Millennials Are Called to Deeper Meaning

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 9th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, young adults // no comments

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And Drawn to Where Religious Community Can Happen This Barna Group update, Designing Worship Spaces with Millennials in Mind, reveals that as a group when it comes to places of worship  Millennials more readily choose venues that promote the opportunity for creating community over traditional church space. Real world examples from the Unitarian Univeralist faith include The Sanctuaries, DC and The Sanctuary, Boston. Yet the Barna Group report also shows that the dedicated religious nature of the space where worship happens is meaningful too. From the Barna Group report:   While “Sanctuary,” “classic” and “quiet” are more often associated with traditional church buildings, less than half of survey respondents preferred the word “traditional” over “modern.”…

Summer Seminary Applications Open 2/13/2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Programs and Links, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments

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Explore the Call “Welcome to the club!” is what my former boss, Nancy Bowen Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region, said to me when I responded to her question of “what do you want to do with your life?” with “I want to run a spiritual retreat center.” “I know so many ministers who have that as their end goal,” she said. Ministers? I share a goal with ministers? OMG, does Nancy think of me as a minster? I’m nowhere near ordained. I am as close to a minister as a kid in a sandbox is to famous Barcelonan architect, Antoni Gaudí. And yet, when I was a teenager, although I would outwardly say…

Intern With The Sanctuaries DC this Summer

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // February 5th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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You are Needed for This Unique Ministry in Washington, DC You’re needed. Yes, you, the young adult who is looking for something meaningful to do this summer, you with a commitment to multicultural community building and spirituality. You’re the one. “The most pressing needs of our time,” Parker Palmer writes, “demand community in response.” How else are we to truly know the sacredness of life unless we live in a community where we can be persons, and not merely instruments or roles, to one another? You’re needed by a community that aspires to practice what Palmer preaches. A community of creative people from diverse racial and religious backgrounds. A community of dreamers and risk-takers promoting…

Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…

Covenant Creates Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // 3 comments

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While the Future of Faith is being determined by innovations in the places and ways people connect to and live their spiritual life, it is the practices that allow for and encourage them to connect in real and genuine ways about the things they hold most sacred that allows these new expressions of spiritual life to take hold in community with others. This post – re-posted with permission – by Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development of the Canadian Unitarian Council, shares how Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults (YaYA) covenant building leads by example. – Ed.   The Sacred Oops and Ouch: What UU Youth Have Taught Me About Covenant…

Becoming, the E-Book, is Here For All!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 27th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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So what if Becoming is currently out of (paper) stock – Get it online!   As previously noted, we have this really fabulous problem that a wonderful free resource created by Skinner House Books and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is so widely desired that we are  unable to immediately fulfill all the requests for copies. So maybe you are sitting around thinking “Gosh I wish I had a copy of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.  I would be so happy if for a mere 99 cents * I could acquire an Amazon Kindle version with the click of a button!” Well you, my friend (and your friend’s friends, and their…

Can We Really Reclaim Martin Luther King?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 23rd 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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What is “Unwise and Untimely”? The activists of #blacklivesmatter asked us this year to #ReclaimMLK (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.) as we celebrated his life and legacy the Monday after his birthday. When I was six years old I marched in my first Martin Luther King Day parade and of course I was out there with fellow Unitarian Universalists from the Universalist Unitarian Church of Peoria, where my family first made our spiritual home. I don’t remember that march nor what I believed I was marching for, but I’m sure it was informed by my church and my family and our general commitment to equality. I vaguely recall learning about Martin Luther King in elementary…

How We Talk About Leelah Matters

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 22nd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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This blogpost was written by young adult Samantha Ames, a lifelong Unitarian Universalist and lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights (NCLR). The NCLR works tirelessly to make our society safer for all LGBTQ people, especially queer youth.–Ed. The suicide of transgender teen Leelah Alcorn has prompted widespread media attention, including a focus on her description of how being sent to conversion therapy increased her sense of isolation and rejection. Now more than ever before, it is clear that there is an urgent need for more public discussion and education around the harms caused by conversion therapy. But some aspects of the recent conversations have been troubling. I’ve spent the last several years working with…

It Can’t Be the Same Without You

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, YA @ GA 2014, young adults // no comments

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Hey, Young Adults – General Assembly is only about Six Months* Away   * Find out EXACTLY how much time is left before the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon.

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

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Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…