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…

Covenant Creates Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 29th 2015 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

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While the Future of Faith is being determined by innovations in the places and ways people connect to and live their spiritual life, it is the practices that allow for and encourage them to connect in real and genuine ways about the things they hold most sacred that allows these new expressions of spiritual life to take hold in community with others. This post – re-posted with permission – by Ariel Hunt-Brondwin, of Youth and Young Adult Ministry Development of the Canadian Unitarian Council, shares how Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults (YaYA) covenant building leads by example. – Ed.   The Sacred Oops and Ouch: What UU Youth Have Taught Me About Covenant…

Are You Wondering if You’ve Got the Call?

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments

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Why Should Youth See Selma For Free?

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, UUA, youth // no comments

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Because Seeing Selma Could Free Us All Movie tickets are downright expensive. But African-American business leaders in New York and nationwide have come together to make tickets to see the film “Selma” free and available to 7th, 8th and 9th graders in New York City and now in other cities around the country! A quick search of #SelmaforStudents on twitter or Facebook reveals the popularity of the effort.   But why fund tickets to see Selma? Selma tells one story and many stories. It’s the story of how black people won the right to vote in southern states. It’s a story about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., his doubts, his relationships and his difficult…

RSVP Now to Chat with Peter and Jim!

Written by jennicadavishockett // January 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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ATTENTION! EXCLUSIVELY FOR LEVEL 2 LUMINARY LEADERS (Everyone is invited to read… Only Level 2 Luminary Leaders are invited to speak. – Ed.) Shoot, I’m not a Unitarian Universalist Assocation (UUA) Luminary Leader yet!!! Hurry: APPLY NOW I’m a Luminary Leader, but how do I know if I’m at Level 2? Here’s how: Have you filled out your Level 2 Experience Profile and Endorsements?  (DO IT NOW.) Because wouldn’t it be nice if: The people heading up the UUA  knew you by name? Those people went to you when they needed information about how to run the UUA? Your voice mattered to the progress of our movement? Your voice didn’t just matter, but your impact…

How to Be a Youth Caucus Delegate in 5 Easy Steps

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 7th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, General Assembly 2015 // no comments

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Watch ‘n Read ‘n Be a GA Youth Delegate FUN TIMES Manager Kara Marler Tells You How It Is In Pictures… And in Words… Youth: Want to be a delegate?? What is a delegate? A delegate is a General Assembly (GA) participant who represents the voice of their congregation by attending General Sessions during the week and voting on a variety of business items such as amendments, policy changes, and action issues. The number of delegates a congregation can send is based on how many members they have; each congregation is allowed 1 delegate per 50 voting members, with a minimum of 2 delegates. For many youth, congregations will help out with paying for financial…

Youth Surging Forward

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 5th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Creating Regional Harmony This account of the second Central East Regional Group (CERG) regional conference comes from CERG Con senior co-dean Lilly Kahris. –Ed. I have found that car rides are a good time for thinking. I have been to 10+ youth conferences; many have which required a long drive. Usually I listen to music, or chat casually with the other people in the car, but yesterday’s drive was different. I spent my four hours reflecting on the past weekend, the second CERG Youth Conference. This was a milestone in my youth career. I have been a conference dean before, but there was something really special about working with youth and adults from other districts…

Irreplacable Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Spiritual Growth Happens Someplace… And in relation to or with others – even when, as in certain ascetic practices, that means in the absence of others. Even as the religious practices and identification of people is evolving, the value of spiritual congregation remains, as this excerpt of a post from the Parenting Blog of the New York Times explains.–Ed. Learn how Unitarian Universalism, and The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) enable personal spiritual reflection and growth in progressive religious community in congregational and other settings.   Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions By Christine Organ I was raised in a dogmatic religion, I am well aware that “religious” is not the…

Rise Up with the TIDE

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Spread Pluralism, Share Your Voice, Change the World! TIDE CONFERENCE Memorial Day Weekend 2015 : WAVE OF CHANGE Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) – formerly Interfaith Action – is an organization that aims to reflect, connect, and act across differences. Each year we present the opportunity for youth to attend the annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Education (TIDE) Conference.  The TIDE Conference is organized by about 50 high school students of diverse backgrounds. The goal of the conference is to develop leadership and facilitation skills that allow teens to communicate respectfully and effectively about highly charged issues. After taking part in workshops, dialogues and other activities throughout the weekend, participants will leave TIDE…