Coming to Terms with My Transracial Adoption

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


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…

Plan the Escape of Your Inner Human!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 9th 2015 // Contact Us, Future of Faith // no comments


Camp Unirondack Transforms 😐 Into If there is one thing that seven years at Camp Unirondack has taught me, it is that camp is not just for kids. I know, I know, camp director rhetoric if you’ve ever heard it right? But let me tell you why it’s true. It stems from a struggle that I think many people share. If there is one thing almost all people on this planet have one thing in common it is that feeling of doubt inside. Am I going to pass this test? Will I graduate? Am I good enough? I have yet to meet someone who hasn’t felt it. Part of that feeling is an ever-present wonder…

Take Your Spiritual Vitamins with Kirbey!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 6th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // one comment


Spiritual practices are like vitamins for the soul. Spiritual practices are the rituals we do often to strengthen the muscles of our spirit. Spiritual practices help us stay grounded, feel alive and sustain the energy we need to make an impact in our world. In The Daily Does of Kirbz, Summer Seminary Alum, Kirbey Geissler has a spiritual practice that is sure to brighten your day. Try it out and pass it on. Read H A P P Y L I S T.    

Join The Deans of the UU-UNO!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments


Bring Your Spirit and Hang With These Two Cool Dudes The voice of Unitarian Universalism at the United Nations, the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office (UU-UNO), hosts its Spring Seminar April 7-9, 2016 in New York City.  Learn more at The UU-UNO is accepting applications for youth and adult chaplains to join the Spring Seminar team now! Apply here by November 16th. Meet the Youth Deans for the UU-UNO’s Spring Seminar! Senior Youth Dean Hey, my name is Caleb DiNino-Childers. I was born in New York, but have grown up in Seattle, Washington. I attend University Unitarian and am a senior this year. I’ve been playing Frisbee since elementary school and I love to draw….

Through the Spirits of Others to Faith

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 19th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // one comment


Transformed by Struggle   We publish this frankly written reflection on how approaching the spiritual practices of others with a willingness for personal struggle creates faith, by Meg Young. – Ed.   by Meg Young I’ve never been much one for self-denial, and thankfully for me the Unitarian Universalist tradition in which my parents raised me rarely told me that there was anything that I absolutely couldn’t do. I remember sitting with a member of my youth group during high school, as we were first experimenting with drugs, alcohol, and the especially (even after OWL) mysterious realm of sex, asking how we were supposed to make rules for ourselves since our religion didn’t seem to…

Lessons From NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 30th 2015 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


Annie Hanley-Miller reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate New Orleans program– Ed.   Building Community Overcomes Difference by Annie Hanley–Miller I brought back many things to my home community from my experience at Activate NOLA. It was an intense week and I learned a lot about race, poverty, Hurricane Katrina, and global warming. I also learned a lot about forming and being in community. During the week, I talked with so many unique people who all helped me to gain new perspectives on all kinds of things. It was interesting to meet both people from the New Orleans area and from around the country. The lectures on racism, poverty, Hurricane Katrina,…

Reflections in Shade of the US-Mexico Border Wall

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


“What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?” Jack Spector-Bishop reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate Southwest Border program– Ed. “The ants crawl under it, the birds fly around it, the sky connects over it.” This is what I wrote in my journal while I sat in the shade of the US-Mexico border wall, near Douglas, Arizona. The wall loomed behind me, constructed of massive, two story high rusty metal beams and stretching as far as I could see. Poles with floodlights and cameras were everywhere, along with trenches, barbed wire, and fences. All of it seemed so arbitrary. It…

GA 2015 Youth Caucus: “WE Are the Revolution”

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, GA, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


TODAY   Youth Caucus attendees Collen Lee & Phoebe Mussman share this reflection of  their experience attending General Assembly 2015. – Ed.   By: Colleen Lee & Phoebe Mussman       Today. Today, 5,000 hearts beat faster. Hues of blue, green, and every shade of the rainbow proudly glow. Today, we are encompassed by the colorful and comforting aura that the world is better than it was yesterday. Today, on June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in this nation. In an auditorium packed with overjoyed Unitarian Universalists of all ages, the celebration and contagious energy assures us this is one of the best days we’ve experienced. This…

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,…

Youth Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // one comment


UU–UNO Interns  Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton report from the United Nations International Youth Day, where the theme was Youth Civic Engagement. Learn more about leadership opportunities at the competitive UU–UNO office By Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton (re-posted from the blog of the UUA International Office) On Wednesday, August 12th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) interns participated in the United Nations’ International Youth Day. The theme of this year’s event was Youth Civic Engagement, where youth engagement vis a vis the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was both championed and celebrated. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began the opening session with a call to action for youth worldwide. Referring to the current 15- to 24-year-old demographic as the “SDG generation,” he implored youth…