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  • Global Justice Summer Internships for Young Adults

    Opportunities from the College of Social Justice With its partner organizations UUCSJ offers summer field placements for UU young adults to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put faith into action. UUCSJ summer internships require some...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/5/2013
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  • Volunteer to Reduce the Cost of Attending GA

    Be a Youth Volunteer at GA! GA Volunteers offer hours of service in exchange for a paid registration. For youth registrations, volunteers need to give 14 hours of work during General Assembly. Volunteers still have plenty of time to participate in what General Assembly has to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/5/2013
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  • Awesome Does 'Cause Awesome Is

    Who's the MOST AWESOME Youth You Know? This AWESOME youth IS - Thoughtful - Has a good sense of self - Can handle a learning-curve - Enjoys working with adults - Wants to be a voice for youth for the leaders of our denomination The Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/4/2013
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  • GA '13 Youth Group Grants

    General Assembly Competitive Grants for Youth A limited number of $1000 competitive grants are available to youth groups that are organizing to attend GA together. To qualify, groups must have at least five participants from the same congregation. Applications will be judged by...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/1/2013
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  • Repudiate the Doctrine

    Grants available for local action to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery At Justice GA 2012 in Phoenix, delegates voted to repudiate the doctrine that Europeans used as legal justification for conquest and colonization of the Americas. The GA resolution encourages Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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  • Youth Observer Election - Term 2013–14

    Youth Leadership Opportunity: YO to the UUA Board of Trustees A new Youth Observer (YO) to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is elected by Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth in a national election every year before General Assembly. The Youth Observer...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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  • Strawberries for the Soul

    Meditations by and for Unitarian Universalists Citing a Zen parable Abhimanyu Janamanchi , former Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees, and the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi , Minister at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Florida , write that as Unitarian Universalsits it is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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  • Violence Against Women Act Renewed

    Protections extended to Native American, LGBT and immigrant women. Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in October, 2011, passed after a lengthy political fight over protecting more women in cases of domestic abuse or rape. Read the full story...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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  • Reflections from a UU College Chaplain

    Rev. Pamela Barz is the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Chaplain at Wellesley , a Womens' College outside of Boston. Below is an edited portion of a sermon she delivered at The Eliot Church of South Natick on January 20, 2013. – Ed. Students at Wellesley come to talk to me for a...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/28/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts: GSA Edition

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) plans to review its policy banning LGBTQ membership or participation in May of this year stands in contrast to the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) policy of not discriminating against LGBTQ membership. GSA policy with regard to the sexual orientation...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • True Fraternal Love

    This story is re-posted from Boston.com . – Ed. Emerson College fraternity members raise money for one brother’s gender reassignment surgery By Martin Finucane, Boston Globe Staff Members of an Emerson College fraternity are raising money so one of the fraternity brothers who is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • For Same-Sex Marriage

    The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a challenges to California State Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act – both of which restrict the definition of marriage as a union between one woman and one man – toward the end of March, 2013, with a decision...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/26/2013
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  • Healing Justice

    In support of Common Read 2013 of The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , by Michelle Alexander , Blue Boat brings you news and information on the inequities of the burgeoning penal system in the United States and some lesser-known consequences of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/25/2013
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  • March Call: Bridging

    Our March call is open to anyone who is interested in having a discussion about the Bridging process and what we can all do to enhance this. The bridging process in this context refers to youth who are bridging to young adulthood. The Unitarian Universalist Association provides...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/22/2013
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  • Get the Lowdown on What's Coming Up

    Spring/Summer 2013 Youth Ministry Updates Webinar for Religious Educators, Youth Advisors, and Youth Join us for an hour webinar on Wednesday, February 27th at 2:00 pm Eastern -OR- 8:00 pm Eastern for new developments in youth ministry available this spring and summer. End your...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/22/2013
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  • UU Military: Equality Under Fire

    “ The military is widely understood to be the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institution in the U.S .", notes The Rev. Sarah Lammert, director of Ministries and Faith Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and president-elect of the National...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/22/2013
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  • Promoting Equality

    The recent liberalization of military policy toward greater equality for all service members is example of what happens when people speak out against inequity. After Barack Obama's re-election, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moved to end discrimination against women in the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/22/2013
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  • Defying Unreason of Westboro Baptist

