Top Seven for YaYA of Color

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 2nd 2015 // Mosaic, UUA // no comments

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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

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

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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

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 17th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 16 comments

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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

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

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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

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

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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)

Voices from #MLS2015: Radiating Love

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 30th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Guest blogger Sunshine Alvarez attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School this July. Sunshine belongs to the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. -ed. On July 10th, I had the opportunity to attend a Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, Massachusetts for the second time. This was hands down the best part of my summer. MLS is a program supported by the UUA, and at this school I spent five days with youth, such as myself, and young adults of color. There are a lot of challenges growing up as a Black young adult and just growing up being a young adult of color, period, so it felt great to connect with people who were…

Another Week of Injustice

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 23rd 2015 // Contact Us, Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

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Another Week of Striving to Overcome Injustice This week has us grieving yet more murders of unarmed black and brown people, asking what happened to Sandra Bland and India Clarke? Kenny Wiley responds to #IfIDieInPoliceCustody offering, “We are all gifted, and we are all flawed. I can speak and write well, and I also have depression and let friends and family down all the time. I should not need to be perfect in order to matter. Sandra Bland was not perfect, and she mattered.”   What does healing or resilience, self-care or survival even begin to look like in the face of this state of emergency, as organizer Tia Oso called it when she interrupted the Netroots conference? Some brilliant folks…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 16th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 2 comments

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They Are Everywhere – You Just Need to Know Where to Look… “I’m moving to a new part of the country. How can I find other UU young adults?” “I just learned about Unitarian Universalism and want to check it out. Where can I find peers?” “I want to get more involved. When is the next gathering of UU young adults in my area?” Along with the time honored method of getting a visible flaming chalice tattoo or finding a local congregation, there are two old-but-improved tools from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries that I hope you’ll use to solve these conundrums! First up: the HubMap. Simple concept. It’s an open source…

A Both/And Kind of Love

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 9th 2015 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: Unitarian Universalism is a both/and faith. Both/and can be hard. It’s difficult to feel two emotions at once, to hold two positions at once, to affirm multiple realities at once. But if anyone can do it, I believe that UUs can. Friday June 26th 2015 was surely a both/and day. It was both the day that the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) guaranteed the rights of same-sex couples to have their marriages legally recognized in all fifty states and it was the day of Rev. Clementa Pinckney’s funeral. A day of celebration and of mourning. That day I woke up to a text from my UU…

Everyone Has Worth and Dignity

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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THERESA by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Theresa Soto Intern Minister in Salem, OR Theresa Soto knows the exact year when she became a UU. “In 2005” she easily recalls. Although not her first visit to a UU community, in 2005 she was hooked by a social justice fair that blanketed the fellowship hall. “I dealt with the access issues because I’m a person in a scooter,” she shares. “But I was really interested in the range of social justice issues.” It wasn’t just the social justice fair that caught her attention, both the music and sermon during the service lifted her spirit. “I felt like there was artistic expression in the worship.” Theresa’s parents are…