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    Eliot Unitarian Chapel Helps Youth Wake Up to Race

    In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Colleen Lee speaks up about her awakening to racial tensions close to home. Social justice is a core value of Unitarian Universalism (UU). Even though Unitarian Universalists’ beliefs can differ dramatically one common strand is social justice. As a white female youth who lives close to Ferguson, MO, I used to be uncomfortable discussing race. I feared that I would offend someone if I said anything about race. So I didn’t actively acknowledge and confront race as an issue because of how touchy of a subject it was. But all the injustices brought to light by the Michael Brown…

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    Illuminating Leaders: Phebe Hawes

    Luminary Alum Phebe Hawes has big ideas… Phebe Hawes is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU), from the Westminster Unitarian Church (WUC) in East Greenwich, RI. She graduated in the Class of 2015 from North Kingstown High School, and attended Summer Seminary in Boston in 2013. Summer Seminary helped her define her call to ministry, and her involvement in her church, and the greater UU community. Since then, she has participated in a number of functions and served her church in many ways, from babysitting to helping lead worship services, leading youth group and planning cons, and participating in social justice work in the community,  from Black Lives Matter rallies to volunteering at the Sharing Locker,…

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    Giving Youth Access to Life-Changing Resources

    Embarking on a life of ministry An Open Letter to UU Ministers and Religious Professionals, Three summers ago, I had the absolute privilege of attending Summer Seminary as part of its pilot year in Boston. Summer Seminary is a program run by the Unitarian Universalsit Association (UUA) that brings youth together from all over the country to learn about becoming religious professionals. These youth share a passion for ministry, religious education or music ministry. Throughout the program they learn from seminary faculty, UUA staff, and current religious professionals about all the pieces that go into a life of religious service. My year, we had speakers who shared about their social justice centered UU community ministry. This…

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    Challenged to Explore New Horizons By Religious Pros

    Dear UU Religious Professionals: My name is Alex Jensen and I was a Summer Seminary attendee the first year it was offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries in 2013. Having graduated, I have had the privilege of watching Summer Seminary develop and flourish into an absolutely amazing program. This is highly in part due to the amazing religious professionals that encourage and guide our youth towards our collective ministry in Unitarian Universalism (UU). When I was first considering a call to ministry, I received an informational email from my congregation’s Director of Religious Education (DRE), Sally Ahnger, about the Summer Seminary program opening up for the first…

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    Illuminating Leaders – Alex Jensen

    LUMINARY ALUM ALEX JENSEN WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… And he’s well on his way to making that a reality. Alex is a graduate of the first ever Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary in 2013. Summer Seminary was a very important experience for him, as it helped him discern and answer his personal call to the service of others and learn more about what he wanted to do in his future career. He is curious about Military Chaplaincy. Previously, at Future Leader Camp, he explored how his Unitarian Universalist values fit with the military while learning survival and leadership skills. Alex now attends California State University in Monterey Bay, majoring in Human Communication with…

Recent Posts for Unitarian Universalist Youth (high school age)

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Illuminating Leaders: Phebe Hawes

February 9th 2016, no comments

Luminary Alum Phebe Hawes has big ideas… Phebe Hawes is a lifelong Unitarian Universalist (UU)...

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We Can’t Keep Our Children Safe

November 25th 2015, no comments

Fear, safety, protests, and supporting the movement for Black lives When my daughter Moira was born ...

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Taking a Small Risk for Big Growth

November 25th 2015, 6 comments

How Smart Congregations Grow Members This summer at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Gen...

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Lessons From NOLA

September 30th 2015, no comments

Annie Hanley-Miller reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activ...

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Reflections in Shade of the US-Mexico Border Wall

September 28th 2015, no comments

“What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?” ...

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Announcing Youth Caucus 2016 Deans

September 28th 2015, no comments

At the time this post was published, there were a mere 270 days before thousands of Unitarian Unive...

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And the Mic Dropped…

September 4th 2015, no comments

Bro! Listen to the kids! On Sunday, August 30th, Kanye West gave a speech at the MTV Video Music Awa...

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Bridging and Changing

June 5th 2015, 2 comments

The cliff from youth to young adulthood is steep. You speed towards the edge only to come to a scree...

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Lead the Largest Gathering of UU Youth in the Nation

June 1st 2015, no comments

Apply to be the Jr. Dean of Youth Caucus Staff. An opportunity like this only comes along…well...

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Want to Make Some Justice This Summer?

May 26th 2015, no comments

Here is a Chance to Do It! A message from Garner Takahashi Morris of the UU Justice Ministry of Cali...

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Expert Observers

May 18th 2015, no comments

2015-2016 Youth Observers to the UUA Board of Trustees Announced Friends, the Office of Youth and Yo...

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The Moderator Wants YOU at GA THIS Year

March 20th 2015, no comments

Jim Key Has a Message for Youth Watch this message from Unitarian Universalist Association Moderato...