Safe Space and a Way Forward

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 15th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Natural Extension of Unitarian Unversalist Core Values Talkin’ ’bout unconditional love, equality and justice – This is one way Unitarian Universalist congregations engage their community: When two young adults realized that homeless young adults were falling through the cracks Sam Greenberg and Sarah Rosenkrantz determined to open a shelter to help them find a path forward. When they decided to do something about it, First Parish in Cambridge, MA determined to help by hosting the shelter dedicated to homeless young adults (between the ages of 18 and 24) during the coldest months of the year. Said Rev. Fred Small, the senior minister at First Parish, “Their proposal was very exciting, because it’s a natural…

How to #Commit2Respond RIGHT NOW

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith // no comments

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You Decide if Activists for Climate Change GROW or whither on April 22 The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) with Faithify challenge you to help train the people who will be on the front-lines of changing the climate on the issue of Climate Change. These activists, will be graduates of the UUCSJ GROW Climate Justice, the Grounded & Resilient Organizers’ Workshop if AND ONLY IF you – and we – rise to the challenge right now, because if sufficient funding is not raised by April 22, the training can not happen. Read the invitation to participate from dedicated, battle-hardened, Unitarian Universalist climate activist Tim DeChristopher. Read about the GROW workshop and watch the fundraising…

Bridging: the Present and Future of Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 10th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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The Journey of Faith is Long – With Many Bridges to Cross Faith is a life-long experience, so the Unitarian Universalist Association has resources for Lifespan Faith Development. And where there are spans there are bridges – and Bridgers (youth transitioning to young adulthood). Bridging bridgers is a big deal in Unitarian Universalism. Ours is a multigenerational faith, and today’s youth are the young adult present and future of our congregation. Make it easy for transitioning youth to make new connections and maintain their faith! Urge them to take part in the Bridge Connections program. HERE IS HOW:   THERE AIN’T NO MAGIC ABOUT IT! The Bridge Connections Program makes the connection happen by keeping…

YA@GA Election Winner

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA // 3 comments

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And the Winner is… (Scroll down now to find out, or read this part first) Yes folks, the results from the new and improved* Young Adults at General Assembly (YA@GA) elections are in! First off, a big thank you to all our candidates who were willing to serve in this important leadership role and who spent time putting together their terrific videos and elections materials. Second, a big thank you to the 77 young adults who took time to learn about the candidates and make your voice heard by voting! And now, without further ado, the winner is…     Cameron Young of Fort Worth, Texas!   The staff at the Office of Youth and…

YA@GA Election Results

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 8th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, GA // no comments

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Time to Tally Up   Wondering Who Won? So Are We. Elections for the leadership positions of YA@GA were held yesterday. Response was robust, and we’ve a lot of ballots to tally. We will announce the winners as soon as we know who they are! Want to refresh yourself on who the five formidable candidates are? Click here.  

YA@GA Elections Tuesday April 7th!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2015 // GA, young adults // 2 comments

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YOU DECIDE IN ONE WEEK  What YOU Need to Know to Vote: As explained in this post calling for candidates, Young Adults@General Assembly (YA@GA) was known as Young Adult Caucus and historically elected caucus “co-moderators” during a program slot at General Assembly. Shifting to YA@GA in 2014 we not only re-imagined how we serve young adults at GA with programming, we also began to re-think other practices like elections. In-person elections were poorly attended, didn’t always yield a slate full of qualified candidates, and made it impossible for anyone who wasn’t at GA that year to participate. We knew we could live more fully into our fifth principle. So this year it’s different. This year candidates…

Radical Hope and a More Perfect Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 27th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends // no comments

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We post an excerpt of this important post by Kenny S. Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado and UU World contributor. Read the full text of Kenny S. Wiley’s post tracing the history of Unitarian Universalist rejection of racism, and the call of UU history for Unitarian Universalists to make #BlackLivesMatter now, on his blog “A Full Day“, here. – ed.         A Unitarian Universalist ‘Black Lives Matter’ Theology by Kenny Wiley, March 26, 2015 “If, while I hear the wild shriek of the slave mother robbed of her little ones, I do not open my mouth, am I not guilty?” –Lucy Stone In the Denver…

“Relationships And…”

Written by Bart Frost // March 26th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // 3 comments

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  There Are Only Three Important Words   This is part two a multi-part series of reflections the by Director of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association on Selma after attending the Selma 50th March and Jubilee. You can find part one here. – ed.         On Friday morning, we began with worship led by Mark Hicks. The theme of worship focused on stories and relationships, a theme that would later be echoed by Rev. Mark Morrison-Reed’s keynote address to Living Legacy Project Conference attendees. During worship Olivia spoke about why she traveled from Maine to Birmingham, AL. Olivia had been on the Living Legacy…

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…

Commit 2 Respond With Young Adult Aly Tharp

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 23rd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // one comment

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And Thousands of Others of Every Age This Unitarian Universalist Young Adult has a message for everyone: Climate Change is real and there is plenty we can do about it – especially right now by joining the Unitarian Universalist Association initiative Commit 2 Respond.             First, Listen to Aly – Then read what she has to say… My full name is Alyssa Marie Tharp. To my knowledge I am not related to the great marine scientist, Marie Tharp, one of two people who made the first map of the ocean floors and  discovered the great underwater mountain rifts — perhaps the greatest remaining mystery of the natural wonders on Earth….