Love set Ablaze

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 12th 2016 // 30 Days of Love, Issues and Trends // no comments

  In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Phebe Hawes speaks up about being a light of love in a time of hate. In order to love alike, we need not think alike ~Francis David. This quote got me thinking. I come from a suburban, mostly white, community. For the most part, we look alike. But we certainly do not think alike. And there’s not a whole lot of love either. So I turn to social media. Like many millennials, I spend most of my time online. I, however, spend a majority of that time defending my beliefs to people who don’t agree. I get the feeling…

Illuminating Leaders: Phebe Hawes

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 9th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Luminary Alum Phebe Hawes has big ideas… Phebe Hawes is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU), from the Westminster Unitarian Church (WUC) in East Greenwich, RI. She graduated in the Class of 2015 from North Kingstown High School, and attended Summer Seminary in Boston in 2013. Summer Seminary helped her define her call to ministry, and her involvement in her church, and the greater UU community. Since then, she has participated in a number of functions and served her church in many ways, from babysitting to helping lead worship services, leading youth group and planning cons, and participating in social justice work in the community,  from Black Lives Matter rallies to volunteering at the Sharing Locker,…

Fiercely UU: Universalism and the Disinherited

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // January 28th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Fiercely UU is a new blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. – Ed. The Disinherited  by Joseph Boyd Will is a friend of mine. We met at Rikers Island Correctional Facility in a two acre garden space, a little Eden in the midst of bars, blood, and stinky socks. Will sat in a corner and didn’t talk to anyone, just sat and stared at…

Illuminating Leaders – Alex Jensen

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 19th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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LUMINARY ALUM ALEX JENSEN WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… And he’s well on his way to making that a reality. Alex is a graduate of the first ever Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary in 2013. Summer Seminary was a very important experience for him, as it helped him discern and answer his personal call to the service of others and learn more about what he wanted to do in his future career. He is curious about Military Chaplaincy. Previously, at Future Leader Camp, he explored how his Unitarian Universalist values fit with the military while learning survival and leadership skills. Alex now attends California State University in Monterey Bay, majoring in Human Communication with…

Kick-Off a Great 2016 With the Best of Blue Boat 2015!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 2nd 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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ALL MY BEST TO YOU AND YOURS In case you missed some – or all – of our recent social media blast campaign #BBTOP10of15 of the 10 most read stories of 2105 on The Blue Boat, we’ve compiled the list here: 10. Adulthood – Spiritually Guided Less than a year ago when we announced that Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood, edited by Kayla Parker, was available for free thanks to generous donors, we were out-of-stock in less than a month! But don’t worry – this meditation and reflection manual, crafted with Unitarian Universalist young adults in mind is available – has been republished, and can be purchased at the UUA Bookstore. 9. Hanging…

Too Many Holes

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Thanks to @KennySWiley for bring to our attention this thoughtful collection of reaction to the spate of violence we have witnessed in recent weeks. We encourage you to read, reflect, and respond (either in the comment section of this post, or by submitting your own thoughts or reflections in a post. UU Voices from Black Friday by Nancy Bentley, Jill Forney, Steve Nye, Marianne Sheldon, Deb Donley, Lori Sly, Robin LaBorde, Sheila McElroy, Rev. Dana Lightsey   Within the space of a month this fall, the city of Colorado Springs fell victim to two mass shootings. In the first, four people were killed: a passing bicyclist, two women, and the shooter. In the other incident,…

Illuminating Leaders – Kadyn Frawley

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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LUMINARY LEADER KADYN FRAWLEY GRABS LIFE BY THE CHALICE… And has had many life changing experiences because of it. Kadyn attended Midwest Youth Leadership School in 2014 where she learned that each person expresses ideas differently and that everyone longs to be heard and helped. At a Youth Chaplaincy Training in 2014 she learned skills she can use in her con community and in day-to-day life when assisting others to work through their struggles. Kadyn served on the Worship Planning Team for a con in 2014 at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist where she learned how to apply spirituality and philosophy to a moving service for 200 youth and 50 adults. This year Kadyn attended Activate! New Orleans through…

100 Miles of Wilderness

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 14th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Faith in the Forest by Katie Gelfand Hiking the 100 Mile Wilderness in Maine, one of the last legs of the Appalachian Trail, wound up being the greatest challenge of a long journey. Beginning on the second day of a nine day stretch, it rained for 48 hours, which drew in a cold front and dropped night temperatures to near freezing. The entirety of the forest was flooded or transformed into boot-sucking mud pits. Hypothermia was a regular concern, as our shoes and socks were constantly soaked through and we could not make fire for many days. Other hikers left the trail because of the unfavorable conditions and two had to be evacuated by helicopter….

Summer Seminary Hires Three New Staff Members

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

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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 // 28 comments

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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…