Summer Seminary Grad Seeks Answers

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 30th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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For some, Summer Seminary left them with even more questions about their path to ministry. Jennica Davis-Hockett, Leadership Development Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), paired a Summer Seminary graduate with a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School to get some answers.–Ed. Emily Conger grew up in New Jersey in the Metro New York District, and is now in Boulder, Colorado in the Mountain Desert District. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.   Carter Smith is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she is majoring in Religious Studies. This past summer, she was a participant of the…

Luminary Leaders: Lighting a New Way

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, UUA, youth // no comments

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Are you 14-18 or in your first year out of high school?          Are you dedicated to living your Unitarian Universalist faith?                 Are you a leader in your congregation, community, district or region?                        Or do you want to be?  Now is your time to apply to be a Luminary Leader. Join other youth leaders across the nation in lighting a new way. Visit uua.org/luminary to find out how to join. Apply for Level One and get access to a variety of open opportunities to lead. Apply for Level Two, which includes submitting an Experience Profile…

Summer Seminary’s Emergent Properties

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 21st 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Some of the programming at Summer Seminary 2014 was structured, like our time spent at Meadville Lombard Theological School learning about discerning the call, theology, faith formation, UU history and preaching. Some of the programming was designed for open dialogue, so students could pick the brains of music directors, ministers, religious educators and UUA staff members. And some of the time was left open, so that what needed to emerge in the moment, could. Here’s Steven’s account of how the students decided to take it deeper. -Ed.   The knowledge of Summer Seminary’s impact on the incredible youth and young adults should be wide spread and thought of deeply within our communities at home. While writing…

Say No More, Just #Change the Name

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments

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October 12, 2015: Columbus Day INDIGENOUS PEOPLES DAY Sign this petition today it’ll make a difference next year, and every year thereafter. From Beacon Press – Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (author of An Indigenous’ Peoples History of the U.S. has a special message for President Barack Obama: The United States should honor Native American nations and communities over a symbol of colonization and genocide… Change Columbus Day to Indigenous Peoples’ Day! ADD YOUR VOICE: Click here to read the appeal and sign the official petition.(http://wh.gov/i3Isc) Then share this message. READ MORE ABOUT IT ON BLUE BOAT  

Your Mad Skills Are Just What We Need

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 8th 2014 // Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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It’s Time to Apply for YA@GA 2015 Staff!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 8th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA // no comments

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Let your light shine on YA@GA staff in Portland Is General Assembly starting to feel like Hogwarts, that magical place you miss so much you can’t even remember for sure if it’s real? Well don’t worry, it’s happening again next year! Trust us, we are your YA@GA co-facilitators, and we’re (Religious Education) professionals. We are Jonathan Rogers and Ayla Halberstadt, and we wanted to take this opportunity to let you know a little bit about ourselves, and about the fully-funded volunteer staff positions that we will be hiring for; we’d love to have you on our team! In case you missed last year’s General Assembly in Providence, we’ll catch you up: formerly known as Young Adult Caucus,…

Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // one comment

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Summer Seminary Graduate Sofia Avery-Kapulski is so cool she lives in a yurt with a wood-burning stove. She’s decorated the walls with a painting of the cosmos. She’s an excellent writer and performer. In an interview with her, we discussed how she makes meaning in her life.–Ed.   JD-H: What do you remember about the first moment you thought about going into the ministry? SA-K: It was right after my first QUUest camp, I was having an existential meltdown. I thought, “How am I supposed to do something meaningful with my skills and passions? All I do is write, make music and stew about everything.” I’d been thinking that my preferred past times doomed me to…

A Week That Felt Like a Month, Tied To Her for Years

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 6th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // one comment

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At the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary 2014, yes, students learned about what it’s like to be a religious professional, but they also learned about navigating in and appreciating the city of Chicago. They also created deep bonds with one another to find the Spirit of Life within and all around them. Rhea Brown-Bright, from the progressive oasis of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, recounts her experience. –Ed. SUMMER SEMINARY WAS MUCH MORE THAN… By Rhea Brown-Bright When the plane left the ground of Chicago When it left all the friends I had made behind I knew my life had changed Summer Seminary wasn’t just a place to be for a week It was…

General Assembly, Here We Come!

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA // one comment

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Ever wondered what it would be like to be surrounded by nearly 5,000 like hearted people, exploring Unitarian Universalist values in an amazing new city? OR, have you been dreaming of making your way back to such a UUtopia after attending General Assembly in the past?   Consider Andrea and Olivia as your guides on just such an adventure. They are the Youth Caucus Deans for General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon.     Junior Youth Caucus Dean – Andrea Briscoe Stats: I’m 15 and a Sophomore. I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I go to Main Line Unitarian Church. UU Background: I’m a lifelong UU. I enjoy planning and attending my Youth Group’s shenanigans. I…

Eyes on the Board – Youth Observer 2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 12th 2014 // Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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      SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER THEM         You’d have to be pretty brave to run for the highest youth leadership position available in the Unitarian Universalist Association. And even braver to accept the position, knowing your first task will be to travel alone to Boston and walk into a boardroom with these faces greeting you. (Note: While maybe not reflected by this mugshot, President Rev. Peter Morales, Moderator Jim Key and Treasurer Tim Brennan are really nice fellas.) But that’s just what Benji Janapol did. Benji is a high school senior from the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church just north of Seattle, WA. As Youth Observer to the UUA Board of…