SnapChat Younger Folks Into Your Congregation

Posted by Bart Frost // May 16th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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Using SnapChat to Expand Your Reach To Younger Folks Recently I shared this image, by Benjamin Schwartz that appears in the New Yorker Magazine:   to Facebook adding “Imagine being the one trying to explain why churches and our office should be using it.” In the comments, a number of folks asked how to use it within church contexts lamenting they tried it when it first came out and it just didn’t work. Why SnapChat? According to SnapChat‘s own numbers, more than 60% of 13-34 year-old smartphone users in the US are Snapchatters. Furthermore, it is a great platform to share things that are happening live and locally. We continue to see more social media platforms…

Text, Talk, Act with Your Youth or Young Adult Group

Posted by jennicadavishockett // May 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

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More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30% of adolescents experience one major episode of depression before reaching adulthood.¹ And while this information is sobering, it is heartening to know that this is also the age at which people are the most receptive to positive influences that can help overcome mental health stress. Here is a way to be one of those positive influences:   During the month of May youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta are taking part in Text, Talk, Act for mental health, AND YOU CAN TOO! “Text, Talk, Act is an innovative effort that uses smart phones as a way…

Lessons From Youth Group

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My home church in Orange County had an excellent religious education program and a vibrant youth group. Some of my best friends were people I met at cons. I married my wife at the summer camp where we met. My greatest allies, mentors and cheerleaders were adult advisors I had. I found my calling to serve Unitarian Universalism (UU) at General Assembly Youth Caucus. Instead of going to my Senior Prom, I went to a training on youth empowerment and leadership. I credit YRUU with saving my life and giving me…

The Secret to What Young Adults Want

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 29th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

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Julie Brock wrote this newsletter column for First Unitarian Society of Madison and shared it with us given how relevant it is to young adult ministry everywhere.  Thanks Julie! by Julie Brock Having young people in church is pretty great. Youth bring new energy, fresh perspective, and remind us that we are part of something larger than ourselves, that will be here when we aren’t anymore. I know a lot of young people who want to explore spirituality in community, and find the values and principles of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) tradition to be grounding and resonant to their own worldview. Yet it remains true that it is difficult to give young people what they…

YA@GA Election Results

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA // one comment

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is full of gratitude for everyone who participated in the YA@GA elections process. Big thank yous go out to everyone who registered as a candidate, ran in the election, read about the candidates, encouraged others to vote and of course to the 60 young adults who did vote in the process. Without further ado we present the new YA@GA Co-Facilitator for 2017-2018: Aisha Ansano!   Aisha is a 3rd year Master of Divinity candidate at Harvard Divinity School and an aspirant in the Unitarian Universalist ordination process. She’s writing her thesis on the phenomenon of dinner churches and planning to start a non-Christian dinner church. Currently…

Giving Up Trash for Lent

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Living the Wasteless Life by Carter Smith My story actually begins almost a year ago, when one of my Facebook friends posted an article about Lauren Singer, blogger at Trash is For Tossers. She has become well-known in recent years for fitting two years of her trash into a single mason jar. I was astounded because I had never heard of anything like it, even in my growing environmental consciousness within the first year of my college career. Hearing that something known as a “zero waste lifestyle” was possible for people living in industrialized Western societies seemed both outlandish and amazing. From there I spent weeks reading pretty much any literature out there about waste…

Hallowed Growth in NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans, organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey bees housed in hives on the lot buzz by, and a bench constructed between cinder blocks doubles as a flower planter. Inside a modest greenhouse, a hodgepodge of reclaimed bathtubs support an aquaculture, growing fish and fertilizing plants symbiotically. David Young, the man behind this and many other community gardens in the Lower Ninth Ward, is taking me and seventeen other Juniata College students on a tour. Spending our spring break in New Orleans for a week of interfaith service and learning, we have just finished our first day of…

Meet the Candidates

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // April 1st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, YA@GA 2016 User Guide // one comment

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for YA@GA Co-Facilitators of the 2017 and 2018 General Assemblies This post is an introduction to our three candidates for the 2017-18 Co-Facilitator for Young Adults at General Assembly or YA@GA.  Are you involved in UU community? Will you be between the ages of 18 and 35 in June 2017 AND June 2018?  If so, read this post so you can make an informed decision when you vote in the election on or before Sunday April 17th. Before you read the profiles and platforms of our three candidates, you should make sure you know a bit about the job they’re vying for. The YA@GA Co-Facilitator is a two year position. Our current senior Co-Facilitator, Ayla Halberstadt, was elected on-site…

Fiercely UU: Choosing to leave the system

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 31st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Fiercely UU is a new blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. – Ed.  Read more stories of Fiercely Unitarian Universalist Faith here. Choosing to leave the system by Jessica I was a sixth grader, big glasses and crooked teeth, always hiding my messy hair behind a book. I would sit in Social Studies class and the kid who sat in front of me would…

Spotlight: UUs of Northeastern University

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // March 24th 2016 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Small But Mighty The set up was in some ways completely familiar. The cushions on the floor, the snacks arranged casually around the yet unlit chalice. Students drifting in and sitting down, late evening on a weekday. I could have been in the basement of the chapel back at my small Midwestern liberal arts college gathering with the Unitarian Universalist (UU) student group I led for three semesters. But I’ve been out of college for more than six years and instead I was in an interfaith space at Northeastern University here in Boston, a visiting Unitarian Universalist Association staff member. I ask the students why they come to the UU campus ministry gatherings. Their answers…