Spotlight: UUs of Wellesley College

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Consistency is Key Rosemary Dodd is a student at Wellesley College and was very involved in youth leadership in her Unitarian Universalist(UU) community back home in California. She is part of the UU student group at Wellesley, supported by a UU chaplain, and she can see the difference it makes coming to a school with an active and supported UU group on campus. “I think it helps to keep me balanced and gives me an opportunity to stay connected to my spirituality, especially since being UU has been so key to my identity and focus before Wellesley; it creates some continuity, which so many of my other UU young adult friends have struggled to find.”…

God is Weeping, Screaming, Holding, Calling

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // June 18th 2015 // Issues and Trends, UUA // 2 comments

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Yesterday evening a group of people gathered for prayer and Bible study at an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina. These people, part of an historical African-American church in a historic African-American denomination gathered to worship an embodied God who knew suffering. Gathered to worship a divine human who is said to have called out in his anguish “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” This line, in the Gospel of Matthew comes from Psalm 22, a psalm of lament that asks “Why are you so far from saving me, so far from my cries of anguish?” There have been so many cries of anguish this year, this decade, this century,…

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…

Make This A Sophia Fahs Sunday!

Written by jennicadavishockett // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Bring multigenerational faith formation to the center of congregational life with Sophia Fahs Sunday! With an eye toward excellence in shared ministry, multicultural diversity, multiple learning styles, and the latest in faith development theory, the “Sophia Fahs Sunday: Journeys of the Spirit” resource packet is ready now on The Fahs Collaborative website! This wonderful worship resource is available online at no cost for your congregation’s celebration of multigenerational faith formation! Engage participants of all ages with wondering rituals and “Beyond Sunday” activities. Connect with stories of faith formation from Unitarian Universalist(UU) leaders of diverse ages and identities, including Luminary Leader and Summer Seminary Graduate Samantha Burden. Be moved by original compositions by UU musicians, poets,…

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…

It Can’t Be the Same Without You

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, YA @ GA 2014, young adults // no comments

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Hey, Young Adults – General Assembly is only about Six Months* Away   * Find out EXACTLY how much time is left before the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

Spotlight: UUs of the Sanctuary Boston

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 26th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // 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.  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…

Sunday Challenge #2 – Tuesday Answer

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 28th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Survey Says: Who Was Michael Servetus? Michael Servetus was a Spanish theologian, physician, and humanist. He espoused strongly held Unitarian beliefs, bringing upon himself the wrath of John Calvin (and many others) which led to his execution for heresy. Many label Servetus the first Unitarian martyr and his writings influenced those who later founded Unitarian churches in Poland and Transylvania. His belief in the freedom of conscience (which inform the 4th and 5th principles of Unitarian Universalism) created a backlash which led to a new and more humane understanding of the religious in daily life: Widespread aversion to Servetus’s death has been taken as signaling the birth in Europe of the idea of religious tolerance,…

Watch How Faith Grows in the 21st Century

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 2nd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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GA Talks Available on YouTube   Presented by YA@GA, learn about best practices, innovative techniques and successes growing, sustaining and creating vibrant multigenerational, diverse ministry. Modeled after TED talks, GA Talks are an ongoing series of presentations from from invited experts speaking to a given topic or theme. The theme of GA Talks 2014, “Looking Inward, Looking Outward, Looking Forward” explores innovative forms of worship, congregation and spiritual experience.

Figuratively/Literally on the Move? – Keep Connected!

Written by Deborah Neisel-Sanders // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA, youth // one comment

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“Life is a Journey”, and, “You Can’t Take it With You”: True AND False Striking out on new adventures – whether moving around the block or across the country – also means leaving your youth group behind, where deep relationship and spiritual connection are built right in. And though you may miss the support youth groups provide, an exciting part of this transition is the opportunity to discover how to join with other UUs to express your faith in a new way – in your way. We call it Bridging, because being on your  journey – from high school studies to college, or the military, or a new apartment or job – doesn’t mean you don’t take…