Want to Make Some Justice This Summer?

Written by Bart Frost // May 26th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments

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Here is a Chance to Do It! A message from Garner Takahashi Morris of the UU Justice Ministry of California: Hi Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California‘s Walking the Walk Leadership Retreat is Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at beautiful Camp DeBenneville Pines in Southern California.   YOU CAN ATTEND FOR FREE! We are looking for several people who are interested in facilitating justice-centered programming for children and youth over the course of the week.  Your room and board will be covered; this is not a paid position. GOT A GOOD IDEA FOR PROGRAMMING? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! We are also looking for resources for justice-centered programming for kids…

Grab the Tsubaki Scholarship 2015 Now!

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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A Rare Opportunity for a Unique Theological Experience Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international or interfaith engagement are invited to apply by May 15, 2015 for an incredible opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks at Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS), one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Each year one recipient receives a scholarship covering travel, room and boarding expenses for a summer/fall stay at the shrine. The long-standing relationship between Unitarian Universalism and TGS has its roots within the International Association for Religious Freedom. Add you name to those of Ranwa Hammamy: 2014 Recipient, Sarah E. Gillespie: 2013 Recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen: 2012 Recipient, Christian Schmidt: 2011 Recipient –Unitarian…

Committing to Climate Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 22nd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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  Committing to Climate Justice This post is adapted from the 2015 Earth Sunday Sermon for UU Ministry for Earth, “Shifting Energy: From Fossil Fuels to Climate Action.” Read the full sermon and find other worship resources. By Matthew McHale Over the course of climate justice month, we’ve expressed our gratitude for life, we’ve reckoned with our grief and fear about the converging crises of ecological destruction, massive inequality and global warming, and reconnected with our love for earth and for each other. Now is the time when we commit to respond to the climate crisis—because we need to act! So many of us feel overwhelmed and powerless in the face of the crisis. And…

One Youth’s Spiritual Awakening

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Spiritual Life and Connection to Everything (We present excerpts of Anna Zimmer’s piece originally on the Huffington Post. -ed.) By contributing writer Anna Zimmer for KidSpirit’s issue, Climate Change: Tending Our Planet. I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I was in elementary school, my mom started going to a church in my town. I didn’t find out what kind of church it was until middle school, when…

“Tracing Their Steps” – Reflections from Selma Pt. 4

Written by Bart Frost // April 14th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Marching Forward Events of 50 Years Ago Today This is the final installment in a series of reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Selma Marches. Here are  Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. – ed. Sunday was the day that most of us were waiting for, the anniversary of the bridge crossing. An opportunity to follow the footsteps of those who came before. Before we could cross the bridge, we had to get there first. After gathering on to the buses and heading out in the morning, we landed at City of St. Jude in Montgomery for lunch. During the Selma to Montgomery Marches in 1965 more than 20,000 people camped out on…

Reconnecting and Hope(lessness)

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 6th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Commit2Respond: Week 3 I heard Rev. Dr. Miguel de la Torre, the liberation theologist and immigration rights activist, speak a few days ago. He started by saying, “I’m hoping to chat about how hopeless our work is.” I sat up straight, paying attention. I confess that these days I often pray for the doubters, for those of us who find it hard to believe that the arc of the universe bends toward justice, who wonder why we do what we do if the outcomes of our work are so often incomplete, when tragedies of epic and intimate scale surround. We may want to Commit2Respond to environmental injustice, but as we enter week 3 of Climate…

Looking Back to Move Forward

Written by Bart Frost // April 3rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Undoing the “Third Reconstruction” This is part three in our four part series, here are links to Part One and Part Two. – ed. Rev. Dr. William Barber Saturday morning began with Rev. Dr. William Barber’s How to Build a Movement/Wake Up Call. I had the pleasure of witnessing his preaching on Thursday night at Tabernacle, so I pulled myself out of bed to make it to the workshop at 7:30am. Thursday night he spoke about the power within to fight for justice and was so inspiring I knew I had to see him no matter what. Saturday morning he spoke about the Third Reconstruction and grassroots organizing. (Beacon Press will publish his book “The Third…

Radical Hope and a More Perfect Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 27th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends // no comments

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We post an excerpt of this important post by Kenny S. Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado and UU World contributor. Read the full text of Kenny S. Wiley’s post tracing the history of Unitarian Universalist rejection of racism, and the call of UU history for Unitarian Universalists to make #BlackLivesMatter now, on his blog “A Full Day“, here. – ed.         A Unitarian Universalist ‘Black Lives Matter’ Theology by Kenny Wiley, March 26, 2015 “If, while I hear the wild shriek of the slave mother robbed of her little ones, I do not open my mouth, am I not guilty?” –Lucy Stone In the Denver…

“Relationships And…”

Written by Bart Frost // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // 3 comments

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  There Are Only Three Important Words   This is part two a multi-part series of reflections the by Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association on Selma after attending the Selma 50th March and Jubilee. You can find part one here. – ed.         On Friday morning, we began with worship led by Mark Hicks. The theme of worship focused on stories and relationships, a theme that would later be echoed by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s keynote address to Living Legacy Project Conference attendees. During worship Olivia spoke about why she traveled from Maine to Birmingham, AL. Olivia had been on the Living Legacy…

My Voice, My Experiences, and My Journey

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of color from July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center outside of Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (transportation included) and there are many scholarships available! – Elizabeth Nguyen. In this third guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Byron Herbert shares about his MLS experience!   Hello my name is Byron (B.) Herbert and I attend the historic Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, PA. Before attending Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I had begun to discern my call to ministry. MLS served as a beacon of affirmation to this call. During…