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…

Multicultural Leadership School – a.k.a.: Launchpad

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2015 // Mosaic // no comments

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Work With Your Peers to Bend the Arc of Justice The application deadline for the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is April 15 – here is why that it matters: graduates go on to to think, mobilize and lead for diverse, inclusive life-changing Unitarian Universalism (UU). One example? Trevor Coles, MLS ’14 grad presenting a video-chat on UU Paganism for the Interfaith Youth Core Better Together series. Read the blurb: Inspired by his UU-Pagan values, Tyler Coles works to build bridges between communities. Tyler began his work within the interfaith movement while in undergrad and will join students from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds this fall at Vanderbilt University as…

Bridging: the Present and Future of Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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The Journey of Faith is Long – With Many Bridges to Cross Faith is a life-long experience, so the Unitarian Universalist Association has resources for Lifespan Faith Development. And where there are spans there are bridges – and Bridgers (youth transitioning to young adulthood). Bridging bridgers is a big deal in Unitarian Universalism. Ours is a multigenerational faith, and today’s youth are the young adult present and future of our congregation. Make it easy for transitioning youth to make new connections and maintain their faith! Urge them to take part in the Bridge Connections program. HERE IS HOW:   THERE AIN’T NO MAGIC ABOUT IT! The Bridge Connections Program makes the connection happen by keeping…

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…

The Only Way Out is Through

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Our Self-Wrought Epic Disaster “Would you stop yelling about how we’re all screwed?” my supervisor politely asked. Oh. Right. Not exactly the type of thing to yell when you work in an open office like I do at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Especially when perhaps you are using slightly less polite language than “screwed.” We were talking about climate change, of course in light of the new UU-led coalition effort Commit2Respond. And we are screwed. However you express it, we humans are really in trouble. Other life forms on this planet are really in trouble. And as I feel the first flutters of movement from the tiny human-in-progress I’m harboring in my uterus, I wonder…

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…

Make This A Sophia Fahs Sunday!

Written by jennicadavishockett // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Bring multigenerational faith formation to the center of congregational life with Sophia Fahs Sunday! With an eye toward excellence in shared ministry, multicultural diversity, multiple learning styles, and the latest in faith development theory, the “Sophia Fahs Sunday: Journeys of the Spirit” resource packet is ready now on The Fahs Collaborative website! This wonderful worship resource is available online at no cost for your congregation’s celebration of multigenerational faith formation! Engage participants of all ages with wondering rituals and “Beyond Sunday” activities. Connect with stories of faith formation from Unitarian Universalist(UU) leaders of diverse ages and identities, including Luminary Leader and Summer Seminary Graduate Samantha Burden. Be moved by original compositions by UU musicians, poets,…

Commit 2 Respond With Young Adult Aly Tharp

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 23rd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // one comment

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And Thousands of Others of Every Age This Unitarian Universalist Young Adult has a message for everyone: Climate Change is real and there is plenty we can do about it – especially right now by joining the Unitarian Universalist Association initiative Commit 2 Respond.             First, Listen to Aly – Then read what she has to say… My full name is Alyssa Marie Tharp. To my knowledge I am not related to the great marine scientist, Marie Tharp, one of two people who made the first map of the ocean floors and  discovered the great underwater mountain rifts — perhaps the greatest remaining mystery of the natural wonders on Earth….

10 Things to Know About Unitarian Universalism

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

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To Know What Unitarian Universalism Is The Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City recently wrote this cogent explanation of what defines Unitarian Universalism (UU) as a faith. We re-post the headlines from Rev. Guengerich’s meditation, and invite you to read his post “10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Unitarian Universalism“, originally appearing on the blog On Faith. Find “God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age“, by Rev. Galen Guengerich at the Unitarian Universalist Association Bookstore. 10 Ways to Better know UU: 1. Unitarians played a pivotal role in founding the United States. 2. Religiously speaking, we’re in our adolescence. 3. We focus on what…

Not The Only One

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

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Multicultural Leadership School, is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for UU 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 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available! In this second guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Aisha Pierre shares about her MLS experience! Ed. Before enrolling to the Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I was very uncomfortable about the topic of race. MLS gave me the confidence to talk about race and culture with others. Growing up in a predominately single race community, I was often referred to as the incorrect ethnicity. I always felt…