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…

Make the Break for Spiritual Renewal this Winter

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Young Adult Spiritual Growth and Community is Here Registration for the Winter Escape 2015 Retreat (WE’15) is now open! Spend your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend (Friday January 16 to Monday, January 19, 2015) engaged in social and spiritual activities, workshops, hiking, games, music, cooking, baking, and more!  Join  Unitarian Universalist Young Adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area for a 4-day / 3-night fun-filled getaway. This year’s event (the 6th annual) takes place at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park in Virginia, about a 2-hour car ride south of Washington, DC., the same location as the All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC Young Souls’ awesome Fall 2012 Retreat.  The park features 6 miles of hiking…

Bless All Who Serve with this Little Blue Book

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 1st 2014 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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As Seen on the VUU Bob LaVallee, seminarian and Meadville Lombard talks about the value of “Bless All Who Serve”  – the  irreplaceable and affectionately named “little blue book”, published by Skinner House Books, and available at the UUA Bookstore. Watch this excerpt, queued to begin at 40:25 through 41:50: Watch – and participate – on the VUU, a live talkshow broadcast each Thursday at 11 am Eastern produced by the Church of the Larger Fellowship. We invite a wide variety of guests to discuss religion, spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, multi-faith issues, social justice, and whatever else seems interesting! Participate live at http://google.com/+QuestformeaningOrg. The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley and Joanna Crawford.      …

Who We See Determines What We Believe

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 17th 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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What Gender is Your God? New research has found a strong correlation between the gender one ascribes to God and that person’s attitudes toward social or other issues. Researchers from Clemson University found that how people feel about issues such as marriage-equality, abortion or capital-punishment differs depending upon whether they believe God is masculine, or not. What Unitarian Universalism Believes About God   Excerpted from an article appearing on the Religion section of Huffington Post: Referring to God as ‘Father’, ‘Lord’ and ‘King’ may have wider implications than people think. Clemson University sociologist Andrew Whitehead has a new report out in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion demonstrating that people who believe in…

Summer Seminary Grad Seeks Answers

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 30th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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For some, Summer Seminary left them with even more questions about their path to ministry. Jennica Davis-Hockett, Leadership Development Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), paired a Summer Seminary graduate with a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School to get some answers.–Ed. Emily Conger grew up in New Jersey in the Metro New York District, and is now in Boulder, Colorado in the Mountain Desert District. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.   Carter Smith is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she is majoring in Religious Studies. This past summer, she was a participant of the…