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…

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)

Lifting UU Voices: Anger Welcome

Written by Kenny Wiley // July 17th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

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We re-post Kenny Wiley’s account of attending the recently concluded Unitarian Universalist Association 2015 Multicultural Leadership School. – ed. Read this post on Kenny Wiley’s blog A Full Day The voices raised. We weren’t just singing–we were feeling. I’d never sung like this before. For once, those words — Lift every voice and sing, til’ Earth and heaven ring — felt neither like intrusion or performance. I gazed around the room and at the twenty other young faces of color, along with our mostly white hosts, the folks at the Lucy Stone Co-op in Roxbury, Mass. I was 1950 miles from my bed in Denver, and nearly as far from my hometown of Houston, Texas—but…

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…

New to GA: Media Volunteers!!

Written by Bart Frost // June 19th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, GA, General Assembly 2015 // no comments

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Timely Timeless Stories from Unitarian Universalist General Assembly The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is excited to announce the General Assembly Media Volunteer projects for 2015! This is a brand new endeavor and will be made of up three teams of two people each. These six volunteers will be documenting General Assembly from their point of view, working on team-specific projects, and blowing up #uuaga across the numerous social media platforms. We will field one Youth Caucus team and two young adult teams: The Youth Caucus media volunteers are Kate and Caleb. Kate and Caleb will be wearing the white and red pins pictured above. Caleb and Kate’s primary project is to gather the…

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…

Youth Observer 2015-2016 Olivia Calvi

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 8th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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In Her Own Words By Olivia Calvi Growing up Unitarian Universalist, I felt a lot of pressure to figure out what my beliefs were. The adults in my life would always tell me that I could believe anything I wanted to believe. I felt like that message carried a hidden one: I had to believe something and I had to know what I believed. As you can imagine that caused a great inner struggle when I went through Coming of Age. I got through the experience, but I never really gained much from it because I did not feel the need to solidify my beliefs. My credo was a wish-wash of what could be, but…

Bridging and Changing

Written by jnewhall // June 5th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // one comment

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The cliff from youth to young adulthood is steep. You speed towards the edge only to come to a screeching halt at the last moment. Looking down from the height at which your whole life has existed, you wonder why bother going down at all? You weigh the pros and cons: building a new community, leaving behind the old. Eventually, you reach the conclusion that you cannot remain a youth. Your peers lower a rope and you begin to descend the immense cliff. Your youth peers hold to the top of the ladder, supporting you through the beginning of your journey while your new community holds to the bottom. The ladder of bridging connects you…