Youth Civic Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

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UU–UNO Interns  Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton report from the United Nations International Youth Day, where the theme was Youth Civic Engagement. Learn more about leadership opportunities at the competitive UU–UNO office By Jen Caplan and Audrey Carleton (re-posted from the blog of the UUA International Office) On Wednesday, August 12th, the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) interns participated in the United Nations’ International Youth Day. The theme of this year’s event was Youth Civic Engagement, where youth engagement vis a vis the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was both championed and celebrated. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon began the opening session with a call to action for youth worldwide. Referring to the current 15- to 24-year-old demographic as the “SDG generation,” he implored youth…

GoldMine: 5 Lessons Learned (By An Adult)

Written by Bart Frost // August 25th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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THESE FIVE TAKEAWAYS WILL GET YOU MINING FOR GOLD This summer was a busy one for us in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association. After General Assembly, I spent a week at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church in Edmonds, WA as staff at PNWD GoldMine Youth Leadership School. I was invited to lead workshops about Race, Identity and Oppression for the youth leaders, a section that had not been consistently run in the past. I also assisted in other ways necessary, including leading a credo group. Here are my top takeaways from this experience: 1. Youth want to go deep in to Unitarian Universalism Our youth want to go…

Which Emergency?

Written by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 11th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Issues and Trends, Mosaic, UUA // no comments

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A Day of Civil Disobedience for Social Justice @RevElizabethN, UUA Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color reports from St. Louis, MO. where she and more than one hundred Unitarian Universalists,  local congregations, and others participated in acts of resistance to mark the anniversary of the death of Michael Brown. This day of resistance was the result of organizing for social justice and change that happens here 365 days a year, and the history of  justice work that has come before. On August 10th, Saint Louis County authorities declared a state of emergency as organizers shutdown interstate-70, faith leaders demanded that the Department of Justice do its job, and people marched in solidarity all…

Leading for Every Generation

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 11th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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This story comes to us from Aislynn Pasierb, a member of Eliot Unitarian Chapel in Kirkwood, Missouri, who shares  her recent Youth Leadership School experience in Beloit, WI. – ed. I was incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to attend UU Youth Midwest Leadership School (YMWLS) in Beloit, WI this past July. YMWLS gave me the chance to create lasting friendships and learn more about what it means to be a Unitarian Universalist. Most importantly, I learned about how important multi-generational involvement is in Unitarian Universalism. A significant component of being at YMWLS is creating a worship service in a group of participants from both the youth and adult leadership schools. This experience was very…

Learn How the Black Lives Matter AIW Came to Be

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 7th 2015 // Featured Youth, GA, General Assembly 2015, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Read the inside story from Youth Caucus 2015 Co-Business Manager Isabelle McCurdy on how the Youth Caucus sponsored Action of Immediate Witness, “Support Black Lives Matter” came to be. When Kara Marler, my Sr. Business Manager co-chair, and I started planning our programming for this year, we had relatively normal ideas of how things would go: we would attend General Sessions, be able to explain any GA Business to Youth Caucus, and we would plan a workshop. When the idea of writing an AIW was brought forward, we were both unsure. It’s safe to say leaders can often be the most unsure, that fear and concern is part of what makes you inherently driven to not…

Lead the UU-UNO 2016 Spring Seminar

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 22nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

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AWESOME CONFERENCE SEEKS YOUTH DEAN! Take the lead in social justice advocacy on an international scale as Youth Dean of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) Intergenerational Spring Seminar! The Intergenerational Spring Seminar is an opportunity for youth and adults to collaboratively engage  on an issue of global concern and learn how to take action. The theme of the 2016 Spring Seminar, held April 7-9, 2016 in New York City, is Income Inequality. (Youth Deans will arrive on April 6.)   The UU-UNO seeks 2 passionate youth, one to serve as a Senior Youth Dean (a 1-year position) and one to serve as  Junior Youth Dean (a 2-year position). Learn more about Spring Seminar…

Do Cool Stuff: Be a Dean!

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA // no comments

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(Co-Dean, that is) Application Deadline is August 5, 2015 These people…   Are listening to these people… General Assembly 2015 Youth Caucus was a HUGE  success, thanks not only to the hundreds of engaged Unitarian Universalist youth who attended, but also because of an inspired team of leaders (meet them here). In addition to rousing worships, great workshops, bonding and a visit from Ware Lecturer Cornel West, the leadership team led the Youth Caucus sponsorship of  and passage in general session of an Action of Immediate Witness: Support Black Lives Matter (see what happened here). Here is how they did it: On  June 25, during their business meeting, the General Assembly Youth Caucus unanimously voted to sponsor…

Youth Lead Support for Black Lives Matter

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 14th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Action of Immediate Witness is Immediately Acted Upon Leading up to General Assembly 2015, Unitarian Universalists across the nation were asking the question “How will General Assembly respond to BlackLivesMatter?” The answer was already in the works. Isabelle and Kara, the Business Managers of the General Assembly Youth Caucus, spent the two months leading up to General Assembly building coalitions and consulting with members of Diverse Revolutionary UU Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) and Allies for Racial Equity (ARE) to draft the Action of Immediate Witness. On  June 25, during their business meeting, the General Assembly Youth Caucus unanimously voted to sponsor and support the “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” Action of Immediate Witness (AIW). They also…

This Inspiring Youth Leader…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 14th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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Electrified the Amplified Crowd Summer Seminary alumni Kara Marler presented this inspiring toast at the Annual Program Fund “Amplify Unitarian Universalism” event celebrating the United States Supreme Court decision legalizing marriage equality throughout the United States. Learn about opportunities to become a youth leader of Unitarian Universalism Watch what Kara said here: Read what Kara said here: Hello! I am so happy to have such a good reason to be here with you all, it is an honor to witness such a profound moment of joy together. Rising through the jumble of emotions I felt this morning was a powerful, powerful feeling of gratitude. Many of you here have been fighting for my right to…

Youth Observer 2015-2016 Caleb Leman

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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In His Own Words by Caleb Leman I want to serve this faith because I believe that the elusive goals of happiness and truth are much easier obtained with the support of trust and love through human connection.   Our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith offers a unique community that makes profound impacts on how people think and act. Growing up, I went through many different Religious Education curricula and with each class learned more about what I believe. For example, an ongoing discussion in my youth group is on the subjectivity of morality, which continues to push me to keep an open mind and seek to understand why I believe what I believe. The open…