A Bigger Picture for Campus Ministers

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // September 11th 2015 // On Campus, Stories and Voices // no comments


It’s not easy being a campus minister.  This work of nurturing students spiritually and providing inclusive community on college campuses is crucial, and yet it is also taxing and can be isolating.  That’s why it’s so important to find peer support!  We Unitarian Universalists (UU) are a small movement and while we have roughly 60 campus ministries across the country, not all of them are currently active and many are led by rotating volunteers.  To find wisdom, support, new ideas and a sense of connection, it’s wonderful to turn to our siblings in faith and get in touch with other religious professionals engaged in this work. One way to find such connection is through National Campus Ministry Association…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments


Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

Minister to UU Youth + Young Adults of Color

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // May 12th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments


Do It For Everyone Try these resources to better minister to Unitarian Univeralist youth and young adults of color. Check out this webinar hosted by the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) for 30 minutes of framing and rethinking about this crucial, spirit-filled work with Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. Just want the visuals? Get the Power Point slides here!    

Grab the Tsubaki Scholarship 2015 Now!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments


A Rare Opportunity for a Unique Theological Experience Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international or interfaith engagement are invited to apply by May 15, 2015 for an incredible opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks at Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS), one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Each year one recipient receives a scholarship covering travel, room and boarding expenses for a summer/fall stay at the shrine. The long-standing relationship between Unitarian Universalism and TGS has its roots within the International Association for Religious Freedom. Add you name to those of Ranwa Hammamy: 2014 Recipient, Sarah E. Gillespie: 2013 Recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen: 2012 Recipient, Christian Schmidt: 2011 Recipient –Unitarian…

Youth Advising Competencies Available Now !

Posted by jennicadavishockett // April 28th 2015 // Guides and Tools // no comments


‘Cause there is good advising, and there is BETTER advising   Ever thought to yourself, “How am I doing with this whole youth ministry thing?” Yes, yes you have. Well, here is a way to get some answers! Read this post about the new Youth Advising Competencies compiled by the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and a number of regional groups on the Call and Response Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association. We know you want to be the best advisor you can, and we are here to help.

Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments


WEBINAR – Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color 1:                    Faith Formation and Spiritual Renewal Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association present a 45 minute webinar on April 23, sharing key frameworks for ministering to UU youth and young adults of color with a focus on faith formation and spiritual renewal. @RevElizabethN will point you toward resources around worship, spiritual practices, and community building. 30 minutes +15 minutes of your questions = 3/4 of an hour packed with open discussion and sharing about best practices and challenges. Click here to participate.      

Welcome Elizabeth Nguyen!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, UUA // one comment


5 + 1 = Full Strength YaYA An Introduction, On Hope & Happy New Year! I’m excited to joining you all as the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. I’m also a Unitarian Universalist minister – born and raised in the Midwest and South, a Vietnamese-American, lover of hot pot, college football and justice. I’m so glad to be building on the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings’ powerful work supporting youth and young adults of color at our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). One highlight of that is that the application for Multicultural Leadership School (MLS): A Gathering for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color is (LIVE NOW!) MLS this year is…

Covenant Creates Congregation

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // 3 comments


While the Future of Faith is being determined by innovations in the places and ways people connect to and live their spiritual life, it is the practices that allow for and encourage them to connect in real and genuine ways about the things they hold most sacred that allows these new expressions of spiritual life to take hold in community with others. This post – re-posted with permission – by Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development of the Canadian Unitarian Council, shares how Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults (YaYA) covenant building leads by example. – Ed.   The Sacred Oops and Ouch: What UU Youth Have Taught Me About Covenant…

Are You Wondering if You’ve Got the Call?

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments


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You Can Be The Change

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 23rd 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


We Should All Be So Privileged I knew that I could vote and that that wasn’t a privilege; it was my right. Every time I tried I was shot, killed or jailed, beaten or economically deprived. – Stokely Carmichael, as quoted in Be the Change Session 5, Can We Live With Racism?     “Be the Change” By Eric Broner and Rev. Jonathan Rogers As the racial perspectives of many in our congregation have been challenged this year, we have sought through vigils, worships and discussions to make sense of what is wrong with our country. For us in the Young Religious Unitarian Universalists high school youth group of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta,…