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…

We Love in a Community of Constant Change

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

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 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Nelson Moroukian, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers his “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. READ THE TRANSCRIPT: NELSON MOROUKIAN: Good morning. AUDIENCE: Good morning. NELSON MOROUKIAN: My name is Nelson Moroukian and I come from Saint Paul, Minnesota from the Unity Unitarian Church. We live in a world of constant change and we love in a community of constant change. In our Unitarian Universalist principles, we state that we have a goal of world community, yet there is so little diversity in our faith. I was sitting in a service at…

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…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Written by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

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…

Be Part of the Summer Seminary Experience

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith // no comments

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This is what people are saying about the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary…  On Twitter – #UUSumSem Tweets Or On Facebook – (Click the image to see other comments on Facebook)

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…

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…