Welcome Elizabeth Nguyen!

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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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…

Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

Tumble Through Lent This Year

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Join the Second Annual Unitarian Universalist Lent Tumblr Join Unitarian Universalists everywhere who observe Lent starting Wednesday, February 18 online at practicinglent.tumblr.com. Learn how it works. From the practinglent tumblr: Something new is preparing to bloom! We will soon be posting the list of words for our 2015 daily practice of spiritual formation in words and images, to coincide with the season of Lent. Stay tuned and join us for the February 18 launch! Discover the 47 words of Unitarian Universalists Practicing Lent 2015.    

Andrea Briscoe Wants You at GA!

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 4th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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Answer the call for Youth Caucus!  Discover why Co-Dean Andrea Briscoe wants YOU at General Assembly in Portland, Oregon: Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Youth Caucus

Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…

Becoming, the E-Book, is Here For All!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 27th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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So what if Becoming is currently out of (paper) stock – Get it online!   As previously noted, we have this really fabulous problem that a wonderful free resource created by Skinner House Books and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is so widely desired that we are  unable to immediately fulfill all the requests for copies. So maybe you are sitting around thinking “Gosh I wish I had a copy of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.  I would be so happy if for a mere 99 cents * I could acquire an Amazon Kindle version with the click of a button!” Well you, my friend (and your friend’s friends, and their…

Why Should Youth See Selma For Free?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, UUA, youth // no comments

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Because Seeing Selma Could Free Us All Movie tickets are downright expensive. But African-American business leaders in New York and nationwide have come together to make tickets to see the film “Selma” free and available to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in New York City and now in other cities around the country! A quick search of #SelmaforStudents on twitter or Facebook reveals the popularity of the effort.   But why fund tickets to see Selma? Selma tells one story and many stories. It’s the story of how black people won the right to vote in southern states. It’s a story about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his doubts, his relationships and his difficult…

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Finding Home

Written by Kenny Wiley // January 12th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Why This Young Adult Won’t Give Up On Religion   Fort Worth. Seattle. Denver. Arlington. Columbia, Missouri. Five of us, young adults from across the South and West, huddled in the Northwoods Unitarian Universalist Church office at one in the morning and strategized for the big Sunday morning service just hours away.   As I looked at each face, all betraying exhaustion, yet each still filled with determination, a simple message permeated the room. We’ve got this.   Oh home, let me come home Home is wherever I’m with you   All weekend our quintet, along with fifty other young adults, had been working to build community at our Winter Gathering—no easy task considering attendees’…

Adulthood – Spiritually Guided

Written by Kayla Parker // January 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 3 comments

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Still – and Always – Becoming by Kayla Parker Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood was created to be a consistent companion for us in the times when we need spiritual accompaniment. Whether in solitary reflection or group worship, this little book is here to be companion, guide and hard surface to lean or dance on. Becoming was created with the constant transition of young adults in mind – and the awareness that change is a constant for adults of all ages. I compiled the readings and reflections as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adult myself, and it includes words from UUs and non-UUs of the past and present, including personal reflections from other…