A Spiritual Awakening

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 27th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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WESLEY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Wesley Botham Unitarian Church Lincoln, NE “Sometime in late high school and early college I was definitely sure I was no longer a Christian.” Wesley Botham grew up in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA Lutheran), which worked for him until it didn’t anymore. “I remember thinking: It would be nice if there were some place, this is a completely absurd thought, but it would be nice if there were some place where you could go and not be a Christian.” Wesley ended up dating someone who invited him to a UU church, but it didn’t stick just yet. A chapter or two down the road Wesley lived…

This is What I Was Freakin’ Looking For!

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 27th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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 EM by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Em du Mond Church of the Larger Fellowship “A more accurate question than why am I UU is why am I still UU?” Em du Mond grew up UU. She was dedicated into the church, did RE and OWL, the whole gamut. “Then when I got into high school there was nothing, like at all.” Since there was no RE program for high school aged youth Em became a childcare worker for the church in order to at least stay connected. “I was working for them not really getting spiritual nourishment but still going to my community church where everyone knew me.” Luckily Em learned about Youth Cons her…

Spirituality… In an Open-Minded Way

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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 DICK by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Dick Burkhart Church of the Larger Fellowship “When you’re drawn toward something you don’t always quite know what it is,” says longtime UU Dick Burkhart. Looking back, there’s been a pattern in the spaces and relationships that make him feel most alive. For Dick, #LivingUU means life-long interfaith and multi-cultural learning. He remembers feeling the tug when studying world religions in Middle School and learning about whole new ways of living, gathering and believing. “We don’t have to be embedded in one little aspect of it. I built on that through my life.” In Seattle, Washington Dick was part of a UU fellowship that dissolved recently and he partly…

Not a Unitarian Universalist by Choice

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2015 // #LivingUU, Collections, Future of Faith // no comments

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 BETH by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel I did not become a UU by choice. But, after being reluctantly dragged into Religious Education classes most of my young Sunday mornings, I have grown up choosing to live it. I recently, within the past six months, returned from half a decade of spiritual hiatus. The part of me that I thought of as “religious” got somehow disconnected between those years. I had a complicated falling out with myself on the heels of a grad school transition, cyclical dives into depression and congregational drama at my home church. But here I am: healing, reconnecting, moving forward. And here I am, choosing to be Unitarian Universalist again.  If our…

Deeply Religious But Not Church-y

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

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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…

Emerging Faith: Beyond the Fads

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 22nd 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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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…

Grab the Tsubaki Scholarship 2015 Now!

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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A Rare Opportunity for a Unique Theological Experience Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians attending non-UU theological schools who have an interest in international or interfaith engagement are invited to apply by May 15, 2015 for an incredible opportunity to spend 2-3 weeks at Tsubaki Grand Shrine (TGS), one of the oldest Shinto shrines in Japan. Each year one recipient receives a scholarship covering travel, room and boarding expenses for a summer/fall stay at the shrine. The long-standing relationship between Unitarian Universalism and TGS has its roots within the International Association for Religious Freedom. Add you name to those of Ranwa Hammamy: 2014 Recipient, Sarah E. Gillespie: 2013 Recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen: 2012 Recipient, Christian Schmidt: 2011 Recipient –Unitarian…

Multicultural Leadership School – a.k.a.: Launchpad

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2015 // Mosaic // no comments

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Work With Your Peers to Bend the Arc of Justice The application deadline for the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is April 15 – here is why that it matters: graduates go on to to think, mobilize and lead for diverse, inclusive life-changing Unitarian Universalism (UU). One example? Trevor Coles, MLS ’14 grad presenting a video-chat on UU Paganism for the Interfaith Youth Core Better Together series. Read the blurb: Inspired by his UU-Pagan values, Tyler Coles works to build bridges between communities. Tyler began his work within the interfaith movement while in undergrad and will join students from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds this fall at Vanderbilt University as…

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…