In the Space Between Spirit and Letter of the Law

Written by kennywiley // September 15th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Kenny Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie Unitarian Universalist Church, Parker, CO, reflects on how the legal reforms of the Civil Rights Act have – and have not – changed American culture, and how Black Americans have had to adapt to change still not made in this post originally appearing in his blog, “A Full Day“. We welcome Kenny as a regular contributor to the Blue Boat! – Ed. How Long is 50 Years? My Civil Rights Trip Through the South June 24, 2014 Kenny Wiley “Darnell! It’s so good to see you, honey. Give me a hug.” My plate of collared greens, cornbread and two kinds of casserole still minutes away, I had…

Change the Climate for the Better

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 12th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends // one comment

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And Change it for Good Although the effect of human activity on the climate is accepted (by most people), governments have thus far failed to address the problem collectively on a global scale with effective solutions that undo the damage done to the environment or the consequential injustices it has creates across the world. Arresting climate change can only be successfully addressed by the world community, and the United Nations (UN) has for several years tried to create that consensus. This September the UN will try again, hosting the Catalyzing Action Climate Summit 2014, at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from hundreds of member states will be present, but this summit will be…

Can Progressives of Faith Achieve the Upper Hand?

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 5th 2014 // Future of Faith // one comment

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Religious Progressives Can Prevail Together The Atlantic Monthly examines a recent Public Religion Institute (PRI)/ Brookings Institution survey on how faith influences views on society, noting that while progressive faith is on the rise it has yet to become a cohesive faith-based force rivaling that of religious conservatives. The study shows that faith more often determines the thinking of religious conservatives as a group on social or political issues than that of religious progressives because religious progressives are inherently more diverse, and thus less homogenous in their thinking. While this study explains why the Religious Right is so successful translating its beliefs into an electoral and legislative agenda, it also suggests an opportunity for progressive…

Big Ambition of Small Office Inspires Passion

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 4th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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We re-post this excerpt of Sage Mitch’s narrative from the International Programs Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) blog on how working for the Unitarian Universalist–United Nations Office inspired her passion. Read the full post on the UUA International Office blog–Ed.   My Summer with the UU-UNO Hi everyone, Like my fellow intern Zandy, today marks my last day as an intern with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Through the last ten weeks with the office I have had such an amazing experience and will thoroughly miss it. The other interns and staff members I met here will be connections and friends for years to come I hope, and the opportunity to work on…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults at Channing-Murray

Written by Annie Gonzalez // August 31st 2014 // Featured Young Adults, On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.– Ed. It’s not every day that I highlight a young adult or campus ministry that has its roots in the consolidation between the Unitarian and Universalists, but then again, the Channing-Murray Foundation is not your average young adult or campus ministry. This non-profit center was formed when the Unitarian and Universalist congregations in town joined together to form the UU Church of Urbana Champaign (UUCUC), or what the folks I interviewed called “the Green Street Church.” In that shift, a decision was made to keep both historical buildings, and…

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…

Spreading SALT Coast to Coast!

Written by Annie Gonzalez // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, young adults // one comment

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Spiritual Activism Leadership Training Comes to Massachusetts The Spiritual Activist Leadership Training program (SALT) was pioneered by the Unitarian Universalist Legislative Ministry of California, now the UU Justice Ministry of California. They began in 2011 and have had two separate cohorts of young adults complete the program. These young adults spent a year participating in regular “Justice Plunges” and spiritual reflection that supported them in deepening their understanding of justice issues in California, developing their faith-based leadership and organizing skills, strengthening their spiritual lives, and connecting with justice makers across the state for mutual mentoring. You can read about the first cohort to graduate from the SALT program in this post from 2012. We are excited to announce that…

Massachusetts – Immigration Mayhem!

Written by admin // July 30th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Controversy Breaks out at the Mass. State House Surrounding Immigrant Minors By Olivia McCormack and Chloe Ockey As a part of our Youth Justice Training in Boston, offered by the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ), one of the requirements was to intern at a social justice organization. In our case, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Our UUA liason (Susan Leslie) took us to the Massachusetts State House to view and observe the photo exhibit later mentioned in this post.   An estimated 57,000 minors from Central America have flooded across the border from Mexico to the U.S. in recent months, and gang leaders are reportedly filling their ranks from among them. Transnational gangs…

Youth and Young Adults on the Frontline of Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 30th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Youth and Young Adults Respond to Operation Save America Targeting Services at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana were targeted on Sunday,  July 20, 2014 by members of the anti-abortion protest group Operation Save America (OSA)– formerly known as “Operation Rescue” – for having hosted the groundbreaking celebration of a new Planned Parenthood family counseling center to be built nearby. Rev. Deanna Vandiver, citing the founding principle of religious freedom in the United States stated, “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.” As reported on the Rachel Maddow Show in the story, “Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity“, when protesters disrupted the service, UU youth spontaneously rose to encircle them, singing…

Young Adult at General Assembly 2014 Survey

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA, YA @ GA 2014, young adults // no comments

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It’s Serious Business  Click to take the 2014 survey about young adult participation in General Assembly and YA@GA (Young Adults at General Assembly). We welcome responses from all young adults in attendance at GA 2014, regardless of their participation in YA@GA events, as well as those of any age who attended YA@GA events. Take the Survey Here