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…

Find Your Calling in 25 Hours

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 28th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // one comment

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Meadville Lombard Theological School invites you to discover your calling to ministry, March 26–27, 2014. Enjoy 25 hours of exploration:– Connect with current students – Sit in on class sessions – Meet powerhouse Unitarian Universalist faculty in ministry, teaching, academics, and activism Discern your call to ministry within the context of the changing religious landscape of the modern era. Your engagement with a learning community that grows 21st century ministries will enlarge your perspectives, and could change your life path! The 25 hours starts at 2:00pm on Wednesday, March 26 and ends at 3:00pm on Thursday, March 27.  $40 registration fee covers a one night in a hotel and most meals. Contact: Justine Urbikas |…

Sunday Morning Springboard

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 3rd 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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The value of religious leaders of congregation is unquestioned, how they can be most valuable may be evolving. We re-post this commentary by Tom Ehrich, which appears on the Religion News Service (RNS)blog, observing that Sunday worship service is but one aspect of successful congregation. – Ed.   Sunday Mornings are Broken In a tech newsletter I read, two colleagues addressed the end of the world of the personal computer that they spent three decades mastering. There will be no more building PCs from scratch, no more tinkering with the innards, no more fine-tuning the operating system. “The evolution of the PC industry over the last several years has not been good to the old-school…

Meaningful Gifts

Written by Carey McDonald // December 4th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, youth // no comments

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Here is Your Invitation! Hello all, This year, the UUA is hosting a Holiday Exchange for the youth ministry professionals in our faith. Rather than trading trinkets, we will exchange messages of inspiration and gratitude. Here’s how it works: Reply to this email by Wednesday, December 18 to let me know if you want to participate. You’ll be given the contact info for another youth ministry professional in our network who is participating (it will be a secret who has your name!) By December 24, email your person with the following two messages (cc youth@uua.org so we can compile your success stories): ~Inspiration – An inspiring story of the youth in your own congregation. ~Gratitude…

Sustenance for Those Who Would Lead

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 25th 2013 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Leadership is Imperfect, Leaders are Blessed   For congregational leaders of all identity and age, Kay Montgomery has assembled a collection meditations sharing the voice, wisdom and insight of leaders of our faith. Kay explains in her preface that leadership is a skill, presenting the collection with the exhortation to, “Use it to remind yourself of the need for humility and humor and courage…”     Unitarian Universalism exists, is practiced and celebrated in many forms – from traditional “brick and mortar” congregations to small group ministry, campus ministry, gender specific ministries, the Church of the Larger Fellowship and new forms we are discovering or inventing today and for the digital future we will inhabit….

Beauty and Play as a Growth Strategy

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 22nd 2013 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Rev. Tandi Rogers explores how the creative act of play promotes one’s personal relationship to faith. Re-posted from the Growing Unitarian Universalism blog. –Ed.   If you are friends with a religious educator who went to the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association Fall Conference this weekend, you may have seen pictures or read Facebook statuses about “Play Stations.” Imagine a hotel conference room with tables along the perimeter filled with art supplies and Play Station Explanations. And an invitation to gather with your colleagues from all over the continent and play.  It was an invitation to finally receive the blessing of creating as faith formation for oneself, rather than the people you serve. What are Play Stations? Play…

A Prayer for Religious Educators

Written by Carey McDonald // October 19th 2013 // Stories and Voices, youth // 4 comments

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Owen Huelsbeck, Senior Dean of General Assembly Youth Caucus, delivered this prayer at the 2013 LREDA Fall Conference. – Ed. Spirit of Love, Thank you for this time for liberal religious educators to be able to come together, refresh each other, teach each other and commune together.  Please hold them well and give them the strength and courage and perspective to keep putting faith formation at the center of congregational life. I give thanks for Directors of Religious Education who create the kind of space that our youngest kids delight in. I have a younger brother, only 5 years old, who wakes up every morning asking if it’s a church day, pretty disappointed, not that…

Nonsuicidal Self-Injury Webinar

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 7th 2013 // Mosaic // no comments

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Learn how to recognize non-suicidal self-injury and what you can do to help. From the Faith Development Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Wednesday, October 30 from 4-5PM Eastern, or Monday, November 4 from 9-10PM Eastern. (Click on the image to download this announcement as a PDF.) Call in instructions below.                                 View the original post on Living Mosaic.