What’s the Good News in Youth Ministry?

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, youth // 2 comments

Webinar

Find out this Wednesday at 7:30, Mountain Time Eric Bliss, Director of Religious Exploration, First Unitarian Society of Denver, presents, “Youth Ministry: A Balanced Approach”, this Wednesday evening. From his announcement, For professionals and volunteers who work with youth, there are many complex issues to tackle.  This webinar will explore the best practices in a balanced approach to Youth Ministry with the aim of giving the participant tools to empower leadership, to explore Unitarian Universalism more deeply, and to nurture the soul of the adviser.  Come hungry, leave happy knowing that you are prepared to partner with your congregation’s youth to go deeper than ever before… Good News in Youth Ministry Youth Ministry:  A Balanced…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

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…

Figuratively/Literally on the Move? – Keep Connected!

Written by Deborah Neisel-Sanders // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA, youth // one comment

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“Life is a Journey”, and, “You Can’t Take it With You”: True AND False Striking out on new adventures – whether moving around the block or across the country – also means leaving your youth group behind, where deep relationship and spiritual connection are built right in. And though you may miss the support youth groups provide, an exciting part of this transition is the opportunity to discover how to join with other UUs to express your faith in a new way – in your way. We call it Bridging, because being on your  journey – from high school studies to college, or the military, or a new apartment or job – doesn’t mean you don’t take…

Youthful Ambassadors for Peace

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 11th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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To Transform Atomic Legacy On the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended Japanese involvement in the Second World War, we re-post excepts from this story by members of  All Souls Church, Unitarian youth group (Washington, DC) who are participating on the Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage originally appearing on UUA International, the blog of international program office of the Unitarian Universalist Association.     Hiroshima: Reflections on Reconciliation & Friendship “Obama will say, ‘I’m sorry.’ This I hope. I hope…” These were the words of a Hiroshima resident who approached a member of our group last night… Sadly, at the top levels of our government no such words have been spoken, no…

Youth and Young Adults on the Frontline of Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 30th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Youth and Young Adults Respond to Operation Save America Targeting Services at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana were targeted on Sunday,  July 20, 2014 by members of the anti-abortion protest group Operation Save America (OSA)– formerly known as “Operation Rescue” – for having hosted the groundbreaking celebration of a new Planned Parenthood family counseling center to be built nearby. Rev. Deanna Vandiver, citing the founding principle of religious freedom in the United States stated, “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.” As reported on the Rachel Maddow Show in the story, “Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity“, when protesters disrupted the service, UU youth spontaneously rose to encircle them, singing…

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…

Color Congregation Successful

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 18th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Go FULL Spectrum   Is the decline of organized religion – particularly amongst Millennials – due to a lack of ethnic diversity in congregation? Bob Smietana points to the inherently multi-ethnic nature of religion and sees the increasing diversity of the U.S. population as an opportunity for congregations that embrace a broader paradigm of who their ministry serves. – Ed.   Almost everyday, it seems, there’s a new story about how “Millennials are leaving the church.” But there’s a problem with these trend pieces: They aren’t true. American Christianity still has plenty of Millennials — they’re just not necessarily in white churches… …About a third of young (18-29 year old) Americans — and more than half…

Broader Leadership…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 8th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Bigger Congregation Smart congregations don’t see the  overlap between Boomers (in the prime years of congregational governance) and Millennials (adult and ready to lead) as a challenge, they see it as an opportunity to broaden their appeal.     Excerpt from “Got religion? How churches, mosques and synagogues can bring young people back” by Naomi Schaefer Riley on the Fox News blog. …if religious institutions are ever going to get young adults to return, the leadership will have to figure out a way to make them feel like their time and talents are needed. It is not uncommon to hear boomers in church complain about the self-absorbed millennials who don’t support their religious communities. But…