Youth Ministry Training Webinar 4

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 28th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

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Pastoral Care To and With Youth Let’s be frank. The world changed on November 9th, 2016 (the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States). For many of us our day-to-day experiences may not be much different, we still move through the world with varying levels of privilege and marginalization. And yet, for people of all ages, we are changed. Our eyes are open more widely, our hearts are breaking more deeply and our need for community support is more acute. What’s more, reactions to the election are but a small facet of the complexities we navigate, and this includes our Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth. In addition to being keenly aware of how…

VIDEO: Best Practices for Campus Ministry Outreach

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 10th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UU Campus Qs // one comment

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode Four Students on campus need your community now, so get the word out! 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 Carey McDonald, Outreach Director at the UUA to discuss how Campus Ministries can get the word out on what they do in noticeable, memorable and effective ways. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!  Carey has thought a lot about this and shares some pizzazzy tips:

Standing Rock – Issue Primer

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, answered the call of protest leaders for clergy of all denominations to join peaceful interfaith witness with the indigenous peoples who are protecting the water and land at Standing Rock. Learn more about this here. ________________________________________ The call for peaceful public witness follows acts of violence and intimidation committed against protestors, and the infringement of First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech of both protestors and the Press. Protestors have been subjected to the use of private security firms with attack dogs unleashed against them, the arrest and unusually harsh treatment of protestors by…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 3

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 1st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

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Kim Sweeney, Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations, works in New England and loves rules. She says “I love rules, structure, routine and clarity.  Maybe it stems from my time spent serving in the military, but I imagine my own comfort with rules and structure existed before that, and enabled me to thrive in that military environment. To some degree, knowing the boundaries and expectations has always been quite comforting to me. “Two summers ago, when I was asked to serve as the lead for Safe Congregations work in New England, I found myself pretty excited. In the most simplistic of views, I thought that safety policies and procedures really just mimicked rules and…

Post-Hope

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // October 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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This homily was delivered by intern minister and UU young adult Joseph Boyd after the murder of Terence Crutcher at All Souls Unitarian Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. – Ed. by Joseph Boyd In the aftermath of Terence Crutcher’s death, this has been a busy week at All Souls. For many of us, these last couple weeks have felt very heavy, even exhausting. You may be thinking: I’d love to be more involved, but I’m already overwhelmed with my own ordinary problems. I work a stressful job, I’ve got kids, my relationship with my partner feels shaky. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t even imagine doing anything about racism in Tulsa, let alone America. I’ll leave that to…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 2

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

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What does a Healthy Youth/Adult Relationship Actually Look Like? In every training or conversation with adults working with youth, Evin Carvill-Ziemer, Congregational Life Staff in the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is peppered with questions like these:  “I want the youth to lead, but they don’t know what they want to do, so I end up organizing activities by default—how can I change this?” “My youth have great ideas, but their lives are busy and they drop a lot of balls—how can I help without nagging or taking over?” “I’m never sure how much of my life to share with youth—I want to be real, but I’m also the adult—where’s the…

Youth Ministry Training Series Starts September 2016!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 30th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // 6 comments

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Have you ever asked a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff person for an advisor training and been told some form of, “We don’t do advisor training anymore,” or, “There’s one weekend training on the other side of your region a couple of months from now”, and wondered to yourself, “How am I ever going to get the skills I need to work with youth?”, or, “How am I ever going to get my volunteers trained?!” OR Is your youth ministry set up in a way that doesn’t revolve around a youth group? Perhaps you have a vital Coming of Age program, your high school aged youth are plugged in to teaching religious education classes and…

How Unitarian Universalist Faith Forms Part 1/2

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 19th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Bonds Between People of Faith   Blue Boat brings you this article by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Minister, Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Alexandria, VA in two parts. Part one focuses on Dr. Walker’s reflection on how faith formation in Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults is differs from other faiths . Part two includes Dr. Walker’s research findings and observations. – ed     By Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker This is a summary on the research conducted during my Doctor of Ministry degree with a thesis on The Faith Formation of Unitarian Universalist Youth and Young Adults. ~ May and June bring graduations and the mark of transitions for youth and young adults. At…

How Unitarian Universalist Faith Forms Part 2/2

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 19th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Bonds Between People of Faith   Blue Boat brings you this article by Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker, Minister, Mt. Vernon Unitarian Church Alexandria, VA in 2 parts. Part one focuses on Dr. Walker’s reflection on faith formation in youth and young adults. Part two includes Dr. Walker’s research findings and observations. – ed By Rev. Dr. Kate R. Walker (Read Part One here.) PART TWO Things that I found in my research with our youth and young adults: *Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adults have a more positive worldview than UU youth, and both groups are more positive than the norm found in U.S. young adults, who show prominent themes of chaos and corruption in…

VIDEO: Activities at Campus Ministry Meetings

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 25th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, UU Campus Qs // one comment

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode Three What Can I Actually Do? The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries learns what kinds of activities work well for a campus group, by speaking with  Alice King, an intern minister and seminarian with 9 years of on the ground campus ministry experience, and Kayla Parker, a recent seminary grad who previously served as the Unitarian Universalist Association Campus Ministry Associate. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!   Alice mentions a wide variety of resources in her part of the video.  Here are some of the ideas…