Youth Ministry Training Webinar 6

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 17th 2017 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics If you’ve found yourself here on Blue Boat it’s a fairly safe assumption that at some point in your Unitarian Universalist life, you’ve created a covenant with a youth group or religious education class. Eric Bliss, Youth Ministry Specialist for the Pacific Western Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association is a champion of covenant and works with groups all the time to create them. He notes that when we do this essential activity, it might at times feel…how do you say… tedious or awkward. Eric says that covenanting is essential because, “Capital “C” covenant is the basis of our faith.  In other words, rather than doctrine or creed, how we choose to be in relationship with…

Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 8th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

Register now for the new and improved UU-UNO Spring Seminar Registration for the 2017 Intergenerational Spring Seminar of the Unitarian Universalist Association United Nations Office is now open! The seminar, Arm in Arm: Interfaith Action to Disarm Our Planet, takes place in New York City April 5-8, 2017. Learn about international and local disarmament efforts, hear stories about partnership with people of different faith backgrounds taking action against the armed violence in our world, and gain skills to take action yourself! Early registration rates are available until Jan. 23, 2017. This year the UU-UNO Spring Seminar is better than ever! What’s so new and great about this year’s Seminar? Content is action-oriented. You’ll learn about the problems facing our world…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 5

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Inclusive Ministry in a Diverse World As Unitarian Universalists (UU) we say that we build inclusive community where you can explore your identity without boxes – that we are multi-racial, Latino/a/x, Asian, Black, Native, and White; rich, middle class, poor; young and old; lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, straight, and anything in between. AND, “we know that in day to day life – including in youth ministry – living that out is really really really hard. We might ask an insensitive question, make an assumption that is hurtful, speak for someone else, use a harmful word – or be on the receiving end of an ouch. The systems of white supremacy, economic inequity, homophobia, ableism, and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 4

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 28th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, youth // 2 comments

Pastoral Care To and With Youth Let’s be frank. The world changed on November 9th, 2016 (the day Donald Trump was elected president of the United States). For many of us our day-to-day experiences may not be much different, we still move through the world with varying levels of privilege and marginalization. And yet, for people of all ages, we are changed. Our eyes are open more widely, our hearts are breaking more deeply and our need for community support is more acute. What’s more, reactions to the election are but a small facet of the complexities we navigate, and this includes our Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth. In addition to being keenly aware of how…

How Your Youth Group Can Support Standing Rock

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 16th 2016 // Featured Youth, GA, Guides and Tools, Social Justice // no comments

by Jaidyn Bryant and the 2017 General Assembly Youth Caucus Staff   So, Trump was elected president. Black, Latinx, Muslim, Native, LGBTQ communities are under continued attacks. What does that mean for Standing Rock? It means that the threat to Native sovereignty will continue. That degradation of our environment will escalate. Trump and many people in his cabinet will personally profit (because of their investments) if the Dakota Access Pipeline is successful. The Dakota Access Pipeline puts the already polluted Missouri River at a major risk for for even more pollution. In an effort to transport oil 1,200 miles east from North Dakota to central Illinois, the DAPL will disturb sacred lands and burial grounds,…

VIDEO: Apply to Be on Youth Caucus Staff

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, GA, Guides and Tools // no comments

Last October, Jaidyn Bryant (Jr. Dean), Eric Broner (Sr. Dean), Colleen Lee (Sr. Worship Coordinator) and Hannah Rigdon (Sr. Business Manager) travelled all the way to UUA Headquarters in Boston in service of a single mission: to galvanize the youth of our Unitarian Universalist movement. As the executive staff team of Youth Caucus, they are certainly fit to answer the call. They believe that youth are not just the future, but present leaders in our association and as such, youth should have a voice and presence at our largest Unitarian Universalist Association gathering: General Assembly (New Orleans, June 21-25, 2017). The Youth Caucus executive team wants to create relevant programming centered on racial justice and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 3

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 1st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

Kim Sweeney, Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations, works in New England and loves rules. She says “I love rules, structure, routine and clarity.  Maybe it stems from my time spent serving in the military, but I imagine my own comfort with rules and structure existed before that, and enabled me to thrive in that military environment. To some degree, knowing the boundaries and expectations has always been quite comforting to me. “Two summers ago, when I was asked to serve as the lead for Safe Congregations work in New England, I found myself pretty excited. In the most simplistic of views, I thought that safety policies and procedures really just mimicked rules and…

Youth Ministry Training Webinar 2

Posted by jennicadavishockett // September 21st 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, youth // no comments

What does a Healthy Youth/Adult Relationship Actually Look Like? In every training or conversation with adults working with youth, Evin Carvill-Ziemer, Congregational Life Staff in the Central East Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is peppered with questions like these:  “I want the youth to lead, but they don’t know what they want to do, so I end up organizing activities by default—how can I change this?” “My youth have great ideas, but their lives are busy and they drop a lot of balls—how can I help without nagging or taking over?” “I’m never sure how much of my life to share with youth—I want to be real, but I’m also the adult—where’s the…

Reflections on Service in New Orleans 5

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 7th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Confronting the Work My Privilege Means I Must Do The following is the first of five reflections on a service trip that members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara YRUU group made to New Orleans, LA. The group spent three days in New Orleans and six on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, working with local organizations through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The youth group’s work focused on the issues of racism and privilege with an eye toward taking what they learned to foment positive change in their home community. This trip was made possible by the industrious fundraising of the youth group (who we are told sold lots…

Reflections on Service in New Orleans 4

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 5th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Learning How to do Anti-Racism Work at Home The following is the first of five reflections on a service trip that members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara YRUU group made to New Orleans, LA. The group spent three days in New Orleans and six on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, working with local organizations through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The youth group’s work focused on the issues of racism and privilege with an eye toward taking what they learned to foment positive change in their home community. This trip was made possible by the industrious fundraising of the youth group (who we are told sold lots and…