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  • Bart Reviews "Growing Young"

    In this is new series Bart Frost reviews books relevant youth and young adult ministry ranging across the spectrum of denominations to help you decide which ones are worth your time and which ones you can pass on. Each installment features a brief review, examines the relevance...
    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?

    While it is easy to write clearly in a blog post about how challenge, comfort, processing and practice are different, life is more complex. Sometimes one person thinks a space is for their processing, but here comes somebody else with a challenge. Sometimes we’re trying to get...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • What are we supposed to do about it?

    So you read the intro and you understand challenge, comfort and processing, right? Ok, then onto practice. There are so many ways to put our new insights into practice! We can practice personally, interpersonally, communally and systemically. Personal The personal work...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • How do we unlearn this stuff?

    Have you already read the introduction to this post? Oh you have? Great, let’s go! Note: As I write about challenge, comfort, and processing needs, I use examples from my growth as a white person trying to unlearn white supremacy and my growth as a young woman trying to...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • Can We Actually Meet Everyone's Needs?

    I sat looking around the table at the exhausted religious educators sitting in my white identity caucus small group and wondered what to say. As we moved from processing our experiences as white folks at the fall conference for the Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/28/2017
  • Growing Spirit

    Last year, the Barna Group -- a for-profit, Christian research group -- published an article about the different goals pastors and parents have for youth ministry. In their survey, Barna determined that senior pastors and youth pastors shared common goals with more than 70% of...
    By Bart Frost | 11/6/2017
    Filed in: Guides and Tools, Youth
  • The Pink Sea: Reflections on the Women's March

    The date marked January 20, 2017. The time was 4:00 and a few hours earlier I had been shoving a Lunchable down my throat and finishing some late homework. I gathered my precious camera, a pen, some cough drops, and extra ear buds. That day was when my life changed. I could...
    By Emma Prats | 11/3/2017
    Filed in: Stories and Voices
  • Young Heretics

    “All the heroes of tomorrow are the heretics of today.” E.Y. Harburg 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...
    By Bart Frost | 10/16/2017
  • Using the Competencies for Leadership Development of Youth Ministry Teams

    Whether you consider your youth ministry team to be as selective as just the youth group advisors or as inclusive as advisors, parents/guardians, Coming Of Age mentors, conference sponsors and committee chairs with youth on their teams, now is the time to invest in their...
    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...
    By Eric Bliss | 9/18/2017
  • VIDEO: Tabling Tips for Campus Ministry

    #UUCampusQs Episode Six In this snazzy video, the Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken, the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Minisitries offers five great tips from...
    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 rattling around...
    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 congregation. Recently...
    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 UU young adults of color, we dove deep into...
    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 range of events, worships and...
    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 – Resist and Rejoice! We are Sam Wilson, Kathy Smith, and Pam Lepley –Adult Advisors to the Youth Caucus Staff and...
    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.  This may...
    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 workshops as well.  Beyond...
    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 UU College of Social...
    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 before you arrive? What should you bring with you to General...
    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...
    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 from...
    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 Ministry that may challenge our assumptions about...
    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
  • Reflection on White Supremacy in Our UUA

    From the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries UPDATED 3/31/17. [Since the publication of this post from our office, the President of the UUA has resigned (read the reporting of this event on UU World), and the Leadership Council of the UUA released this...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/28/2017
  • Youth Ministry Training Webinar 8

    UPDATE: This webinar will be hosted live on April 12th at 1pm EST and it will be recorded. We are canceling the previously scheduled Thursday evening webinar to encourage attendance the #Uuwhitesupremacyteachin  webinar on Thursday, April 13 at 8 PM eastern. More...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/24/2017
  • Talk Amongst Yourselves, I'll Give You a Topic...

