What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Look Forward, Not Back

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, On Campus, Programs and Links, young adults // no comments

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Campus Ministry Kits from the UUA – the Perfect Antidote to End of Break Blues… Get your kit and get building, sustaining or energizing Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry now that classes are back in….    

2014 Top Ten on The Blue Boat

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 31st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Re-read or Share the Ten Most-read stories on Blue Boat Presented in alphabetical order – A Prayer for Religious Educators Best Practices at Original Blessing How Am I, Anyway? Improve Young Adult Ministry at Your Congregation Religious Survey of a None Summer Seminary Was Awesome Sunday Assembly Has it Backwards The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Was… What Does “Young Adult” Mean? What’s Up with Millennials? Ask UUs.    

Here is How to Grow Campus Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Our Tools and Guides + Your Faith = Success! Whether you are starting, reviving or growing a campus ministry in your area, these items from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will help you on your journey. The start-up kit includes the following: UU Pocket Guide, an introduction to Unitarian Universalism; Voices from the Margins, a collection of reflections from voices that often go unheard; Rejoice Together, different pieces of writing designed for small group worship; Sonata for Voice and Silence, a collection of poetic prayers by Mark Belletini; a small candle holder and candle to serve as a chalice and Standing on the Side of Love stickers. Find it all at the UUA Bookstore here….

Spotlight: UUs of Wooster

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 10th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.– Ed.  These Young Leaders are Bridge Builders You may have heard those familiar with young adult ministry joke, with a note of sadness and frustration in their voice, that what we call bridging (the transition from youth to young adult Unitarian Universalist community) is less like crossing a bridge and more like jumping off a cliff. Well a small group of UU students at The College of Wooster have decided to build their own bridge and have formed a new student organization that is spreading the good…

15 Min. Recipe for Healthy Campus Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 3rd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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…and Why Unitarian Universalism is in the Sweet-Spot Students have figured out that religious life on campus improves their scholastic performance and quality of life, and college campuses all over the United States are devoting resources to developing centers for interfaith spiritual experience. Unitarian Universalism (UU) – with its commitment to  justice-based faith, which is fully welcoming and encourages interfaith cooperation – is poised to benefit from this new awareness of the value of spiritual awakening. Learn more about UUCampus Ministry   Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus in this GA Talk.

Showing Up for a Campus in Crisis

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 28th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // one comment

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UU Campus Ministry Spans the Divide Rev. Evan Young contributes this compelling post about the role Unitarian Universalist campus ministry plays in interfaith healing on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. – Ed. By Rev. Evan Young As an ordained Unitarian Universalist campus minister, I’ve had plenty of times where I sat with a student as they went through some kind of crisis. Showing up when things are hard to offer an honest, caring, supportive presence is a core part of what I do at Ohio University, where I serve United Campus Ministry, a progressive ecumenical and interfaith organization. But this fall, for the first time, I’ve had to show up that way…

Breaking Humanist Ground

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 20th 2014 // Future of Faith, On Campus // no comments

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Tufts University – which has long has a relationship with Unitarian Universalism(UU) – became the first college campus in the United States to hire an humanist chaplain. Tufts has created the position of “Humanist in Residence of the Tufts University Chaplaincy”. Chris Stedman finds out why in his interview of UU Rev. Greg McGonigle, of the Tufts University Chaplaincy in his story on Religion News Service, “After Atheists Asked, Tufts Creates First University-Funded Humanist Position“.   Who is Chris Stedman? Read more by Chris Stedman – “Faitheist” – Published by Beacon Press. (Available at the UUA Bookstore) On Huffington Post On Patheos On Religion News Service On The New Humanism       After atheists…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults at Channing-Murray

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 31st 2014 // Featured Young Adults, On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.– Ed. It’s not every day that I highlight a young adult or campus ministry that has its roots in the consolidation between the Unitarian and Universalists, but then again, the Channing-Murray Foundation is not your average young adult or campus ministry. This non-profit center was formed when the Unitarian and Universalist congregations in town joined together to form the UU Church of Urbana Champaign (UUCUC), or what the folks I interviewed called “the Green Street Church.” In that shift, a decision was made to keep both historical buildings, and…

Gather Virtually with UU Campus Ministry Leaders!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 24th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus // no comments

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Summer is over and it’s time for UU campus ministry leaders to meet In some parts of the country school has already started; elsewhere people are preparing to enjoy labor day weekend before the new semester begins.  But whatever schedule you’re on it’s time to plug in with your fellow campus ministry leaders for mutual support and information! Our first call of the school year is on Monday September 8th at 8 pm eastern. All campus ministry leaders are welcome: lay and ordained, students and elders, everything in between. Last year we met on the second Sunday of the month in the evenings, but many folks expressed this wasn’t the best time to gather. So we…