Cultural Respect

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

Cultural_Respect

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…

Earth Day: 8 Leaders Call on You to

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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#Commit2Respond   We re-post this message from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other Unitarian Universalist leaders who urge you to act for Climate Justice starting today.– ed. Today is Earth Day, when people all over the planet celebrate our beautiful, life-giving, and fragile Mother Earth. This year our eight Unitarian Universalist organizations teamed up and created an unprecedented network of concern and action: Commit2Respond. Climate Justice Month, which has been running since World Water Day (March 22), ends today-and we ask you to join us in committing to action in the face of climate change! Saving our biosphere is possible, but it will take a paradigm shift and a revolution of values to get there….

Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments

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WEBINAR – Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color 1:                    Faith Formation and Spiritual Renewal Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association present a 45 minute webinar on April 23, sharing key frameworks for ministering to UU youth and young adults of color with a focus on faith formation and spiritual renewal. @RevElizabethN will point you toward resources around worship, spiritual practices, and community building. 30 minutes +15 minutes of your questions = 3/4 of an hour packed with open discussion and sharing about best practices and challenges. Click here to participate.      

Elect Your Youth Observers!

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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Choose Who Represents Youth on the UUA Board of Trustees Meet your candidates for the ONE YEAR position of Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. Voting begins May 7. Attention: Candidates for the TWO YEAR position of Youth Observer are still sought, apply before MAY 1, 2015.             Olivia Calvi I have been a Unitarian Universalist my entire life and I can say without a doubt I would not be anywhere near the person I am today without it. Finding my home at PSWD’s Camp de Benneville Pines transformed my idea of what it means to be a part of this faith. The raw community that…

Commit 2 Respond for #ClimateJustice

Written by Bart Frost // April 17th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice // no comments

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What We Will Make of Our Time on Earth During Climate Justice Month we have reveled in the world we live in. We have embraced its warmth, its greenness, its snow, and its sunshine. We have gazed at waterfalls, fjords, icebergs, and countless other phenomena with glee. What a beautiful earth we inhabit! We have also reckoned. Climate change is real. It is happening, and we cannot stop it. Superman will not be using his super lungs to suck up greenhouse gases and expel them into space. The Planet Express crew will not be moving the earth a few millimeters further away from the sun. Acknowledging it is the first step. Then we reconnected. We reached…

Safe Space and a Way Forward

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 15th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Natural Extension of Unitarian Unversalist Core Values Talkin’ ’bout unconditional love, equality and justice – This is one way Unitarian Universalist congregations engage their community: When two young adults realized that homeless young adults were falling through the cracks Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz determined to open a shelter to help them find a path forward. When they decided to do something about it, First Parish in Cambridge, MA determined to help by hosting the shelter dedicated to homeless young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) during the coldest months of the year. Said Rev. Fred Small, the senior minister at First Parish, “Their proposal was very exciting, because it’s a natural…

“Tracing Their Steps” – Reflections from Selma Pt. 4

Written by Bart Frost // April 14th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Marching Forward Events of 50 Years Ago Today This is the final installment in a series of reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches. Here are  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. – ed. Sunday was the day that most of us were waiting for, the anniversary of the bridge crossing. An opportunity to follow the footsteps of those who came before. Before we could cross the bridge, we had to get there first. After gathering on to the buses and heading out in the morning, we landed at City of St. Jude in Montgomery for lunch. During the Selma to Montgomery Marches in 1965 more than 20,000 people camped out on…

How to #Commit2Respond RIGHT NOW

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith // no comments

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You Decide if Activists for Climate Change GROW or whither on April 22 The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) with Faithify challenge you to help train the people who will be on the front-lines of changing the climate on the issue of Climate Change. These activists, will be graduates of the UUCSJ GROW Climate Justice, the Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop if AND ONLY IF you – and we – rise to the challenge right now, because if sufficient funding is not raised by April 22, the training can not happen. Read the invitation to participate from dedicated, battle-hardened, Unitarian Universalist climate activist Tim DeChristopher. Read about the GROW workshop and watch the fundraising…