We Love in a Community of Constant Change

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Nelson Moroukian, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers his “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. READ THE TRANSCRIPT: NELSON MOROUKIAN: Good morning. AUDIENCE: Good morning. NELSON MOROUKIAN: My name is Nelson Moroukian and I come from Saint Paul, Minnesota from the Unity Unitarian Church. We live in a world of constant change and we love in a community of constant change. In our Unitarian Universalist principles, we state that we have a goal of world community, yet there is so little diversity in our faith. I was sitting in a service at…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 16th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 2 comments

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They Are Everywhere – You Just Need to Know Where to Look… “I’m moving to a new part of the country. How can I find other UU young adults?” “I just learned about Unitarian Universalism and want to check it out. Where can I find peers?” “I want to get more involved. When is the next gathering of UU young adults in my area?” Along with the time honored method of getting a visible flaming chalice tattoo or finding a local congregation, there are two old-but-improved tools from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries that I hope you’ll use to solve these conundrums! First up: the HubMap. Simple concept. It’s an open source…

Radical Inclusion

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 27th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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LOYCE by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel I was pretty grumpy Thursday by 4 p.m. and rushing out of the #LivingUU “office” to find an empty, quiet couch for a nap. “That outfit is fresh!” the words hit my ears but didn’t quite compute. I stopped. “What,” I asked. “Fresh. I said that outfit is fresh,” she said. Loyce Newton Edwards looked at me. She liked the parachute pants I was wearing. Her compliment completely made my day and broke me out of my afternoon fog like a cup of hot strong coffee. She was wearing a purple feather arrangement in her hair. She looked warm and had a kind, yet imposing demeanor. Loyce said her…

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,…

Youth Advising Competencies Available Now !

Written by jennicadavishockett // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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‘Cause there is good advising, and there is BETTER advising   Ever thought to yourself, “How am I doing with this whole youth ministry thing?” Yes, yes you have. Well, here is a way to get some answers! Read this post about the new Youth Advising Competencies compiled by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and a number of regional groups on the Call and Response Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We know you want to be the best advisor you can, and we are here to help.

Bridging: the Present and Future of Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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The Journey of Faith is Long – With Many Bridges to Cross Faith is a life-long experience, so the Unitarian Universalist Association has resources for Lifespan Faith Development. And where there are spans there are bridges – and Bridgers (youth transitioning to young adulthood). Bridging bridgers is a big deal in Unitarian Universalism. Ours is a multigenerational faith, and today’s youth are the young adult present and future of our congregation. Make it easy for transitioning youth to make new connections and maintain their faith! Urge them to take part in the Bridge Connections program. HERE IS HOW:   THERE AIN’T NO MAGIC ABOUT IT! The Bridge Connections Program makes the connection happen by keeping…

“A Holy Consecration”

Written by Bart Frost // March 13th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 3 comments

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 The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Part 1 From March 5th through March 8th, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as Dean of Youth and a chaplain for young adults at the Unitarian Universalist Living Legacy Project conference “Marching in the Arc of Justice: Revisiting Selma”. This weekend long conference featured an optional Thursday bus tour of Selma, Alabama, keynote speakers like Mark Morrison Reed and Opal Tometi, workshops related to racial justice and intersectionality, worships, and concluded with joining 70,000 people in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years after marchers were brutally attacked by police and civilian possees as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery. I…

3 Models for Youth Group Covenanting and Beyond

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 24th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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When I was a budding youth advisor way back in 2008 my religious educator/supervisor instructed me that having the youth group write a covenant was the first step to building inclusive community and tasked me with walking the group through the process of covenant building in one of my first sessions with them. I’m going to admit something embarrassing to you. Even though I’d been Unitarian Universalist since I was 15 and was an obsessively active member of the the youth group, then young adult group and was now serving as a religious education volunteer, I was not able to put into words what a covenant was, and had no idea how to create one. So,…

Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…