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…

Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // one comment

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Summer Seminary Graduate Sofia Avery-Kapulski is so cool she lives in a yurt with a wood-burning stove. She’s decorated the walls with a painting of the cosmos. She’s an excellent writer and performer. In an interview with her, we discussed how she makes meaning in her life.–Ed.   JD-H: What do you remember about the first moment you thought about going into the ministry? SA-K: It was right after my first QUUest camp, I was having an existential meltdown. I thought, “How am I supposed to do something meaningful with my skills and passions? All I do is write, make music and stew about everything.” I’d been thinking that my preferred past times doomed me to…

A Week That Felt Like a Month, Tied To Her for Years

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 6th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // one comment

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At the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary 2014, yes, students learned about what it’s like to be a religious professional, but they also learned about navigating in and appreciating the city of Chicago. They also created deep bonds with one another to find the Spirit of Life within and all around them. Rhea Brown-Bright, from the progressive oasis of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, recounts her experience. –Ed. SUMMER SEMINARY WAS MUCH MORE THAN… By Rhea Brown-Bright When the plane left the ground of Chicago When it left all the friends I had made behind I knew my life had changed Summer Seminary wasn’t just a place to be for a week It was…

What’s the Good News in Youth Ministry?

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, youth // 2 comments

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Find out this Wednesday at 7:30, Mountain Time Eric Bliss, Director of Religious Exploration, First Unitarian Society of Denver, presents, “Youth Ministry: A Balanced Approach”, this Wednesday evening. From his announcement, For professionals and volunteers who work with youth, there are many complex issues to tackle.  This webinar will explore the best practices in a balanced approach to Youth Ministry with the aim of giving the participant tools to empower leadership, to explore Unitarian Universalism more deeply, and to nurture the soul of the adviser.  Come hungry, leave happy knowing that you are prepared to partner with your congregation’s youth to go deeper than ever before… Good News in Youth Ministry Youth Ministry:  A Balanced…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Was…

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 24th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // 4 comments

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At the end of the week of Summer Seminary 2014, students participated in a “preach off.” Each student was given a prompt and instructed to write a two minute sermon on the topic.  Students practiced their sermons in front of one another, late Saturday night, high in the pulpit of the main sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Chicago. First Unitarian Church of Chicago is one of the oldest churches in Chicago, founded in 1836. Senior Kara Marler, from outside Seattle, WA, was one of five students voted to preach her sermon on Sunday morning. Here is her account of that experience. – Ed. Adults Said She Had Potential, Witness What She Did With It By Kara…

Figuratively/Literally on the Move? – Keep Connected!

Written by Deborah Neisel-Sanders // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA, youth // one comment

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“Life is a Journey”, and, “You Can’t Take it With You”: True AND False Striking out on new adventures – whether moving around the block or across the country – also means leaving your youth group behind, where deep relationship and spiritual connection are built right in. And though you may miss the support youth groups provide, an exciting part of this transition is the opportunity to discover how to join with other UUs to express your faith in a new way – in your way. We call it Bridging, because being on your  journey – from high school studies to college, or the military, or a new apartment or job – doesn’t mean you don’t take…

Youth and Young Adults on the Frontline of Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 30th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Youth and Young Adults Respond to Operation Save America Targeting Services at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana were targeted on Sunday,  July 20, 2014 by members of the anti-abortion protest group Operation Save America (OSA)– formerly known as “Operation Rescue” – for having hosted the groundbreaking celebration of a new Planned Parenthood family counseling center to be built nearby. Rev. Deanna Vandiver, citing the founding principle of religious freedom in the United States stated, “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.” As reported on the Rachel Maddow Show in the story, “Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity“, when protesters disrupted the service, UU youth spontaneously rose to encircle them, singing…

Love Reaches Out From this Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 12th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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UU: Challenging the Propensity for Polar Thinking “Not for Ourselves Alone – Theological Essays on Relationship” explains that Unitarian Universalists reach out in love not because they must yet are compelled to it by faith. Edited by Burton D. Carley and Laurel Hallman, these essays provoke reflection on a seeming paradox of the Unitarian Universalist faith that is built upon a free and responsible search for truth and meaning  – for if each is free to search, where is the common ground upon which we meet to move forward in faith? The exploration of this seeming paradox reveals the deep value and lasting power of a movement of faith that celebrates communally embracing the individual. It…

Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 27th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

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August 2014 at the UBarU Retreat and Conference Center Create multiracial congregation with other Unitarian Universalists: strengthen bonds of identity while living the commitment of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association to multiracial/multicultural, multigenerational, welcoming congregations. From the UUMF website: Welcome to UUMF! Camp’s inaugural year! Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families (UUMF!) Camp is a place to meet other UU families whose members also don’t appear to “match” each other. We hope to come together each summer to celebrate our Unitarian Universalist faith with others who share common experiences that often follow multiracial families. We will have a great time building this beloved community during this weekend in the scenic Central Texas Hill Country. Come…