly. Like many young adults, I’ve moved a lot. Since I first left home at age 17 I’ve lived in 5 different states and both…

Becoming is in the Bookstore!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 15th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Get it Off Our Shelf and Onto Yours Now! Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood is a wonderful resource for Unitarian Universalist young adults and seekers alike. Thanks to some generous donors the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) teamed up with Skinner House books to print 3,000 free copies of this slim but meaningful volume. You can read the editor’s promotion of the book here. This book is so popular with young adults, religious educators, parents and grandparents of Millennials and lay leaders that we ran through those 3,000 copies very quickly. You can read about that part of the story here. We are still going to…

Minister to UU Youth + Young Adults of Color

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // May 12th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments

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Do It For Everyone Try these resources to better minister to Unitarian Univeralist youth and young adults of color. Check out this webinar hosted by the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) for 30 minutes of framing and rethinking about this crucial, spirit-filled work with Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. Just want the visuals? Get the Power Point slides here!    

Millennials and Church

Written by Bart Frost // May 12th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Where Do Unitarian Universalists Fit In? A photo posted by YaYAUUA (@instayayauua) on May 12, 2015 at 7:58am PDT According to research coming from the Barna Group, 30% of Millennials say attending church is not important. 30% say attending church is important and 40% fall somewhere in the middle.   What does this mean for Unitarian Universalism? It means we need to look at the ways our congregations minister to Millennials. 44% of Millennials go to church to feel closer to God and 39% find God elsewhere. What would the Millennials in your congregation say? Do they find god sitting in the pews next to them on Sunday morning? Can they recognize the holiness during coffee…

Celebrate Mamas Day 2015

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 8th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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For all the mamas, everywhere. #MamasDay All mamas deserve to be seen, respected, celebrated & loved, and  here is a terrific, innovative way to show you agree! Mamasday.org has created 45 different images of families and their mamas, representing the variety of people who make up diverse families. For

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Fourth Universalist

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Animating Church Life “We actually had a conversation recently about how we can get more older people to come to our church,” shared Ryan Novosielski, current president of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. “I know that’s not a common conversation [in Unitarian Universalist churches] but hey, it’s New York!” Ryan is one of the many young adults serving in leadership at Fourth Universalist, commonly shortened to “4th U.” He helped start the young adult group about five years ago when they lacked critical mass. Now their group tells a very different story. Erin Bigelow, who chairs the Church Council where representatives of each committee meet, and serves on the Transitions and Right Relations Teams,…

A Viral Response to Injustice

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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A Presidential Call for Religion to Support Equality Former President Jimmy Carter recently wrote that he was severing ties with his church, stating: This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. Explore how Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association fights for equality. An excerpt of the Religion News Service (RNS)…

Cultural Respect

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // one comment

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Culture Heritage to Share – Not Appropriate Culture is an expression of identity, and Cultural Appropriation is when a peoples’ identity is changed without their consent. Yet sharing cultural experience is a powerful way to build respectful, inclusive, welcoming community. Now more than ever, we can all benefit from some wisdom and resources on how to share culture in accountable, respectful ways. Not sure what the difference is between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange?   Amandla Stenberg explains, “The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred. But here’s the thing: Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high…

Youth Advising Competencies Available Now !

Written by jennicadavishockett // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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‘Cause there is good advising, and there is BETTER advising   Ever thought to yourself, “How am I doing with this whole youth ministry thing?” Yes, yes you have. Well, here is a way to get some answers! Read this post about the new Youth Advising Competencies compiled by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and a number of regional groups on the Call and Response Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We know you want to be the best advisor you can, and we are here to help.

Set Good Boundaries to Create Covenant

Written by jennicadavishockett // April 27th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments

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“Good fences make good neighbors” – Now as Then My best friend from college taught me a phrase I’d never considered using before and hold dear to this day. That phrase is “that’s not ok.” See, until I learned this phrase I was a pushover, I tried very hard to make everyone (especially people I was dating) happy, even at the cost of my own well being.  I gave my power away all the time and felt crummy about it. I spent a lot of mental energy trying to find ways of coping with being stepped on, rather than spending energy cultivating resilience, standing up for myself and setting good personal boundaries. Once, at a…