Rise Up with the TIDE

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Spread Pluralism, Share Your Voice, Change the World! TIDE CONFERENCE Memorial Day Weekend 2015 : WAVE OF CHANGE Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) – formerly Interfaith Action – is an organization that aims to reflect, connect, and act across differences. Each year we present the opportunity for youth to attend the annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Education (TIDE) Conference.  The TIDE Conference is organized by about 50 high school students of diverse backgrounds. The goal of the conference is to develop leadership and facilitation skills that allow teens to communicate respectfully and effectively about highly charged issues. After taking part in workshops, dialogues and other activities throughout the weekend, participants will leave TIDE…

Identity…

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Revealed by Belief and Action Much is made of the growing number of people who have no particular religious affiliation with a religious faith – in particular Millennials – however this thought provoking discussion with Neil deGrasse Tyson on why he doesn’t identify as an atheist suggests that whether one affiliates with a religious faith or not does not necessarily mean that one might not identify with its values or culture. An intriguing lead for religious organizations looking for ways to remain relevant…     From  a post on the Cosmos and Culture page of the National Public Radio (NPR) blog, discussing why Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t identify as an atheist on the NPR podcast “Rationally Speaking:”…

Witnessing America’s Original Sin

Written by Carey McDonald // December 2nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Why rioting in some of the hundreds of protests across the country of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision exonerating Ofc. Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown but not in others? Carey McDonald’s insightful reflection points toward an answer. -Ed. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause. After experiencing Black Lives Matter Boston rally and having time to reflect, here are my thoughts on Ferguson: If you’re talking about the indictment, you’re missing the point. I’ve read so many comments about what the grand jury…

We Witness Because #Black Lives Matter

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 26th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Bringing Worship to the Street of the Cities   Last night I went to church. It wasn’t, however, the most conventional church experience. In fact, the leaders organizing the gathering didn’t call it church and likely didn’t think of it that way. First a handful of young adults who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith in various professional roles, gathered at my house. My partner had made signs and we brought our Standing on the Side of Love gear.  We talked and shared stories of protests and times we’d had difficulties with police.  We had some snacks and drinks. Reverse coffee hour, if you will. And then we went out to worship. We gathered with many others…

Improve Unitarian Universalism for Young Adults

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Record and Share Your Post-Bridging Experience Emily Parker’s foundational study promises to make UUism more welcoming and spiritually fulfilling for all young adults. If you recently bridged we strongly encourage you to participate. – Ed. Where Do We Go After Bridging? If you are a Unitarian Universalist young adult who Bridged this year (or if you love somebody who is), then I need your help! My name is Emily Parker, and I, like you (or your loved one), am a Unitarian Universalist who Bridged this year. Last year, I became interested in how we Bridge, and where we go afterwards. Why do so many young adults leave the faith? What are young adults looking for,…

ALL In

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 7th 2014 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Atheists Can Have Faith, Too In her post, “Interfaitheism“, Abigail Clauhs remembers how confronting doctrine-imposed limits on the term “interfaith” can cause us to reject people whose faith is different from our own. From the State of Formation blog an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS). –Ed. Read an excerpt here: I hadn’t been interfaith-rejected before. And then there, sitting in my inbox, was this message. So this is what I want to talk about. First off. Let’s discuss this word “interfaith.” That fateful email told me that having atheists present was “a mockery to the idea of interfaith.” Now, we within the interfaith movement acknowledge that “interfaith” is a problematic term. Using…

Showing Up for a Campus in Crisis

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 28th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // one comment

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UU Campus Ministry Spans the Divide Rev. Evan Young contributes this compelling post about the role Unitarian Universalist campus ministry plays in interfaith healing on the campus of Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. – Ed. By Rev. Evan Young As an ordained Unitarian Universalist campus minister, I’ve had plenty of times where I sat with a student as they went through some kind of crisis. Showing up when things are hard to offer an honest, caring, supportive presence is a core part of what I do at Ohio University, where I serve United Campus Ministry, a progressive ecumenical and interfaith organization. But this fall, for the first time, I’ve had to show up that way…

7th Principle Moments

Written by Bart Frost // October 27th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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I recently finished a book edited by Dori Baker called Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World. In it, one of the writers describes a congregation’s youth ministry through their awareness and verbally recognizing “God moments”. God moments are defined as “an instant of crystal clear knowing that God is present and active in the world”. The congregation is a United Methodist Church that spending a lot of time and money doing missionary work and a lot of energy listening for and sharing “God moments”. As I read about their interactions and how they felt the holy while on trips to Appalachia, or during a moment of laughter in the…

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…