My Voice, My Experiences, and My Journey

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of color from July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center outside of Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (transportation included) and there are many scholarships available! – Elizabeth Nguyen. In this third guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Byron Herbert shares about his MLS experience!   Hello my name is Byron (B.) Herbert and I attend the historic Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, PA. Before attending Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I had begun to discern my call to ministry. MLS served as a beacon of affirmation to this call. During…

Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

Tumble Through Lent This Year

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Join the Second Annual Unitarian Universalist Lent Tumblr Join Unitarian Universalists everywhere who observe Lent starting Wednesday, February 18 online at practicinglent.tumblr.com. Learn how it works. From the practinglent tumblr: Something new is preparing to bloom! We will soon be posting the list of words for our 2015 daily practice of spiritual formation in words and images, to coincide with the season of Lent. Stay tuned and join us for the February 18 launch! Discover the 47 words of Unitarian Universalists Practicing Lent 2015.    

Intern With The Sanctuaries DC this Summer

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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You are Needed for This Unique Ministry in Washington, DC You’re needed. Yes, you, the young adult who is looking for something meaningful to do this summer, you with a commitment to multicultural community building and spirituality. You’re the one. “The most pressing needs of our time,” Parker Palmer writes, “demand community in response.” How else are we to truly know the sacredness of life unless we live in a community where we can be persons, and not merely instruments or roles, to one another? You’re needed by a community that aspires to practice what Palmer preaches. A community of creative people from diverse racial and religious backgrounds. A community of dreamers and risk-takers promoting…

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…

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…

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…

Spotlight: UUs of the Sanctuary Boston

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 26th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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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.  Embodied multigenerational worship draws young adults Though the Sanctuary Boston‘s worship services are held at different church buildings, walking into their gatherings on a Wednesday evening always has some similar elements. There are the Name Tags made of card-stock tape and safety pins where you can write your name and preferred gender pronouns, the warm welcome from strangers and friends, the chips, hummus and salsa set out for those who, like me, come straight from work and are feeling hungry. Then there’s the worship, with a similar…

Weekend Challenge 4 – This Answer is Puzzling

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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More Jingle, More Puzzle! From UUWorld: For many people, the song “Jingle Bells” is so deeply etched in memory it’s hard to recall when we learned it. Written by Unitarian James Lord Pierpont (1822-1893), “Jingle Bells” is among the most popular American songs of all time, and although it is strongly associated with Christmas, this story of a wintertime sleigh ride contains not a single holiday reference.   Puzzling out the origins of “Jingle Bells” is something of a holiday tradition itself, with one predominant question: Did Pierpont compose the song in Medford, Massachusetts, or Savannah, Georgia? Read the full article on UU World to puzzle it out… Thanks to Steven Ballesteros, Carter, Jared Dobro…

Irreplacable Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Spiritual Growth Happens Someplace… And in relation to or with others – even when, as in certain ascetic practices, that means in the absence of others. Even as the religious practices and identification of people is evolving, the value of spiritual congregation remains, as this excerpt of a post from the Parenting Blog of the New York Times explains.–Ed. Learn how Unitarian Universalism, and The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) enable personal spiritual reflection and growth in progressive religious community in congregational and other settings.   Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions By Christine Organ I was raised in a dogmatic religion, I am well aware that “religious” is not the…