How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

Special Offer for Youth to Go to Selma

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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You Must Respond By Friday, January 23, 2015 The Living Legacy Project Will Get You There Registration for the Living Legacy Project Conference is full and closed UNLESS you are a youth – in which case you must register by Friday, January 23, 2015. Also, FOR YOUTH ONLY  – the Living Legacy Project is offering financial aid to attend the conference, however you must apply by Friday, January 23.       Learn more about the Living Legacy Project here.              

Why Should Youth See Selma For Free?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, UUA, youth // no comments

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Because Seeing Selma Could Free Us All Movie tickets are downright expensive. But African-American business leaders in New York and nationwide have come together to make tickets to see the film “Selma” free and available to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in New York City and now in other cities around the country! A quick search of #SelmaforStudents on twitter or Facebook reveals the popularity of the effort.   But why fund tickets to see Selma? Selma tells one story and many stories. It’s the story of how black people won the right to vote in southern states. It’s a story about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his doubts, his relationships and his difficult…

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Finding Home

Written by Kenny Wiley // January 12th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Why This Young Adult Won’t Give Up On Religion   Fort Worth. Seattle. Denver. Arlington. Columbia, Missouri. Five of us, young adults from across the South and West, huddled in the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church office at one in the morning and strategized for the big Sunday morning service just hours away.   As I looked at each face, all betraying exhaustion, yet each still filled with determination, a simple message permeated the room. We’ve got this.   Oh home, let me come home Home is wherever I’m with you   All weekend our quintet, along with fifty other young adults, had been working to build community at our Winter Gathering—no easy task considering attendees’…

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,…