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 // 3 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.  …

Get Your Campus Ministry On!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // September 27th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus // no comments

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Connect with Campus Ministry Leaders Sunday October 6, 2013 Are you a student leader? Minister? Lay leader? Faculty advisor? Religious Educator? Is your group just getting started?  Hitting your stride?  Going strong for 20 years? 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. (Instructions for joining the call are below.) THIS MONTH’S CALL We’ll call in this Sunday October 6th at 9 pm eastern. After introducing ourselves and briefly checking in, we’ll discuss what formats and topics would best serve you for future conference calls.  Do you want a…

Calling Those Who Have Served as Chaplains

Written by Annie Gonzalez // September 18th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // 2 comments

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Your stories are needed! Unitarian Universalist chaplains serve diverse communities in many different institutional settings.  For the first time the wisdom of those who do these ministries is being collected in an edited volume to be published by Skinner House Books. So what does that have to do with campus ministry? Well, we want to make sure the voices of college and university chaplains are heard!  If you have worked as a chaplain serving students, or in any other capacity, read on to learn how you can contribute to this groundbreaking resource. Wanted: Personal stories, theological reflection, spiritual assessment tools, and interfaith challenges. Possible topics: Healing, suffering, principles and purposes, prayer, ministry with particular populations,…

Improve Young Adult Ministry at Your Congregation

Written by Annie Gonzalez // September 5th 2013 // Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // 7 comments

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A New Tool for Building Great Ministry Why am I the only person in their 20s at coffee hour? How can my fellowship support the students who meet for lunch after the service? What can this church do to make young parents feel more welcome? How do we get a new generation of leaders on our Board?     If finding answers to any of these questions sounds good to you, then check out the UUA’s new Young Adult Ministry Self-Assessment for congregations! Whether your congregation rarely has anyone under 40 come in the door, or whether you’ve got several exciting young adult ministries that you want to improve, this is a tool that can help you…

New Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate

Written by Carey McDonald // July 23rd 2013 // Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // 4 comments

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Welcome to Annie! The UUA’s new Young Adult and Campus Ministries Associate, Annie Gonzalez, starts work on August 16. Join me in welcoming her to the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries team! Annie is a newly fellowshipped Unitarian Universalist minister who lives in the Bay Area of California with her partner Lucas.  She’s a lifelong UU from the Midwest who acquired a deep love for Christian stories and symbols during her three years at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. Annie says that participating in UU student groups and young adult programs as a college student made a huge impact on her life.  These experiences drew her to do her ministerial internship in Davis,…