Why College Campuses Need UUs!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // July 30th 2014 // Future of Faith, On Campus // no comments

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They say that many times as a minister you preach the sermon you need to hear. Well that was true for me on Friday July 18th when I delivered a homily on hope as part of the closing worship at the National Campus Ministry Association’s annual summer gathering. During the service a parable of Jesus was read about the farmer who went out to sow some seeds. You may know this parable if you have experience with the Christian tradition, and you may remember that some seeds were eaten by birds, some sprouted but then withered and died, some plants were choked by thorns, but others thrived, multiplying thirty, sixty and a hundredfold. This metaphor seemed…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Tallahasee

Written by Annie Gonzalez // July 29th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // 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.   Resilient… Renewed… Revelatory. “When the Campus Ministry/Young Adult position was de-funded some folks thought that was the end of the program,” related Rev. Robin Gray, the minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee (UUCT). But fortunately the story didn’t turn out that way. Lee Edwin Chipps-Walton, a young adult and lay leader started coordinating their young adult program as a volunteer. Robin claimed Lee “offered us several years of growth for a program with consistency, involvement and connections – both within the YA community and…

Spotlight: UUs of Penn State

Written by Annie Gonzalez // June 25th 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // one comment

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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. “At Penn State, Unitarian Universalism is synonymous with acceptance,” says Hayly Hoch, the vice president of the UU student organization there. She credits the Unitarian Universalist Students (UUS) with helping her understand what community truly means and supporting her to pursue her dreams. Kelly Diaz, the group’s original founder and current president calls it a “tight knit and passionate” community that has helped her grow spiritually. It is clear that this campus ministry is making a big difference in the lives of its core members. But the…

Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

Written by Annie Gonzalez // May 23rd 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // one comment

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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. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are a great example of how a small UU campus ministry can make a big difference to an entire community. By holding open drop-in hours on campus, networking with other student organizations and engaging with other campus ministries this group and their fabulous leader, Katie Romano-Griffin are making themselves known to students, administration and faculty alike. The Eagle UUs are a new group, less than a year old, having started in July of…

Build Faith by Plan

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 8th 2014 // Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Put Your Design on the Future of Faith C*UUYAN creates and supports events catering to Young Adults (YAs) as an identity group, and allowing YAs to get together to celebrate and practice forms of Unitarian Universalism that feed them. These gatherings, however, left YA’s isolated from the larger faith. In response to this issue, C*UUYAN has transitioned into Faith Architects.* The goal of Faith Architects is to support Young Adults retaining their Unitarian Universalist identity, while more fully participating in the wider faith. Read the C*UUYAN blog post on how you can be a part of Faith Architects here. To volunteer your services please e-mail Julie Brock, Interim Project Coordinator. Donate to support scholarships, supplies,…

December Campus Ministry Gathering

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 22nd 2013 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus // no comments

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Connect with campus ministry leaders Sunday December 1, 2013. Looking to nourish the souls of the students in your group?  Wanting to create moving worship and facilitate meaningful discussions?  Hoping to take care of your own spirit as well? Join the Monthly UU Campus Ministry Leaders Connections on the first Sunday of each month! It’s an opportunity to connect with other leaders, share successes and setbacks, and learn ways to enhance your campus ministry. THIS MONTH’S GATHERING We’ll connect at 8 pm Eastern on Sunday December 1st via fuzebox (see instructions below). After introductions and check-in, we’ll hear from special guests on small group worship and deep discussions.  We’ll wrap up by touching on self-care….

Get In Touch with those UU Students!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // October 28th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // 2 comments

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Connect with campus ministry leaders Sunday November 3, 2013. Need help tracking down UU students in your area?  Hoping to use social media to stay in touch with your group?  Wanting to make better use of publicity on campus? Join the Monthly UU Campus Ministry Leaders Connections on the first Sunday of each month! It’s an opportunity to connect with other leaders, share successes and setbacks, and learn ways to enhance your campus ministry. THIS MONTH’S GATHERING We’ll connect at 8 pm Eastern (and don’t forget about the time change!) After introductions and check-in, we’ll talk about using campus and congregation connections to find those UU students.  Then we’ll hear from special guests on doing…

Campus Conversations about Abortion

Written by Annie Gonzalez // October 22nd 2013 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus // no comments

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Advocates for Youth Week of Action It’s Never Too Late to Act Unitarian Universalists have been talking about abortion for 50 years.  Our congregations and communities have consistently supported the rights of all people and families to make the reproductive health decisions that are most life affirming for them. Would your young adult group or campus ministry like a simple way to help end stigma against women who have had abortions?  This week, October 22-29, is a Week of Action promoted by Advocates for Youth.  Take a look and see if there is an event in your area that you can attend!  You can even host your own event – just a casual get-together will do. Advocates for…

Intergenerational Connection Strengthens Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 9th 2013 // Future of Faith, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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Excerpt re-posted from USA Today. Read the full story here.   What do Millennials really seek from religion? Dana Sand, USA TODAY, October 2, 2013 A recent report found that Millennials crave depth in spirituality and recommended five ways for faith communities to build connections with them. But do students agree? Story Highlight: Study found that those who maintain their religion in college were twice as likely to have a close personal friendship with an adult inside the church   For Liberty University senior Sarah Zins, religion was a deciding factor in choosing a college. “I chose to attend a Christian university because I knew that I needed some form of structure in my life…

YA@GA: Young Adults at General Assembly

Written by Annie Gonzalez // October 8th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, On Campus, young adults // 4 comments

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A new vision for young adults at GA 2014 is coming your way. Greetings young adult UU friends and family! We are your 2014 General Assembly Co-Facilitators, Hannah Roberts and Nic Cable.   We’ve been basking in the energy and momentum coming out of Louisville and GA 2013. The surveys from Louisville showed that young adults who attended GA were most interested in (1) meaningful networking, (2) skill-building for young adult ministry in their congregations, (3) worshipping, and (4) discussing trends in our faith/the future of Unitarian Universalism. We feel called to respond to these wishes by radically re-imagining young adult programming in order to support and enhance General Assembly and broaden our UU young adult community.  …