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    What should you do before you arrive? What should you bring with you to General Assembly? Before your arrival : Did you submit your Youth Caucus Forms ? If your forms are not submitted, you will be unable to pick up your name badge when you arrive at General Assembly until...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 6/9/2014
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  • Waterfire Witness

    Learn more about what to expect on Saturday evening. Reach out in love! A Message from our Witness planners: General Assembly 2014 is all about love! Throughout GA, we’ll have opportunities to engage with what unconditional love means to us as Unitarian Universalists and how our...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 6/9/2014
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  • Meet Your Youth Caucus Staff

    Get to know your Youth Caucus Staffers and what their roles are at General Assembly. Not pictured: Rev. Andrew Weber Deans Deans are the leaders of the Youth Caucus Staff and represent the Caucus during General Assembly planning. They select programming and staff, and help...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 6/9/2014
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  • Quick Interest Links

    Additional information you may find interesting when preparing for your trip. More about General Assembly and Youth Caucus Youth Caucus Video Series promoting GA this past fall GA Mobile App GA Service Project Help lead the GA Youth Caucus in 2015 Providence Travel, Tours,...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 6/9/2014
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  • Take the Lead at Future General Assemblies

    GA 2014 may still be a few weeks away, but we’re already on the lookout for the next Youth Caucus Dean for GA 2015 and 2016! Serving as Youth Caucus Dean is a wonderful opportunity to build and strengthen your leadership skills, meet new people, create awesome youth community,...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 6/5/2014
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  • Infuse the Ether with Your Love

    Unbounded Love Standing in the Side of the Love (SSL), the interfaith public advocacy campaign sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) , celebrates 5 years of community activism , social networking and media outreach , equipping people across the nation to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/3/2014
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  • Branded

    Our Brand, Ourself Examining the Unitarian Universalist (UU) and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) brand is the fruit of reflection on the disconnect between the number of people who religiously "brand" themselves as UUs and the larger number of people who live by UU...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/30/2014
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  • This Rising Tide May Just Wash Us Away

    Scientists Confirm Inevitable Sea-Level Rise Like the tip of the fabled iceberg, the now confirmed inevitable rise of sea-level over the coming years hides social injustice that the Unitarian Universalist Association labors to undo. Just follow the causal chain to understand...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/28/2014
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  • Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

    August 2014 at the UBarU Retreat and Conference Center Create multiracial congregation with other Unitarian Universalists: strengthen bonds of identity while living the commitment of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association to multiracial/multicultural...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/27/2014
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  • Youth Ministry

    Download, print or share information on Youth Ministry from the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries. Youth Leadership Programs, events and opportunities for youth leadership development, including: – Luminary Leaders – Summer Seminary – Summer Justice Programs – Youth...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/25/2014
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  • Ministering to Young Adults

    Ministering to Young Adults (ages18-35) Follow The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association on twitter: @YAYAUUA . Check out our blog Blue Boat : for stories, strategies, opportunities and more! Plus our blog is on twitter: @...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/25/2014
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  • Youth and Young Adults of Color Ministry

    Ministry for Unitarian Universalists 15 – 35 who identify as a person of color (persons of Native American, Asian, Arab, Latino/a, African descent, transracially adopted, bi-racial, multiracial or international). For more information contact the Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings ,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/25/2014
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  • Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

    Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.–Ed. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/23/2014
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  • Marriage Equality: Legal* in as Many States as Not.

    Axe the Asterisk! Although evolving toward a new norm the current state of marriage-equality in the United States is somewhat confusing. In some states marriage-equality is legal and practiced whereas in others, though legal, the practice is suspended pending further court...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/23/2014
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  • Youth and Youth Caucus GA 2014 – Archive

    This is archival information pertaining to youth attendance and Youth Caucus at General Assembly 2014 in Providence, Rhode Island. Please check back during Spring 2015 for updated information relevant to youth participation at General Assembly 2015 in Portland, Oregon. Youth...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/20/2014
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  • “Colorblind” ≠ Not Racist

    Believing in Equality Could Perpetuate Inequality for Minorities In this post on Slate , Jamelle Bouie examines the divergence between belief and reality of Millennials on issues of race, finding that many of them confuse color-blindness with an affirmative stance of racial...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/20/2014
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  • More Millennials Raise Families in Urban Areas

