(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 // one comment

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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…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Fourth Universalist

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Animating Church Life “We actually had a conversation recently about how we can get more older people to come to our church,” shared Ryan Novosielski, current president of the Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. “I know that’s not a common conversation [in Unitarian Universalist churches] but hey, it’s New York!” Ryan is one of the many young adults serving in leadership at Fourth Universalist, commonly shortened to “4th U.” He helped start the young adult group about five years ago when they lacked critical mass. Now their group tells a very different story. Erin Bigelow, who chairs the Church Council where representatives of each committee meet, and serves on the Transitions and Right Relations Teams,…

A Viral Response to Injustice

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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A Presidential Call for Religion to Support Equality Former President Jimmy Carter recently wrote that he was severing ties with his church, stating: This view that women are somehow inferior to men is not restricted to one religion or belief. Women are prevented from playing a full and equal role in many faiths. Nor, tragically, does its influence stop at the walls of the church, mosque, synagogue or temple. This discrimination, unjustifiably attributed to a Higher Authority, has provided a reason or excuse for the deprivation of women’s equal rights across the world for centuries. Explore how Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association fights for equality. An excerpt of the Religion News Service (RNS)…