Beginning Conversations about Race with Youth

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 2nd 2016 // Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Sheila Schuh, Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church of Rochester, NY recently told us about an innovative idea to bring people together across congregations to start a dialogue about racial justice. The youth in your congregation could be a catalyst for a multigenerational conversation to explore their and their neighbors’ identities and experiences with racism.  Here’s what Sheila has to say about this youth group experience: On a Sunday in November, First Unitarian Church of Rochester hosted youth groups from ten area churches in a viewing of I’m Not Racist… Am I? If you haven’t seen it yet, the film is a feature documentary engaging 12 teenagers from New York City to come together for one…

VIDEO: How do I find the UUs on my Campus?

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode One In this lively video, the Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains how to find the UUs, and build or grow your Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!

Giving Youth Access to Life-Changing Resources

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Embarking on a life of ministry An Open Letter to UU Ministers and Religious Professionals, Three summers ago, I had the absolute privilege of attending Summer Seminary as part of its pilot year in Boston. Summer Seminary is a program run by the Unitarian Universalsit Association (UUA) that brings youth together from all over the country to learn about becoming religious professionals. These youth share a passion for ministry, religious education or music ministry. Throughout the program they learn from seminary faculty, UUA staff, and current religious professionals about all the pieces that go into a life of religious service. My year, we had speakers who shared about their social justice centered UU community ministry. This…

Fiercely UU: Universalism and the Disinherited

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // January 28th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Fiercely UU is a new blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. – Ed. The Disinherited  by Joseph Boyd Will is a friend of mine. We met at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in a two acre garden space, a little Eden in the midst of bars, blood, and stinky socks. Will sat in a corner and didn’t talk to anyone, just sat and stared at…

Animated Answers to Your Campus Ministry Questions

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 26th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Actionable Answers to Key Questions The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains she has the answers you need to build or sustain vibrant Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Bonus: Many of the answers are shorter than the previous sentence! Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of #CampusQs are released!

Challenged to Explore New Horizons By Religious Pros

Posted by Bart Frost // January 20th 2016 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Dear UU Religious Professionals: My name is Alex Jensen and I was a Summer Seminary attendee the first year it was offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2013. Having graduated, I have had the privilege of watching Summer Seminary develop and flourish into an absolutely amazing program. This is highly in part due to the amazing religious professionals that encourage and guide our youth towards our collective ministry in Unitarian Universalism (UU). When I was first considering a call to ministry, I received an informational email from my congregation’s Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sally Ahnger, about the Summer Seminary program opening up for the first…

Religious Professionals Made a Difference

Posted by Bart Frost // January 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Hello Friends, My name is Kirbey Geissler and I’m writing to tell you about my experience with Unitarian Universalism (UU), specifically Summer Seminary. Summer Seminary is a week-long introduction to what being a religious professional could look like for a group of 15-20 youth. Though the focus is on ministry, the youth are also exposed to other religious professional opportunities, such as religious education, music, and more. I attended Summer Seminary this past summer of 2015. A year or so prior, I had been contacted by Rev. Tandi Rogers, a minister and religious professional from my district, who told me she saw something in me and thought I should apply. I didn’t meet the deadline…

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

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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…

100 Miles of Wilderness

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 14th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Faith in the Forest by Katie Gelfand Hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine, one of the last legs of the Appalachian Trail, wound up being the greatest challenge of a long journey. Beginning on the second day of a nine day stretch, it rained for 48 hours, which drew in a cold front and dropped night temperatures to near freezing. The entirety of the forest was flooded or transformed into boot-sucking mud pits. Hypothermia was a regular concern, as our shoes and socks were constantly soaked through and we could not make fire for many days. Other hikers left the trail because of the unfavorable conditions and two had to be evacuated by helicopter….

Coming to Terms with My Transracial Adoption

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // November 20th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Finding My Roots By Ellie Brown “Is she really your sister?” “Oh, she’s real alright.” I didn’t realize how alienated I felt by my surroundings during my childhood until I grew into my young adult years. My parents cared greatly for me, I had wonderful friends, a supportive Unitarian Universalist community, and a sea of opportunities. However, continuous microaggressions that I experienced relating to my transracial adoption were quickly internalized. People asked how much I cost, who my real parents were, and why I wasn’t wanted. These along with generally ignorant remarks about my race took a toll on me. My knowledge about my Chinese culture was limited, even though my parents provided me with…