Summer Seminary Hires Three New Staff Members

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 20th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment


The Summer Seminary program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional welcomes 3 new staff members! They will accompany 25 youth from across the nation exploring the call to ministry in all its forms, learning about life as a religious professional, and connecting with other youth considering ministry. Summer Seminary is August 2nd-8th, 2016 in Berkeley, CA hosted by Starr King School for the Ministry. Minister in Residence, Kimberly Quinn Johnson As a teenager,  I could imagine nothing less likely for my own future than ministry. I grew up in a family and a culture deeply committed to religion: reverence, faith, care for the world around me—in a household that encouraged questions, reason, and critical…

Can Unitarian Universalists Really Believe Anything?

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 11th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // 24 comments


Contrary to What You Might Have Heard, UUs Don’t Just Believe Whatever They Want Unitarian Universalists (UU) are a strange bunch. In any given gathering of UUs there may be someone whose faith is based on the teachings of Jesus, someone who has a daily meditation practice, someone who sees God in nature and someone who doesn’t see a god in anything. And yet they can all sing the same hymn and worship together. You may meet Unitarian Universalists who believe there’s a divine spark in each of us and others who believe that to be human means to have a fun mix of good and evil. And yet we come together to support one another and…

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…

MidAmerica Young Adult Con!!

Posted by Celena Todora // September 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments


We share Celena Todora’s message to all Young adult Unitarian Universalists – Ed. CONduit: Opening Channels of Communication Hi, I would like to invite you all to the MidAmerica Young Adult Conference in Rockford, IL in November. Even if you are not in the MidAmerica region, you are welcome! Our theme is CONduit, which will be centered around opening up conversations about UUism beyond our spiritual communities. Hope to see some of you there ~ Celena  

And the Mic Dropped…

Posted by Bart Frost // September 4th 2015 // Future of Faith, Pop Culture, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

Kanye and Church?

Bro! Listen to the kids! On Sunday, August 30th, Kanye West gave a speech at the MTV Video Music Awards. I know, I know, that happened a week ago, but I was listening to his speech the other day and realized Kanye West was talking about and creating church that night. He started that speech with the quote above. “Bro! Listen to the kids!” Listen to the kids. Now, let’s be real, Kanye (and other pop culture icons) make their money by listening to the kids. It’s the truth, listen to them cheer. And yet, what is it that we are called to do? Are we called to stand on the side of love? Are…

Top Seven for YaYA of Color

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 2nd 2015 // Mosaic, UUA // 2 comments


Great resources to better support Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults of color Whether you are a religious educator, youth advisor, minister, parent, mentor, community member, chaplain, or spiritual seeker, ministry to and with UU youth and young adults of color is vital, spirit-filling work. Here my top seven resources for those who see serving youth and young adults of color as part of their role (check out the full list here!): 1) Be The Change! gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments


Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

Spiritual Practices For White Discomfort

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 17th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 21 comments


So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about the event that happened on August 8th in Seattle when the white leftie politician Bernie Sanders went to speak to a crowd about social security and medicare and was interrupted by two black women raising awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement the day before the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. And sure, as a white progressive who is pretty into Bernie Sanders’ political stances and who staunchly supports the Black Lives Matter movement, I have opinions too. The opinion I wish to share here and now, however, is not about political analysis, history or strategy and…

#MLS2015 Voices: I too, am Unitarian Universalism

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 5th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments


Guest blogger Yashasvi Janamanchi attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) this July. This post is an excerpt of Yashi’s reflections from the youth-led worship at his home congregation of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. -ed.  While I was at MLS, I learned a lot of things, one fact in particular shocked me. Our faith is 87% white. Maybe this doesn’t surprise a lot of you, but it did surprise me. I knew we had a white majority, but I didn’t think it would be that big. The even sadder part is that a lot of people at MLS were surprised that we had that many people of color. This was surprising, and it didn’t start…

Be Part of the Summer Seminary Experience

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith // no comments


This is what people are saying about the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary…  On Twitter – #UUSumSem Tweets Or On Facebook – (Click the image to see other comments on Facebook)