Help Create Intentional UU Community!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // June 18th 2014 // Stories and Voices, young adults // 2 comments

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UU Community Cooperatives are creating a second living community Imagine a place where a diverse group of folks commit to living intentionally together based on Unitarian Universalist values. Imagine cooking together, singing together, honoring the interdependent web, using the democratic process…ok, and maybe grumbling about the dishes from time to time… Sound intriguing?  Well if you live in the Boston area you may already be familiar with Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional community living the values and tradition of Unitarian Universalism through cooperative home ownership. But did you know that their parent organization, Unitarian Universalist Community Cooperatives (UUCC) is ready to expand to a second house?   UUCC is looking to gather a core team of…

Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 23rd 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.–Ed. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are a great example of how a small UU campus ministry can make a big difference to an entire community. By holding open drop-in hours on campus, networking with other student organizations and engaging with other campus ministries this group and their fabulous leader, Katie Romano-Griffin are making themselves known to students, administration and faculty alike. The Eagle UUs are a new group, less than a year old, having started in July of…

Best Practices at Original Blessing

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2014 // Stories and Voices, young adults // 9 comments

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Multigen and Mission Focused “Original Blessing is like a study in best practices for a congregation that wants to appeal to younger people as well as older folks” remarked Carey McDonald after a recent visit there. Having stopped into Sunday evening worship at this new UU congregation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn a couple weeks ago myself, I had to agree. The service followed traditional UU models: chalice lighting, singing, greeting one another, a sermon, a pastoral prayer where the community’s concerns were lifted up. And the service I attended did all of these elements in ways that felt engaging, authentic and spiritually alive. The musicians were excellent and the singing, done without having to look down…

Einstein, the Spiritual and Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 31st 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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The Laws of the Universe Albert Einstein’s response in 1936 to a letter from a 6-year old asking if one could believe in both science and religion shows that the two are not mutually exclusive. As the “nones”, movements like Sunday Assembly, and and others challenge the traditional structure and role of religious organizations Einstein’s words remind us that there is a higher power with which humans naturally seek to join. We reprint Einstien’s thoughts here. Read more on why he wrote this letter on Huffington Post here.   January 24, 1936 Dear Phyllis, I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer: Scientists believe that every…

Weapons of the Spirit

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2014 // Stories and Voices // one comment

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Malcolm Gladwell discusses the power of faith and explains his reawakening to it in these excepts from his post about researching and writing his latest book, David and Goliath. His post, How I Rediscovered Faith, appears on the Relevant Magazine blogsite. Read Malcolm Gladwell’s full post here.–Ed. Research Revelation By Malcolm Gladwell. When I was writing my book David and Goliath, I went to see a woman in Winnipeg by the name of Wilma Derksen. Thirty years before, her teenage daughter, Candace, had disappeared on her way home from school. The city had launched the largest manhunt in its history, and after a week, Candace’s body was found in a hut a quarter of a…

Meaningful Gifts

Written by Carey McDonald // December 4th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, youth // no comments

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Here is Your Invitation! Hello all, This year, the UUA is hosting a Holiday Exchange for the youth ministry professionals in our faith. Rather than trading trinkets, we will exchange messages of inspiration and gratitude. Here’s how it works: Reply to this email by Wednesday, December 18 to let me know if you want to participate. You’ll be given the contact info for another youth ministry professional in our network who is participating (it will be a secret who has your name!) By December 24, email your person with the following two messages (cc youth@uua.org so we can compile your success stories): ~Inspiration – An inspiring story of the youth in your own congregation. ~Gratitude…

Once in this Lifetime – Celebrate Thanksgivukkah!

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 26th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Thanksgivukkah // no comments

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We’re making the mash-up! The Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is doing something special to celebrate the unusual confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, an event that is not predicted to occur again before the year 2070. We’re preparing food for the spirit and conversation since we’re locked in cloud-space and can’t give you somethin’ yummy for yer tummy. Wednesday, November 27 we present the special Blue Boat mash-up “Thanksgivukkah” section exploring themes, stories and ideas lifted-up by these holidays and their intersection. For some Thanksgivukkah might be nothing more than an inevitable quirk when two calendars collide –  Thanksgiving being metered by the Gregorian calendar while Hanukkah follows the lunisolar Hebrew calendar….

Sustenance for Those Who Would Lead

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 25th 2013 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Leadership is Imperfect, Leaders are Blessed   For congregational leaders of all identity and age, Kay Montgomery has assembled a collection meditations sharing the voice, wisdom and insight of leaders of our faith. Kay explains in her preface that leadership is a skill, presenting the collection with the exhortation to, “Use it to remind yourself of the need for humility and humor and courage…”     Unitarian Universalism exists, is practiced and celebrated in many forms – from traditional “brick and mortar” congregations to small group ministry, campus ministry, gender specific ministries, the Church of the Larger Fellowship and new forms we are discovering or inventing today and for the digital future we will inhabit….

Rising Waters of Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 1st 2013 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Changing demographics and lifestyles present a challenge to the relevancy and health of  faith organizations as we have known them for the past half-century, however Carol Howard Merritt, in this post from the Alban Institute, encourages us to see the opportunity for growth and vision these challenges provide… – Ed. A Well in the Distance by Carol Howard Merritt Hagar stood in the desert with her son Ishmael in her arms, the dust of the dry landscape swirling about her. She’d been the slave of Sarah, wife of Abraham, and her son was conceived when Hagar was forced to have a child with Abraham. But when Sarah finally and amazingly gave birth to her own son,…

Tiny Size, Big Welcome

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 16th 2013 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Who knew such a little book could say so much? Neither too big nor too little, this pocket size welcoming guide from Skinner House Books is actually the right size. The Pocket Guide is one of the most complete introductions to Unitarian Universalism available, covering ministry, worship, religious education, social justice, and history. The 2012 edition is the most extensive revision in over a decade. Contributors include Kay Montgomery, John Crestwell, Gail Geisenhainer, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Jane Ranney Rzepka, Mark Belletini, Judith Frediani, Rebecca Parker, and Dan McKanan. Foreword by MSNBC commentator and lifelong Unitarian Universalist Melissa Harris-Perry. Buy the the Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide  and find other resources about Unitarian Universalism or for new UU’s…