Top Seven for YaYA of Color

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 2nd 2015 // Mosaic, UUA // 2 comments

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Great resources to better support Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults of color Whether you are a religious educator, youth advisor, minister, parent, mentor, community member, chaplain, or spiritual seeker, ministry to and with UU youth and young adults of color is vital, spirit-filling work. Here my top seven resources for those who see serving youth and young adults of color as part of their role (check out the full list here!): 1) Be The Change! gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different…

GoldMine: 5 Lessons Learned (By An Adult)

Written by Bart Frost // August 25th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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THESE FIVE TAKEAWAYS WILL GET YOU MINING FOR GOLD This summer was a busy one for us in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association. After General Assembly, I spent a week at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church in Edmonds, WA as staff at PNWD GoldMine Youth Leadership School. I was invited to lead workshops about Race, Identity and Oppression for the youth leaders, a section that had not been consistently run in the past. I also assisted in other ways necessary, including leading a credo group. Here are my top takeaways from this experience: 1. Youth want to go deep in to Unitarian Universalism Our youth want to go…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Written by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

Spiritual Practices For White Discomfort

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 17th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 18 comments

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So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about the event that happened on August 8th in Seattle when the white leftie politician Bernie Sanders went to speak to a crowd about social security and medicare and was interrupted by two black women raising awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement the day before the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. And sure, as a white progressive who is pretty into Bernie Sanders’ political stances and who staunchly supports the Black Lives Matter movement, I have opinions too. The opinion I wish to share here and now, however, is not about political analysis, history or strategy and…

#MLS2015 Voices: I too, am Unitarian Universalism

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 5th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Guest blogger Yashasvi Janamanchi attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) this July. This post is an excerpt of Yashi’s reflections from the youth-led worship at his home congregation of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. -ed.  While I was at MLS, I learned a lot of things, one fact in particular shocked me. Our faith is 87% white. Maybe this doesn’t surprise a lot of you, but it did surprise me. I knew we had a white majority, but I didn’t think it would be that big. The even sadder part is that a lot of people at MLS were surprised that we had that many people of color. This was surprising, and it didn’t start…

Spotlight: UUs of Wellesley College

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Consistency is Key Rosemary Dodd is a student at Wellesley College and was very involved in youth leadership in her Unitarian Universalist(UU) community back home in California. She is part of the UU student group at Wellesley, supported by a UU chaplain, and she can see the difference it makes coming to a school with an active and supported UU group on campus. “I think it helps to keep me balanced and gives me an opportunity to stay connected to my spirituality, especially since being UU has been so key to my identity and focus before Wellesley; it creates some continuity, which so many of my other UU young adult friends have struggled to find.”…

A Studied Fight Against Oppression

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Know it to Defeat it By Aija Jansone The Young Adult program at Westside Unitarian Universalist in Fort Worth, Texas gathers persons ranging from 18 to 35’ish years of age and is open to anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The program started with a 6 month series focused on the various facets of privilege and oppression. Every month we come together to discuss how such aspects as race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and others influence ourselves and people around us. These meetings have been well attended, and we are expanding the current program as well as planning our next steps. What touched me the deepest during these discussions was an experience that illuminated how…

Voices from #MLS2015: Radiating Love

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 30th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Guest blogger Sunshine Alvarez attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School this July. Sunshine belongs to the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. -ed. On July 10th, I had the opportunity to attend a Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, Massachusetts for the second time. This was hands down the best part of my summer. MLS is a program supported by the UUA, and at this school I spent five days with youth, such as myself, and young adults of color. There are a lot of challenges growing up as a Black young adult and just growing up being a young adult of color, period, so it felt great to connect with people who were…

Lifting UU Voices: Anger Welcome

Written by Kenny Wiley // July 17th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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We re-post Kenny Wiley’s account of attending the recently concluded Unitarian Universalist Association 2015 Multicultural Leadership School. – ed. Read this post on Kenny Wiley’s blog A Full Day The voices raised. We weren’t just singing–we were feeling. I’d never sung like this before. For once, those words — Lift every voice and sing, til’ Earth and heaven ring — felt neither like intrusion or performance. I gazed around the room and at the twenty other young faces of color, along with our mostly white hosts, the folks at the Lucy Stone Co-op in Roxbury, Mass. I was 1950 miles from my bed in Denver, and nearly as far from my hometown of Houston, Texas—but…

(Wanna Know How to Cut the Queue)

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, GA, General Assembly 2015, Guides and Tools // no comments

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And Get Answers to your Youth Caucus forms questions NOW? Here’s the deal: WE’VE got 1 office administrator, YOU’VE got MANY questions about filling out your Youth Caucus forms, THERE’S only 7 DAYS (and counting) until General Assembly. Don’t lose any more time, watch this INFORMATIVE (and entertaining) video that Answers the 13 most frequently asked questions about Youth Caucus Forms* ’cause the forms have got to get done. ALL THE FORMS. * Super bonus – watch the video, then ask the star for her autograph at our booth at GA! (There really ought to be a bead for that.)