Join the YA@GA 2016 Team Today

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

Jonathan Rogers passes the bandana to Ayla Halberstadt at General Assembly 2015.

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…

Youth Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // one comment


UU–UNO Interns  Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton report from the United Nations International Youth Day, where the theme was Youth Civic Engagement. Learn more about leadership opportunities at the competitive UU–UNO office By Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton (re-posted from the blog of the UUA International Office) On Wednesday, August 12th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) interns participated in the United Nations’ International Youth Day. The theme of this year’s event was Youth Civic Engagement, where youth engagement vis a vis the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was both championed and celebrated. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began the opening session with a call to action for youth worldwide. Referring to the current 15- to 24-year-old demographic as the “SDG generation,” he implored youth…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Written by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments


Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

Do Cool Stuff: Be a Dean!

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


(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…

Youth Ministry Project Grants

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments


We Want to Give Your Great Idea a Kickstart! Are you a youth starting a service project to serve your congregation or community? Do you have an innovative idea for youth ministry? Are you starting a new program or project that will be useful to share with other congregations and youth groups? Do you have a way to incorporate the UUA’s Common Read into a project for your youth group? You should apply for a Youth Ministry Project Grant! Youth Ministry Project Grants support local projects that offer Unitarian Universalist high-school aged youth opportunities to grow in faith, deepen in spirit, and engage in service and justice work. Projects should support a vision of multigenerational…

Lead the Largest Gathering of UU Youth in the Nation

Written by jennicadavishockett // June 1st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments


Apply to be the Jr. Dean of Youth Caucus Staff. An opportunity like this only comes along…well, once a year. But you have to be in high school for both years of the two year term to take advantage of it so it’s really only 3 times in a lifetime! If you are selected, you will co-plan and attend General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH (June 22-26) and General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans, LA (June 21-25) and your expenses will be paid. Deans bring alive the purpose of Youth Caucus, which is: to serve youth who want to become more involved in Unitarian Universalism and grow as Unitarian Universalists, including youth who want to be involved…

Want to Make Some Justice This Summer?

Written by Bart Frost // May 26th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments


Here is a Chance to Do It! A message from Garner Takahashi Morris of the UU Justice Ministry of California: Hi Friends, The Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry of California‘s Walking the Walk Leadership Retreat is Saturday, August 8 to Wednesday, August 12, 2015 at beautiful Camp DeBenneville Pines in Southern California.   YOU CAN ATTEND FOR FREE! We are looking for several people who are interested in facilitating justice-centered programming for children and youth over the course of the week.  Your room and board will be covered; this is not a paid position. GOT A GOOD IDEA FOR PROGRAMMING? WE WANT TO HEAR IT! We are also looking for resources for justice-centered programming for kids…

Celebrate Mamas Day 2015

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 8th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments


For all the mamas, everywhere. #MamasDay All mamas deserve to be seen, respected, celebrated & loved, and  here is a terrific, innovative way to show you agree! has created 45 different images of families and their mamas, representing the variety of people who make up diverse families. For Mother’s Day local drugstores fill their shelves with a wide variety of cookie cutter greeting cards that don’t represent the diverse reality of families. They focus on one image of mothers, excluding mamas based on their sexual orientation, race, class, immigration status and more. It’s not only frustrating and isolating to feel like your family is not recognized or respected – it is inaccurate! Family structures…

Grab the Tsubaki Scholarship 2015 Now!

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments


A Rare Opportunity for a Unique Theological Experience Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international or interfaith engagement are invited to apply by May 15, 2015 for an incredible opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks at Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS), one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Each year one recipient receives a scholarship covering travel, room and boarding expenses for a summer/fall stay at the shrine. The long-standing relationship between Unitarian Universalism and TGS has its roots within the International Association for Religious Freedom. Add you name to those of Ranwa Hammamy: 2014 Recipient, Sarah E. Gillespie: 2013 Recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen: 2012 Recipient, Christian Schmidt: 2011 Recipient –Unitarian…

GROW Your Climate Justice Activist Skills

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments


Train to Change the Climate on Climate Justice! GROW Climate Justice, from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice, trains young adult activists to do the work of climate justice for the long haul. Learn skills, gain practices, spiritual grounding and build relationships that will change the climate on climate justice! GROW Climate Justice in Chicago, IL.  August 7-11. The workshop — which has been subsidized by many generous donors — costs $200/person. Travel grants are available from the UUCSJ.