The Only Way Out is Through

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Our Self-Wrought Epic Disaster “Would you stop yelling about how we’re all screwed?” my supervisor politely asked. Oh. Right. Not exactly the type of thing to yell when you work in an open office like I do at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Especially when perhaps you are using slightly less polite language than “screwed.” We were talking about climate change, of course in light of the new UU-led coalition effort Commit2Respond. And we are screwed. However you express it, we humans are really in trouble. Other life forms on this planet are really in trouble. And as I feel the first flutters of movement from the tiny human-in-progress I’m harboring in my uterus, I wonder…

Our Sankofa Moment

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

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Unitarian Universalism Calls On Your Continuing Presence We share this letter about Selma and Unitarian Universalism as a voice for justice on Standing on the Side of Love. – Ed. Today, our nation again stands on the precipice of a significant movement for racial equity that calls to Unitarian Universalists to respond as people of faith anchored in the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We – five women of color who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith through the Unitarian Universalist Association – write this letter to express our hopes for the participation of Unitarian Universalists with regard to a Sankofa moment presented to us by the 50th anniversary commemoration of…

Can We Really Reclaim Martin Luther King?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 23rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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What is “Unwise and Untimely”? The activists of #blacklivesmatter asked us this year to #ReclaimMLK (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) as we celebrated his life and legacy the Monday after his birthday. When I was six years old I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade and of course I was out there with fellow Unitarian Universalists from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, where my family first made our spiritual home. I don’t remember that march nor what I believed I was marching for, but I’m sure it was informed by my church and my family and our general commitment to equality. I vaguely recall learning about Martin Luther King in elementary…

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Adulthood – Spiritually Guided

Written by Kayla Parker // January 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 3 comments

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Still – and Always – Becoming by Kayla Parker Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood was created to be a consistent companion for us in the times when we need spiritual accompaniment. Whether in solitary reflection or group worship, this little book is here to be companion, guide and hard surface to lean or dance on. Becoming was created with the constant transition of young adults in mind – and the awareness that change is a constant for adults of all ages. I compiled the readings and reflections as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adult myself, and it includes words from UUs and non-UUs of the past and present, including personal reflections from other…

Run the Race, Keep the Faith

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 17th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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In early November 2014 the UU World magazine published a reflection by Peter Morales, the President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in which Morales said that the work of bringing justice to our world is a marathon, not a sprint. He is right. I was at the Millions March NYC on Saturday, along with tens of thousands of others. The march was permitted, making it legal, and it took place mostly during the daytime, which made the event more friendly to families with children and to anyone who cannot risk arrest due to immigration status or prior arrests.  It was organized by two young black women, Synead Nichols and Umaara Elliott, and it was huge. How huge?  Just…

Wait Like the World is About to Turn

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 4th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 3 comments

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For those of us who follow the Christian tradition, now is the season of Advent, a time of waiting.  And whether we are Christian or not, I believe that Unitarian Universalists and progressives of any or no faith have something to learn from this Christian season of Advent this year. Because we are waiting. Oh how we long for a day when no more unarmed black boys or men are killed by police. Oh how we long for a day when the police who do kill unarmed black men and boys are held accountable for their actions. Oh how we long for a day when every single American would rise up and say “enough is enough; we must end…

Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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Because That is What We Do Members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to Houston, Texas protesting – as quoted  on the KHOU-TV website,“‘This Mayor Annise Parker, whatever her name is, is an out of the closet lesbian. She is a spectacle and she has attention all over the country. So we are gonna say our part, said Marc Hill of Westboro.” KHOU reported the Westboro protesters were met by members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, who answered Westboro’s message of hate in force, reporting, “‘We are singing in the light of love!’ sang another group about twice the size of the Westboro group. A Progressive Voice in the Public Square And when…

Summer Seminary’s Emergent Properties

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 21st 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Some of the programming at Summer Seminary 2014 was structured, like our time spent at Meadville Lombard Theological School learning about discerning the call, theology, faith formation, UU history and preaching. Some of the programming was designed for open dialogue, so students could pick the brains of music directors, ministers, religious educators and UUA staff members. And some of the time was left open, so that what needed to emerge in the moment, could. Here’s Steven’s account of how the students decided to take it deeper. -Ed.   The knowledge of Summer Seminary’s impact on the incredible youth and young adults should be wide spread and thought of deeply within our communities at home. While writing…

Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // one comment

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Summer Seminary Graduate Sofia Avery-Kapulski is so cool she lives in a yurt with a wood-burning stove. She’s decorated the walls with a painting of the cosmos. She’s an excellent writer and performer. In an interview with her, we discussed how she makes meaning in her life.–Ed.   JD-H: What do you remember about the first moment you thought about going into the ministry? SA-K: It was right after my first QUUest camp, I was having an existential meltdown. I thought, “How am I supposed to do something meaningful with my skills and passions? All I do is write, make music and stew about everything.” I’d been thinking that my preferred past times doomed me to…