Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2017 // Guides and Tools // no comments

The Many Faiths within Unitarian Universalism The latest addition to the Skinner House Books (SHB) series exploring the many faith traditions that also find a home in Unitarian Universalism (UU) has just been published. “Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism” explores Religious Humanism – which is founded upon the belief that human beings are of great worth and dignity (echoing the Unitarian Universalist 1st Principle), and in the importance of coming together in community to share feelings and emotions (much like the Unitarian Universalist 3rd Principle). These similarities are no surprise, as Religious Humanism has deep roots in Unitarian Universalism, and became a significant part of the Unitarian faith in the 1920’s. Whether you are a…

Using Your Universal Translator

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 8th 2017 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

A Sermon by Kadyn Frawley Watch this terrific pastoral message from Summer Seminary graduate Kayden Frawley, preached to her congregation on January 29, 2017.   Using Your Universal Translator – Transcript Good morning! I’m going to ask you all some questions. You don’t need to raise your hand when you agree, just think the answer to yourself. Question 1. How many of you have either that one relative or group of relatives who ALWAYS like to bring up religion at times where you feel it’s completely inappropriate? PAUSE Question 2. When getting ready to visit with this particular person or group of people, do you have to mentally prepare in advance what you are going…

“With No Force At All”

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 17th 2017 // Stories and Voices // no comments

A Unitarian Universalist Welcome by Leslie Mills After I graduated college, with my family of origin in turmoil, I moved to a place where I knew no one outside of the job I was working. As I young person who didn’t know myself well yet, I had some messy relationships, with no healthy models to hold up as a mirror. I was drifting, and in a lot of pain. In desperation, I recalled my Unitarian Universalist upbringing, and thought I’d take a risk and try out the UU congregation in my new town. I attended a Music Sunday, and was so moved I found myself weeping. I signed the visitors book as a gesture of…

Youth Ministry Training Series Starts September 2016!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 30th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // 6 comments

Have you ever asked a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff person for an advisor training and been told some form of, “We don’t do advisor training anymore,” or, “There’s one weekend training on the other side of your region a couple of months from now”, and wondered to yourself, “How am I ever going to get the skills I need to work with youth?”, or, “How am I ever going to get my volunteers trained?!” OR Is your youth ministry set up in a way that doesn’t revolve around a youth group? Perhaps you have a vital Coming of Age program, your high school aged youth are plugged in to teaching religious education classes and…

Stretching Resources for Campus Ministry

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 10th 2016 // Future of Faith, On Campus, young adults // no comments

Smart Strategy + Limited Resources = Vibrant Campus Ministry by Carlene Gardner Three years ago, the Unitarian Church of Montreal (UCM) hired me as the Campus Ministry Coordinator on a contract of just 3 hours a week, from September to May. The purpose was to set up a group for Montreal students to connect with each other, the UCM and the Unitarian movement at large. Targeting ‘students’ was an ambitious goal, given that Montreal has four major universities and 14 junior colleges, totaling nearly a quarter million post-secondary students. This puts Montreal on the map as having one of the largest student populations in the world, and the highest proportion of any city in North…

How Unitarian Universalist Faith Forms Part 1/2

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 19th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

Bonds Between People of Faith   Blue Boat brings you this article by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Minister, Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Alexandria, VA in two parts. Part one focuses on Dr. Walker’s reflection on how faith formation in Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults is differs from other faiths . Part two includes Dr. Walker’s research findings and observations. – ed     By Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker This is a summary on the research conducted during my Doctor of Ministry degree with a thesis on The Faith Formation of Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults. ~ May and June bring graduations and the mark of transitions for youth and young adults. At…

How Unitarian Universalist Faith Forms Part 2/2

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 19th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

Bonds Between People of Faith   Blue Boat brings you this article by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Minister, Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Alexandria, VA in 2 parts. Part one focuses on Dr. Walker’s reflection on faith formation in youth and young adults. Part two includes Dr. Walker’s research findings and observations. – ed By Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker (Read Part One here.) PART TWO Things that I found in my research with our youth and young adults: *Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adults have a more positive worldview than UU youth, and both groups are more positive than the norm found in U.S. young adults, who show prominent themes of chaos and corruption in…

The Secret to What Young Adults Want

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

Julie Brock wrote this newsletter column for First Unitarian Society of Madison and shared it with us given how relevant it is to young adult ministry everywhere.  Thanks Julie! by Julie Brock Having young people in church is pretty great. Youth bring new energy, fresh perspective, and remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves, that will be here when we aren’t anymore. I know a lot of young people who want to explore spirituality in community, and find the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition to be grounding and resonant to their own worldview. Yet it remains true that it is difficult to give young people what they…

Small But Mighty: UU Campus Ministry

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 8th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, On Campus // no comments

“Small but mighty” is a phrase I enjoy. Possibly because I am a petite woman of short stature, yet I like to think I’m relatively powerful. But more than that it’s because that’s how I see our faith. Unitarian Universalism (UU) is a tiny religion and a young one too, though our roots go back centuries and indeed millennia. Yet we are powerful, making big impacts in our communities with our yellow shirts and our comprehensive sexuality education, our inclusive communities and our radical love. Small but mighty also describes our Unitarian Universalist campus ministries. We are small. Like, super small. In the fall of 2015 we did our second campus ministry census and we…

Adolescent Brain Development and Faith Formation

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 24th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

Mind = Blown Editorial Comment: Impacting the mental health and development of our teenagers is an incredibly complex topic and this article by no means covers all bases. This article does not address mental health disorders and focuses on the development of a neurotypical adolescent. The author is eager to partner with others in learning more about this complex topic. –ed. All you adults in youth ministry out there: ever wonder if your guidance is actually “sinking in” to your teens’ brains? Well, it literally is. New studies in adolescent brain development reveal the incredible plasticity of the teenage brain and persuasively point out that adolescence is a critical “use it or lose it” time…