    Cojourners* on the Spiritual Way The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has two new discussion guides for youth based on Summer Seminary sermons: Grappling with the First Principle and What is God?. Today my body is a...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/24/2017
  • Election: 2017 Youth Observers to the UUA BoT

    Vote Your Choice by April 10, 2017 Learn about the voting process for the Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees here. (Remember, youth vote as a block with their youth group.) Read their candidate statement. Watch the videos by...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/18/2017
  • Be a Delegate at GA 2017

    Did you know youth who are members of their congregation can represent their congregation at General Assembly by serving as delegates and voting in General Session (aka "Previously Plenary" aka "GenSesh" aka the way we conduct the business of the association)? Talk to your...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 3/16/2017
  • What Does Sanctuary Really Mean?

    We are facing reality, as a faith, a nation, and individuals who may not have been as active as we should have been before the election results of November 8th. Those that lived-in fear before, now live in greater fear as families and communities are torn apart, on an even...
    By Elissa McDavid | 2/28/2017
  • Youth Ministry Training Webinar 7

    Part of a successful youth ministry is creating and maintaining sustainable systems and organizational tools, like calendaring, directories and templates, to keep the youth ministry program running as a vital part of the congregation and so it can live on after a volunteer or...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 2/27/2017
  • Meet Them All! 2017 Youth Caucus Staff

    General Assembly 2017 of the Unitarian Universalist Association will be a gathering like no other. Responsive to the hurt and upheaval enhanced by the Trump administration and more responsive still to the yearning for joy, creativity and togetherness, GA17: Resist and...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 2/22/2017
  • Why Should Young Folks Go To General Assembly?

    What is the role of spiritual community in these times? We’ve been asking that question over and over, particularly as we think about our upcoming Unitarian Universalist Association General Assembly. What is the point of gathering, especially a gathering that takes so many...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/21/2017
  • Snapchat Me a Movement

    How Snapchat makes social change happen We reprint with permission this very useful guide to using Snapchat as a platform for advocacy work by Aneta Molenda, originally published on the M+R lab blog. Learn more about the passionate people who support progressive advocacy...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/16/2017
  • Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism

    The Many Faiths within Unitarian Universalism The latest addition to the Skinner House Books (SHB) series exploring the many faith traditions that also find a home in Unitarian Universalism (UU) has just been published. "Humanist Voices in Unitarian Universalism" explores...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/16/2017
  • Using Your Universal Translator

    A Sermon by Kadyn Frawley Watch this terrific pastoral message from Summer Seminary graduate Kayden Frawley, preached to her congregation on January 29, 2017.   Using Your Universal Translator - Transcript Good morning! I’m going to ask you all some questions....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/8/2017
  • The Many Ways to Get Money for GA

    General Assembly (GA) is many things: transformative, spirit filling, jam packed, challenging, fortifying... and expensive. We want to do everything we can to make sure money doesn’t hold you back from attending GA. There are lots of ways to get to GA and have a fabulous time...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 2/7/2017
  • Living Legacy Project Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage

    Energize this Legacy APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED | GRANTS AVAILABLE Announcing the Living Legacy Project (LLP) All Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage, June 5th-9th, 2017! This 5-day pilgrimage will be led by LLP board members Reverend Gordon Gibson and Reggie Harris, beginning in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2017
  • UU Youth & Young Adults at the Women's March!

    Out in Force for Love My twin 6 year olds traveled from Lexington, KY. (Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington) to Washington.  Here are some of our photos: It was especially meaningful to them that so many new friends stopped to talk with them and thank them...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/27/2017
  • Spiritual Practices for Privileged Fragility

    The great safety pin debate. The epic pussy hat debacle. These are just two examples of an ongoing trend in liberal circles: people (often with relative privilege) respond poorly when their well meaning actions are critiqued by others on the left (often by folks with relatively...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/26/2017
  • Youth Ministry Training Webinar 6

    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...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 1/17/2017
  • "With No Force At All"

    A Unitarian Universalist Welcome After I graduated college, with my family of origin in turmoil, I moved to a place where I knew no one outside of the job I was working. As I young person who didn't know myself well yet, I had some messy relationships, with no healthy models...
    By Ted Resnikoff, Leslie Mills | 1/17/2017

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