Our Emerging Faith Could Heal the World

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Covenants Are More than “Cool,” and Fitness Won’t Fix the World – Cherish the old, embrace the new, avoid the fads and heal the world – In April I got to go home for work. I don’t mean home to the house I share with my partner and housemates here in Boston. I mean back to the part of the country I say I’m from, back to the people who raised me and made me Unitarian Universalist (UU).  I went back to my childhood state, Illinois, to attend the MidAmerica Regional Assembly. Like many young adults, I’ve moved a lot. Since I first left home at age 17 I’ve lived in 5 different states and both…

Why I Choose to Serve as a Leader

Written by jnewhall // May 15th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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An Exploration of Faith and Leadership I chose to serve as a leader in Unitarian Universalism (UU) because of the community, and encouragement of spiritual seeking. I consistently find myself in communities filled with Unitarian Universalists. It is in these communities that I feel most welcome and connected. From a Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) civil rights pilgrimage to youth caucus staff and Summer Seminary, I always feel embraced within Unitarian Universalism. Unitarian Universalism stands apart from many other religions as it encourages spiritual seeking and developing faith from many sources. This builds our community of seekers, each constantly revisiting, developing, and evolving our faith. Even though I do not identify as Christian,…

Cultural Respect

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // one comment

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Culture Heritage to Share – Not Appropriate Culture is an expression of identity, and Cultural Appropriation is when a peoples’ identity is changed without their consent. Yet sharing cultural experience is a powerful way to build respectful, inclusive, welcoming community. Now more than ever, we can all benefit from some wisdom and resources on how to share culture in accountable, respectful ways. Not sure what the difference is between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange?   Amandla Stenberg explains, “The line between cultural appropriation and cultural exchange is always going to be blurred. But here’s the thing: Appropriation occurs when a style leads to racist generalizations or stereotypes where it originated, but is deemed as high…

Safe Space and a Way Forward

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 15th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Natural Extension of Unitarian Unversalist Core Values Talkin’ ’bout unconditional love, equality and justice – This is one way Unitarian Universalist congregations engage their community: When two young adults realized that homeless young adults were falling through the cracks Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz determined to open a shelter to help them find a path forward. When they decided to do something about it, First Parish in Cambridge, MA determined to help by hosting the shelter dedicated to homeless young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) during the coldest months of the year. Said Rev. Fred Small, the senior minister at First Parish, “Their proposal was very exciting, because it’s a natural…

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….

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…

“A Holy Consecration”

Written by Bart Frost // March 13th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 3 comments

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 The 50th Anniversary of Bloody Sunday, Part 1 From March 5th through March 8th, I had the opportunity to travel to Birmingham, Alabama to serve as Dean of Youth and a chaplain for young adults at the Unitarian Universalist Living Legacy Project conference “Marching in the Arc of Justice: Revisiting Selma”. This weekend long conference featured an optional Thursday bus tour of Selma, Alabama, keynote speakers like Mark Morrison Reed and Opal Tometi, workshops related to racial justice and intersectionality, worships, and concluded with joining 70,000 people in crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge 50 years after marchers were brutally attacked by police and civilian possees as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery. I…

Daughter, Arab-American, Person of Faith…

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Connections Made and Deepened at Multicultural Leadership School This year, as the struggle for racial justice lives on in our streets and classrooms, in courtrooms and corner stores, UU youth and young adults of color are invited to come together for the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development. MLS is July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center near Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available!     In this guest blog, Multicultural Leadership School alum Ranwa Hammamy reflects on her experience and how MLS has shaped her call to ministry. -Ed A daughter, an Arab-American, a student,…

3 Models for Youth Group Covenanting and Beyond

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 24th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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When I was a budding youth advisor way back in 2008 my religious educator/supervisor instructed me that having the youth group write a covenant was the first step to building inclusive community and tasked me with walking the group through the process of covenant building in one of my first sessions with them. I’m going to admit something embarrassing to you. Even though I’d been Unitarian Universalist since I was 15 and was an obsessively active member of the the youth group, then young adult group and was now serving as a religious education volunteer, I was not able to put into words what a covenant was, and had no idea how to create one. So,…

Welcome Elizabeth Nguyen!

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, UUA // one comment

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5 + 1 = Full Strength YaYA An Introduction, On Hope & Happy New Year! I’m excited to joining you all as the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. I’m also a Unitarian Universalist minister – born and raised in the Midwest and South, a Vietnamese-American, lover of hot pot, college football and justice. I’m so glad to be building on the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings’ powerful work supporting youth and young adults of color at our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). One highlight of that is that the application for Multicultural Leadership School (MLS): A Gathering for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color is (LIVE NOW!) MLS this year is…