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…

What Do We Know About UU Campus Ministry?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 8th 2014 // Guides and Tools, On Campus // no comments

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 We’ve got data from our Spring 2014 Survey! In the spring of 2014 the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries ran a campus ministry groups census to track how many campus ministry groups we have and what they are up to. What we found wasn’t too surprising, but was definitely interesting! Our UU campus ministry groups are small, and tend to reach a fair amount of people who are brand new to Unitarian Universalism. They focus primarily on small group ministry, while a smaller chunk of our groups also engage in worship, interfaith work and service or justice projects. They tend to be connected to local UU congregations in some form, and often received…

Why College Campuses Need UUs!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // 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 Milliken // July 29th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // 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.   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 Milliken // 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 Milliken // 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….