Say Hi! to Your Youth Caucus 2015 Staff

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 23rd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, General Assembly 2015, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Youth Caucus Staff is Building Sacred Community to Refocus Our Faith! Sr. Dean Olivia Calvi   Olivia is from Los Angeles, CA and is a life-long UU. Currently a Junior in high school, Unitarian Universalist Leadership is her main priority. She also enjoys  Mock Trial and photography. As Sr. Dean, Olivia is charged with mentoring our Jr. Dean, Andrea Briscoe, and guiding our youth caucus staff in planning a Youth Caucus that is a spiritual gathering and collaboration of a multigenerational community focused on reconnecting to our values and 7 principles.           Jr. Dean Andrea Briscoe Andrea lives in the Philly area of PA. She attends Main Line Unitarian Church in the Joseph Priestley District…

Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

Apply to Summer Seminary 2015 Now

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 13th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, youth // no comments

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Find Out What Form of Ministry Might Be In Your Future Apply Now to Summer Seminary 2015. (Application due March 15, 2015.)  The Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary is for Unitarian Universalist youth to explore becoming a religious professional. This program offers youth the opportunity to explore their call to ministry in all its forms, with a focus on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music. Learn about life as a religious professional and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education or other religious professional career paths. Watch what Summer Seminary 2014 revealed to Saba F.   Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary.    

Youth Together for Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 11th 2015 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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First Unitarian Society of Denver Youth Group Hosts MLK Con 2015 MLK CON 2015 In Review by Sofia Avery-Kapulski and Max Pivonka Picture a dense horde of teenagers packed into a church sanctuary, murmuring spiritedly. It’s night. Many of them have traveled long, exhausting hours just to congregate here, and yet the smouldering quiver of adolescent incendiarism can be felt from the steps outside. The air of inspired, visceral unity is formidable.   But this is no cult coming-of-age rite, nor is it the beginning of a subversive and dangerous riot. These youth are gathered together here tranquilly, they’re gathered because of a shared passion for justice, and they are gathered in the name of…

Summer Seminary Applications Open 2/13/2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // February 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Programs and Links, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments

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Explore the Call “Welcome to the club!” is what my former boss, Nancy Bowen Regional Lead for the Pacific Western Region, said to me when I responded to her question of “what do you want to do with your life?” with “I want to run a spiritual retreat center.” “I know so many ministers who have that as their end goal,” she said. Ministers? I share a goal with ministers? OMG, does Nancy think of me as a minster? I’m nowhere near ordained. I am as close to a minister as a kid in a sandbox is to famous Barcelonan architect, Antoni Gaudí. And yet, when I was a teenager, although I would outwardly say…

Andrea Briscoe Wants You at GA!

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 4th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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Answer the call for Youth Caucus!  Discover why Co-Dean Andrea Briscoe wants YOU at General Assembly in Portland, Oregon: Learn more about the Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly Youth Caucus

Multigenerational Leadership – A Place at the Table

Written by Bart Frost // January 30th 2015 // Issues and Trends, young adults, youth // no comments

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An Open Invitation I was invited to preach on Sunday, January 25th, at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead. I chose to frame my sermon around Thich Naht Hahn‘s concept of bodhisattvas and multigenerational (spiritual) leadership. Hahn describes bodhisattvas as great beings filled with love and compassion, who are committed to protecting humanity. They are all around us and can not be distinguished based on their looks, their gender, their race, or any other outward aspect of identity. It is about what is in their hearts and minds, as well as how they live their lives.   I love this concept because I think it describes the people who show up in our congregations. This…

Luminary Leaders Ask Peter & Jim Tough Questions

Written by jennicadavishockett // January 29th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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On Saturday January 24th, Luminary Leaders from across the United States joined UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and UUA Moderator Jim Key for a webcast to ask them anything they wanted. Oh did they ask some tough questions! Find out what youth across the nation really want to know about how the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) works. Hear Jim’s answer to “Where do you draw the line between democracy/equity and inefficiency?” and Peter’s answer to “What do you think is most important to tell the world about Unitarian Universalism?” (Spoiler: Jim and Peter agree it’s not about doing things right, but about doing the right things.) You’ll be surprised to find out neither Peter nor Jim had…

Youth Energy Solution

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Brighten UU Youth Group Leads on Environmental Justice The Youth Group at Community Unitarian Universalists in Brighton (CUUB), Michigan has spearheaded an initiative encouraging energy utilities to adopt more energy efficient and renewable sources of energy. Learn about their work, strategy and how you can act for environmental justice at Youth Energy Solution. Learn more about Unitarian Universalist Association (UU) Youth Groups.

Weekend Challenge #5 – the Winner Is…

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 20th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Congratulations to the unique* Luminary Leader Rachel Milles for successfully answering our challenge! Remember Viola Liuzzo with us by reading her story, previously posted on Blue Boat.       * Rachel is unique in many ways – in this case she is the only person to have correctly answered this Weekend Challenge.