    How Will Changing Demographics Change Congregations? Recent research shows more Millennials are raising families in urban areas than is historically the case when an age-cohort reaches the age of starting families. This suggests that the demographics in non-urban congregations...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/19/2014
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  • A Season of Camp

    Everyone Welcome @ Unirondack – find your tribe and go Unirondack is known for creating a camp experience where people, "live the values that are inherent in Unitarian Universalist principles – acceptance, compassion and decision-making through the democratic process." The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/16/2014
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  • UUs in the Military – Conscience in a Hard Place

    Ending War – Honoring the Principled Warrior The relationship of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to the military is complex and as lengthy as the history of the United States. While the UUA and Unitarian Universalism is generally...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/15/2014
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  • Youth Observer 2014-15: Meet Candidates and Vote

    BALLOTS DUE MONDAY, JUNE 2! Election of a Youth Observer for the 2014-15 term to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is underway. The candidates are Benji Janapol and Isabelle Marshel . Here is how to participate: | READ the candidates' statements | |...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/15/2014
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  • Multicultural Leadership School: Register by June 1

    Only a Few Spots Remain for Summer 2014 session! Several places remain in the Summer 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, MA, Friday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 29 . This training is designed specifically for Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/15/2014
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  • Mass Incarceration: Systemic Bias

    There are Reasons Some People Won't Get a Break Mass Incarceration is an aspect of the Prison Industrial Complex (PIC), in which the goal of incarceration has moved from rehabilitation (penology) to punishment , and financial consequences - negative for those arrested or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/14/2014
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  • Religion By Affiliation

    The Mass in Religion has Always Been in the Street Elizabeth Drescher questions the wisdom of viewing the Internet as a cause of the disaffection with organized religion, pointing out that for the public "mass" media has always held greater allure than religious Mass itself, and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/13/2014
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  • Retiring Boomers a Boon for Congregations

    Watch Out Millenials 'cause Here Come the Boomers Carol Howard Merritt asks how an increase of Boomer Generation retirees can and will change congregations on the Christian Century blog. Her key findings: More people will be on a fixed income: giving will change. | More people...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/12/2014
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  • Best Practices at Original Blessing

    Multigen and Mission Focused “ Original Blessing is like a study in best practices for a congregation that wants to appeal to younger people as well as older folks” remarked Carey McDonald after a recent visit there. Having stopped into Sunday evening worship at this new UU...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/8/2014
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  • Fighting with the Law for Marriage-Equality

    Plaintiffs Include UU Congregations Two Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations in North Carolina ( Piedmont Unitarian Universalist Church, Charlotte and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Asheville ) have joined the suit against the state of North Carolina led by the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/7/2014
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  • Wanted: Summer Seminary Student Advisor

    Serve as an Advisor to Youth Considering Unitarian Universalist Ministry The second Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary will be held July 30 – August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. The UUA seeks a current or recent seminary student to provide logistical,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/6/2014
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  • Families Are No Place for Division

    Witness Against Political Stigmatization This week the National Latina Institute for Reproductive Health (NLIRH) with the Strong Families Young Parents Cohort (YPC) is spearheading the move to destigmatize young families and turn the national discourse on youth pregnancy from...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/6/2014
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  • Visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan – Not on Your Dime

    Go When You Want, But APPLY by May 15. Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship for UU Seminarians at Non-UU Theological Schools The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological schools who...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/5/2014
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  • Religions Move Toward Accepting LGBTQ

    Unitarian Universalists Welcome Them Unitarian Universalism has long been a welcoming faith , and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a long history of fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Finally, other religions are moving to accept LGBTQ members in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/2/2014
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  • 5 Tips for Your Youth Caucus Forms

    Have you registered for General Assembly as a youth? Are you a parent, religious educator or advisor with youth attending GA? Get our five tips for filling out your Youth Caucus forms! After submitting and paying for registration for General Assembly, youth still need complete...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 5/1/2014
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  • Millenial Leaders: Develop Your Vision for Change

    Young Adult Spiritual Activists Sought Union Theological Seminary (Union) in New York, New York was founded in 1836 on the vision of centering theological education and ministerial training in an urban context so that academic excellence and personal faith might respond to the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/1/2014
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  • The Fight for a Fair Wage Goes On

    The Math Adds Up – the Politics Still Don't The Federal Minimum Wage has not risen since 2009 although the Cost of Living (COL) in the United States has increased by 10% over the same period. Studies show that in real terms the purchasing power of the Middle Class has decreased...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/1/2014
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  • Power UP with Rev. Monica

