Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color

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

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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.      

Make This A Sophia Fahs Sunday!

Written by jennicadavishockett // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Bring multigenerational faith formation to the center of congregational life with Sophia Fahs Sunday! With an eye toward excellence in shared ministry, multicultural diversity, multiple learning styles, and the latest in faith development theory, the “Sophia Fahs Sunday: Journeys of the Spirit” resource packet is ready now on The Fahs Collaborative website! This wonderful worship resource is available online at no cost for your congregation’s celebration of multigenerational faith formation! Engage participants of all ages with wondering rituals and “Beyond Sunday” activities. Connect with stories of faith formation from Unitarian Universalist(UU) leaders of diverse ages and identities, including Luminary Leader and Summer Seminary Graduate Samantha Burden. Be moved by original compositions by UU musicians, poets,…

Grants for Youth Groups Attending GA 2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // March 9th 2015 // General Assembly 2015, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Pocket Lining On Us It is no secret getting to experience General Assembly 2015 costs money! Getting your whole youth group to GA costs even more money! But it doesn’t have to all come out of your or your congregation’s pockets. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association helps your youth group get to GA by offering competitive grants for up to $1,000 to encourage youth groups to organize and attend GA together. If your youth group applies for this grant, you can STILL apply for individual financial aid! What you’ll need: A budget plan (including income and expenses) A fundraising plan At least 5 youth from your congregation…

Selma Movie Discussion Guide

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Social Justice // no comments

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Gain a Deeper Understanding of this Seminal Story Ava DuVernay’s movie Selma depicts the three marches in Selma, Alabama in 1965 that catalyzed passage of the Federal 1965 Voting Rights Act. Unitarian Universalists were present at this moment in history, marching and witnessing with Martin Luther King, Jr. for Civil Rights. We recommend you see the movie, and offer this discussion guide to engage your congregation in recognition of the anniversary of this moment in the Civil Rights movement 50 years ago that engaged many Unitarian Universalists and – arguably – changed the course of our movement and the Unitarian Universalist Association. This youth-friendly, Unitarian Universalist  discussion guide, written by UU World Senior Editor Kenny…

Becoming, the E-Book, is Here For All!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 27th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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So what if Becoming is currently out of (paper) stock – Get it online!   As previously noted, we have this really fabulous problem that a wonderful free resource created by Skinner House Books and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is so widely desired that we are  unable to immediately fulfill all the requests for copies. So maybe you are sitting around thinking “Gosh I wish I had a copy of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.  I would be so happy if for a mere 99 cents * I could acquire an Amazon Kindle version with the click of a button!” Well you, my friend (and your friend’s friends, and their…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

Youth Energy Solution

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Brighten UU Youth Group Leads on Environmental Justice The Youth Group at Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (CUUB), Michigan has spearheaded an initiative encouraging energy utilities to adopt more energy efficient and renewable sources of energy. Learn about their work, strategy and how you can act for environmental justice at Youth Energy Solution. Learn more about Unitarian Universalist Association (UU) Youth Groups.

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Look Forward, Not Back

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, On Campus, Programs and Links, young adults // no comments

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Campus Ministry Kits from the UUA – the Perfect Antidote to End of Break Blues… Get your kit and get building, sustaining or energizing Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry now that classes are back in….    

Adulthood – Spiritually Guided

Written by Kayla Parker // January 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 3 comments

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Still – and Always – Becoming by Kayla Parker Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood was created to be a consistent companion for us in the times when we need spiritual accompaniment. Whether in solitary reflection or group worship, this little book is here to be companion, guide and hard surface to lean or dance on. Becoming was created with the constant transition of young adults in mind – and the awareness that change is a constant for adults of all ages. I compiled the readings and reflections as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adult myself, and it includes words from UUs and non-UUs of the past and present, including personal reflections from other…