The Secret to What Young Adults Want

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Julie Brock wrote this newsletter column for First Unitarian Society of Madison and shared it with us given how relevant it is to young adult ministry everywhere.  Thanks Julie! by Julie Brock Having young people in church is pretty great. Youth bring new energy, fresh perspective, and remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves, that will be here when we aren’t anymore. I know a lot of young people who want to explore spirituality in community, and find the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition to be grounding and resonant to their own worldview. Yet it remains true that it is difficult to give young people what they…

Diminish the Pain of Unjust Detention

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 26th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Strengthen bonds of love by Elissa McDavid Back in September, Warsan Shire’s (a Kenyan-born Somali poet) poem “Home,” flooded the internet: no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying – leave. run away from me now i don’t know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here “Home,” references in particular the on-going European refugee crisis, but also the larger forces of migration, across the globe and across borders. Shire points to the humanness of migration. In the United States, our media, our politics, and our society often forgets this. In particular, we forget the mothers, fathers, children, and families who have no option, but…

YA@GA Election Results

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA // one comment

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is full of gratitude for everyone who participated in the YA@GA elections process. Big thank yous go out to everyone who registered as a candidate, ran in the election, read about the candidates, encouraged others to vote and of course to the 60 young adults who did vote in the process. Without further ado we present the new YA@GA Co-Facilitator for 2017-2018: Aisha Ansano!   Aisha is a 3rd year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School and an aspirant in the Unitarian Universalist ordination process. She’s writing her thesis on the phenomenon of dinner churches and planning to start a non-Christian dinner church. Currently…

Giving Up Trash for Lent

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Living the Wasteless Life by Carter Smith My story actually begins almost a year ago, when one of my Facebook friends posted an article about Lauren Singer, blogger at Trash is For Tossers. She has become well-known in recent years for fitting two years of her trash into a single mason jar. I was astounded because I had never heard of anything like it, even in my growing environmental consciousness within the first year of my college career. Hearing that something known as a “zero waste lifestyle” was possible for people living in industrialized Western societies seemed both outlandish and amazing. From there I spent weeks reading pretty much any literature out there about waste…

Hallowed Growth in NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey bees housed in hives on the lot buzz by, and a bench constructed between cinder blocks doubles as a flower planter. Inside a modest greenhouse, a hodgepodge of reclaimed bathtubs support an aquaculture, growing fish and fertilizing plants symbiotically. David Young, the man behind this and many other community gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward, is taking me and seventeen other Juniata College students on a tour. Spending our spring break in New Orleans for a week of interfaith service and learning, we have just finished our first day of…

Meet Our New Youth Observers to the UUA Board

Posted by Bart Frost // April 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA, youth // no comments

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Welcome Andrea and Bailey! We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2018 Youth Observer Elections have come to a close and we are have two stellar Youth Observers. Nine congregations voted and both elections were very close. Our next Youth Observers will be Andrea Briscoe and Bailey Saddlemire.     Andrea Briscoe Andrea will be serving as Youth Observer for one year, 2016-2017. She is a member at Main Line Unitarian Universalist Church in Devon, PA. Andrea has served our faith in a number of roles including as a peer youth chaplain and worship coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Youth Ministry Council. She current serves as Senior Dean of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly…

Meet the Candidates

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, YA@GA 2016 User Guide // one comment

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for YA@GA Co-Facilitators of the 2017 and 2018 General Assemblies This post is an introduction to our three candidates for the 2017-18 Co-Facilitator for Young Adults at General Assembly or YA@GA.  Are you involved in UU community? Will you be between the ages of 18 and 35 in June 2017 AND June 2018?  If so, read this post so you can make an informed decision when you vote in the election on or before Sunday April 17th. Before you read the profiles and platforms of our three candidates, you should make sure you know a bit about the job they’re vying for. The YA@GA Co-Facilitator is a two year position. Our current senior Co-Facilitator, Ayla Halberstadt, was elected on-site…

Spotlight: UUs of Northeastern University

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 24th 2016 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Small But Mighty The set up was in some ways completely familiar. The cushions on the floor, the snacks arranged casually around the yet unlit chalice. Students drifting in and sitting down, late evening on a weekday. I could have been in the basement of the chapel back at my small Midwestern liberal arts college gathering with the Unitarian Universalist (UU) student group I led for three semesters. But I’ve been out of college for more than six years and instead I was in an interfaith space at Northeastern University here in Boston, a visiting Unitarian Universalist Association staff member. I ask the students why they come to the UU campus ministry gatherings. Their answers…

UUs Bend the Arc at the United Nations

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Audio Podcasts, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Living UU in Stereo Podcast Luminary Leader Martin Tomlinson, Co-Dean of the 2016 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar, April 7-9 in New York City, interviews the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office), Bruce Knotts. Hear about Bruce’s start in the Peace Corps, his rise to influence leaders at the United Nations, and the impact Unitarian Universalists have in creating justice and equity on the world stage. Finally, learn more about the 2016 seminar theme, “The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences”, and register to attend this awesome event. Register online before March 18, 2016.

Movie Night: Autism in Love

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 11th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Broad Spectrum Welcoming I recently attended the Peek Award movie screening at the Utah Film Center. The Peek Award, named after Kim Peek, the inspiration for the 1988 movie Rain Man, honors artists and film subjects who positively impact society’s perception of people with disabilities. Bookmark the link for The Real Rain Man because Peek truly was an incredible man and this short documentary is a must see. The Peek Award winners that night were the producers of the film Autism in Love. Autism in Love is a documentary that follows 4 people (an unmarried couple, a young single man and an older married man) who are all on the autism spectrum as they discuss…