Sunday Challenge #2 – Tuesday Answer

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

Michael_Servetus

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

Bridging

“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…

Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

YouthMin@UUA

Download, print or share information on Youth Ministry from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Youth Leadership Programs, events and opportunities for youth leadership development, including: – Luminary Leaders – Summer Seminary – Summer Justice Programs – Youth Leadership Schools and Trainings – Youth Caucus Youth in Congregations Resources for congregational youth programs, including: – Ways to do Youth Ministry guide – Youth Group Start-Up guide – Balanced Youth Programming – Youth on Boards and Committees – Social Justice and Service – Be the Change! Youth Anti-Racism Curriculum Identity Based Resources – Youth and Young Adults of Color – LGBTQ Resources for Youth Youth Advisor Support Information for preparing and supporting Youth Advisors,…

Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Ministry for Unitarian Universalists 15 – 35 who identify as a person of color (persons of Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, transracially adopted, bi-racial, multiracial or international). For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Ministries and Faith Development Available Resources Consultations or Webinars with ministers, religious educators, youth advisors and coordinators on the pastoral care needs of youth and young adults of color. Annual Multicultural Leadership School for youth and young adults of color. Educational videos with discussion guides on Gender, Sexuality, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development and Support for Youth Struggling with Addiction. Mosaic Report UU Living Mosaic blog Youth Ministry Working Group Report Download a PDF version of this page….

UUs in the Military – Conscience in a Hard Place

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Ending War – Honoring the Principled Warrior The relationship of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to the military is complex and as lengthy as the history of the United States. While the UUA and Unitarian Universalism is generally pacifist, UUs have  and do serve in the military. The UUA has supported wars in the past. On  Memorial Day we remember UUs in uniform who perished, and honor UUs present and past for their contribution by bringing UU Principles and Sources to bear in one of the least humane theaters on earth – that of armed conflict, potential or engaged. Learn About the UUA and the Military – Watch this module from…

Renewed Urgency for Spiritual Substance

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 23rd 2014 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Faith institutions are in trouble, unless they are spiritually nurturing – and informative .  We re-post an excerpt of this article by the Barna Group, focusing on the trend they see in Faith in during the coming year.– Ed.   Three Major Faith and Culture Trends for 2014 January 21, 2014 – In the not-so distant past, institutions were trusted and valued as important parts of a functioning society—from government, corporations and schools to marriage and even organized religion. Yet trust in institutions is quickly giving way to a nation of cynics. New Barna research reports that Americans are ranking their confidence in institutions at abysmal levels. And this institutional skepticism comprises a significant backdrop for…

Small and Deep

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2013 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Go Deep into Unitarian Universalism in congregation or community, as many or as one – the UUA Bookstore has what you need. –Ed.   Resources for Small Group Ministry from the Skinner House Books Skinner House has selected five books full of spiritual inspiration, reflection, activities and guides for creating vibrant and meaningful small group ministry experiences:                                         Deepen your relationship with Unitarian Universalism  

Team Leadership

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 3rd 2013 // Stories and Voices // no comments

Future_of_Faith

Rev. Erik Wikstrom argues that the head of the congregation could be the “Chief Faith Formation Officer,” and solicits  your opinion or dissent… – Ed.   What If The DRE Ran The Church? Of all the things I’ve done in my career perhaps the thing with the best title was when I was hired by the Canadian Unitarian Council to be a “provocateur” for one of their annual conferences.  Professional Provocateur — arguably the role I was born to play. So I’d like to be clear that what I’m doing in this post today is being provocative. Intentionally. Consciously. I’m not saying that I don’t believe what I’m writing, but only that my goal is…

Puttin’ a Smile on Grumpy Cat’s Face

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 1st 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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In the Roman Catholic tradition, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things. Many Unitarian Universalists have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, on the Sunday closest to October 4. – Ed.   Celebrating animals in our lives By Michelle Richards, on September 30th, 2013 St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and his feast day of October 4 is celebrated worldwide by holding pet blessings and similar events throughout the autumn. While Unitarian…