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.”…

A Studied Fight Against Oppression

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 3rd 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Know it to Defeat it By Aija Jansone The Young Adult program at Westside Unitarian Universalist in Fort Worth, Texas gathers persons ranging from 18 to 35’ish years of age and is open to anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. The program started with a 6 month series focused on the various facets of privilege and oppression. Every month we come together to discuss how such aspects as race, gender, class, religion, sexuality and others influence ourselves and people around us. These meetings have been well attended, and we are expanding the current program as well as planning our next steps. What touched me the deepest during these discussions was an experience that illuminated how…

Hanging On By Their Faith

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 30th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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UU young adult activist suspends their body to slow arctic oil drilling “This is a personal issue for me because of my faith; I’m actually a Unitarian Universalist seminarian,” begins Elizabeth Mount explaining why they’re willing to dangle from a bridge for an uncertain length of time above the Willamette River in Portland, Oregon.  Elizabeth is part of a group of Greenpeace activists using their bodies to stop an ice-breaking ship called the Fennica from leaving for the Arctic to assist with Shell Oil’s drilling operations there. “I want Shell to know that human lives are more important than profits,” this UU young adult states in their video on the issue.  The activists hope to send a strong…

Service and Community

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 28th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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KATHY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki   Kathy Glatz First Unitarian Society of Denver “After being raised Catholic and having 30 something years of agnosticism, I was in a life-threatening car accident. And, I pondered, ‘why did I live?’ In my pondering my dear friend Jan Owen said, ‘Well, come to church with me.’ She was with First Unitarian at the time and it, uh, just felt right.” And so, in 1999 Kathy went to church. On #LivingUU Kathy Glatz is covered in buttons. From “End Israeli Apartheid” to “Migration is Natural” to an image of the word “Racism” underneath a big red prohibition sign that carves through the letters. Service. Kathy is clear and…

Little Separation Between UU Principles and Life

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 24th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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BRIAN by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki   Rev. Brian Ferguson Minister San Marcos UU Fellowship San Marcos, TX Rev. Brian Ferguson sauntered through GA wearing a pair of very cool shoes. Much to the chagrin of their daughter Isla, Brian and his partner Natalie actually picked up matching pairs of these hand-painted deluxe kicks at Austin’s annual “Armadillo Christmas Bazaar.” Reflecting on their bowling-shoe-like appearance Brian mused: “Why don’t people wear bowling shoes more often? They are just great shoes.” Agreed.   On #Living UU “As a UU minister there seems to be very little separation between my UU principles and my life. But every so often it does fall-out. I always like what Martin…

It’s Just Sort of Inclusion Right Away

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 22nd 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // one comment

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NANCY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Nancy Stevens Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon “I was invited to join the UU Fellowship in Frisco, CO in 1996 and my friend said, ‘This is a church for the non-religious’ and I said, ‘Oh that would be me!’ So I started that in ’96. And I’ve been part of three different fellowships since then.” Nancy Stevens’ heart grows bigger by the second as she shares how her UU communities have impacted her life. “A big thing for me – I get all teary here – um, that the LGBT community is welcome in this fellowship. It’s not very often that we’re accepted. It was so neat to…

Lifting UU Voices: Anger Welcome

Written by Kenny Wiley // July 17th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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We re-post Kenny Wiley’s account of attending the recently concluded Unitarian Universalist Association 2015 Multicultural Leadership School. – ed. Read this post on Kenny Wiley’s blog A Full Day The voices raised. We weren’t just singing–we were feeling. I’d never sung like this before. For once, those words — Lift every voice and sing, til’ Earth and heaven ring — felt neither like intrusion or performance. I gazed around the room and at the twenty other young faces of color, along with our mostly white hosts, the folks at the Lucy Stone Co-op in Roxbury, Mass. I was 1950 miles from my bed in Denver, and nearly as far from my hometown of Houston, Texas—but…

Help UU Young Adults Find Each Other!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // July 16th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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They Are Everywhere – You Just Need to Know Where to Look… “I’m moving to a new part of the country. How can I find other UU young adults?” “I just learned about Unitarian Universalism and want to check it out. Where can I find peers?” “I want to get more involved. When is the next gathering of UU young adults in my area?” Along with the time honored method of getting a visible flaming chalice tattoo or finding a local congregation, there are two old-but-improved tools from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries that I hope you’ll use to solve these conundrums! First up: the HubMap. Simple concept. It’s an open source…

My Own Little Blue Boat

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 2nd 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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BEAR by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel Though below me, I feel no motion Standing on these mountains and plains Far away from the rolling ocean Still my dry land heart can say: Bear Amezcua-Waters is 32 years old. He lives in Austin, Texas with Gil, his husband. They both recently began attending the First UU Church of Austin. Bear shared his story with me and @KristenPsaki, on the first evening of General Assembly. For all three of us it was our first GA conference, and we were all happy to connect to friendly faces through Bear’s gracious telling. Bear grew up to a body-building mother, now passed, who taught him in the ways of the…

A Spiritual Awakening

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 27th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

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WESLEY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Wesley Botham Unitarian Church Lincoln, NE “Sometime in late high school and early college I was definitely sure I was no longer a Christian.” Wesley Botham grew up in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA Lutheran), which worked for him until it didn’t anymore. “I remember thinking: It would be nice if there were some place, this is a completely absurd thought, but it would be nice if there were some place where you could go and not be a Christian.” Wesley ended up dating someone who invited him to a UU church, but it didn’t stick just yet. A chapter or two down the road Wesley lived…