Youth Dare to Make Change Happen Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // one comment

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On March 13 Boston Mobilization, YMORE, Unitarian Universalist Religious Professionals of Color and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) participated in an action of public witness for raisong the minimum wage in Massachusetts. The following is an eye-witness account of the event.–Ed. Raising the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts By Collin Kluchman As an alumni of the youth group at First Parish Lexington in Lexington Massachusetts and an organizer with Sub/Urban Justice and the YMORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy) coalition, I was incredibly excited to combine forces with Finding Our Way Home, the UUA’s annual gathering for Unitarian Universalist Professionals of Color. For the past months the youth at YMORE and other organizers…

2014 OPUS: Hands to Work, Hearts to Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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SUMMER PLANNING Get ready for the  annual five-day, spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network, this year hosted by the Nuhop Experiential Learning Camp, August 13–17, near Perrysville, OH. For young adults ages 18 – 35 from around Canada and United States (and beyond!)  This year Opus is brought to you by a partnership between CUUYAN and the Ohio-Meadville District. Visit the OPUS 2014 website for detailed information, a video of OPUS 2010 and to register.   Early Bird registration: $245 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by May 11, remainder due July 27th On-time registration: $280 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by June 22, remainder due by July 27th Late registration: $315…

Hermione is a Universalist

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 28th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Emma Watson, interviewed about her role in “Noah“, directed by Darren Aronofsky, discusses her spiritual faith and describes much of what animates Unitarian Universalist belief and practice. Watch the video on Telegraph.UK/video at between minutes 1:31 – 2:00 for her remarks on Universalist faith. Learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist faith. Read a version of this story on Huffington Post, or watch a trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”:

Summer Seminary 2014 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments

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Space limited demand is high Apply now to attend Summer Seminary July 30-August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Application deadline APRIL 1, 2014. This program allows Unitarian Universalist youth to explore their call to ministry in all its forms. Summer Seminary focuses on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, offering youth the opportunity to learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths. Summer Seminary 2014 is open to those who were in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) for the 2013-2014 school year, including those who bridged into young adulthood in the spring/summer of 2014. Learn…

Love, Principle and Action

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 13th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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 AZ State Bill 1062, permitting businesses to refuse service on the basis of religious belief – passed by the Arizona legislature and ultimately vetoed by the Governor Jan Brewer – is the latest example of efforts to legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Arizona. (The Arizona legislature doesn’t limit itself to discriminating against the LGBTQ community and has passed legislation targeting immigrants and other minorities as well.) Ironically, passage of this bill provoked affirmation from many businesses across the nation to of their opposition to discrimination against the LGBTQ community. We re-post this story from the Living Mosaic Blog for its message of opposition to discrimination that is delivered with passion and love.– Ed….

Wisdom From Behind the Bars

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 5th 2014 // Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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We post excerpts of a letter written by a death-row inmate which reflect the wisdom of understanding the inhumane motivations of  mass incarceration and capital punishment. This letter reminds us of the debate about the role of the penal system in the United States which has moved from rehabilitation to punishment over the past two generations. (This letter was written by Ray Jasper and is one from a series of letters penned by death-row inmates from the Gawker.com series “Postcards from the Edge“.) – Ed. Mass Incarceration As Seen From Inside by Ray Jasper I think ‘empathy’ is one of the most powerful words in this world that is expressed in all cultures. This is…

Religious Survey of a None

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 3rd 2014 // Future of Faith // one comment

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52 Weeks of Exploring Faith Chad, a young adult based in Ogden, Utah, a self-described “None” having, “no religion and no dogmatic beliefs”, has undertaken to visit a different congregation or different faith every week for one year. His blog, “52 Weeks in 52 Faiths: My Personal Survey of Religions in My Backyard” started on January 5 with a visit to the United Church of Christ (Congregational) in Ogden, across the street from his home. On February 16, Chad visited the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden (Utah) (a UUA Breakthrough Congregation). Among other observations, Chad remarked Unitarian Univeralism welcoming everyone, writing, “And I definitely get that impression. People in the church will come up to…

Take a Breath

Written by Annie Gonzalez // February 10th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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Day 24: Employ the Sacred Pause Once upon a time I lived in New York City, and, stereotypically enough, I had a therapist and I was always running late for everything. “I’m SO sorry,” I said, coming into her cozy office on the upper west side. “The trains! They stopped the “2″ for the longest time…” (Like any good New York City dweller I knew you could always blame your lateness on the subway.) My therapist was unimpressed. “So you only gave yourself enough time to get here if the trains were running perfectly?” (She was a real New Yorker, not a Midwestern transplant like me. She knew the trains never run perfectly.) “Well…yeah.” We…

An Immigrant’s Contemporary Experience

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 4th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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The story this post tells was submitted as part of Day 18 of the Thirty Days of Love. It is so powerful and disturbing it stands on its own.–Ed. By Leila Pine, Volunteer Sandra Lopez, age 22, a lifelong Tucson resident who was brought to the U.S. as a three-week-old infant by her immigrant parents, is a graduate of Amphitheater High School in Tucson, where she was an honors student. She is one of the two million undocumented immigrants who were deported under the Obama Administration over the last five years, despite the fact that she would have been eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status, a program that allows people who…

Bridge the Divide

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 4th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // one comment

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DAY 18: For Immigration Reform At the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA we think often about bridging divides, and in particular the multi-generational divide between Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults and other UUs, so it has become a reflex for us to consider how one’s identity informs one’s point of view. While in the office we work to build bridges of understanding amongst our constituents, it is not obvious it translates into being more aware of the divides we are all called upon to bridge in our daily life. Leaving the comfort zone of one’s own point-of-view isn’t automatic, isn’t always easy and requires a deliberate choice. Bridging a…