Youth Ministry Training Webinar 6

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 17th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics If you’ve found yourself here on Blue Boat it’s a fairly safe assumption that at some point in your Unitarian Universalist life, you’ve created a covenant with a youth group or religious education class. Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is a champion of covenant and works with groups all the time to create them. He notes that when we do this essential activity, it might at times feel…how do you say… tedious or awkward. Eric says that covenanting is essential because, “Capital “C” covenant is the basis of our faith.  In other words, rather than doctrine or creed, how we choose to be in relationship with…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 5

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Inclusive Ministry in a Diverse World As Unitarian Universalists (UU) we say that we build inclusive community where you can explore your identity without boxes – that we are multi-racial, Latino/a/x, Asian, Black, Native, and White; rich, middle class, poor; young and old; lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, straight, and anything in between. AND, “we know that in day to day life – including in youth ministry – living that out is really really really hard. We might ask an insensitive question, make an assumption that is hurtful, speak for someone else, use a harmful word – or be on the receiving end of an ouch. The systems of white supremacy, economic inequity, homophobia, ableism, and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 4

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 28th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // 2 comments

Pastoral Care To and With Youth Let’s be frank. The world changed on November 9th, 2016 (the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States). For many of us our day-to-day experiences may not be much different, we still move through the world with varying levels of privilege and marginalization. And yet, for people of all ages, we are changed. Our eyes are open more widely, our hearts are breaking more deeply and our need for community support is more acute. What’s more, reactions to the election are but a small facet of the complexities we navigate, and this includes our Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth. In addition to being keenly aware of how…

VIDEO: Apply to Be on Youth Caucus Staff

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, GA, Guides and Tools // no comments

Last October, Jaidyn Bryant (Jr. Dean), Eric Broner (Sr. Dean), Colleen Lee (Sr. Worship Coordinator) and Hannah Rigdon (Sr. Business Manager) travelled all the way to UUA Headquarters in Boston in service of a single mission: to galvanize the youth of our Unitarian Universalist movement. As the executive staff team of Youth Caucus, they are certainly fit to answer the call. They believe that youth are not just the future, but present leaders in our association and as such, youth should have a voice and presence at our largest Unitarian Universalist Association gathering: General Assembly (New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017). The Youth Caucus executive team wants to create relevant programming centered on racial justice and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 3

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 1st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Kim Sweeney, Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations, works in New England and loves rules. She says “I love rules, structure, routine and clarity.  Maybe it stems from my time spent serving in the military, but I imagine my own comfort with rules and structure existed before that, and enabled me to thrive in that military environment. To some degree, knowing the boundaries and expectations has always been quite comforting to me. “Two summers ago, when I was asked to serve as the lead for Safe Congregations work in New England, I found myself pretty excited. In the most simplistic of views, I thought that safety policies and procedures really just mimicked rules and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 2

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

What does a Healthy Youth/Adult Relationship Actually Look Like? In every training or conversation with adults working with youth, Evin Carvill-Ziemer, Congregational Life Staff in the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is peppered with questions like these:  “I want the youth to lead, but they don’t know what they want to do, so I end up organizing activities by default—how can I change this?” “My youth have great ideas, but their lives are busy and they drop a lot of balls—how can I help without nagging or taking over?” “I’m never sure how much of my life to share with youth—I want to be real, but I’m also the adult—where’s the…

Serve as Youth Chaplain at the United Nations

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 13th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, youth // no comments

Lend Your Faith to Spring Seminar 2017 The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office has extended the application deadline for Youth Chaplains to serve at the 2017 Intergenerational Spring Seminar “Interfaith Action to End Armed Violence”, April 6-8, 2017 in New York City. The chaplain team of two youth and two adults work to ensure a welcoming, inclusive, and inspiring seminar for everyone participating. All travel and lodging expenses are covered by the Unitarian Universalist Association. Learn more and apply at www.uua.org/unspringseminar; download the application as a pdf here. The new application deadline is September 20th, 2016.      

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…

Forge a Just Future with UU Women all Over the World

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 16th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

Discounted Registration Rate for Young Adult Women The International Women’s Convocation affirms each person’s right to identify for themselves who they are and to express themselves in a way that is authentic to them. Members of the International Women’s Convocation include individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or questioning. You are invited to attend the   Third International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women and People of Progressive Faith February 16-19, 2017, at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, USA! The theme of this Convocation is Weaving Global Partnerships…Forging a Just Future Together. The Convocation offers community and connection, information and inspiration, as well as motivation and momentum that lead to…

3 Big Lessons of Leadership

Posted by jennicadavishockett // July 29th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

Apply to Serve as Youth Caucus Co-Dean and See What You Learn ! by Eric Broner, Co-Dean, Youth Caucus 2016-2017 My week in Columbus at General Assembly was full of many things- questions, answers, memories, regrets, and above all, lessons learned. Not only was Columbus my first General Assembly as a Youth Caucus dean, but it was also my first General Assembly – an experience that has had a huge impact on my life. I think I learned a few things about myself, especially as a leader: 1. Accountability is the number one aspect of leadership. Accountability is equivalent to reliability. Others’ ability to trust in my work, in my leadership helps me get things…