Here is How to Grow Campus Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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Our Tools and Guides + Your Faith = Success! Whether you are starting, reviving or growing a campus ministry in your area, these items from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will help you on your journey. The start-up kit includes the following: UU Pocket Guide, an introduction to Unitarian Universalism; Voices from the Margins, a collection of reflections from voices that often go unheard; Rejoice Together, different pieces of writing designed for small group worship; Sonata for Voice and Silence, a collection of poetic prayers by Mark Belletini; a small candle holder and candle to serve as a chalice and Standing on the Side of Love stickers. Find it all at the UUA Bookstore here….

Make the Break for Spiritual Renewal this Winter

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Young Adult Spiritual Growth and Community is Here Registration for the Winter Escape 2015 Retreat (WE’15) is now open! Spend your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend (Friday January 16 to Monday, January 19, 2015) engaged in social and spiritual activities, workshops, hiking, games, music, cooking, baking, and more!  Join  Unitarian Universalist Young Adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area for a 4-day / 3-night fun-filled getaway. This year’s event (the 6th annual) takes place at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park in Virginia, about a 2-hour car ride south of Washington, DC., the same location as the All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC Young Souls’ awesome Fall 2012 Retreat.  The park features 6 miles of hiking…

Witnessing America’s Original Sin

Written by Carey McDonald // December 2nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Why rioting in some of the hundreds of protests across the country of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision exonerating Ofc. Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown but not in others? Carey McDonald’s insightful reflection points toward an answer. -Ed. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause. After experiencing Black Lives Matter Boston rally and having time to reflect, here are my thoughts on Ferguson: If you’re talking about the indictment, you’re missing the point. I’ve read so many comments about what the grand jury…

Bless All Who Serve with this Little Blue Book

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 1st 2014 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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As Seen on the VUU Bob LaVallee, seminarian and Meadville Lombard talks about the value of “Bless All Who Serve”  – the  irreplaceable and affectionately named “little blue book”, published by Skinner House Books, and available at the UUA Bookstore. Watch this excerpt, queued to begin at 40:25 through 41:50: Watch – and participate – on the VUU, a live talkshow broadcast each Thursday at 11 am Eastern produced by the Church of the Larger Fellowship. We invite a wide variety of guests to discuss religion, spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, multi-faith issues, social justice, and whatever else seems interesting! Participate live at http://google.com/+QuestformeaningOrg. The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley and Joanna Crawford.      …

We Witness Because #Black Lives Matter

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 26th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Bringing Worship to the Street of the Cities   Last night I went to church. It wasn’t, however, the most conventional church experience. In fact, the leaders organizing the gathering didn’t call it church and likely didn’t think of it that way. First a handful of young adults who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith in various professional roles, gathered at my house. My partner had made signs and we brought our Standing on the Side of Love gear.  We talked and shared stories of protests and times we’d had difficulties with police.  We had some snacks and drinks. Reverse coffee hour, if you will. And then we went out to worship. We gathered with many others…

Be Seen Standing on the Side of Love and Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

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Calling All Yellow Shirts of Love, Tolerance and Justice The Grand Jury investigation of the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson is likely to announce its findings anytime now. On the day of and after the Grand Jury announcement, people will gather at events around the country calling for an end to racist policing, police brutality and the culture of Mass Incarceration. Make this a moment of public witness, and speaking out in the spirit of love and justice – and plan on sharing the Unitarian Universalist message of love and justice far and wide by documenting the event you attend and sharing your images or tweets – here is how: 1. Find…

Improve Unitarian Universalism for Young Adults

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Record and Share Your Post-Bridging Experience Emily Parker’s foundational study promises to make UUism more welcoming and spiritually fulfilling for all young adults. If you recently bridged we strongly encourage you to participate. – Ed. Where Do We Go After Bridging? If you are a Unitarian Universalist young adult who Bridged this year (or if you love somebody who is), then I need your help! My name is Emily Parker, and I, like you (or your loved one), am a Unitarian Universalist who Bridged this year. Last year, I became interested in how we Bridge, and where we go afterwards. Why do so many young adults leave the faith? What are young adults looking for,…

Know What They Say About Assumptions?

Written by jennicadavishockett // November 13th 2014 // Issues and Trends // 5 comments

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STORY UPDATED 11/14/14* Last night as I swiped through my Facebook feed I thought I saw that another Unitarian Universalist church had been victim to a hate crime. But I wasn’t in the mood for another thing to be mad/sad about so I pretended like I was impervious to the click bait. In the office this morning (yes that’s right, I get to work at UUA Headquarters for a couple weeks) colleagues were abuzz with mis/information about the incident. I’m sure by now you’ve seen Maybe you haven’t yet seen this article, when I did a search in Google News, it was nowhere to be found. [We’ve verified only one news source published this story…

Join the Young Adult Leaders List!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 13th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Take Ten Minutes to Change the Future of Our Faith Here’s the situation: My name is Annie and I work for the Unitarian Universalist Association.  I’m a young adult and one aspect of my ministry is supporting young adults across our faith.  So when a Unitarian Universalist is looking for a young adult voice or perspective, they often come to me and say “Hey Annie, do you know any young adults who would be good for *insert type of leadership here*?” Well usually I do, because I happen to know a fair amount of UU young adults.  But there’s a problem here: being part of UU leadership should not depend on whether or not you know me….

Life–Saving, Torture–Ending, Rock–Star Faith

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices, young adults // one comment

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UU Young Adult Tells United Nations: Stop Torture of Queer Youth Samantha Ames is a total rock star. Not a literal rock star. I’ve never seen her play an instrument and performance is not her jam. But Sam is the kind of person who you meet and are instantly impressed by, the kind of person you want to be around, the kind of person you’re just plain proud to know. I met Sam a year ago, at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. She’s one of those fun loving, friendly and laid back people who also happens to be a civil rights lawyer with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, a participant in the AIDS…