New On GA Talks @ YouTube

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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Campus Ministry Renaissance  Religious life on campus improves the scholastic performance  and quality of life for students. Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus.         Watch “New Relevancy for Campus Ministry” presented at GA Talks 2014

It’s Time to Apply for YA@GA 2015 Staff!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 8th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA // no comments

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Let your light shine on YA@GA staff in Portland Is General Assembly starting to feel like Hogwarts, that magical place you miss so much you can’t even remember for sure if it’s real? Well don’t worry, it’s happening again next year! Trust us, we are your YA@GA co-facilitators, and we’re (Religious Education) professionals. We are Jonathan Rogers and Ayla Halberstadt, and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about ourselves, and about the fully-funded volunteer staff positions that we will be hiring for; we’d love to have you on our team! In case you missed last year’s General Assembly in Providence, we’ll catch you up: formerly known as Young Adult Caucus,…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

Show ‘Em How to Build a New Way

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 23rd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA, Guides and Tools, UUA // 3 comments

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Your Program Proposal for General Assembly (GA) Eagerly Awaited GA 2014 saw compelling programming that wasn’t just oriented to youth and young adults – it was programmed by them. And while youth are required to attend Youth Caucus, they can submit programming proposals directed toward all GA attendees outside of Youth Caucus. Youth and young adults point the way to the future of Unitarian Universalism – what better place than the next General Assembly to show us the future? Proposal Deadline: November 3, 2014 From the General Assembly Planning Office: Propose a program for the 2015 General Assembly: “Building a New Way”! We are looking for faith entrepreneurs, both those working within a congregation and…

General Assembly, Here We Come!

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA // one comment

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by nearly 5,000 like hearted people, exploring Unitarian Universalist values in an amazing new city? OR, have you been dreaming of making your way back to such a UUtopia after attending General Assembly in the past?   Consider Andrea and Olivia as your guides on just such an adventure. They are the Youth Caucus Deans for General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon.     Junior Youth Caucus Dean – Andrea Briscoe Stats: I’m 15 and a Sophomore. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I go to Main Line Unitarian Church. UU Background: I’m a lifelong UU. I enjoy planning and attending my Youth Group’s shenanigans. I…

Young Adult at General Assembly 2014 Survey

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA, YA @ GA 2014, young adults // no comments

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It’s Serious Business  Click to take the 2014 survey about young adult participation in General Assembly and YA@GA (Young Adults at General Assembly). We welcome responses from all young adults in attendance at GA 2014, regardless of their participation in YA@GA events, as well as those of any age who attended YA@GA events. Take the Survey Here      

Survey Says…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 25th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA // no comments

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What? The General Assembly 2014 Youth Feedback Survey is now up. If you were a General Assembly youth attendee, a youth sponsor/parent/advisor/or Director of Religious Education, this is your opportunity – regardless of your participation in Youth Caucus events – to tell us what the survey will say.   Take the survey here

Youthful Leader

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 9th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Learn about Robert Jensen, graduate of the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary Class of 2013, from the selected excerpts of this profile piece by Aliyah Mohammed of the Fremont Bulletin  from the Mercury News. – Ed. Unitarian Universalist Present and Future “Washington High graduate hopes to combine passion for social justice and faith” The word “passionate” encapsulates recent Washington High School graduate Robert Jensen in a nutshell. When he speaks about his faith, about social work and the good he hopes to do in the world, his energized words come at such fast speeds that it seems like he is speaking in energized bursts… In his freshman year, Jensen, 18, got involved with the Gay Straight…

Youth Advisor

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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Youth Advisors and other adults supporting youth are vital to outstanding youth ministry.   Youth Advisors on uua.org. Our advisor landing page is a portal to all sorts of webinars, information and resources. We highlight a number of them below. Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide This book is a must-have for DREs, youth advisors and any adult working with youth. It talks about mentorship, safety, the nuts and bolts of groups, and more. Webinars Find the following webinars on this page. Youth Leadership 101 Pastoral Care for Youth and Young Adults Engaged in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Sustainable Youth Ministry New Youth Advisor 101 Ministry with Transracially Adopted Youth Welcoming Children with Special Needs Originally a…

Youth in Congregations

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 23rd 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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Congregational Youth Ministry can take many forms, of which Youth Group is just one choice. The resources below will help you think about your youth programming, as well as how you serve and involve youth throughout the congregation.             Youth in Congregations Youth as Members Can youth be signed, voting members of your congregation? This resource shares why you might want to consider it and addresses commonly asked questions. Multiple Pathways This blog post examines the multiple ways youth can be involved in congregations beyond youth group. Youth on Boards and Committees This blog post shares considerations for including youth on congregational boards and committees.   Multiple Models of Youth…