Witnessing the Reality of Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, youth // no comments

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Reproductive Justice Tour Daily Blog: Day 4 After a hiatus, we continue our reporting of the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations Reproductive Justice learning trip, held the week of June 16–21. –Ed. Reflection from Thursday’s Trip to Cleveland Our day started off with a bang! Following a 2-hour drive to Cleveland and lots of coffee, we arrived at Preterm, Ohio’s only non-profit abortion clinic. Preterm is a clinic that focuses on holistic care for women- meaning medical care alongside psychological and spiritual care. We heard from one of the women who works there as a patient advocate. She talked about the scope of what Preterm provides and some on the…

Support YaYA Faithify Projects

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 21st 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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An Innovative Way to Support Effective Ministry Faithify.org – a crowd funding website for Unitarian Universalist ministries launched at General Assembly 2014 in Providence, RI. To date the 24 projects launched for funding have raised more than $43,000 in pledges. Each project has between 15–60 days to reach its goal, after which it goes off the site. Crowd funding works – as an example the The (Next) Lucy Stone Cooperative rapidly achieved 107% of its funding goal from 58 funders, and with 34 days left to go on Faithify has now set a new goal of 100 funders for their project (pledges of as little as $5 can be accepted). The Follow–Share–Fund feature on Faithify…

Millennials are Sticky People

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 17th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith // one comment

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Adhere Them to Your Congregation   This excerpt of a post by Drew Dyck on the Aspen Group examines the trend of Millennials leaving the church, and says that neither making church more stylistically appealing or less religious will turn the trend around. However, research reveals some of the reasons Millennials stay with congregation. Takeaways follow. –Ed.     The Millennials are leaving the church in droves, and staying away. Approximately 70 percent of those raised in the church disengage from it in their 20s. One-third of Americans under 30 now claim “no religion.” There are 80 million Millennials in the U.S.—and approximately the same number of suggestions for how to bring them back to…

Broader Leadership…

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 8th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

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Bigger Congregation Smart congregations don’t see the  overlap between Boomers (in the prime years of congregational governance) and Millennials (adult and ready to lead) as a challenge, they see it as an opportunity to broaden their appeal.     Excerpt from “Got religion? How churches, mosques and synagogues can bring young people back” by Naomi Schaefer Riley on the Fox News blog. …if religious institutions are ever going to get young adults to return, the leadership will have to figure out a way to make them feel like their time and talents are needed. It is not uncommon to hear boomers in church complain about the self-absorbed millennials who don’t support their religious communities. But…

Youth Advisor

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2014 // Programs and Links // one comment

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Youth Advisors and other adults supporting youth are vital to outstanding youth ministry.   Youth Advisors on uua.org. Our advisor landing page is a portal to all sorts of webinars, information and resources. We highlight a number of them below. Youth Ministry Advising: A Complete Guide This book is a must-have for DREs, youth advisors and any adult working with youth. It talks about mentorship, safety, the nuts and bolts of groups, and more. Webinars Find the following webinars on this page. Youth Leadership 101 Pastoral Care for Youth and Young Adults Engaged in Non-Suicidal Self-Injury Sustainable Youth Ministry New Youth Advisor 101 Ministry with Transracially Adopted Youth Welcoming Children with Special Needs Originally a…

Our Vision for Reproductive Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 19th 2014 // Social Justice, youth // one comment

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Reproductive Justice Daily Blog: Day 1 Love Reaches Out in many ways, and during the week of June 16–21 Blue Boat invites you to join high school youth of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus and surrounding UU congregations on their Justice Trip learning about Reproductive Justice. –Ed. Our Vision for Reproductive Justice Abortion access for all Safe communities Comprehensive sex education for everyone No gender binary Easy access to resources End rape culture    Right to identify yourself as you see fit How do we get there? Raise awareness (protest) Engage decision makers Build awareness with youth in schools, on social media Build the next generation Petitioning Find places of influence (press) Target audience…

Youth Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Download, print or share information on Youth Ministry from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Youth Leadership Programs, events and opportunities for youth leadership development, including: – Luminary Leaders – Summer Seminary – Summer Justice Programs – Youth Leadership Schools and Trainings – Youth Caucus Youth in Congregations Resources for congregational youth programs, including: – Ways to do Youth Ministry guide – Youth Group Start-Up guide – Balanced Youth Programming – Youth on Boards and Committees – Social Justice and Service – Be the Change! Youth Anti-Racism Curriculum Identity Based Resources – Youth and Young Adults of Color – LGBTQ Resources for Youth Youth Advisor Support Information for preparing and supporting Youth Advisors,…

Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 25th 2014 // GA 14 YaYA QH Page, Programs and Links // no comments

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Ministry for Unitarian Universalists 15 – 35 who identify as a person of color (persons of Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, transracially adopted, bi-racial, multiracial or international). For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings, Ministries and Faith Development Available Resources Consultations or Webinars with ministers, religious educators, youth advisors and coordinators on the pastoral care needs of youth and young adults of color. Annual Multicultural Leadership School for youth and young adults of color. Educational videos with discussion guides on Gender, Sexuality, Racial/Ethnic Identity Development and Support for Youth Struggling with Addiction. Mosaic Report UU Living Mosaic blog Youth Ministry Working Group Report Download a PDF version of this page….

Youth Observer 2014-15: Meet Candidates and Vote

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, UUA, youth // no comments

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BALLOTS DUE MONDAY, JUNE 2! Election of a Youth Observer for the 2014-15 term to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is underway. The candidates are Benji Janapol and Isabelle Marshel. Here is how to participate: | READ the candidates’ statements | | WATCH the video of the candidate | | VOTE for your preferred candidate | Ballots must be received by Monday, June 2, at midnight (in your time zone) or postmarked by Friday, May 30th. Ballots and voting process are at the bottom of this post. Benji Janapol Grade for 2014-2015 year: Senior Congregation: Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church CANDIDATE STATEMENT: “I am very passionate and thankful for Unitarian Universalism because through my…

Not K–8: K to Life

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 9th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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From Cradle to Incarceration The road to prison and exclusion from society begins for many as soon as they start school. Sonali Kolhatkar in her post, “Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline’“, first published on TruthDig.com, and excerpted from Commondreams.org, notes that while African-Americans constitute only 13 percent of all Americans, nearly 50% of prison inmates are black and that their exclusion from society begins with discriminatory disciplinary practices at schools. From Kolhatkar’s post: Racial justice activists and prison abolition groups have long argued that the “school-to-prison” pipeline funnels young black kids into the criminal justice system, with higher rates of school suspension and arrest compared with nonblack kids for…