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…

Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Download, print or share information on Youth Ministry from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Youth Leadership Programs, events and opportunities for youth leadership development, including: – Luminary Leaders – Summer Seminary – Summer Justice Programs – Youth Leadership Schools and Trainings – Youth Caucus Youth in Congregations Resources for congregational youth programs, including: – Ways to do Youth Ministry guide – Youth Group Start-Up guide – Balanced Youth Programming – Youth on Boards and Committees – Social Justice and Service – Be the Change! Youth Anti-Racism Curriculum Identity Based Resources – Youth and Young Adults of Color – LGBTQ Resources for Youth Youth Advisor Support Information for preparing and supporting Youth Advisors,…

Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Ministry for Unitarian Universalists 15 – 35 who identify as a person of color (persons of Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, transracially adopted, bi-racial, multiracial or international). For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Ministries and Faith Development Available Resources Consultations or Webinars with ministers, religious educators, youth advisors and coordinators on the pastoral care needs of youth and young adults of color. Annual Multicultural Leadership School for youth and young adults of color. Educational videos with discussion guides on Gender, Sexuality, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development and Support for Youth Struggling with Addiction. Mosaic Report UU Living Mosaic blog Youth Ministry Working Group Report Download a PDF version of this page….

Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

Written by Annie Gonzalez // May 23rd 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.–Ed. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are a great example of how a small UU campus ministry can make a big difference to an entire community. By holding open drop-in hours on campus, networking with other student organizations and engaging with other campus ministries this group and their fabulous leader, Katie Romano-Griffin are making themselves known to students, administration and faculty alike. The Eagle UUs are a new group, less than a year old, having started in July of…

A Season of Camp

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 16th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Everyone Welcome @ Unirondack – find your tribe and go Unirondack is known for creating a camp experience where people, “live the values that are inherent in Unitarian Universalist principles – acceptance, compassion and decision-making through the democratic process.” The result is that each camp experience is built around the unique community formed by the people who are there. Check out the Unirondack Spring, Summer and Fall Camp Schedule   Information on upcoming camps:   Men’s Gathering, June 6-8 Young Adult Reunion, June 15-18 Summer Youth Camp (several sessions, click to check dates) High Peaks Adventure, July 27- August 2 (Teen trip camp) Family Camp, August 17-23 Members Weekend, October 10-13 (free for Unirondack members)(Become…

UUs in the Military – Conscience in a Hard Place

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Ending War – Honoring the Principled Warrior The relationship of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to the military is complex and as lengthy as the history of the United States. While the UUA and Unitarian Universalism is generally pacifist, UUs have  and do serve in the military. The UUA has supported wars in the past. On  Memorial Day we remember UUs in uniform who perished, and honor UUs present and past for their contribution by bringing UU Principles and Sources to bear in one of the least humane theaters on earth – that of armed conflict, potential or engaged. Learn About the UUA and the Military – Watch this module from…

Power UP with Rev. Monica

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 30th 2014 // Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

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On-Air Thursdays, on-line any-time Power UP with Rev. Monica (Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings) is an internet radio show that informs, inspires and empowers the lives of listeners with music, inspirational readings, interviews and reflections. Power UP can be heard on WGTD HD3 radio every Thursday from 8:00-8:30 PM CST and at 9PM EST/7PM MST/6PM PST. You can you leave comments on this page or on the show’s facebook page. Listen to the Power UP promo Read the Unitarian Universalist Association Living Mosaic blog, by Rev. Monica. Learn about multicultural and multigenerational congregation of Unitarian Universalism, a welcoming faith. Listen to pre-recorded episodes of Power UP. Each episode addresses a different topic: ♦ PowerUP on…

2014 OPUS: Hands to Work, Hearts to Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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SUMMER PLANNING Get ready for the  annual five-day, spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network, this year hosted by the Nuhop Experiential Learning Camp, August 13–17, near Perrysville, OH. For young adults ages 18 – 35 from around Canada and United States (and beyond!)  This year Opus is brought to you by a partnership between CUUYAN and the Ohio-Meadville District. Visit the OPUS 2014 website for detailed information, a video of OPUS 2010 and to register.   Early Bird registration: $245 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by May 11, remainder due July 27th On-time registration: $280 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by June 22, remainder due by July 27th Late registration: $315…

More Americans Say Religion Not Important

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 19th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Fewer Believe in the Supernatural, More in the Rational More Americans describe themselves as “non-religious” or not religiously affiliated than at any other time in history, and recently this trend has picked-up speed. New findings suggest that the problem is not one of faith but relevancy in daily life, with about 45% of respondents to a Gallup poll saying they believe religion is old fashioned and out-of-date. A new poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal revealed that slightly more than 1 in 5 Americans now feel that religion is not very important to them. Of the 20% of Americans who feel this way, the greatest amount identify as white men under the…