    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Vassar College on Thursday, February 28. Students at Vassar are mounting a response (read how you can help them here ). – Ed. Illogic of Westboro Church Teachings provokes defections Earlier this month, Megan Phelps-Roper , grand-daughter...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/21/2013
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  • UU-UNO Spring Seminar '13: Sex, Love, and Violence

    Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World "Everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. When someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to the majority, they are often seen as a legitimate target for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/21/2013
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  • Vassar vs Westboro Baptist Church

    Some of you may have heard that the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Vassar . You also might have heard about all the great organizing current Vassar students and alums are doing. What you likely didn't hear about is how the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry Group at...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/20/2013
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  • UU-UNO Led Talk on Sexual Orientation Change

    Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is the innocent enough sounding term for practices that are designed to force people to give-up same sex orientation. The techniques employed to force individuals to renounce their freely chosen sexual identity can be psychological or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2013
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  • PCD YA Climate Justice Workshop

    The UU young adult network of UU Ministry for Earth is hosting our first PCD regional young adult gathering on climate justice this March 1-2 in Berkeley, at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists . Join other UU young adults for this mini climate justice training...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/19/2013
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  • New Slogan of Campus Ministry!

    We're getting a new set of UU campus ministry promotional materials! I know you all loved the flare-legged pants of our shadow folk that told everyone we are definitely in with the times and oh-so-fashionable - but we've run out and think it's time for some new materials. ; -)...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/19/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 29/30

    As 30 Days of Love draws to a close, I'm reflecting on all the different ways we've explored love and justice in the past month. For me, justice is rooted in the recognizing the flame that burns within each of us, and its goal is to make the world a place in which our flames can...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/16/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 28/30

    Okay, okay, so "You Light My Chalice" (from UU Media Collaborative Works ) isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its message of social justice... But artwork - a song, a drawing, a video, even a work of prose - can resonate in deeper ways that any other form of protest...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/15/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 27/30

    I want you ALL to be my Valentine this year – would you, please? Today everybody hopes be somebody's Valentine, and having someone to call your own on this day is what we understand Valentine's Day to be all about. It is such a big deal that Valentine's Day is the second most...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/14/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 26/30

    Most people don't realize that there is a different minimum wage for employees who work for tips. $2.13/hr is the federal tipped minimum wage , and has been since 1991. Anything else they make during the course of their shifts comes from tips. Until I worked in a restaurant over...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/13/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 25/30

    Two years ago, I attended a workshop at General Assembly with a panel people who had ancestors that had owned slaves. It was a moving experience to hear these folks grapple with the notion of the terrible deeds of their kin from centuries past. The moment that most sticks in my...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/12/2013
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  • UUA: Merit For All Scouts

    The following statement was issued by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales following the Boy Scouts of America decision during their board meeting last week to put off consideration of ending their ban on LGBTQ membership. - Ed. “The Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 24/30

    It seems I have a tendency to offer to blog on the day when 30 Days of Love asks for a prayer. Last year, I offered this prayer , which drew inspiration from my high school years. I struggled to write it, as I often struggle to pray. You see, I grew up in a tradition where there...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/11/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 23/30

    Let’s face it: NOBODY likes Valentine’s Day. It really sucks. It’s so commercial and that’s hard if you’re broke. It’s forced affection - what if you’ve just started dating someone new? Or are in a relationship that isn’t going well – do you break up before and be the evil ex...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/10/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 22/30

    On Sunday, February 3, I attended the First Parish in Cambridge , in Cambridge, MA, to hear Intern Minister Kenny Wiley preach a sermon titled "Two Black Kids: A Unitarian Universalist Story." I went primarily because I know both of the "Black Kids" in the sermon. I knew Raziq...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/9/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 21/30

    If you're like me, this sounds a little scary. But this week's Thirty Days of Love posts are all about "Move Beyond Borders," and one of those borders is my own comfort-zone. The unspoken boundaries that were my "borders" I learned as a child don't always work best for me as an...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/8/2013
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  • Hampton Roads UU Revival

    This blog has been reposted from Life's Too Short To Sing The Melody , with permission from The Rev. Andrew Millard . It describes an exciting UU revival taking place at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. How great would it be if other campus-based revivals...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/7/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 20/30

    Standing with thousands of my fellow Unitarian Universalists on the warm pavement in Phoenix outside Sheriff Joe Arapaio's "Tent City" detention center , I felt we had found the perfect symbol for what is wrong with our immigration system: a complex that is poorly designed, ad...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/7/2013
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  • Merit for All – Scouts On Hold.

