Support YaYA Faithify Projects

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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An Innovative Way to Support Effective Ministry Faithify.org – a crowd funding website for Unitarian Universalist ministries launched at General Assembly 2014 in Providence, RI. To date the 24 projects launched for funding have raised more than $43,000 in pledges. Each project has between 15–60 days to reach its goal, after which it goes off the site. Crowd funding works – as an example the The (Next) Lucy Stone Cooperative rapidly achieved 107% of its funding goal from 58 funders, and with 34 days left to go on Faithify has now set a new goal of 100 funders for their project (pledges of as little as $5 can be accepted). The Follow–Share–Fund feature on Faithify…

Millennials are Sticky People

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 17th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith // one comment

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Adhere Them to Your Congregation   This excerpt of a post by Drew Dyck on the Aspen Group examines the trend of Millennials leaving the church, and says that neither making church more stylistically appealing or less religious will turn the trend around. However, research reveals some of the reasons Millennials stay with congregation. Takeaways follow. –Ed.     The Millennials are leaving the church in droves, and staying away. Approximately 70 percent of those raised in the church disengage from it in their 20s. One-third of Americans under 30 now claim “no religion.” There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S.—and approximately the same number of suggestions for how to bring them back to…

Host a Scaffold Series Conference

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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Young Adults Building Faith from the Ground up This fall Faith Architects kicks off with three to six regional leadership conferences called the Scaffold Series. We are currently seeking congregations or organizations to host these conferences. Some conferences may be hosted in spring of 2015. The Scaffold Series invites young adults to examine their Unitarian Universalist identities and to think about why they’ve chosen this religion, what Unitarian Universalism gives them, and what they can commit to giving back. Conference attendees will be trained in multi-generational worship, community building and justice organization, with an emphasis on bringing what they learn at Scaffold Series back to congregations and organizations in the wider denomination.   Won’t it…

Youthful Leader

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 9th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Learn about Robert Jensen, graduate of the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary Class of 2013, from the selected excerpts of this profile piece by Aliyah Mohammed of the Fremont Bulletin  from the Mercury News. – Ed. Unitarian Universalist Present and Future “Washington High graduate hopes to combine passion for social justice and faith” The word “passionate” encapsulates recent Washington High School graduate Robert Jensen in a nutshell. When he speaks about his faith, about social work and the good he hopes to do in the world, his energized words come at such fast speeds that it seems like he is speaking in energized bursts… In his freshman year, Jensen, 18, got involved with the Gay Straight…

Broader Leadership…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 8th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Bigger Congregation Smart congregations don’t see the  overlap between Boomers (in the prime years of congregational governance) and Millennials (adult and ready to lead) as a challenge, they see it as an opportunity to broaden their appeal.     Excerpt from “Got religion? How churches, mosques and synagogues can bring young people back” by Naomi Schaefer Riley on the Fox News blog. …if religious institutions are ever going to get young adults to return, the leadership will have to figure out a way to make them feel like their time and talents are needed. It is not uncommon to hear boomers in church complain about the self-absorbed millennials who don’t support their religious communities. But…

Spotlight: UUs of Penn State

Written by Annie Gonzalez // June 25th 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.–Ed. “At Penn State, Unitarian Universalism is synonymous with acceptance,” says Hayly Hoch, the vice president of the UU student organization there. She credits the Unitarian Universalist Students (UUS) with helping her understand what community truly means and supporting her to pursue her dreams. Kelly Diaz, the group’s original founder and current president calls it a “tight knit and passionate” community that has helped her grow spiritually. It is clear that this campus ministry is making a big difference in the lives of its core members. But the…

Youth Advisor

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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Youth Advisors and other adults supporting youth are vital to outstanding youth ministry.   Youth Advisors on uua.org. Our advisor landing page is a portal to all sorts of webinars, information and resources. We highlight a number of them below. Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide This book is a must-have for DREs, youth advisors and any adult working with youth. It talks about mentorship, safety, the nuts and bolts of groups, and more. Webinars Find the following webinars on this page. Youth Leadership 101 Pastoral Care for Youth and Young Adults Engaged in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Sustainable Youth Ministry New Youth Advisor 101 Ministry with Transracially Adopted Youth Welcoming Children with Special Needs Originally a…

Youth in Congregations

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 23rd 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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Congregational Youth Ministry can take many forms, of which Youth Group is just one choice. The resources below will help you think about your youth programming, as well as how you serve and involve youth throughout the congregation.             Youth in Congregations Youth as Members Can youth be signed, voting members of your congregation? This resource shares why you might want to consider it and addresses commonly asked questions. Multiple Pathways This blog post examines the multiple ways youth can be involved in congregations beyond youth group. Youth on Boards and Committees This blog post shares considerations for including youth on congregational boards and committees.   Multiple Models of Youth…

Youth Leadership

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 23rd 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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  Welcome to the Youth Leadership Resource Page. Building youth leadership skill and creating opportunities for youth involvement in leadership positions are integral parts of what the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries does. The following is a listing of programs, events, opportunities and resources for building and supporting youth leadership. Click the links to be redirected to websites or online documents detailing these offerings. Luminary Leaders A national network of youth, Luminary Leaders is both a recognition program celebrating youth leadership and a way to plug youth into national leadership opportunities and experiences. Youth can join at any point during the year. Summer Seminary A 5-day program for youth considering careers as religious…

Showing + Sustaining Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 20th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Reproductive Justice Tour Daily Blog: Day 2 and 3 Love Reaches Out in many ways, and during the week of June 16–21 Blue Boat invites you to join high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations on their Justice Trip learning about Reproductive Justice. –Ed. This is us breaking off into groups to brainstorm ideas for our video project. *** As of today, we’ve listened to an astounding array of stories from a variety of different people. We’ve heard about more and more ways in which peoples’ lives have been affected by reproductive justice or a lack thereof. This may just be my own opinion, but it seems to…