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  • How to Pay for Everyone Going to GA

    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 12/12/2018
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  • Fabulous Fiction for Fans of UU Young Adult Ministry

    ​In this month’s episode, Bart acknowledges he can't finish a young adult ministry book right now. So instead of reviewing a book youth or young adult ministry book, he’s going to persuade you to read fiction, which could also be described as sci-fi/fantasy edition... intrigued...
    By Bart Frost | 11/28/2018
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  • Organizing a Youth Trip to GA? Get Advice from Experts!

    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 11/26/2018
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  • What Does the Business Manager for GA Youth Do?

    Each year a team of youth is selected to build community and run programming for youth at General Assembly. The application is open from November 1st to December 15th. Get to know our current staff and prepare yourself to apply!
    11/20/2018
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  • What does the General Assembly Youth Worship Coordinator Do?

    Each year a team of youth is selected to build community and run programming for youth at General Assembly. The application is open from November 1st to December 15th. Get to know our current staff and prepare yourself to apply!
    11/20/2018
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  • What Does the General Assembly Youth of Color Coordinator Do?

    Each year a team of youth is selected to build community and run programming for youth at General Assembly. The application is open from November 1st to December 15th. Get to know our current staff and prepare yourself to apply!
    11/20/2018
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  • What Does the General Assembly Youth Care Team Do?

    Each year a team of youth is selected to build community and run programming for youth at General Assembly. The application is open from November 1st to December 15th. Get to know our current staff and prepare yourself to apply!
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 11/20/2018
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  • 5 Homilies by UU Youth Worth Watching and Sharing

    Every year Summer Seminary students write a homily. Friday night they present them at a "Preach-Off", and select 4 or 5 for Sunday worship at their host congregation. These are the Summer Seminary student homilies from Sunday Worship at First Unitarian Church of Chicago on July...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/21/2018
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  • We Are All Ministers

    Each year Summer Seminary students select 4 or 5 student-written homilies to be shared at Sunday worship of the host Unitarian Universalist congregation. Watch one of them here.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/11/2018
    Filed in: Future of Faith
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  • Is your Youth Ministry Welcoming, Inclusive and Accessible?

    A youth group doesn’t magically transform into a welcoming, inclusive and accessible space as soon as you hang a poster of the Seven Principles on the door. We need to intentionally cultivate an environment where youth can practice caring for one another and holding one another...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 10/5/2018
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  • Surrounded by the Divine Unknown, a homily by Henry Katzman

    Each year Summer Seminary students select 4 or 5 student-written homilies to be shared at Sunday worship of the host Unitarian Universalist congregation. Watch one of them here.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/4/2018
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  • Bring Hope to the Hopeless, a homily by Sophie Fried

    Each year Summer Seminary students select 4 or 5 student-written homilies to be shared at Sunday worship of the host Unitarian Universalist congregation. Watch one of them here.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/27/2018
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  • 2019 Executive Team for Youth at General Assembly

    Twelve youth, 5 adults and 2 UUA staff are support youth and sponsors at General Assembly. Some positions are one year terms and some are two. Those who serve two year terms serve on the executive team in their second term. One year and "junior" positions are selected in the...
    9/25/2018
    Filed in: Youth, General Assembly
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  • Covenant and Challenge- A Homily by Julia Landis

    Each year Summer Seminary students select 4 or 5 student-written homilies to be shared at Sunday worship of the host Unitarian Universalist congregation. Watch one of them here.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/20/2018
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  • Loving Louder- A Homily by Kari Gottfried

    Each year Summer Seminary students select 4 or 5 student-written homilies to be shared at Sunday worship of the host Unitarian Universalist congregation. Watch one of them here.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/12/2018
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  • GA19 Youth Deans

    Announcing! "Which GA Youth Dean are You?" Find out if you're more like Sr. Dean Kari Gottfried or Jr. Dean Andreas Rivera Young.
    By Kari Gottfried | 9/10/2018
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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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • "Sustainable Youth Ministy" Does What it Says, So You Should Really, Really Read It

    Sustainable Youth Ministry is one of the seminal books about youth ministry and explores a number of crucial concepts.
    By Bart Frost | 7/10/2018
    Filed in: Guides and Tools
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  • 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
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  • Hope is Creation is Salvation

    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 Gazette Office in Annapolis, MD.
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 6/29/2018
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  • 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 and adults to lead...
    By Allison Hess | 5/31/2018
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 contributions of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/17/2018
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  • 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
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  • 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 pressure on authorities to right injustice (think of Black...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/18/2018
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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 in my brain. I have petty...
    8/17/2017
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  • 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 we...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 7/12/2017
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