Summer Seminary’s Emergent Properties

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 21st 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Some of the programming at Summer Seminary 2014 was structured, like our time spent at Meadville Lombard Theological School learning about discerning the call, theology, faith formation, UU history and preaching. Some of the programming was designed for open dialogue, so students could pick the brains of music directors, ministers, religious educators and UUA staff members. And some of the time was left open, so that what needed to emerge in the moment, could. Here’s Steven’s account of how the students decided to take it deeper. -Ed.   The knowledge of Summer Seminary’s impact on the incredible youth and young adults should be wide spread and thought of deeply within our communities at home. While writing…

Dr. Cornel West Speaks

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 8th 2014 // Social Justice // one comment

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Notes from the Interview of Dr. Cornel West by Owen Huelsbeck Young Adult and former GA Youth Caucus Dean Owen Huelsbeck furnished the Blue Boat notes from his meeting with Dr. Cornel West on the occasion of Dr. West’s appearance at Santa Clara University.  (Dr. West will also deliver the Ware Lecture at General Assembly 2015) The following is a transcript of quotes by Dr. West from that meeting. Read Owen Huelsbeck’s impressions of his meeting with Dr. West here. – Ed. On Ferguson – Racism in America makes black people so intimidated and scared they never want to straighten their backs, stick their necks out and fight back. Every 28 hours a black youth…

Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // one comment

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Summer Seminary Graduate Sofia Avery-Kapulski is so cool she lives in a yurt with a wood-burning stove. She’s decorated the walls with a painting of the cosmos. She’s an excellent writer and performer. In an interview with her, we discussed how she makes meaning in her life.–Ed.   JD-H: What do you remember about the first moment you thought about going into the ministry? SA-K: It was right after my first QUUest camp, I was having an existential meltdown. I thought, “How am I supposed to do something meaningful with my skills and passions? All I do is write, make music and stew about everything.” I’d been thinking that my preferred past times doomed me to…

A Week That Felt Like a Month, Tied To Her for Years

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 6th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // one comment

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At the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary 2014, yes, students learned about what it’s like to be a religious professional, but they also learned about navigating in and appreciating the city of Chicago. They also created deep bonds with one another to find the Spirit of Life within and all around them. Rhea Brown-Bright, from the progressive oasis of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, recounts her experience. –Ed. SUMMER SEMINARY WAS MUCH MORE THAN… By Rhea Brown-Bright When the plane left the ground of Chicago When it left all the friends I had made behind I knew my life had changed Summer Seminary wasn’t just a place to be for a week It was…

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.

The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Was…

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 24th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // 3 comments

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At the end of the week of Summer Seminary 2014, students participated in a “preach off.” Each student was given a prompt and instructed to write a two minute sermon on the topic.  Students practiced their sermons in front of one another, late Saturday night, high in the pulpit of the main sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Chicago. First Unitarian Church of Chicago is one of the oldest churches in Chicago, founded in 1836. Senior Kara Marler, from outside Seattle, WA, was one of five students voted to preach her sermon on Sunday morning. Here is her account of that experience. – Ed. Adults Said She Had Potential, Witness What She Did With It By Kara…

UUs Support Hunger Strike for Immigration Reform

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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This story of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles in action come from the Standing on the Side of Love facebook feed.–Ed. Standing on the Side of Love and Justice UU’s from around Puget Sound supported Veronica Noriega as she engaged in a fast to draw attention to the suffering of her family and the millions of others caused by our cruel immigration practices. She camped outside the Northwest Detention Center, risking arrest and deportation, and fasted from Sept. 2 through 9, prior to the deportation hearing for her partner, Ramon Mendoza Pascual. Mr. Mendoza Pascual, who hasn’t been able to hug their three children for a full year, was one of the key leaders in…

In the Space Between Spirit and Letter of the Law

Written by kennywiley // September 15th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Kenny Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker, CO, reflects on how the legal reforms of the Civil Rights Act have – and have not – changed American culture, and how Black Americans have had to adapt to change still not made in this post originally appearing in his blog, “A Full Day“. We welcome Kenny as a regular contributor to the Blue Boat! – Ed. How Long is 50 Years? My Civil Rights Trip Through the South June 24, 2014 Kenny Wiley “Darnell! It’s so good to see you, honey. Give me a hug.” My plate of collared greens, cornbread and two kinds of casserole still minutes away, I had…

Big Ambition of Small Office Inspires Passion

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 4th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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We re-post this excerpt of Sage Mitch’s narrative from the International Programs Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) blog on how working for the Unitarian Universalist–United Nations Office inspired her passion. Read the full post on the UUA International Office blog–Ed.   My Summer with the UU-UNO Hi everyone, Like my fellow intern Zandy, today marks my last day as an intern with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Through the last ten weeks with the office I have had such an amazing experience and will thoroughly miss it. The other interns and staff members I met here will be connections and friends for years to come I hope, and the opportunity to work on…

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…