We Can’t Keep Our Children Safe

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 25th 2015 // Social Justice, youth // no comments

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Fear, safety, protests, and supporting the movement for Black lives When my daughter Moira was born I expected to feel deep love. What I wasn’t expecting was how much that love hurt.  I love her in this deeply protective way that was horrifying at first and I still find overwhelming. My partner and I strive to be non-panicky parents and, for the most part, I think we do a decent job.  Still, I have double checked to make sure she was breathing in her sleep many more times than is rational.  She’s only three months old and I know this is going to get so much worse once she can crawl, walk, go to school,…

Can Unitarian Universalists Really Believe Anything?

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 11th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // 24 comments


Contrary to What You Might Have Heard, UUs Don’t Just Believe Whatever They Want Unitarian Universalists (UU) are a strange bunch. In any given gathering of UUs there may be someone whose faith is based on the teachings of Jesus, someone who has a daily meditation practice, someone who sees God in nature and someone who doesn’t see a god in anything. And yet they can all sing the same hymn and worship together. You may meet Unitarian Universalists who believe there’s a divine spark in each of us and others who believe that to be human means to have a fun mix of good and evil. And yet we come together to support one another and…

Support OWL in the Philippines

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments


You Are Challenged: Make Change Happen Now A message from Lauren Amabile and the Unitarian Universalist Church Council, asking you to respond before the end of this month. Greetings, Unitarian Universalist Blue Boat Friends! I am writing to let you know about a really important and daring step the UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP) is taking towards youth development by offering Our Whole Lives (OWL) sexuality education for all Unitarian Universalist teens and young adults over the span of two years. The initial offering of OWL will be in December 2015 for youth ages 12-16 years old. The total budget for this OWL program is over $33,000, which includes the training for about 20…

Top Seven for YaYA of Color

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 2nd 2015 // Mosaic, UUA // 2 comments


Great resources to better support Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults of color Whether you are a religious educator, youth advisor, minister, parent, mentor, community member, chaplain, or spiritual seeker, ministry to and with UU youth and young adults of color is vital, spirit-filling work. Here my top seven resources for those who see serving youth and young adults of color as part of their role (check out the full list here!): 1) Be The Change! gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different…

GoldMine: 5 Lessons Learned (By An Adult)

Posted by Bart Frost // August 25th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


THESE FIVE TAKEAWAYS WILL GET YOU MINING FOR GOLD This summer was a busy one for us in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association. After General Assembly, I spent a week at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church in Edmonds, WA as staff at PNWD GoldMine Youth Leadership School. I was invited to lead workshops about Race, Identity and Oppression for the youth leaders, a section that had not been consistently run in the past. I also assisted in other ways necessary, including leading a credo group. Here are my top takeaways from this experience: 1. Youth want to go deep in to Unitarian Universalism Our youth want to go…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 16th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 3 comments


They Are Everywhere – You Just Need to Know Where to Look… “I’m moving to a new part of the country. How can I find other UU young adults?” “I just learned about Unitarian Universalism and want to check it out. Where can I find peers?” “I want to get more involved. When is the next gathering of UU young adults in my area?” Along with the time honored method of getting a visible flaming chalice tattoo or finding a local congregation, there are two old-but-improved tools from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries that I hope you’ll use to solve these conundrums! First up: the HubMap. Simple concept. It’s an open source…

Deeply Religious But Not Church-y

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // June 12th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments


Here is Where to Go How can one initiative simultaneously support people who want a deeply religious experience and also support folks who want nothing to do with organized religion? Oddly enough, I believe that staff at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are doing just that. The framework of the UUA’s new emerging ministries initiative is simultaneously more religious and less church-y than previous incarnations of support for emerging congregations. With a stronger focus on covenant, mission and spiritual connection and less emphasis on polity and by-laws, we are encouraging new groups to really get religion before getting caught up in structure. Yet, as we broaden the lanes of our path to include non-congregational forms of ministry…

Youth Ministry Project Grants

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments


We Want to Give Your Great Idea a Kickstart! Are you a youth starting a service project to serve your congregation or community? Do you have an innovative idea for youth ministry? Are you starting a new program or project that will be useful to share with other congregations and youth groups? Do you have a way to incorporate the UUA’s Common Read into a project for your youth group? You should apply for a Youth Ministry Project Grant! Youth Ministry Project Grants support local projects that offer Unitarian Universalist high-school aged youth opportunities to grow in faith, deepen in spirit, and engage in service and justice work. Projects should support a vision of multigenerational…

Emerging Faith: Beyond the Fads

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // 2 comments

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Covenants Aren’t “Cool,” and Fitness Won’t Fix the World In April I got to go home for work. I don’t mean home to the house I share with my partner and housemates here in Boston. I mean back to the part of the country I say I’m from, back to the people who raised me and made me Unitarian Universalist (UU).  I went back to my childhood state, Illinois, to attend the MidAmerica Regional Assembly. Like many young adults, I’ve moved a lot. Since I first left home at age 17 I’ve lived in 5 different states and both coasts of the U.S. I’ve also been a part of 6 different UU communities. It felt so comforting to…

Becoming is in the Bookstore!

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 15th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments


Get it Off Our Shelf and Onto Yours Now! Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood is a wonderful resource for Unitarian Universalist young adults and seekers alike. Thanks to some generous donors the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) teamed up with Skinner House books to print 3,000 free copies of this slim but meaningful volume. You can read the editor’s promotion of the book here. This book is so popular with young adults, religious educators, parents and grandparents of Millennials and lay leaders that we ran through those 3,000 copies very quickly. You can read about that part of the story here. We are still going to…