Coming to Terms with My Transracial Adoption

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // November 20th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments


Finding My Roots By Ellie Brown “Is she really your sister?” “Oh, she’s real alright.” I didn’t realize how alienated I felt by my surroundings during my childhood until I grew into my young adult years. My parents cared greatly for me, I had wonderful friends, a supportive Unitarian Universalist community, and a sea of opportunities. However, continuous microaggressions that I experienced relating to my transracial adoption were quickly internalized. People asked how much I cost, who my real parents were, and why I wasn’t wanted. These along with generally ignorant remarks about my race took a toll on me. My knowledge about my Chinese culture was limited, even though my parents provided me with…

Join The Deans of the UU-UNO!

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


Bring Your Spirit and Hang With These Two Cool Dudes The voice of Unitarian Universalism at the United Nations, the Unitarian Universalist-United Nations Office (UU-UNO), hosts its Spring Seminar April 7-9, 2016 in New York City.  Learn more at The UU-UNO is accepting applications for youth and adult chaplains to join the Spring Seminar team now! Apply here by November 16th. Meet the Youth Deans for the UU-UNO’s Spring Seminar! Senior Youth Dean Hey, my name is Caleb DiNino-Childers. I was born in New York, but have grown up in Seattle, Washington. I attend University Unitarian and am a senior this year. I’ve been playing Frisbee since elementary school and I love to draw….

Lessons From NOLA

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 30th 2015 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


Annie Hanley-Miller reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate New Orleans program– Ed.   Building Community Overcomes Difference by Annie Hanley–Miller I brought back many things to my home community from my experience at Activate NOLA. It was an intense week and I learned a lot about race, poverty, Hurricane Katrina, and global warming. I also learned a lot about forming and being in community. During the week, I talked with so many unique people who all helped me to gain new perspectives on all kinds of things. It was interesting to meet both people from the New Orleans area and from around the country. The lectures on racism, poverty, Hurricane Katrina,…

Reflections in Shade of the US-Mexico Border Wall

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments


“What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?” Jack Spector-Bishop reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate Southwest Border program– Ed. “The ants crawl under it, the birds fly around it, the sky connects over it.” This is what I wrote in my journal while I sat in the shade of the US-Mexico border wall, near Douglas, Arizona. The wall loomed behind me, constructed of massive, two story high rusty metal beams and stretching as far as I could see. Poles with floodlights and cameras were everywhere, along with trenches, barbed wire, and fences. All of it seemed so arbitrary. It…

Announcing Youth Caucus 2016 Deans

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments


At the time this post was published, there were a mere 270 days before thousands of Unitarian Universalists would gather from around the nation to learn, worship and do business together at General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH. This year’s Sr. Dean, Andrea Briscoe, and Jr. Dean Eric Broner will be spending each of those days joyously laboring over creating the best Youth Caucus experience yet. Please give them a hearty welcome! Bio: My name is Andrea Briscoe and I live in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. I’m 16 and currently a junior in high school.  UU profile: I’m a member of Main Line Unitarian Church where I served on the Board of Trustees as the youth…

Join the YA@GA 2016 Team Today

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, GA, UUA, young adults // no comments

Jonathan Rogers passes the bandana to Ayla Halberstadt at General Assembly 2015.

Worship and GA Talks Coordinators Needed! APPLICATIONS MUST BE RECEIVED BY OCTOBER 4, 2015 (CLICK HERE) Ayla Halberstadt and Cameron Young, YA@GA 2016 Co-facilitators have a cool pitch for you… I am Ayla Halberstadt, a co-facilitator for YA@GA 2016! I am the director of religious exploration at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Oregon and live in Bend, OR! In my spare time during the fall you can find me knitting, yelling at the TV while I watch college football, and surrounding myself with pumpkin scented things. I am so excited for General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, Ohio! Being apart of the YA@GA team is fulfilling and fun. You work alongside amazing young adults from…

Youth Engagement for a Sustainable Tomorrow

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // one comment


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)

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


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?

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


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

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


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…