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Written by T. Resnikoff // October 22nd 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Eyes on the Board – Youth Observer 2015

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 12th 2014 // Stories and Voices // 2 comments

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      SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER THEM         You’d have to be pretty brave to run for the highest youth leadership position available in the Unitarian Universalist Association. And even braver to accept the position, knowing your first task will be to travel alone to Boston and walk into a boardroom with these faces greeting you. (Note: While maybe not reflected by this mugshot, President Rev. Peter Morales, Moderator Jim Key and Treasurer Tim Brennan are really nice fellas.) But that’s just what Benji Janapol did. Benji is a high school senior from the Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church just north of Seattle, WA. As Youth Observer to the UUA Board of…

Figuratively/Literally on the Move? – Keep Connected!

Written by Deborah Neisel-Sanders // August 19th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, UUA, youth // one comment

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“Life is a Journey”, and, “You Can’t Take it With You”: True AND False Striking out on new adventures – whether moving around the block or across the country – also means leaving your youth group behind, where deep relationship and spiritual connection are built right in. And though you may miss the support youth groups provide, an exciting part of this transition is the opportunity to discover how to join with other UUs to express your faith in a new way – in your way. We call it Bridging, because being on your  journey – from high school studies to college, or the military, or a new apartment or job – doesn’t mean you don’t take…

Youth and Young Adults on the Frontline of Love

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 30th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Youth and Young Adults Respond to Operation Save America Targeting Services at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, Louisiana were targeted on Sunday,  July 20, 2014 by members of the anti-abortion protest group Operation Save America (OSA)– formerly known as “Operation Rescue” – for having hosted the groundbreaking celebration of a new Planned Parenthood family counseling center to be built nearby. Rev. Deanna Vandiver, citing the founding principle of religious freedom in the United States stated, “Literally in our most tender and vulnerable space, religious terrorism began.” As reported on the Rachel Maddow Show in the story, “Anti-abortion extremists violate church sanctity“, when protesters disrupted the service, UU youth spontaneously rose to encircle them, singing…

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 // 2 comments

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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…