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  • 5 Things I Learned in (almost) 5 Years

    Bart Frost led the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries through almost five years of growth and change. In parting he gives us the gift of 5 crucial observations to keep youth and young adult ministry relevant and vital in the future of Unitarian Universalist faith.
    By Bart Frost | 7/24/2019
    Filed in: Stories and Voices
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  • New UUA Youth Safety Guidelines Released

    These policies and guidelines represent the wisdom that has been collected and gathered throughout the years to help our youth events be safer spaces for young Unitarian Universalists to deepen their faith.
    By Bart Frost | 6/20/2019
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  • 2019-2020 Youth Ministry Advisor Trainings

    The vision behind all three of these is to reach more adults in youth ministry, not just with content, but with relationship-deepening opportunities where we learn from each other and prioritize care of our spirits.
    6/14/2019
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  • Advice Video: Let's All Go to GA! Taking Youth Groups to General Assembly, part 9: Last Minute Trouble Shooting

    In this 9 part video series four expert DRE's share their secrets to successfully bringing youth groups to UUA General Assembly. Episode 9: Last Minute Trouble Shooting.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/11/2019
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  • Advice Video: Let's All Go to GA! Taking Youth Groups to General Assembly, part 8: Coming Home

    Maximize your youth group's GA experience by planning ahead with reflection/discussion about their experiences and learnings, how to share it with others.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 6/5/2019
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  • A Blessing for Finals

    For many college campuses, it is time for finals. It can be a stressful time of balancing schedules, completing big projects, late nights, poor sleep, skipped meals, etc. The UU Campus Community at UC Davis shares a blessing for finals season. We share it here.
    By Alex Haider-Winnett | 6/4/2019
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  • Lifespan Faith Engagement Listens to You

    Video recording and written comments from the Lifespan Faith Engagement constituent listening session, held May 28, 2019, to discuss and explore the loss and opportunity inherent in the evolution of the Faith Development Office (FDO) and the Youth and Young Adult Ministries...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/31/2019
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  • Should Sleeping Dogs Be Left Lying?

    White Lies, Ep. 2 looks at the trials of Viola Liuzzo and James Reeb's murderers. We hear Dr. King's eulogy for James Reeb, LBJ’s famous speech, and learn how Alabama Attorney General Flowers fought segregation and bias in the Liuzzo jury selection. We also learn the depth and...
    By Bart Frost | 5/24/2019
    Filed in: Stories and Voices
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  • Evolution of our Ministry to Youth and Young Adults: Your Participation is Valued!

    A call to all who love Unitarian Universalist youth, young adult, and youth and young adult of color ministry. As part of an intentional process to increase effectiveness, the UUA us hosting a listening session on May 28, 109, at 8PM Eastern.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/17/2019
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  • Exposing Truths of the Murder of Rev. James Reeb

    Think you know the story of Rev. James Reeb, murdered on the streets of Selma, Alabama, answering the call of Martin Luther King to clergy in support of civil rights? We've got more information, and thoughtful questions to deepen awareness and situate Reeb's sacrifice in the...
    By Bart Frost | 5/17/2019
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  • The GA Experience: What's it really like?

    Bringing a group of youth to GA this year and just don't know where to start? Or do you wish your annual GA trip was easier? Check out our video series starring some real experts at bringing youth groups to GA. You asked, and we've answered!
    5/3/2019
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  • Summer Events for Youth and Emerging Adults

    The UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries produces summer events where youth or emerging adults connect with UUs from all over the land. Each event has unique programming exploring specific needs and questions; everyone who attends leaves for home with their Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/2/2019
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  • What's In A Name?

    For many years, a cohort among us has called themselves “raised UUs”. It’s time to widen the circle.
    By Bart Frost | 4/18/2019
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  • Meet the 2019 GA Youth Staff!

    General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the continent. This year it's in Spokane, WA June 19th-23rd. ...
    3/11/2019
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  • A UU Lenten Covenantal Practice

    UU young adult Alex Jensen shares how the tradition of Lent is an opportunity to forge deeper faith, and stronger commitment to living the sources, values, and Principles of Unitarian Universalism everyday of the year.
    3/8/2019
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  • Youth Registration for GA - What's it all about?

    Learn how to register as a youth attendee to GA - all the parts and steps - that will get your youth group into GA smoothly.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 3/1/2019
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  • Thinking About Applying for Summer Seminary? Here's a Former Student's Perspective

    Last year, somewhere around this exact time, I applied for Summer Seminary. I remember applying for various reasons: ...
    By Jennica Davis-Hockett | 2/11/2019
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  • Bringing Youth to GA? You'll Need Sponsors!

    A sponsor is an adult who meets the criteria and pledges to provide supervision for a youth attendee while at the UUA General Assembly. Review this video for more info on recruiting, identifying, and managing adult sponsors for the youth you're bringing to GA.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 1/30/2019
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  • Keep It Going Over the Holidays

    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 12/17/2018
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  • Room & Board for Youth Groups at 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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  • 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
    Filed in: Youth, General Assembly
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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
    Filed in: Youth Ministry
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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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