Youth Observer 2014-2015 Elections

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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BE A NATIONAL VOICE FOR YOUTH   A new Youth Observer (YO) to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is elected every year prior to General Assembly. The Youth Observer to the Board is an important, national leadership position held by a Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth who is voted into office by UU youth in a national election.       WHO MAY RUN  – Any youth who: Will be in high school (Grades 9-12) or the equivalent for the 2014-2015 school year; Is active in a UUA congregation; Is able to attend the first Board of Trustees Meeting on Monday, June 30, 2014 in Providence, RI (following the close of General Assembly)…

Youth Dare to Make Change Happen Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 4th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // one comment

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On March 13 Boston Mobilization, YMORE, Unitarian Universalist Religious Professionals of Color and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) participated in an action of public witness for raisong the minimum wage in Massachusetts. The following is an eye-witness account of the event.–Ed. Raising the Minimum Wage in Massachusetts By Collin Kluchman As an alumni of the youth group at First Parish Lexington in Lexington Massachusetts and an organizer with Sub/Urban Justice and the YMORE (Youth of Massachusetts Organizing for a Reformed Economy) coalition, I was incredibly excited to combine forces with Finding Our Way Home, the UUA’s annual gathering for Unitarian Universalist Professionals of Color. For the past months the youth at YMORE and other organizers…

Combat Intolerance with Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 25th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

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Don’t Be Sad, Be Blue! Even if it seems counter intuitive, people of faith are not immune to intolerance. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) founded by Eboo Patel works to bring people of different faiths – atheists included – together behind the unifying message: We are better together. Watch Eboo Patel’s Ware Lecture to the 2013 UUA General Assembly From the IFYC website: When you pledge to #BeBlue on April 10th, you’re standing up for your friends, family, and neighbors of other beliefs by helping to change the narrative that different religious and non-religious traditions are doomed to fight. Being blue is a small action that makes a big statement: we’re all better when people…

High School Youth Summer Programs

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, youth // no comments

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Justice Training for Youth from The College of Social Justice                     by Laura Lubin, Associate for Youth & Young Adult Programs This summer the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is running a wide variety of justice trainings and trips for high school aged youth.  Whoever you are and wherever you are, we hope you’ll join us! ACTIVATE! A PRE-GENERAL ASSEMBLY TRAINING Planning to come to GA in Providence this June? Kick it off with a full day of social justice training and action on Wednesday, June 25! For more info visit uucsj.org/activate. MISSISSIPPI CIVIL RIGHTS JOURNEY Youth and adults are invited on this bus…

Bust Injustice with Us

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 7th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Defeat Racial and Multicultural Injustice Youth are coming of age in an America that is increasingly diverse. Be The Change! (BTC) gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core BTC training is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different sizes. The project also includes additional activities, further links and resources, and an online community to support groups engaging with the project.   Unitarian Universalist youth have often been at the forefront of our struggle with anti-racism, stretching back decades of national and local involvement. Though much progress has been made in addressing…

Meet the 2014 Youth Caucus Staff

Written by Jeremie Bateman // February 24th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, GA // no comments

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Staffed Up and Ready! After receiving an unprecedented number of applications to join the Youth Caucus Staff for 2014, we are excited to finally introduce you to those who were selected to serve this year. Your Youth Caucus Staff are those youth and adults responsible for the outstanding Youth Caucus programming every year at General Assembly. You’ll be hearing more from these folks in the coming months as more plans are made. Want to join Youth Caucus Staff for 2015? Fill this out – we’ll contact you when applications go live. Looking for other ways to get involved in national youth leadership? Join Luminary Leaders today!

Picture Yourself Here

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 3rd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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The Unitarian Universalist Association Faith Development Office SEEKS PHOTOS of UU GIRL SCOUTS (in uniform or not!) for possible inclusion in the 4th edition of Religion in Life for Girl Scouts, which is the religious recognition UU Girls Scouts can earn. We are seeking images of girls diverse in age, race and ethnicity, body shape, and ability for this new edition, which will be presented as an on-line girl-friendly program, rather than as a booklet to purchase from the bookstore.     If you would like to share photos (or to take some to share), please email religiouseducation@uua.org. All images will require a parental release form, which the UUA will supply.  Thank you for your…

GA Youth Caucus Staff Selected

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

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The Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly 2014 has been selected! We’ll have a post to introduce you to them soon – in the meantime Check-out the Youth Caucus Dean’s videos…   Join the Youth Caucus Facebook group… Remember, Youth Caucus at General Assembly is comin’ at you in less than 6 months!

Equal, Though Separate

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2013 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Youth is not a barrier to faith in community, but the way youth are separated from congregation can be. Kate Murphy, in her post Is Youth Ministry Killing the Church? from The Christian Century blog, relates how observing a member of youth ministry respond to loss in the congregation caused her to rethink her role as a youth ministry advisor.   Is youth ministry killing the church? After having worked for several years as a youth pastor, I recently accepted a call to be an interim solo pastor. One weekend, Sara, a beloved saint of the church, died after a long battle with Alzheimer’s. On Sunday morning I was standing in the choir room discussing…

You Are Invited to Youth Caucus

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 5th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, youth // no comments

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You, yes YOU, are invited to join hundreds of UU youth at General Assembly 2014.   Let us know you’re planning to come: bit.ly/RSVPyouthcaucus Check out our GA resource page here on Blue Boat. View our Youth Caucus Videos.