Text, Talk, Act with Your Youth or Young Adult Group

Posted by jennicadavishockett // May 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

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More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30% of adolescents experience one major episode of depression before reaching adulthood.¹ And while this information is sobering, it is heartening to know that this is also the age at which people are the most receptive to positive influences that can help overcome mental health stress. Here is a way to be one of those positive influences:   During the month of May youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta are taking part in Text, Talk, Act for mental health, AND YOU CAN TOO! “Text, Talk, Act is an innovative effort that uses smart phones as a way…

Watch the Youth Observer Candidate Statements

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 24th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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We asked each of your candidates to tape themselves talking about why they want to serve as Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. Watch and listen to what they said, and vote! Read about each of the Youth Observer candidates here.   Click for Youth Observer Voting Process and ballots. Ballots must be received by April 4, 2016. Watch the videos here: One Year Term Candidates Andrea Briscoe                                                                Izzy Springs                         Two Year Term Candidates Bailey Saddlemire                                                         Megan Schulz

Youth Observer Candidates

Posted by Bart Frost // March 22nd 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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One or Two Year Terms: Four Candidates to Meet Friends, it is that time of the year again! It’s time to elect the next Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. , Olivia and Caleb describe their role as the current Youth Observers in this statement:  “This position helps us share that light with the adults of our faith and establish our collective voice as youth leaders, thus creating a strong multi-generational community.” For the first time ever we have contested elections and candidates for the two year position. Before getting to meet the candidates, here is the job description for the position: The Youth Observers bring a youth voice to the…

Movie Night: Autism in Love

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 11th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Broad Spectrum Welcoming I recently attended the Peek Award movie screening at the Utah Film Center. The Peek Award, named after Kim Peek, the inspiration for the 1988 movie Rain Man, honors artists and film subjects who positively impact society’s perception of people with disabilities. Bookmark the link for The Real Rain Man because Peek truly was an incredible man and this short documentary is a must see. The Peek Award winners that night were the producers of the film Autism in Love. Autism in Love is a documentary that follows 4 people (an unmarried couple, a young single man and an older married man) who are all on the autism spectrum as they discuss…

4 Year Leadership Track for Youth

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 9th 2016 // Contact Us, Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Ever think to yourself, “ACK! There are too many awesome Unitarian Universalist youth opportunities out there, how am I ever going to do them all!?” Sometimes it feels like a high stake game of checkers where you just can’t figure out the strategy. Luckily, programs are offered year after year so you don’t have to do everything by your next birthday. Freshman, use can this infographic to map out your four year plan. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, use can this same infographic to track your progress along your leadership journey. (See the year-by-year breakouts below.) If it still feels overwhelming, do not hesitate to reach out to us in the Office of Youth and Young…

Be A Youth Delegate at General Assembly

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 2nd 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Youth Caucus showed leadership at General Assembly by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Isabelle McCurdy explains the difference you will make… Isabelle McCurdy, Senior Business Manager for the General Assembly 2016 Youth Caucus, was one of the driving forces behind the successful 2015 Youth Caucus Action of Immediate Witness, “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” (Learn here how they did it.) Read what she has to say about how important being a Youth Delegate to General Assembly is:   “Being a youth delegate is one of the most prestigious jobs at GA. Adults are expected to go, to vote, and to debate business; and when youth do these things, the value of their actions increase tenfold. When youth use their voice and share their ideas, it sends a…

Challenged to Explore New Horizons By Religious Pros

Posted by Bart Frost // January 20th 2016 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Dear UU Religious Professionals: My name is Alex Jensen and I was a Summer Seminary attendee the first year it was offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2013. Having graduated, I have had the privilege of watching Summer Seminary develop and flourish into an absolutely amazing program. This is highly in part due to the amazing religious professionals that encourage and guide our youth towards our collective ministry in Unitarian Universalism (UU). When I was first considering a call to ministry, I received an informational email from my congregation’s Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sally Ahnger, about the Summer Seminary program opening up for the first…

APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 1!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 19th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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THRIVE HERE Save the dates!  Thrive Youth West is July 9-13, 2016 at First Unitarian Society of Denver and Thrive Youth East is July 27-31, 2016 at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland! “Being able to bond with other people of color within the UU faith was honestly something that brought joy and hope to my heart, and makes me feel much more connected in my faith.” — Rhea, alum ’15 “I am grateful for you and the UUA for giving him the space to openly discuss and gain insight with other UUs of color. I think this experience has changed his perspective on whether he fits in this faith.  He is now ‘one of many’ instead of being…

Religious Professionals Made a Difference

Posted by Bart Frost // January 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Hello Friends, My name is Kirbey Geissler and I’m writing to tell you about my experience with Unitarian Universalism (UU), specifically Summer Seminary. Summer Seminary is a week-long introduction to what being a religious professional could look like for a group of 15-20 youth. Though the focus is on ministry, the youth are also exposed to other religious professional opportunities, such as religious education, music, and more. I attended Summer Seminary this past summer of 2015. A year or so prior, I had been contacted by Rev. Tandi Rogers, a minister and religious professional from my district, who told me she saw something in me and thought I should apply. I didn’t meet the deadline…

Building a Just Future with Spirit, Book by Book

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 4th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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The Revolution Will Not be Televised? Make it Happen by Reading – TOGETHER Skinner House Books and Beacon Press announce Justice and Spirit: The Unitarian Universalist Book Club on Goodreads. If you are interested in spirituality, religion, and social justice, whether Unitarian Universalist or not, join the discussion on books that seek to answer one (or all) of the following essential questions. How do we, as individuals and communities: search for truth and meaning? strive for justice and action? navigate our spiritual journeys? live out our values? Every month, the Justice and Spirit book club will host discussion about a new book that explore the themes of justice, spiritual search, identity and social change with…