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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Youth

  • By Stevie Carmody
    Find out more about the Climate Strikes happening all across the country. Join in on a strike in your area on September 20th, 2019. Click here for resources on supporting young people in the effort.
  • By Bart Frost
    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 Ted Resnikoff
    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 Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Maximize your youth group's GA experience by planning ahead with reflection/discussion about their experiences and learnings, how to share it with others.
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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
    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 Kari Gottfried
    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 Jennica Davis-Hockett
    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 .

Future of Faith

  • By Bart Frost
    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 Ted Resnikoff
    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 Universalist faith connected to others.
  • By Alex Jensen
    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.
  • By Bart Frost
    ​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 yet?
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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 29, 2018.
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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
    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
    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
    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
    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 Bart Frost
    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 Ted Resnikoff
    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. This movie is relevant viewing for people of every faith, even more so for Unitarian Universalists who want to work toward the creation of Beloved Community.

Events and Opportunities

  • 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.
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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 Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    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 Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Last year, somewhere around this exact time, I applied for Summer Seminary. I remember applying for various reasons: ...
  • By Morgan Miller
    Morgan Miller shares her life-expanding experience at Youth Midwest Leadership School , and encourages other youth to attend.
  • By Allison Hess
    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 their upcoming Intergenerational Spring Seminar ! Apply by June 5th to serve as a Youth Dean or Adult Dean for the most international and intergenerational event in the UU universe!
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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 Lives Matter blocking roads and highways , Standing Rock Dakota Access Pipeline activists who occupied territory, or sit-ins at the U.S. Congress by DACA advocates ). On Friday, April 20, 2018, in an act of civil disobedience, tens of thousands of high-school students will participate in an organized nationwide school walkout to demand stricter gun regulation. Learn how organized protest and Civil Disobedience are integral to the experience of living Unitarian Universalist faith and values.

On Campus

  • By Alex Haider-Winnett
    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.

Guides and Tools

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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 Office (YaYA) into a combined staff group.
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    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 accountable to living our highest values.
  • By Bart Frost
    Sustainable Youth Ministry is one of the seminal books about youth ministry and explores a number of crucial concepts.

Social Justice

  • By Bart Frost
    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 entrenchment of white supremacy in Alabama
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    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 Ted Resnikoff
    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 these marginalized communities. But we also realized it relegates the history - and current imperfect condition of oppressed or marginalized groups in American society - to time-boxed public awareness. We think this is wrong because we have much to learn in the present moment by lifting up the stories of people who fight or suffer oppression all of the time. On this day in 1954 the United States Supreme Court delivered a landmark decision on school segregation, unanimously ruling in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka that segregation in public education is illegal. The court decision famously states that in the field of public education the doctrine of "separate but equal" has no place. Separate educational facilities are inherently unequal. In this post we lift up Linda Brown, of Brown v Board of Education of Topeka: student and life-long activist for equal access to public education.

Issues and Trends

  • By Bart Frost
    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 context of Unitarian Universalism.
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    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.

Young Adults

  • By Bart Frost
    For many years, a cohort among us has called themselves “raised UUs”. It’s time to widen the circle.

General Assembly

  • General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists from all over the continent. This year it's in Spokane, WA June 19th-23rd. ...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    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
    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Experts share their experience with successfully getting groups of youth to GA, with best practices and links to resources.

Blue Boat

  • 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!
  • 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 winter.

Stories and Voices

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    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 Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    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 Ted Resnikoff
    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 woman to run for President of the United States in the election of 1872.