Lessons From NOLA

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 30th 2015 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


Annie Hanley-Miller reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate New Orleans program– Ed.   Building Community Overcomes Difference by Annie Hanley–Miller I brought back many things to my home community from my experience at Activate NOLA. It was an intense week and I learned a lot about race, poverty, Hurricane Katrina, and global warming. I also learned a lot about forming and being in community. During the week, I talked with so many unique people who all helped me to gain new perspectives on all kinds of things. It was interesting to meet both people from the New Orleans area and from around the country. The lectures on racism, poverty, Hurricane Katrina,…

Reflections in Shade of the US-Mexico Border Wall

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


“What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?” Jack Spector-Bishop reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate Southwest Border program– Ed. “The ants crawl under it, the birds fly around it, the sky connects over it.” This is what I wrote in my journal while I sat in the shade of the US-Mexico border wall, near Douglas, Arizona. The wall loomed behind me, constructed of massive, two story high rusty metal beams and stretching as far as I could see. Poles with floodlights and cameras were everywhere, along with trenches, barbed wire, and fences. All of it seemed so arbitrary. It…

GA 2015 Youth Caucus: “WE Are the Revolution”

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, GA, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


TODAY   Youth Caucus attendees Collen Lee & Phoebe Mussman share this reflection of  their experience attending General Assembly 2015. – Ed.   By: Colleen Lee & Phoebe Mussman       Today. Today, 5,000 hearts beat faster. Hues of blue, green, and every shade of the rainbow proudly glow. Today, we are encompassed by the colorful and comforting aura that the world is better than it was yesterday. Today, on June 26, the United States Supreme Court ruled that gay marriage is legal in this nation. In an auditorium packed with overjoyed Unitarian Universalists of all ages, the celebration and contagious energy assures us this is one of the best days we’ve experienced. This…

Whiteness and Apocalypse

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment


By guest blogger Amelia Diehl . -ed I am so grateful to have been able to attend the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice‘s Grounded and Resilient Organizer’s Workshop Climate Justice Training in Chicago, IL and feel connected again to a community and to a movement. I think I might have learned more about myself and climate change in that weekend at the GROW training than my few years or so of calling myself an environmentalist, and in ways I could never have predicted. The space created for group reflection allowed me to learn a lot about what it means for me to be involved in the movement, and also to forget about myself at times. Earlier this summer,…

GoldMine: 5 Lessons Learned (By An Adult)

Written 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…

Spiritual Practices For White Discomfort

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 17th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 20 comments


So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about the event that happened on August 8th in Seattle when the white leftie politician Bernie Sanders went to speak to a crowd about social security and medicare and was interrupted by two black women raising awareness about the Black Lives Matter movement the day before the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s death. And sure, as a white progressive who is pretty into Bernie Sanders’ political stances and who staunchly supports the Black Lives Matter movement, I have opinions too. The opinion I wish to share here and now, however, is not about political analysis, history or strategy and…

We Show Up for Justice in Different Ways

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 13th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments


August 9th, 2015 marks the first anniversary of Mike Brown’s extra-judicial killing in Ferguson, MO. All across the country Unitarian Universalists are showing up to commemorate this event that pushed a racial justice movement into the national spotlight, to mourn the loss of black lives and to demand a world in which black lives matter everywhere in every system at all times.   Some UUs have gathered to be in Ferguson on this anniversary, invited by interfaith organizers.  Others marched in their home communities, such as in Denver, CO. Still others use the power of social media, the pulpit, or interpersonal conversations as a way of showing up. Allie Carville, a UU young adult from Florida reflects on…

Which Emergency?

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 11th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Issues and Trends, Mosaic, UUA // no comments


A Day of Civil Disobedience for Social Justice @RevElizabethN, UUA Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color reports from St. Louis, MO. where she and more than one hundred Unitarian Universalists,  local congregations, and others participated in acts of resistance to mark the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. This day of resistance was the result of organizing for social justice and change that happens here 365 days a year, and the history of  justice work that has come before. On August 10th, Saint Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency as organizers shutdown interstate-70, faith leaders demanded that the Department of Justice do its job, and people marched in solidarity all…

Learn How the Black Lives Matter AIW Came to Be

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 7th 2015 // Featured Youth, GA, General Assembly 2015, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


Read the inside story from Youth Caucus 2015 Co-Business Manager Isabelle McCurdy on how the Youth Caucus sponsored Action of Immediate Witness, “Support Black Lives Matter” came to be. When Kara Marler, my Sr. Business Manager co-chair, and I started planning our programming for this year, we had relatively normal ideas of how things would go: we would attend General Sessions, be able to explain any GA Business to Youth Caucus, and we would plan a workshop. When the idea of writing an AIW was brought forward, we were both unsure. It’s safe to say leaders can often be the most unsure, that fear and concern is part of what makes you inherently driven to not…

A Studied Fight Against Oppression

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments


Know it to Defeat it By Aija Jansone The Young Adult program at Westside Unitarian Universalist in Fort Worth, Texas gathers persons ranging from 18 to 35’ish years of age and is open to anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The program started with a 6 month series focused on the various facets of privilege and oppression. Every month we come together to discuss how such aspects as race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and others influence ourselves and people around us. These meetings have been well attended, and we are expanding the current program as well as planning our next steps. What touched me the deepest during these discussions was an experience that illuminated how…