Meet the Youth Caucus 2016 Super Staff!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 8th 2016 // Future of Faith, General Assembly 2016 // no comments

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Youth Caucus Staff : bringing covenant wherever they go General Assembly (GA) 2016 is bound to be a phenomenal experience thanks in part to the 2016 Youth Caucus staff who promise you interfaith exploration, lots of singing, fun and games, ways to tap into important social justice movements and the insider scoop on the business of the Unitarian Universalist Association.   Andrea Briscoe, Senior Dean Andrea is a Junior who lives in the area of Philadelphia, PA. She attends Main Line Unitarian Church in the Joseph Priestley District of Central East Regional Group (CERG). She loves cooking/baking, learning about different cultures and languages, and enjoys reading anything and everything non-fiction. She has served as leadership…

Kick-Off a Great 2016 With the Best of Blue Boat 2015!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 2nd 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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ALL MY BEST TO YOU AND YOURS In case you missed some – or all – of our recent social media blast campaign #BBTOP10of15 of the 10 most read stories of 2105 on The Blue Boat, we’ve compiled the list here: 10. Adulthood – Spiritually Guided Less than a year ago when we announced that Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood, edited by Kayla Parker, was available for free thanks to generous donors, we were out-of-stock in less than a month! But don’t worry – this meditation and reflection manual, crafted with Unitarian Universalist young adults in mind is available – has been republished, and can be purchased at the UUA Bookstore. 9. Hanging…

Applications Open for Youth Caucus 2016 Staff

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 13th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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The deadline to apply for General Assembly 2016 Youth Caucus Staff is fast approaching. Take it from Senoir Dean Andrea Briscoe. It’s worth it! Applications due 12/1/15!   (Read what Andrea Briscoe has to say about being on Youth Caucus Staff below this video.) ANDREA SAYS: The day that I got the call saying that I was selected to serve on Youth Caucus staff was the day that my life changed forever. I never thought that I was qualified enough to be on youth caucus staff, but because I clicked that submit button I have been able to change my life and others’ through serving as Youth Caucus Dean. I wholeheartedly believe that Youth Caucus staff is…

Announcing Youth Caucus 2016 Deans

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

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At the time this post was published, there were a mere 270 days before thousands of Unitarian Universalists would gather from around the nation to learn, worship and do business together at General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH. This year’s Sr. Dean, Andrea Briscoe, and Jr. Dean Eric Broner will be spending each of those days joyously laboring over creating the best Youth Caucus experience yet. Please give them a hearty welcome! Bio: My name is Andrea Briscoe and I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m 16 and currently a junior in high school.  UU profile: I’m a member of Main Line Unitarian Church where I served on the Board of Trustees as the youth…

Join the YA@GA 2016 Team Today

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA, young adults // no comments

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Worship and GA Talks Coordinators Needed! APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2015 (CLICK HERE) Ayla Halberstadt and Cameron Young, YA@GA 2016 Co-facilitators have a cool pitch for you… I am Ayla Halberstadt, a co-facilitator for YA@GA 2016! I am the director of religious exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon and live in Bend, OR! In my spare time during the fall you can find me knitting, yelling at the TV while I watch college football, and surrounding myself with pumpkin scented things. I am so excited for General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, Ohio! Being apart of the YA@GA team is fulfilling and fun. You work alongside amazing young adults from…

GA 2015 Youth Caucus: “WE Are the Revolution”

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, GA, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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TODAY   Youth Caucus attendees Collen Lee & Phoebe Mussman share this reflection of  their experience attending General Assembly 2015. – Ed.   By: Colleen Lee & Phoebe Mussman       Today. Today, 5,000 hearts beat faster. Hues of blue, green, and every shade of the rainbow proudly glow. Today, we are encompassed by the colorful and comforting aura that the world is better than it was yesterday. Today, on June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in this nation. In an auditorium packed with overjoyed Unitarian Universalists of all ages, the celebration and contagious energy assures us this is one of the best days we’ve experienced. This…

Service and Community

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 28th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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KATHY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki   Kathy Glatz First Unitarian Society of Denver “After being raised Catholic and having 30 something years of agnosticism, I was in a life-threatening car accident. And, I pondered, ‘why did I live?’ In my pondering my dear friend Jan Owen said, ‘Well, come to church with me.’ She was with First Unitarian at the time and it, uh, just felt right.” And so, in 1999 Kathy went to church. On #LivingUU Kathy Glatz is covered in buttons. From “End Israeli Apartheid” to “Migration is Natural” to an image of the word “Racism” underneath a big red prohibition sign that carves through the letters. Service. Kathy is clear and…

Little Separation Between UU Principles and Life

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 24th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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BRIAN by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki   Rev. Brian Ferguson Minister San Marcos UU Fellowship San Marcos, TX Rev. Brian Ferguson sauntered through GA wearing a pair of very cool shoes. Much to the chagrin of their daughter Isla, Brian and his partner Natalie actually picked up matching pairs of these hand-painted deluxe kicks at Austin’s annual “Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.” Reflecting on their bowling-shoe-like appearance Brian mused: “Why don’t people wear bowling shoes more often? They are just great shoes.” Agreed.   On #Living UU “As a UU minister there seems to be very little separation between my UU principles and my life. But every so often it does fall-out. I always like what Martin…

It’s Just Sort of Inclusion Right Away

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 22nd 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // one comment

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NANCY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Nancy Stevens Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon “I was invited to join the UU Fellowship in Frisco, CO in 1996 and my friend said, ‘This is a church for the non-religious’ and I said, ‘Oh that would be me!’ So I started that in ’96. And I’ve been part of three different fellowships since then.” Nancy Stevens’ heart grows bigger by the second as she shares how her UU communities have impacted her life. “A big thing for me – I get all teary here – um, that the LGBT community is welcome in this fellowship. It’s not very often that we’re accepted. It was so neat to…

Do Cool Stuff: Be a Dean!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA // no comments

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(Co-Dean, that is) Application Deadline is August 5, 2015 These people…   Are listening to these people… General Assembly 2015 Youth Caucus was a HUGE  success, thanks not only to the hundreds of engaged Unitarian Universalist youth who attended, but also because of an inspired team of leaders (meet them here). In addition to rousing worships, great workshops, bonding and a visit from Ware Lecturer Cornel West, the leadership team led the Youth Caucus sponsorship of  and passage in general session of an Action of Immediate Witness: Support Black Lives Matter (see what happened here). Here is how they did it: On  June 25, during their business meeting, the General Assembly Youth Caucus unanimously voted to sponsor…