Meet Our New Youth Observers to the UUA Board

Posted by Bart Frost // April 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA, youth // no comments

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Welcome Andrea and Bailey! We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2018 Youth Observer Elections have come to a close and we are have two stellar Youth Observers. Nine congregations voted and both elections were very close. Our next Youth Observers will be Andrea Briscoe and Bailey Saddlemire.     Andrea Briscoe Andrea will be serving as Youth Observer for one year, 2016-2017. She is a member at Main Line Unitarian Universalist Church in Devon, PA. Andrea has served our faith in a number of roles including as a peer youth chaplain and worship coordinator for the Mid-Atlantic Youth Ministry Council. She current serves as Senior Dean of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) General Assembly…

Watch the Youth Observer Candidate Statements

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 24th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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We asked each of your candidates to tape themselves talking about why they want to serve as Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. Watch and listen to what they said, and vote! Read about each of the Youth Observer candidates here.   Click for Youth Observer Voting Process and ballots. Ballots must be received by April 4, 2016. Watch the videos here: One Year Term Candidates Andrea Briscoe                                                                Izzy Springs                         Two Year Term Candidates Bailey Saddlemire                                                         Megan Schulz

Youth Observer Candidates

Posted by Bart Frost // March 22nd 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments

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One or Two Year Terms: Four Candidates to Meet Friends, it is that time of the year again! It’s time to elect the next Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees. , Olivia and Caleb describe their role as the current Youth Observers in this statement:  “This position helps us share that light with the adults of our faith and establish our collective voice as youth leaders, thus creating a strong multi-generational community.” For the first time ever we have contested elections and candidates for the two year position. Before getting to meet the candidates, here is the job description for the position: The Youth Observers bring a youth voice to the…

UUs Bend the Arc at the United Nations

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 14th 2016 // Audio Podcasts, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Living UU in Stereo Podcast Luminary Leader Martin Tomlinson, Co-Dean of the 2016 UU-UNO Intergenerational Spring Seminar, April 7-9 in New York City, interviews the Director of the Unitarian Universalist Association UU-UNO (Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office), Bruce Knotts. Hear about Bruce’s start in the Peace Corps, his rise to influence leaders at the United Nations, and the impact Unitarian Universalists have in creating justice and equity on the world stage. Finally, learn more about the 2016 seminar theme, “The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences”, and register to attend this awesome event. Register online before March 18, 2016.

Movie Night: Autism in Love

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 11th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Broad Spectrum Welcoming I recently attended the Peek Award movie screening at the Utah Film Center. The Peek Award, named after Kim Peek, the inspiration for the 1988 movie Rain Man, honors artists and film subjects who positively impact society’s perception of people with disabilities. Bookmark the link for The Real Rain Man because Peek truly was an incredible man and this short documentary is a must see. The Peek Award winners that night were the producers of the film Autism in Love. Autism in Love is a documentary that follows 4 people (an unmarried couple, a young single man and an older married man) who are all on the autism spectrum as they discuss…

4 Year Leadership Track for Youth

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 9th 2016 // Contact Us, Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Ever think to yourself, “ACK! There are too many awesome Unitarian Universalist youth opportunities out there, how am I ever going to do them all!?” Sometimes it feels like a high stake game of checkers where you just can’t figure out the strategy. Luckily, programs are offered year after year so you don’t have to do everything by your next birthday. Freshman, use can this infographic to map out your four year plan. Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors, use can this same infographic to track your progress along your leadership journey. (See the year-by-year breakouts below.) If it still feels overwhelming, do not hesitate to reach out to us in the Office of Youth and Young…

Cultivating a Culture of Youth Leadership

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 3rd 2016 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Race to the Top for Unitarian Universalism It’s a thrill every time I get a notification that a new youth has applied to our Luminary Leaders program. But I have to admit, the shock has worn off when I open the tab and see it’s another youth from Eliot Chapel in Kirkwood, MO and that it’s Director of Religious Eduction Scott Stewart serving as one of the two required endorsements. Eliot Chapel has seven people (four youth Luminary Leaders and three young adult Luminary Alumni) in the program. Compare that to our second runner up, with 5 people in the program, four of whom were fast tracked into the program because they attended a national…

Be A Youth Delegate at General Assembly

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 2nd 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Youth Caucus showed leadership at General Assembly by supporting the Black Lives Matter movement

Isabelle McCurdy explains the difference you will make… Isabelle McCurdy, Senior Business Manager for the General Assembly 2016 Youth Caucus, was one of the driving forces behind the successful 2015 Youth Caucus Action of Immediate Witness, “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” (Learn here how they did it.) Read what she has to say about how important being a Youth Delegate to General Assembly is:   “Being a youth delegate is one of the most prestigious jobs at GA. Adults are expected to go, to vote, and to debate business; and when youth do these things, the value of their actions increase tenfold. When youth use their voice and share their ideas, it sends a…

Multicultural Support Team Moves Toward Justice

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 12th 2016 // 30 Days of Love, Issues and Trends // no comments

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In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Steven Ballesteros speaks up about the important work of supporting Youth of Color.  As a Unitarian Universalist young adult of color I have at times lacked a sense of belonging and of being in right relationship in this faith. I know I am not alone in this feeling. Luckily, there are places in which I can feel safe and ways in which I can apply myself. I currently live near Seattle, Washington, which places me in the Pacific North West District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. There I have helped create and serve on the PNWD Multicultural Support Team for…

Love set Ablaze

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 12th 2016 // 30 Days of Love, Issues and Trends // no comments

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  In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Phebe Hawes speaks up about being a light of love in a time of hate. In order to love alike, we need not think alike ~Francis David. This quote got me thinking. I come from a suburban, mostly white, community. For the most part, we look alike. But we certainly do not think alike. And there’s not a whole lot of love either. So I turn to social media. Like many millennials, I spend most of my time online. I, however, spend a majority of that time defending my beliefs to people who don’t agree. I get the feeling…