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 // one comment

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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…

Youth Ministry Project Grants

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 2nd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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We Want to Give Your Great Idea a Kickstart! Are you a youth starting a service project to serve your congregation or community? Do you have an innovative idea for youth ministry? Are you starting a new program or project that will be useful to share with other congregations and youth groups? Do you have a way to incorporate the UUA’s Common Read into a project for your youth group? You should apply for a Youth Ministry Project Grant! Youth Ministry Project Grants support local projects that offer Unitarian Universalist high-school aged youth opportunities to grow in faith, deepen in spirit, and engage in service and justice work. Projects should support a vision of multigenerational…

Program Highlights

Written by jennicadavishockett // June 1st 2015 // Youth Caucus 2015 User Guide // one comment

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  From workshops to worships, there are any number of things you can do at General Assembly. Below are some highlights of what’s happening in the GA Youth Caucus room and throughout General Assembly. If you want to check out the entire schedule: Download the topical guide for summaries by topic, including the entire Youth Caucus schedule and the Young Adults @ General Assembly (YA@GA) schedule. Download the daily programming PDF or even the entire Program Book to see the full range of what’s offered at General Assembly, including workshop descriptions. Note: all Youth Caucus workshop descriptions are included in these resources. Download the GA App for a digital copy of the Program Book content,…

Lead the Largest Gathering of UU Youth in the Nation

Written by jennicadavishockett // June 1st 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

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Apply to be the Jr. Dean of Youth Caucus Staff. An opportunity like this only comes along…well, once a year. But you have to be in high school for both years of the two year term to take advantage of it so it’s really only 3 times in a lifetime! If you are selected, you will co-plan and attend General Assembly 2016 in Columbus, OH (June 22-26) and General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans, LA (June 21-25) and your expenses will be paid. Deans bring alive the purpose of Youth Caucus, which is: to serve youth who want to become more involved in Unitarian Universalism and grow as Unitarian Universalists, including youth who want to be involved…

Check Lists

Written by jennicadavishockett // June 1st 2015 // Youth Caucus 2015 User Guide // no comments

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  What should you do before you arrive? What should you bring with you to General Assembly? Before your arrival: Did you submit your Youth Caucus Forms? If your forms are not submitted, you will be unable to pick up your name badge when you arrive at General Assembly until completed forms are provided. Without your name badge, you are unable to attend GA events. Don’t miss out! Submit your forms today. Have questions about your forms? Check this out! If this video doesn’t answer all your questions, I don’t know what will. Oh yes I do: contacting youth@uua.org or calling 617-948-4350. Have you discussed with your youth / with your sponsor what your agreements are…

Expert Observers

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, GA, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments

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2015-2016 Youth Observers to the UUA Board of Trustees Announced Friends, the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is pleased to announce Olivia Calvi and Caleb Leman as the 2015-2016 Youth Observers to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees. We would like to thank those who participated in the voting process. The Youth Observer positions are full, non-voting members of the Board. Caleb and Olivia will bring their unique perspectives as youth leaders in their work with the Board. Olivia and Caleb will begin their service at the end of General Assembly 2015 and serve until the end of General Assembly 2016. Who Are Your Youth Observers? OLIVIA CALVI – Has served…

Why I Choose to Serve as a Leader

Written by jnewhall // May 15th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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An Exploration of Faith and Leadership I chose to serve as a leader in Unitarian Universalism (UU) because of the community, and encouragement of spiritual seeking. I consistently find myself in communities filled with Unitarian Universalists. It is in these communities that I feel most welcome and connected. From a Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) civil rights pilgrimage to youth caucus staff and Summer Seminary, I always feel embraced within Unitarian Universalism. Unitarian Universalism stands apart from many other religions as it encourages spiritual seeking and developing faith from many sources. This builds our community of seekers, each constantly revisiting, developing, and evolving our faith. Even though I do not identify as Christian,…