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…

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….