Voices from #MLS2015: Radiating Love

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 30th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, 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.)

Strawberries for Monday

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // June 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

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This Monday in Boston it’s raining, but I have freshly picked strawberries at my desk. Despite all the brokenness, there is much beauty. Here’s what’s giving me hope this week: If you haven’t shared your vision for how our Unitarian Universalist movement can be more aligned, strategic and loving in our racial justice work, do it now! The Unitarian Universalist Association Racial Justice Vision Survey closes at midnight on June 15th. On Tuesday June 16th at 9pm EDT – 10pm EDT, the Church of the Larger Fellowship is hosting Touching Our Strength: Connected through Faith in Our quest for Love and Justice. An online service for people of color. This service is about resistance and resilience, to support people…

Youth Ministry Project Grants

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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We Want to Give Your Great Idea a Kickstart! Are you a youth starting a service project to serve your congregation or community? Do you have an innovative idea for youth ministry? Are you starting a new program or project that will be useful to share with other congregations and youth groups? Do you have a way to incorporate the UUA’s Common Read into a project for your youth group? You should apply for a Youth Ministry Project Grant! Youth Ministry Project Grants support local projects that offer Unitarian Universalist high-school aged youth opportunities to grow in faith, deepen in spirit, and engage in service and justice work. Projects should support a vision of multigenerational…

Emerging Faith: Beyond the Fads

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // 2 comments

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Covenants Aren’t “Cool,” and Fitness Won’t Fix 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 coasts of the U.S. I’ve also been a part of 6 different UU communities. It felt so comforting to…

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 Mother’s Day local drugstores fill their shelves with a wide variety of cookie cutter greeting cards that don’t represent the diverse reality of families. They focus on one image of mothers, excluding mamas based on their sexual orientation, race, class, immigration status and more. It’s not only frustrating and isolating to feel like your family is not recognized or respected – it is inaccurate! Family structures…