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 // one comment

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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….

Not The Only One

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

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Multicultural Leadership School, is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for UU 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 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available! In this second guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Aisha Pierre shares about her MLS experience! Ed. Before enrolling to the Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I was very uncomfortable about the topic of race. MLS gave me the confidence to talk about race and culture with others. Growing up in a predominately single race community, I was often referred to as the incorrect ethnicity. I always felt…

Daughter, Arab-American, Person of Faith…

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Connections Made and Deepened at Multicultural Leadership School This year, as the struggle for racial justice lives on in our streets and classrooms, in courtrooms and corner stores, UU youth and young adults of color are invited to come together for the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development. MLS is July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center near Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available!     In this guest blog, Multicultural Leadership School alum Ranwa Hammamy reflects on her experience and how MLS has shaped her call to ministry. -Ed A daughter, an Arab-American, a student,…

If You Wanna Be Elected, First You Gotta Run…

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, General Assembly 2015, young adults // no comments

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For YA@GA co-facilitator! Are you a Unitarian Universalist young adult with experience building community with your peers and a love for national gatherings? Are you interested in shaping programming for Young Adults at General Assembly (YA@GA) in 2016 and 2017? Wanna serve our faith and get a free trip to Columbus, OH and New Orleans, LA for two no cost GAs? Well then you’ve gotta run for YA@GA co-facilitator in our brand new and improved virtual election process! Every year at YA@GA (formerly Young Adult Caucus) we hold elections to choose our next co-facilitator (formerly co-moderator). And while these elections have yielded some stellar results (I got to work with Hannah Roberts last year!  This year…

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Mutual Aid Carrboro

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 5th 2015 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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True Solidarity – Enduring Fire “A few weeks ago after a particularly long and hectic day, I sat down at a Mutual Aid Carrboro gathering. As we checked in with one another, I realized that this felt like home.” This is the report from Kyle Reeves, a graduate student at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill who was “craving connections with folks outside the chemistry community” and was drawn to Mutual Aid Carrboro, once he heard of it, after prior experience with a Unitarian Universalist congregation in Massachusetts and a desire to seek justice. He describes Mutual Aid Carrboro, which is part of the larger organization Sacred Fire UU, as “an intentional group based in…

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 // 2 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…