Summer Seminary Grad Seeks Answers

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 30th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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For some, Summer Seminary left them with even more questions about their path to ministry. Jennica Davis-Hockett, Leadership Development Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), paired a Summer Seminary graduate with a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School to get some answers.–Ed. Emily Conger grew up in New Jersey in the Metro New York District, and is now in Boulder, Colorado in the Mountain Desert District. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.   Carter Smith is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she is majoring in Religious Studies. This past summer, she was a participant of the…

New On GA Talks @ YouTube

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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Campus Ministry Renaissance  Religious life on campus improves the scholastic performance  and quality of life for students. Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus.         Watch “New Relevancy for Campus Ministry” presented at GA Talks 2014

What’s the Good News in Youth Ministry?

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, youth // 2 comments

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Find out this Wednesday at 7:30, Mountain Time Eric Bliss, Director of Religious Exploration, First Unitarian Society of Denver, presents, “Youth Ministry: A Balanced Approach”, this Wednesday evening. From his announcement, For professionals and volunteers who work with youth, there are many complex issues to tackle.  This webinar will explore the best practices in a balanced approach to Youth Ministry with the aim of giving the participant tools to empower leadership, to explore Unitarian Universalism more deeply, and to nurture the soul of the adviser.  Come hungry, leave happy knowing that you are prepared to partner with your congregation’s youth to go deeper than ever before… Good News in Youth Ministry Youth Ministry:  A Balanced…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

A Best–Seller’s Tips to Successful Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 4th 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Leading Starts with Who You Are – and How You Are John Green is one of the most successful current YA authors out there, whose work resonates deeply with youth. But it turns out that his success isn’t just because of what he writes, but because he shares with his readers who he is. In her post on “How Author John Green Can Transform Your Youth Ministry” from the Faith Formation Learning Exchange blog, Jolene Roehlkepartain explains (with links to videos by John Green and his brother Hank on YouTube) that the passion John Green inspires in his readers isn’t magic, can be replicated and is applicable to creating successful youth ministry. Learn more about…

Survey Says…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 25th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA // no comments

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What? The General Assembly 2014 Youth Feedback Survey is now up. If you were a General Assembly youth attendee, a youth sponsor/parent/advisor/or Director of Religious Education, this is your opportunity – regardless of your participation in Youth Caucus events – to tell us what the survey will say.   Take the survey here

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…

Springtime is Bridge Time!

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, youth // no comments

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Bridge Jumping – Not Off, Across Bridging (transitioning to young adulthood) is an important time in a youth’s life. Do your part to help our transitioning youth make new connections and maintain their faith! Urge them to take part in the Bridge Connections program. AIN’T NO MAGIC ABOUT IT! The Bridge Connections Program makes the connection happen by keeping the connection alive: You help collect their contact info now through our secure online form and we  connect them in the fall with a congregation, campus ministry group, young adult group, or other UU community in their new area.       AND IT AIN’T OUR WAY OR THE HIGHWAY We’re doing it a little differently…

Faith Development Training from FDO

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 20th 2014 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR TODAY The Faith Development Office (FDO) of the Unitarian Universalist Association offers free monthly one-hour webinars for religious professionals and lay leaders who plan, lead, or support programs with a faith development component, especially Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious education (RE) for children, youth, adults, and/or multigenerational groups.     UPCOMING WEBINARS – For more information or to register for a specific date, contact religiouseducation@uua.org. Upon registration you will receive an email with login and call-in information. March: Outside In & Upside Down: Applying the “Flipped” Classroom Concept to Faith Development Tuesday, March 25 at 1 pm Eastern time or, Wednesday, March 26 at 9 pm Eastern time Explore possibilities sparked by the…

Teens and Their Social Media

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 13th 2014 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Connecting, Despite Everything The increasing diversity in family life-style, advent of two-income families, limited public resources, shortened school days and paring instruction down to core subjects crete the impetus to place youth in structured after-school activities. The casualty of this has been “hang-out time”, when youth could interact in less structured environment and connect on their shared experience. New research suggests that young people use social media to make up for the time they no longer get to hang-out, showing that what they want most is the opportunity to connect and share with peers. This presents an opportunity for faith organizations providing a balance of strucutre and free-time in an environment conducive to growth and…