Youth Observer 2015-2016 Caleb Leman

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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In His Own Words by Caleb Leman I want to serve this faith because I believe that the elusive goals of happiness and truth are much easier obtained with the support of trust and love through human connection.   Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith offers a unique community that makes profound impacts on how people think and act. Growing up, I went through many different Religious Education curricula and with each class learned more about what I believe. For example, an ongoing discussion in my youth group is on the subjectivity of morality, which continues to push me to keep an open mind and seek to understand why I believe what I believe. The open…

Youth Observer 2015-2016 Olivia Calvi

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 8th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // one comment

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In Her Own Words By Olivia Calvi Growing up Unitarian Universalist, I felt a lot of pressure to figure out what my beliefs were. The adults in my life would always tell me that I could believe anything I wanted to believe. I felt like that message carried a hidden one: I had to believe something and I had to know what I believed. As you can imagine that caused a great inner struggle when I went through Coming of Age. I got through the experience, but I never really gained much from it because I did not feel the need to solidify my beliefs. My credo was a wish-wash of what could be, but…

Youth Advising Competencies Available Now !

Written by jennicadavishockett // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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‘Cause there is good advising, and there is BETTER advising   Ever thought to yourself, “How am I doing with this whole youth ministry thing?” Yes, yes you have. Well, here is a way to get some answers! Read this post about the new Youth Advising Competencies compiled by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and a number of regional groups on the Call and Response Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We know you want to be the best advisor you can, and we are here to help.

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…

Luminary Leaders Ask Peter & Jim Tough Questions

Written by jennicadavishockett // January 29th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // one comment

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On Saturday January 24th, Luminary Leaders from across the United States joined UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUA Moderator Jim Key for a webcast to ask them anything they wanted. Oh did they ask some tough questions! Find out what youth across the nation really want to know about how the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) works. Hear Jim’s answer to “Where do you draw the line between democracy/equity and inefficiency?” and Peter’s answer to “What do you think is most important to tell the world about Unitarian Universalism?” (Spoiler: Jim and Peter agree it’s not about doing things right, but about doing the right things.) You’ll be surprised to find out neither Peter nor Jim had…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

Weekend Challenge #5 – Name and Date, Please!

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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What is the name and birth date of the Unitarian Universalist who lost her life fighting for a cause commemorated on the front-page of the Blue Boat right now? Enter your answer as a comment to this post. We will announce the winner – or winners – and publish your response on Tuesday, January 20.

From Your Heart to Their Ears

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 13th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

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Join US for a Piping Hot Time! Are you a Luminary Leader? Enter for the chance to interview Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Peter Morales and UUA Moderator and Chief Governance Officer Jim Key. Not yet a Luminary Leader? Become one now THEN enter the drawing. Currently Scheduled for January 24, 2015 Want to… Lob ’em a hot potato… Spark a flame for youth ministry… Light their fire for youth leadership… Melt their hearts… Dazzle ’em with your perspicacity… Stew their curiosity… Get ’em to take something off the back-burner… * Then get on the boil and sign up today! * You better believe we’re cookin’ up way more idioms  – add your own below!

Luminary Leaders: Lighting a New Way

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, UUA, youth // no comments

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Are you 14-18 or in your first year out of high school?          Are you dedicated to living your Unitarian Universalist faith?                 Are you a leader in your congregation, community, district or region?                        Or do you want to be?  Now is your time to apply to be a Luminary Leader. Join other youth leaders across the nation in lighting a new way. Visit uua.org/luminary to find out how to join. Apply for Level One and get access to a variety of open opportunities to lead. Apply for Level Two, which includes submitting an Experience Profile…

Your Mad Skills Are Just What We Need

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 8th 2014 // Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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