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…

Change the Climate for the Better

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 12th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends // one comment

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And Change it for Good Although the effect of human activity on the climate is accepted (by most people), governments have thus far failed to address the problem collectively on a global scale with effective solutions that undo the damage done to the environment or the consequential injustices it has creates across the world. Arresting climate change can only be successfully addressed by the world community, and the United Nations (UN) has for several years tried to create that consensus. This September the UN will try again, hosting the Catalyzing Action Climate Summit 2014, at its headquarters in New York City. Representatives from hundreds of member states will be present, but this summit will be…

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…

Big Ambition of Small Office Inspires Passion

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 4th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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We re-post this excerpt of Sage Mitch’s narrative from the International Programs Office of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) blog on how working for the Unitarian Universalist–United Nations Office inspired her passion. Read the full post on the UUA International Office blog–Ed.   My Summer with the UU-UNO Hi everyone, Like my fellow intern Zandy, today marks my last day as an intern with the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office. Through the last ten weeks with the office I have had such an amazing experience and will thoroughly miss it. The other interns and staff members I met here will be connections and friends for years to come I hope, and the opportunity to work on…

Youthful Ambassadors for Peace

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 11th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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To Transform Atomic Legacy On the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended Japanese involvement in the Second World War, we re-post excepts from this story by members of  All Souls Church, Unitarian youth group (Washington, DC) who are participating on the Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage originally appearing on UUA International, the blog of international program office of the Unitarian Universalist Association.     Hiroshima: Reflections on Reconciliation & Friendship “Obama will say, ‘I’m sorry.’ This I hope. I hope…” These were the words of a Hiroshima resident who approached a member of our group last night… Sadly, at the top levels of our government no such words have been spoken, no…

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…

Survey Says…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 25th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA // no comments

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What? The General Assembly 2014 Youth Feedback Survey is now up. If you were a General Assembly youth attendee, a youth sponsor/parent/advisor/or Director of Religious Education, this is your opportunity – regardless of your participation in Youth Caucus events – to tell us what the survey will say.   Take the survey here

Witnessing the Reality of Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Reproductive Justice Tour Daily Blog: Day 4 After a hiatus, we continue our reporting of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations Reproductive Justice learning trip, held the week of June 16–21. –Ed. Reflection from Thursday’s Trip to Cleveland Our day started off with a bang! Following a 2-hour drive to Cleveland and lots of coffee, we arrived at Preterm, Ohio’s only non-profit abortion clinic. Preterm is a clinic that focuses on holistic care for women- meaning medical care alongside psychological and spiritual care. We heard from one of the women who works there as a patient advocate. She talked about the scope of what Preterm provides and some on the…

Color Congregation Successful

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 18th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Go FULL Spectrum   Is the decline of organized religion – particularly amongst Millennials – due to a lack of ethnic diversity in congregation? Bob Smietana points to the inherently multi-ethnic nature of religion and sees the increasing diversity of the U.S. population as an opportunity for congregations that embrace a broader paradigm of who their ministry serves. – Ed.   Almost everyday, it seems, there’s a new story about how “Millennials are leaving the church.” But there’s a problem with these trend pieces: They aren’t true. American Christianity still has plenty of Millennials — they’re just not necessarily in white churches… …About a third of young (18-29 year old) Americans — and more than half…