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  • Dad Jokes and #Squadgoals

    Being able to connect with children and babies is like this weird superpower I have, but its not a really awesome or impressive superpower like flying, laser eyes, being rich, or being able to control sea creatures. Is it just baby charisma or is it something else?
    By Bart Frost | 8/10/2018
  • Inspiring Hope

    Morgan Miller shares her life-expanding experience at Youth Midwest Leadership School , and encourages other youth to attend.
    By Morgan Miller | 8/9/2018
  • 123 Faces of Diverse Unitarian Universalism

    The identities of Unitarian Universalism (UU) are becoming more diverse. Cameron Whitten's project captures the voices of 123 diverse UUs, giving is a glimpse of the future of this faith.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/10/2018
    Filed in: Stories and Voices
  • "Sustainable Youth Ministy" Does What it Says, So You Should Really, Really Read It

    In this month’s episode, Bart reviews Sustainable Youth Ministry by Mark DeVries of Youth Ministry Architects. Thanks to Shelia Schuh for requesting a review of this book. Sustainable Youth Ministry is one of the seminal books about youth ministry and explores a number of...
    By Bart Frost | 7/10/2018
    Filed in: Guides and Tools
  • Interdependence Day

    On July 4th, declare interdependence. It’s kind of hard to enjoy a Fourth of July BBQ on a lovely sunny afternoon with meat and veggies on the grill when we think about the people who are in cages right now. On July 4th, recommit to use freedom in ways that liberate others.
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 7/3/2018
    Filed in: Social Justice
  • Hope is Creation is Salvation

    or "Some things I've learned while working at the UUA and trying to be a human in this broken world" Today so many people I love are mourning the loss of Unitarian Universalist leader Wendi Winters, murdered in the shooting that happened yesterday at the Capital...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 6/29/2018
  • Youth and Adult UUs: Take the Lead on the Global Stage

    Opportunity for Youth and Adults to take the lead on the global stage Are you passionate about creating inclusive learning environment and working for peace and justice on a worldwide scale? The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office is looking for youth...
    By Allison Hess | 5/31/2018
  • Summer Seminary 2018 Staff

    Summer Seminary , the immersion program for UU youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional, is supported by 4 staff members and a host of faculty members. Summer Seminary 2018 is happening in Chicago, IL, at Meadville-Lombard Theological School .
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 5/28/2018
    Filed in: Guides and Tools, Youth
  • Care Groups

    One of the most surprising places I learned about deeply spiritual community was my Grandma Bette’s bridge club. Those old ladies were really knew something about showing up and caring for each other.
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 5/22/2018
  • Linda Brown of Brown v Board of Education Won, But More Must be Done

    Recently the team at the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries discussed how February being “Black History Month,” March being “Women’s History Month,” and June being “LGBTQ History Month” is positive because it raises up awareness of the history and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/17/2018
  • Victoria Woodhull: 19th Century Women's Equality Activist

    Our knowledge of history defines our understanding of the present. With these posts the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries lifts up our awareness of the history of people of marginalized identity so their actions can influence ours. Meet Victoria Woodhull, the first...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/8/2018
  • Civil Disobedience and Unitarian Universalism Call Us into the Street

    Summary: Protest movements like March for Our Lives , and The Women’s March are generally legally permitted events, but protest movements can also use the tactic of unpermitted civil disobedience as a way to increase the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/18/2018
  • Why an Expelled Pentecostal Bishop Found a Faith Home in Unitarian Universalism

    Watch the premiere of Come Sunday on Netflix on Friday, April 13. Produced by Ira Glass of This American Life, the story of Pentecostal Bishop Carlton Pearson’s epiphany of inclusion shows what happens when a responsible search for truth and meaning runs into religious dogmatism...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/9/2018
  • Bart Reviews Books Episode 3: Powered By Girl

    In this month’s episode, Bart reviews Lyn Mikel Brown’s Powered By Girl. Published by Beacon Press, Powered by Girl explores how young women are embracing activism and are showing up for themselves and their peers. It also serves as a guide for adults who want to support youth...
    By Bart Frost | 3/30/2018
  • UU Youth Lead, Will We Follow?

