Say No More, Just #Change the Name

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, 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 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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Leadership Opportunities Abound on Elected Committees ↓↓CLICK HERE↓↓  

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 // no comments

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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 // no comments

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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…

Shine a Light on Greatness

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 9th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Illuminated Youth Leadership is Everywhere Luminary Leaders are dedicated, inspiring and involved. They can be found in youth groups, congregations, districts and communities across the Unitarian Universalist Association. The Luminary Leaders program is an opportunity for youth leaders to get more involved, network with one another, and be recognized for their skill and achievement. Youth can register to be a Luminary Leader directly, or can be nominated by other youth or anyone – so when you witness great youth leadership CLICK HERE to get it recognized!   All youth who register are added to the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries network of leaders, connecting them to one another at to both formal and…

Gather Virtually with UU Campus Ministry Leaders!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 24th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus // no comments

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Summer is over and it’s time for UU campus ministry leaders to meet In some parts of the country school has already started; elsewhere people are preparing to enjoy labor day weekend before the new semester begins.  But whatever schedule you’re on it’s time to plug in with your fellow campus ministry leaders for mutual support and information! Our first call of the school year is on Monday September 8th at 8 pm eastern. All campus ministry leaders are welcome: lay and ordained, students and elders, everything in between. Last year we met on the second Sunday of the month in the evenings, but many folks expressed this wasn’t the best time to gather. So we…

A Best–Seller’s Tips to Successful Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 4th 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Leading Starts with Who You Are – and How You Are John Green is one of the most successful current YA authors out there, whose work resonates deeply with youth. But it turns out that his success isn’t just because of what he writes, but because he shares with his readers who he is. In her post on “How Author John Green Can Transform Your Youth Ministry” from the Faith Formation Learning Exchange blog, Jolene Roehlkepartain explains (with links to videos by John Green and his brother Hank on YouTube) that the passion John Green inspires in his readers isn’t magic, can be replicated and is applicable to creating successful youth ministry. Learn more about…