UU Young Adult Leads on Reproductive Choice

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 18th 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Reproductive Choice is not an option The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has led on the issue of reproductive rights since 1963 – ten years before abortions were legal in this country. In this interview Jessica Halperin who was just was elected to a two-year term as  Vice-Chair of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice (RCRC) talks about the opportunity of having a Unitarian Universalist leadership voice on the RCRC, and shares her thoughts on what UUs can do in the fight for social justice through reproductive choice. Join the UUA in making reproductive choice a reality for all Americans Take action for reproductive choice with the RCRC Jessica Halperin also serves as the Witness Ministries Program Associate…

What’s Up With Millennials? Ask UUs.

Written by Carey McDonald // April 10th 2014 // Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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Looking for Answers The Pew Forum’s March 7 report on the Millennial Generation (age 18-33) was yet another poll that highlighted the rising number of young people who are nonreligious. However, Pew’s report also made an important new connection, which is that the decline of religion among Millennials is rooted in the generation’s overall detachment from institutions. As the Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and a Millennial myself, I see these generational changes play out every day.  In fact, looking at what’s going on in the United States’ 1000 Unitarian Universalist congregations is a great window into the Pew report’s conclusions about generations and institutions….

Faith Architects: Let’s Build Spiritual Homes!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // April 1st 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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This blogpost was written by Julie Brock, the Project Coordinator for Faith Architects to explain the purpose and direction of this exciting new endeavor!–Ed. Shape the Future of Faith Faith Architects is a program designed to empower Unitarian Universalist young adults to use their gifts and talents to build a spiritual home within their own religion.  Maybe this sounds crazy to you.  Why would someone have to build a home in their own religion?  Isn’t it THEIR religion? After growing up in the faith and being in leadership for several years, the best answer I can give is… sort of.  I mean, the values and principles and basis of theology are all the same both as a child…

2014 OPUS: Hands to Work, Hearts to Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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SUMMER PLANNING Get ready for the  annual five-day, spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network, this year hosted by the Nuhop Experiential Learning Camp, August 13–17, near Perrysville, OH. For young adults ages 18 – 35 from around Canada and United States (and beyond!)  This year Opus is brought to you by a partnership between CUUYAN and the Ohio-Meadville District. Visit the OPUS 2014 website for detailed information, a video of OPUS 2010 and to register.   Early Bird registration: $245 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by May 11, remainder due July 27th On-time registration: $280 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by June 22, remainder due by July 27th Late registration: $315…

Who Knows How Many Campus Groups We Have?

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 31st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, On Campus, young adults // no comments

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How many campus ministry groups DO we have? You hold the answer! Are campus groups growing? Shrinking? Doing interfaith work? Who supports them? Are they reaching new UUs? Are they helping our recently bridged youth stay connected? These are just a few of the questions I hear frequently as the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the  Unitarian Universalist Association. The truth of the matter is that I simply don’t know the answers. I do have a spreadsheet with contact information that is somewhat outdated, I have lots of anecdotes and stories and I have interactions with folks doing this work all over the country. But as for cold hard updated data?… Um… well… Well,…

Spotlight: UU young adults of Brooklyn, NY

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 28th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices // 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.  “A gateway to being involved in the larger congregation,” “a bridge to multigenerational community” – These are just two of the phrases used to describe the ministry of welcome provided by the Twenties and Thirties group at First Unitarian Congregational Society Brooklyn (or First UU Brooklyn). Calling themselves the “TnT group” these young adults create a low-pressure environment free of judgment for those looking to add spirituality to their life in the often secular world of New York City.     Karen Plemons, who grew up Unitarian…

Hermione is a Universalist

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 28th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Emma Watson, interviewed about her role in “Noah“, directed by Darren Aronofsky, discusses her spiritual faith and describes much of what animates Unitarian Universalist belief and practice. Watch the video on Telegraph.UK/video at between minutes 1:31 – 2:00 for her remarks on Universalist faith. Learn more about Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist faith. Read a version of this story on Huffington Post, or watch a trailer for Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah”:

The Confused Millennial (?)

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 26th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Faithful of the Future Favor Rational Religion The Atlantic Monthly analyzed poll results of the recent PEW Research Study, “New Findings on Millennials”, then published, “Study: Millennials Deeply Confused About Their Politics, Finances, and Culture“, focusing on apparent contradictory beliefs of Millennials as indicated by their survey responses as compared to those of other generations. Subheadings like, “This generation is getting totally screwed by the economy … but we’re the most optimistic generation in the country“, and, “This generation has record numbers of single parents … but it also has the most negative attitudes toward single parents”, leave the impression that Millennials are different from previous generations and more than a little confused. Much has…

Combat Intolerance with Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 25th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Don’t Be Sad, Be Blue! Even if it seems counter intuitive, people of faith are not immune to intolerance. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) founded by Eboo Patel works to bring people of different faiths – atheists included – together behind the unifying message: We are better together. Watch Eboo Patel’s Ware Lecture to the 2013 UUA General Assembly From the IFYC website: When you pledge to #BeBlue on April 10th, you’re standing up for your friends, family, and neighbors of other beliefs by helping to change the narrative that different religious and non-religious traditions are doomed to fight. Being blue is a small action that makes a big statement: we’re all better when people…

A Millennial P.O.V. on Millennials

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 21st 2014 // Issues and Trends, young adults // no comments

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Stephanie Mann takes issue with the media’s take on the Millennial Generation. We re-post her commentary on the commentary about the Millennial Generation which originally appears on the Beacon Broadside.–Ed. It’s rebuttal, bub, not narcissism The Fast Future Generation: When Millennials Fight Back By Stephanie Mann The Go-Nowhere Generation. Trophy Kids. The Peter Pan Generation. For a group that’s over 80 million strong, Millennials sure do take a lot of flak sitting down. Or at least they used to. Today, Millennials—the generation born in the 80s and 90s—are increasingly standing up against the mass media bully pulpit. More Gen Yers are stepping forward to pen op-eds, articles, and blog posts to defend themselves against their…