Lessons From Youth Group

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious education program and a vibrant youth group. Some of my best friends were people I met at cons. I married my wife at the summer camp where we met. My greatest allies, mentors and cheerleaders were adult advisors I had. I found my calling to serve Unitarian Universalism (UU) at General Assembly Youth Caucus. Instead of going to my Senior Prom, I went to a training on youth empowerment and leadership. I credit YRUU with saving my life and giving me…

VIDEO: How Do I Fund My UU Campus Ministry?

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 3rd 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UU Campus Qs // one comment

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode Two The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries invites Bart Frost, Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, to share solutions for funding your Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!  And if you missed it, be sure to watch the first UUCampusQs video on finding UUs on your campus.

VIDEO: How do I find the UUs on my Campus?

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UU Campus Qs // 2 comments

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode One In this lively video, the Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains how to find the UUs, and build or grow your Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!

Giving Youth Access to Life-Changing Resources

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Embarking on a life of ministry An Open Letter to UU Ministers and Religious Professionals, Three summers ago, I had the absolute privilege of attending Summer Seminary as part of its pilot year in Boston. Summer Seminary is a program run by the Unitarian Universalsit Association (UUA) that brings youth together from all over the country to learn about becoming religious professionals. These youth share a passion for ministry, religious education or music ministry. Throughout the program they learn from seminary faculty, UUA staff, and current religious professionals about all the pieces that go into a life of religious service. My year, we had speakers who shared about their social justice centered UU community ministry. This…

Animated Answers to Your Campus Ministry Questions

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 26th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UU Campus Qs // no comments

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Actionable Answers to Key Questions The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains she has the answers you need to build or sustain vibrant Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Bonus: Many of the answers are shorter than the previous sentence! Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of #CampusQs are released!

Challenged to Explore New Horizons By Religious Pros

Posted by Bart Frost // January 20th 2016 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Dear UU Religious Professionals: My name is Alex Jensen and I was a Summer Seminary attendee the first year it was offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2013. Having graduated, I have had the privilege of watching Summer Seminary develop and flourish into an absolutely amazing program. This is highly in part due to the amazing religious professionals that encourage and guide our youth towards our collective ministry in Unitarian Universalism (UU). When I was first considering a call to ministry, I received an informational email from my congregation’s Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sally Ahnger, about the Summer Seminary program opening up for the first…

Religious Professionals Made a Difference

Posted by Bart Frost // January 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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Hello Friends, My name is Kirbey Geissler and I’m writing to tell you about my experience with Unitarian Universalism (UU), specifically Summer Seminary. Summer Seminary is a week-long introduction to what being a religious professional could look like for a group of 15-20 youth. Though the focus is on ministry, the youth are also exposed to other religious professional opportunities, such as religious education, music, and more. I attended Summer Seminary this past summer of 2015. A year or so prior, I had been contacted by Rev. Tandi Rogers, a minister and religious professional from my district, who told me she saw something in me and thought I should apply. I didn’t meet the deadline…

A Bigger Picture for Campus Ministers

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

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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

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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

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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!