    Boy Scouts of America Defer Policy Change Decision to May. At their meeting today in Dallas, The National BSA Board (which is composed of more than 70 members) decided to put off voting on ending the Boy Scouts of America's practice of discriminating against the LGBTQ community...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 19/30

    As Unitarian Universalists, social justice issues related to immigration reform are some of the most prominent that we are facing today in the United States. Our General Assembly in 2012 was focused on our commitments to justice and service. It culminated in a protest against...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/6/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts – "Yes."

    The Boy Scouts of America Honorary President speaks. In a pre-Super Bowl interview, when asked whether the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should modify its policy to admit gay members, President Obama gave a one word answer, "Yes." He continued, "My attitude is that gays and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2013
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  • Spotlight - YAs @ First Unitarian Philly

    A congregation of young adult-ly love While in Philadelphia for the January UUA Board meeting, I had the true pleasure of meeting a group of young adults from the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia . In fact, the entire UUA Board came down to First Church for discussion and...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/5/2013
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  • February Call: Spreading the Love

    As part of Standing on the Side of Love's 30 Days of Love campaign, and the Young Adult and Campus Ministry guide to the 30 Days, we'll reflect on what we can do to spread the love. Join us on this month's campus ministry community call on Sunday, February 10th at 8:30pm Eastern...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/5/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 18/30

    "Currently, American citizens who are gay or lesbian cannot sponsor their foreign born partners for immigration – no matter how long they have been together or how committed their relationship." This is how the Immigration Equality Action Fund (IEAF) explains the inequity of the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/5/2013
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  • Announcing the 2013 Youth Caucus Staff

    General Assembly 2013 Youth Caucus Staff The final round of staff selections for Youth Caucus at General Assembly 2013 has concluded and we are happy to announce the entire staff! In the coming months, you’ll learn more about each staff team, what they’re working on for General...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/5/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 17/30

    When I volunteered to write a blog post about transgender issues, I realized that I didn't know enough about transgender issues in order to write about them successfully. I started exploring links, decided that there are people who explain and advocate for transgender issues...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/4/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 16/30

    There are so many borders in my own life that deeply affect me. I'll stick to writing about one I've been thinking about recently: thoughts on how the borders of the gender binary affect my life. I used to go to work every day in dresses or skirts and come home to change into...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/3/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 15/30

    This week the 30 Days of Love Campaign has encouraged us to think in terms of interfaith, highlighting the connection we share in the common goal of creating a more just and loving world, inclusive of people of different religious faith and spiritual practice. Today, the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/2/2013
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  • #futureofga Storify

    Follow – and add to – the conversation on the Fifth Principle Task Force reports discussed at the UUA Board of Directors recent Philadelphia meeting. This storify gives you the direct Twitter conversation "#futureofga#. It's not too late to add your opinion - Tweet at us at...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/1/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 14/30

    How many times do you hear in the media about hateful or bigoted speech or actions and think, “I wish there was something I could do!” It happens to me all the time. Rarely do I have any “bright ideas” of safe, effective, positive responses that are so easy even I, my friends,...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/1/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts – Maybe

    "They're going to allow people to discriminate." The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that it is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing people who identify as LGBTQ to become scouts. A story on Huffington Post states,"NBC News cites a number of '...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/31/2013
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  • Get 'yerself published!

    Share your embrace of scripture. Skinner House books has released an Request for Book Proposal on a "Unitarian Universalist embrace of scripture". Read the RFBP here. (Attention, it is the second request for proposal on the page.) Proposal Deadline is March 15, 2013.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/31/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 13/30

    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I attended an Interfaith Youth Core ( IFYC ) conference in 2009. My big interfaith experiences had been in divinity school, where they mostly took the shape of conversations about doctrinal differences, polity, and hot-button social...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/31/2013
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