Giving Up Trash for Lent

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

Living the Wasteless Life by Carter Smith My story actually begins almost a year ago, when one of my Facebook friends posted an article about Lauren Singer, blogger at Trash is For Tossers. She has become well-known in recent years for fitting two years of her trash into a single mason jar. I was astounded because I had never heard of anything like it, even in my growing environmental consciousness within the first year of my college career. Hearing that something known as a “zero waste lifestyle” was possible for people living in industrialized Western societies seemed both outlandish and amazing. From there I spent weeks reading pretty much any literature out there about waste…

Hallowed Growth in NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey bees housed in hives on the lot buzz by, and a bench constructed between cinder blocks doubles as a flower planter. Inside a modest greenhouse, a hodgepodge of reclaimed bathtubs support an aquaculture, growing fish and fertilizing plants symbiotically. David Young, the man behind this and many other community gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward, is taking me and seventeen other Juniata College students on a tour. Spending our spring break in New Orleans for a week of interfaith service and learning, we have just finished our first day of…

Kick-Off a Great 2016 With the Best of Blue Boat 2015!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 2nd 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

ALL MY BEST TO YOU AND YOURS In case you missed some – or all – of our recent social media blast campaign #BBTOP10of15 of the 10 most read stories of 2105 on The Blue Boat, we’ve compiled the list here: 10. Adulthood – Spiritually Guided Less than a year ago when we announced that Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood, edited by Kayla Parker, was available for free thanks to generous donors, we were out-of-stock in less than a month! But don’t worry – this meditation and reflection manual, crafted with Unitarian Universalist young adults in mind is available – has been republished, and can be purchased at the UUA Bookstore. 9. Hanging…

Whiteness and Apocalypse

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

By guest blogger Amelia Diehl . -ed I am so grateful to have been able to attend the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice‘s Grounded and Resilient Organizer’s Workshop Climate Justice Training in Chicago, IL and feel connected again to a community and to a movement. I think I might have learned more about myself and climate change in that weekend at the GROW training than my few years or so of calling myself an environmentalist, and in ways I could never have predicted. The space created for group reflection allowed me to learn a lot about what it means for me to be involved in the movement, and also to forget about myself at times. Earlier this summer,…

GROW Your Climate Justice Activist Skills

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

Train to Change the Climate on Climate Justice! GROW Climate Justice, from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, trains young adult activists to do the work of climate justice for the long haul. Learn skills, gain practices, spiritual grounding and build relationships that will change the climate on climate justice! GROW Climate Justice in Chicago, IL.  August 7-11. The workshop — which has been subsidized by many generous donors — costs $200/person. Travel grants are available from the UUCSJ.

Earth Day: 8 Leaders Call on You to

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

#Commit2Respond   We re-post this message from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other Unitarian Universalist leaders who urge you to act for Climate Justice starting today.– ed. Today is Earth Day, when people all over the planet celebrate our beautiful, life-giving, and fragile Mother Earth. This year our eight Unitarian Universalist organizations teamed up and created an unprecedented network of concern and action: Commit2Respond. Climate Justice Month, which has been running since World Water Day (March 22), ends today-and we ask you to join us in committing to action in the face of climate change! Saving our biosphere is possible, but it will take a paradigm shift and a revolution of values to get there….

Commit 2 Respond for #ClimateJustice

Posted by Bart Frost // April 17th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice // no comments

What We Will Make of Our Time on Earth During Climate Justice Month we have reveled in the world we live in. We have embraced its warmth, its greenness, its snow, and its sunshine. We have gazed at waterfalls, fjords, icebergs, and countless other phenomena with glee. What a beautiful earth we inhabit! We have also reckoned. Climate change is real. It is happening, and we cannot stop it. Superman will not be using his super lungs to suck up greenhouse gases and expel them into space. The Planet Express crew will not be moving the earth a few millimeters further away from the sun. Acknowledging it is the first step. Then we reconnected. We reached…

One Youth’s Spiritual Awakening

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

Spiritual Life and Connection to Everything (We present excerpts of Anna Zimmer’s piece originally on the Huffington Post. -ed.) By contributing writer Anna Zimmer for KidSpirit’s issue, Climate Change: Tending Our Planet. I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I was in elementary school, my mom started going to a church in my town. I didn’t find out what kind of church it was until middle school, when…

How to #Commit2Respond RIGHT NOW

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith // no comments

You Decide if Activists for Climate Change GROW or whither on April 22 The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) with Faithify challenge you to help train the people who will be on the front-lines of changing the climate on the issue of Climate Change. These activists, will be graduates of the UUCSJ GROW Climate Justice, the Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop if AND ONLY IF you – and we – rise to the challenge right now, because if sufficient funding is not raised by April 22, the training can not happen. Read the invitation to participate from dedicated, battle-hardened, Unitarian Universalist climate activist Tim DeChristopher. Read about the GROW workshop and watch the fundraising…

Reconnecting and Hope(lessness)

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 6th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

Commit2Respond: Week 3 I heard Rev. Dr. Miguel de la Torre, the liberation theologist and immigration rights activist, speak a few days ago. He started by saying, “I’m hoping to chat about how hopeless our work is.” I sat up straight, paying attention. I confess that these days I often pray for the doubters, for those of us who find it hard to believe that the arc of the universe bends toward justice, who wonder why we do what we do if the outcomes of our work are so often incomplete, when tragedies of epic and intimate scale surround. We may want to Commit2Respond to environmental injustice, but as we enter week 3 of Climate…