Support YaYA Faithify Projects

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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An Innovative Way to Support Effective Ministry Faithify.org – a crowd funding website for Unitarian Universalist ministries launched at General Assembly 2014 in Providence, RI. To date the 24 projects launched for funding have raised more than $43,000 in pledges. Each project has between 15–60 days to reach its goal, after which it goes off the site. Crowd funding works – as an example the The (Next) Lucy Stone Cooperative rapidly achieved 107% of its funding goal from 58 funders, and with 34 days left to go on Faithify has now set a new goal of 100 funders for their project (pledges of as little as $5 can be accepted). The Follow–Share–Fund feature on Faithify…

Host a Scaffold Series Conference

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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Young Adults Building Faith from the Ground up This fall Faith Architects kicks off with three to six regional leadership conferences called the Scaffold Series. We are currently seeking congregations or organizations to host these conferences. Some conferences may be hosted in spring of 2015. The Scaffold Series invites young adults to examine their Unitarian Universalist identities and to think about why they’ve chosen this religion, what Unitarian Universalism gives them, and what they can commit to giving back. Conference attendees will be trained in multi-generational worship, community building and justice organization, with an emphasis on bringing what they learn at Scaffold Series back to congregations and organizations in the wider denomination.   Won’t it…

Love Reaches Out Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 16th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Current Theme, Ageless Idea Faith experience in America is changing, and the theme of General Assembly 2014 (GA), “Love Reaches Out”, responds to current studies of faith in America showing a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives, and for many that includes intentionally dismantling barriers of disenfranchisement or embracing the excluded. Love Reaches Out recognizes the activist potential of religious belief. At GA Love Reaches Out will invigorate the beliefs of Unitarian Universalist faith as vehicle spiritual fulfillment and social justice. The history of Unitarian Universalism as a force for good,…

Take the Lead at Future General Assemblies

Written by Jeremie Bateman // June 5th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA, youth // no comments

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GA 2014 may still be a few weeks away, but we’re already on the lookout for the next Youth Caucus Dean for GA 2015 and 2016! Serving as Youth Caucus Dean is a wonderful opportunity to build and strengthen your leadership skills, meet new people, create awesome youth community, and serve your faith. This two-year position is all-expenses paid, meaning that it doesn’t cost you anything to attend meetings and events: we cover registration, flight, housing, food, supplies, etc.     Youth Caucus Deans are the leaders of the volunteer Youth Caucus Staff. They choose and coordinate programming, select additional staff, facilitate meetings, collaborate with adult leaders across the Association and make Youth Caucus the…

Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Download, print or share information on Youth Ministry from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Youth Leadership Programs, events and opportunities for youth leadership development, including: – Luminary Leaders – Summer Seminary – Summer Justice Programs – Youth Leadership Schools and Trainings – Youth Caucus Youth in Congregations Resources for congregational youth programs, including: – Ways to do Youth Ministry guide – Youth Group Start-Up guide – Balanced Youth Programming – Youth on Boards and Committees – Social Justice and Service – Be the Change! Youth Anti-Racism Curriculum Identity Based Resources – Youth and Young Adults of Color – LGBTQ Resources for Youth Youth Advisor Support Information for preparing and supporting Youth Advisors,…

Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Ministry for Unitarian Universalists 15 – 35 who identify as a person of color (persons of Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, transracially adopted, bi-racial, multiracial or international). For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Ministries and Faith Development Available Resources Consultations or Webinars with ministers, religious educators, youth advisors and coordinators on the pastoral care needs of youth and young adults of color. Annual Multicultural Leadership School for youth and young adults of color. Educational videos with discussion guides on Gender, Sexuality, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development and Support for Youth Struggling with Addiction. Mosaic Report UU Living Mosaic blog Youth Ministry Working Group Report Download a PDF version of this page….

A Season of Camp

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 16th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Everyone Welcome @ Unirondack – find your tribe and go Unirondack is known for creating a camp experience where people, “live the values that are inherent in Unitarian Universalist principles – acceptance, compassion and decision-making through the democratic process.” The result is that each camp experience is built around the unique community formed by the people who are there. Check out the Unirondack Spring, Summer and Fall Camp Schedule   Information on upcoming camps:   Men’s Gathering, June 6-8 Young Adult Reunion, June 15-18 Summer Youth Camp (several sessions, click to check dates) High Peaks Adventure, July 27- August 2 (Teen trip camp) Family Camp, August 17-23 Members Weekend, October 10-13 (free for Unirondack members)(Become…

Wanted: Summer Seminary Student Advisor

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, UUA, young adults // no comments

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Serve as an Advisor to Youth Considering Unitarian Universalist Ministry The second Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary will be held July 30 – August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The UUA seeks a current or recent seminary student to provide logistical, ministerial and other support.   Applications are due by May 27, 2014.         Role: Assist with logistics, supervision and planning of the Summer Seminary 2014 program (July 30-Aug 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL) for Unitarian Universalist youth who are considering becoming religious professionals (uua.org/summerseminary). Plan and lead worship services during the program, assist with other program elements as required. Expectations: Join planning calls and communications for May-July. Remain onsite for…

Visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan – Not on Your Dime

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, young adults // no comments

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Go When You Want, But APPLY by May 15. Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship for UU Seminarians at Non-UU Theological Schools The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international and interfaith engagement. Scholarship recipients will be provided with expenses for travel to the Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS) in Suzuka, Japan, as well as room and board at the shrine for two to three weeks. The timing of visits is flexible, but tends to be in the Summer or Fall. Starr King School for the Ministry and Meadville/Lombard Theological School have similar programs for their students with TGS. TGS is…

India Recognizes Rights of Transgendered

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Equal in India The Supreme Court of India handed down its decision mandating a third gender category and full legal and civil-rights for the transgendered population of India on April 15, 2014. Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association supports equality and fairness for all people. Read the Human Rights Campaign Assessment of the UUA on LGBTQ rights.     Read about it: Supreme Court recognizes transgenders as ‘third gender’ on The Times of India. In India, Landmark Ruling Recognizes Transgender Citizens on National Public Radio. India’s Top Court Recognizes Third Gender Category on Huffington Post. Learn about LGBT rights in India on Wikipedia.