    We pray for our minds and hearts to be open to the messages of younger generations. We pray that we may find it within ourselves to offer practical, financial and emotional support to all youth who fight for their lives. We pray for physical safety which is never guaranteed,...
    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office | 3/21/2018
  • Youth Caucus: Meet Your 2018 Staff

    Youth, adults from across the country form a team to support Youth Caucus at General Assembly, 2018 in Kansas City, MO.
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/12/2018
  • The One Big Thing that I Learned @YMLX

    Religious Educator Jamaine Cripe reports from the first ever Youth Ministry Leadership Exchange on the big takeaway anyone interested in successful youth ministry needs to know.
    By Jamaine Cripe | 3/2/2018
  • Full Circle Rounds Up Youth Ministry Essentials

    Bart circles back to re-read Kate Erslev's "Full Circle- Fifteen Ways to Grow Lifelong UUs" and finds its as indispensable as ever for anyone growing vibrant youth and young adult ministry.
    By Bart Frost | 2/28/2018
  • Bart Reviews "Growing Young"

    The Blue Boat Editorial Board is proud to announce the beginning of a new monthly series, Bart Reviews Books! In this series, Bart will review a series of new and older books related to youth and young adult ministry. Read the first installment today!
    By Bart Frost | 1/26/2018
  • Why Do Engaged UU Youth Become Untethered Young Adults?

    Why do so many UU youth lose connection with UU communities as they move into young adulthood? Are we failing our youth? Or are we preparing them for their “ free and responsible search for truth and meaning ”? Inspired by these questions, I created the Post-Bridging Survey...
    By Emily Parker | 12/21/2017
    Filed in: Future of Faith
  • How are we doing?

    Take some time to evaluate yourself: how are you getting your needs met for unlearning systems of oppression? How is your community doing on meeting people's needs?
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • What are we supposed to do about it?

    When we've acquired new learning/done some unlearning of systems of oppression we need to practice. But what does practice actually look like? We can take actions on the personal, interpersonal, communal and systemic levels for maximum impact.
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • How do we unlearn this stuff?

    In order to unlearn systems of oppression we need to be challenged, comforted and have space to process. How do we meet those needs well while respecting others?
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • Can We Actually Meet Everyone's Needs?

    "Given that everyone in our congregation is in different places around racial justice, how can we meet all their needs?" wondered the religious educators in my white caucus at LREDA Fall Con. If you've ever wondered how to support yourself or your community in unlearning systems...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • Growing Spirit

    96% of parents prioritized that youth programs should be safe spaces for youth to explore their faith. We’re pretty good at creating safe spaces for our young folks, but how do we engage in promoting spiritual growth for everyone in our congregations?
    By Bart Frost | 11/6/2017
    Filed in: Guides and Tools, Youth
  • The Pink Sea: Reflections on the Women's March

    As we approach the one year anniversary of the Women's Marches that erupted all over the world immediately following Trump's inauguration, we take a look at the Women's March in D.C. from the perspective of a Unitarian Universalist youth.
    By Emma Prats | 11/3/2017
    Filed in: Stories and Voices
  • Young Heretics

    I was reading an article the other day about a school that is like “Christian Hogwarts” and the church that runs it also has a program called Young Saints . I started thinking and wondering, if these young folks are “Young Saints”, then are Unitarian Universalist youth and young...
    By Bart Frost | 10/16/2017
  • Using the Competencies for Leadership Development of Youth Ministry Teams

    Now is the time to invest in your youth ministry team's leadership development by using the Competencies for Ministry to and with Youth .
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 10/11/2017
    Filed in: Youth
  • Building a Covenant

    “This is the church of the open mind. This is the church of the loving heart. This is the church of the helping hands, where friends come together.” As we finished our opening words, we joined our hands together. It was Sunday morning again, one of my favorite moments in a busy...
    By Kari Gottfried | 10/2/2017
  • Spiritual Practices Create Spiritual Homes

    I left Unitarian Universalism when I was 18. Having gone through the survey of world religions that was the emphasis of my late 80’s RE experience, I identified more as a Buddhist than I did as UU. College brought a myriad of intellectual awakenings, but my soul lay dormant.
    By Eric Bliss | 9/18/2017
  • VIDEO: Tabling Tips for Campus Ministry

    This video offers five great tips from two former campus ministers so you can table effectively on campus.
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 9/14/2017
  • Welcoming The Last of the Millennials to Your Church

    The Annual Beloit College Mindset List is released for each new entering class as way to acknowledge the differences in worldview (or mindset) of incoming first-years. Originally, it was intended as a way to remind professors to watch their references with students. It continues...
    By Bart Frost | 9/4/2017
  • Spiritual Practices for White Anxiety

    Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 18th 2017 Tomorrow some right wing extremists are planning to hold a rally in the city I live in and I’m planning to march against white supremacy. Like many folks, I have a lot of questions...
    8/17/2017
  • What UU Campus Ministry Looks Like in Trump Times

    UU Campus Ministry Partners with Undocumented Student Center Submitted by the Rev. Beth Banks The Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis has a long-standing campus ministry, supported by a Senior Minister, a yearly intern and a Campus Committee from the...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 7/12/2017
  • Reflections after Thrive Young Adult

    Kaitlin Dey, Thrive Young Adult alumni 2016 and 2017, shared this reflection at her congregation last Sunday. I spent the last 10 days in New Orleans. I attended Thrive Young Adult . Thrive is part of Grow Racial Justice that is for...
    By Elizabeth Nguyen | 7/11/2017
  • Start Here

    General Assembly 2017 is almost here! We are so excited that you will be joining us for this incredible experience. Whether you attend every GA Youth Caucus event or come to orientation and then spend the rest of the week exploring the wide...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Say Hi to YC Staff

    Meet them here virtually , before you meet them for real in NOLA!
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Sponsor Info

    Feel free to download and print this letter and the Youth Sponsor Parent/Guardian Sample Agreement . Hello, Adult Sponsors of Youth ! Welcome to General Assembly 2017 – ...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Program Highlights

    General Assembly is jam packed with tons of amazing programing. There’s no way you could do it all, so be strategic in how you plan your schedule. Use this blank grid to fill in your schedule. Note the mandatory Youth Caucus Orientation from 4:00-5:15pm on Wednesday. If you are...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Lead at GA

    Getting Involved at General Assembly Hey everyone, Hannah, and Annalee here... your Youth Caucus business managers, and we’re so excited to help you make an impact at this year's General Assembly. You are not only the leaders of tomorrow but the leaders of today...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Connect

    How can I connect with others while at GA? What is the Youth Caucus Social Media presence? In Person Attending workshops with other youth is a great way to connect with other youth. A few youth caucus members will be gathering groups to go to non-YC...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Get Support

    HI EVERYBODY! We are your Youth Caucus peer chaplains, Kiernan and Nyana, and we can’t wait to meet you all in New Orleans in June! We, along with the rest of the Youth Caucus staff, are looking forward to working with all of you to provide logistical and spiritual support for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Witness at General Assembly 2017

    Every year at GA there is a public witness , which is the time at GA where Unitarian Universalists put into action their values about making the world a more equal and just place. This year the public witness will be from 5:00-7:00pm on Friday. Come to the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Check List

    Check this page frequently to know what to check off your list of to-dos before you get to General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana to get the most out of your Youth Caucus 2017 experience. What should you do...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/22/2017
  • Activate Your Social Justice this Summer

    Take Their Word for It—You'll Be So Happy You Did From our friends at the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) —ed. ( original post ) Are you a high school aged youth who is wondering how to engage more fully in social justice work? We at UUCSJ have...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/11/2017
  • 13 Reasons We Need Have These Conversations...

    But Maybe Not Using 13 Reasons Why Netflix recently adapted Jay Asher’s young adult novel, 13 Reasons Why , into a 13-part series that has catapulted into pop culture, breaking social media and viewership records. Visually compelling with cliff-hangers that pull you...
    By Bart Frost | 5/4/2017
  • White Supremacy Teach-In

    Resources for Youth and Young Adult Ministry When you hear or read the words “White Supremacy,” what thoughts come to mind, what emotions surface? For some of us, it is a fear-filled phrase that conjures images of white hoods and robes that seems totally dissonant with our...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 4/26/2017
  • Youth Ministry Training Webinar 9

    In the April Webinar , Natalie Briscoe, Congregational Life Staff in the Southern Region , and Kim Sweeney, Congregational Life Staff in the New England Region , talked about new models and methods for stellar Youth...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 4/14/2017
  • Congratulations Tanner Linden, Youth Observer

    Meet the Next Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees We are pleased to announce that the 2017-2019 Youth Observer Election has come to a close and we are have a brand-new Youth Observer ! Seven congregations participated in this year's election and the results were close....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/12/2017
  • Register for General Assembly Now!

    Registration for General Assembly 2017 in New Orleans , LA , June 21-25 is in full-swing. It's not too late to join fellow Unitarian Universalists in worship, learning and action! Learn more here .
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/11/2017

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