VIDEO: How do I find the UUs on my Campus?

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

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#UUCampusQ’s Episode One In this lively video, the Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains how to find the UUs, and build or grow your Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of UUCampusQs are released!

Animated Answers to Your Campus Ministry Questions

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 26th 2016 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Actionable Answers to Key Questions The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries explains she has the answers you need to build or sustain vibrant Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry. Bonus: Many of the answers are shorter than the previous sentence! Like Campus UUs on Facebook to be notified when episodes of #CampusQs are released!

APPLY TO THRIVE BEFORE FEBRUARY 15!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 19th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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THRIVE HERE Save the dates!  Thrive Youth West is July 9-13, 2016 at First Unitarian Society of Denver and Thrive Youth East is July 27-31, 2016 at Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda, Maryland! “Being able to bond with other people of color within the UU faith was honestly something that brought joy and hope to my heart, and makes me feel much more connected in my faith.” — Rhea, alum ’15 “I am grateful for you and the UUA for giving him the space to openly discuss and gain insight with other UUs of color. I think this experience has changed his perspective on whether he fits in this faith.  He is now ‘one of many’ instead of being…

Illuminating Leaders – Alex Jensen

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 19th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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LUMINARY ALUM ALEX JENSEN WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… And he’s well on his way to making that a reality. Alex is a graduate of the first ever Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary in 2013. Summer Seminary was a very important experience for him, as it helped him discern and answer his personal call to the service of others and learn more about what he wanted to do in his future career. He is curious about Military Chaplaincy. Previously, at Future Leader Camp, he explored how his Unitarian Universalist values fit with the military while learning survival and leadership skills. Alex now attends California State University in Monterey Bay, majoring in Human Communication with…

Illuminating Leaders – Kadyn Frawley

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 15th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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LUMINARY LEADER KADYN FRAWLEY GRABS LIFE BY THE CHALICE… And has had many life changing experiences because of it. Kadyn attended Midwest Youth Leadership School in 2014 where she learned that each person expresses ideas differently and that everyone longs to be heard and helped. At a Youth Chaplaincy Training in 2014 she learned skills she can use in her con community and in day-to-day life when assisting others to work through their struggles. Kadyn served on the Worship Planning Team for a con in 2014 at Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist where she learned how to apply spirituality and philosophy to a moving service for 200 youth and 50 adults. This year Kadyn attended Activate! New Orleans through…

Illuminating Leaders – Kendra Burdick

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 11th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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 Luminary Alumni Kendra Burdick isn’t one for the spotlight… But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a powerful community leader. Kendra taught the Pre-K religious education class at her church and has been an elementary school cheer coach. She served as a Chrysalis trained Peer Chaplain and worship coordinator for her youth group. She was involved with her church’s Board of Trustees. Kendra attended Summer Seminary in 2014 to learn more about becoming a military chaplain and gave a sermon at her church after the experience. Her youth program coordinator, Jessica Laike, thinks of Kendra as a “sleeping giant” – in the time she has known her, Jessica has seen Kendra go from being quiet and timid to being calm,…

Coming to Terms with My Transracial Adoption

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

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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

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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 uua.org/unspringseminar. 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

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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

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“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…