    On-Air Thursdays, on-line any-time Power UP with Rev. Monica ( Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings ) is an internet radio show that informs, inspires and empowers the lives of listeners with music, inspirational readings, interviews and reflections. Power UP can be heard on WGTD HD3...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/30/2014
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  • Racism is the Enemy

    Ending It Isn't a Game Racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have excited outrage from all quarters, including the most expensive fine the National Basketball Association (NBA) can levy, banning Sterling from attending any NBA events or facilities and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/30/2014
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  • Millennial Seeks Fulfilling Experience

    An Argument for What Works – Want to attract Millennials? John Wimberly suggests going back to the basics. John Wimberly, former pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. notes that if 14% of Millennials don't believe in religion that means 86% do. While working...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/29/2014
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  • Remember Your Mamas!

    Invented by a Unitarian—Evolved by the UUA When Unitarian Julia Ward Howe founded Mother's Day for Peace in the 1870's as an antiwar rallying cry she probably didn't imagine Anna Jarvis' touching memorial to her mother —and the countless sappy cards it has bequeathed would...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/28/2014
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  • How Move Got in the Movement

    Unitarian Universalism: Principled Past – Progressive Future The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of today remains very much influenced by the choice of Unitarian Universalists (UU) to answer Dr. Martin Luther King 's call and put UU beliefs and Principles on the front...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/25/2014
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  • Level the Paying Field

    Some labor for too little, others labor too little for too much Gender-based income disparity (the "Gender Pay-gap") and a minimum wage lower than a living wage are antithetical to the Principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism . The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/24/2014
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  • Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Oakland, CA

    Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults – Ed. “ Bishop Yvette Flunder says her approach to church membership is ‘...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 4/23/2014
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  • UU Young Adult Leads on Reproductive Choice

    Reproductive Choice is not an option The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has led on the issue of reproductive rights since 1963 – ten years before abortions were legal in this country. In this interview Jessica Halperin who was just was elected to a two-year term as...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/18/2014
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  • The Future is in Color

    Rainbow America By Amanda Froelich on the True Activist blog: With the increasing trend of interracial partnerships, it’s much more common for an individual to belong to a variety of hereditary backgrounds. As PolicyMic bluntly summarized, “in a matter of years we’ll have...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/17/2014
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  • India Recognizes Rights of Transgendered

    Equal in India The Supreme Court of India handed down its decision mandating a third gender category and full legal and civil-rights for the transgendered population of India on April 15, 2014. Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association supports equality and fairness for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/16/2014
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  • "Friendly" Doesn't Cut It Anymore

    Pre-qualified by Social Media The Interconnections Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in its story, " Welcoming in the Age of Social Media " discusses the added importance of making genuine connection with new comers since most people have Googled congregations...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/16/2014
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  • There's No Snoozebar on this Clock

    Climate Change: 5 Minutes to Midnight , 15 Years and Counting Down The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a report showing that the effects of global warming have not yet become irreversible, but that they will in 15 years should action...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/15/2014
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  • No More Holding it In

    Ivan E. Coyote writes about difficulties experienced by the transgendered in an intolerant world. The provocatively titled essay, " Fear and Loathing in Public Bathrooms, or How I Learned to Hold My Pee ," from her book Gender Failure , reminds us that things we take for granted...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/14/2014
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  • No More Water Everywhere

    Maybe soon not a drop to drink? More than 38 million people live in California, and California supplies the United States with more than half the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and as much of 90% of specialty nuts and fruits in the world. All of this life is dependent...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/11/2014
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  • What's Up With Millennials? Ask UUs.

    Looking for Answers The Pew Forum ’s March 7 report on the Millennial Generation (age 18-33) was yet another poll that highlighted the rising number of young people who are nonreligious. However, Pew’s report also made an important new connection, which is that the decline of...
    By Carey McDonald | 4/10/2014
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  • Not K–8: K to Life

    From Cradle to Incarceration The road to prison and exclusion from society begins for many as soon as they start school. Sonali Kolhatkar in her post, " Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline ’ ", first published on TruthDig....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/9/2014
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  • Most Religiously Diverse Countries

    Unitarian Universalism is a welcoming faith that encourages interfaith search for spiritual fulfillment and meaning, while – according to research from PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life – the United States is considered to be only "moderately" religiously diverse, and the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/8/2014
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