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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Stories and Voices

  • 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.

Institutional Change: Updates from the UUA Commission on Institutional Change

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Wisdom from the Hebrew Scriptures

  • We gratefully acknowledge the use of the following material: Judean Desert Well photograph, used with permission of BibleWalks.com . Rev...
  • The Program Even if the Bible remains for us only great literature, and not sacred scripture, we should try to approach it on its own terms...

Spirit in Practice

  • The Program The idea of spiritual practices encourages individuals to take responsibility for their own spiritual development by spending...
  • Developed in response to many Unitarian Universalist adults' desire to engage in life-giving spiritual practices, the ten workshops of...
  • The author expresses his gratitude to Zen Mountain Monastery in Mount Tremper, New York, for its "Eight Gates" model upon which this...

Spirit of Life

  • The Program True spiritual growth can be achieved only through the persistent exercise of real love... . The principal form that the work...
  • The song "Spirit of Life" by Carolyn McDade could be considered a Unitarian Universalist anthem of sorts. Its page in the Singing the...
  • The author wishes to thank the Rev. Jurgen Schwing for permission to use a story from his experience, the Rev. Michelle Favreault for...

The New UU

  • The Program Give the people something of your new vision. You may possess a small light, but uncover it, let it shine, use it to bring more...
  • People come to our congregations in many ways. Some research carefully, devouring every word on a congregation's website before entering...
  • We gratefully acknowledge the use of the following material: Excerpts from Cathedral of the World , by Forrest Church, copyright 2009 by...

Faith Like a River

  • Program Structure To acknowledge our ancestors means we are aware that we did not make ourselves, that the line stretches all the way back...
  • Thucydides wrote that history is philosophy taught by examples. If this is true, then we would do well to study the examples—the stories—...
  • We gratefully acknowledge the use of the following material: Excerpt from Unitarian Universalism: An Heretical History , a DVD produced by...

Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults

  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • As you prepare to lead this final workshop, spend some time reflecting on how your own understanding of and commitment to antiracism and...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Reflections and Commitments 45 Activity 2: Planning the Closing Worship Service 40 Closing 30
  • We humans are deeply, fundamentally, inescapably, relational beings. Our spirituality, our experiences of the sacred, revolves around how...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • Read Handout 1, Three Strategies for Resistance and reflect on the three strategies in your own life, using these questions: Have you...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Three Strategies for Resistance 10 Activity 2: Intentional Antiracist, Anti-Oppressive,...
  • The work of building a just community means individually and collectively working in right relationship with people of historically...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • Consider the definition of "multicultural competence" and the characteristics of a person with strong cultural competence. Consider your...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 25 Activity 1: Multicultural Competence 20 Activity 2: Multicultural Competence in Action 30 Activity 3: The Fort...
  • . . . For all the significant identities that constitute each of us, there is a personal essence that defines who we are, a singular soul...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • Consider interactions, relationships, and friendships you have had with people of a different race or ethnicity from your own. What did you...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 5 Activity 1: Sharing Reflections on Whiteness 20 Activity 2: Voices and Perspectives 30 Activity 3: Race-based...
  • Whatever any of us concludes about race relations, we should start by including all of us. — Frank Wu, author of Yellow This workshop marks...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • Take a few minutes before leading this workshop to consider how unearned privilege accrues in your own life. Read Handout 1, White...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 2 Activity 1: Introducing White Privilege 15 Activity 2: Aesthetic Journaling on Whiteness and White Privilege 50...
  • The struggle for racial justice in America calls those of us who are White to make this journey. Our presence is needed. We have been...
  • If you are a White person, meditate or journal about how you discovered your "whiteness." What role has Whiteness played in your life? If...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 3 Activity 1: Culture and Identity 45 Activity 2: Putting "White" on the Table 15 Activity 3: Racial/Ethnic...
  • To consider "Whiteness" . . . is not an attack on people, whatever their skin color. Instead, [it] is an attempt to think critically about...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • The UUA Multicultural Growth & Witness staff group offers resources, curricula, trainings, and tools to help Unitarian Universalist...
  • Read aloud or silently the poem by Rev. Alicia Roxanne Forde which is included as the opening reading for the workshop. What words and...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 10 Activity 1: The Postcard Exercise 25 Activity 2: Naming your Identity 20 Activity 3: Identity Map and Identity...
  • I sometimes find myself "examining my identity" as other people examine their conscience ... I scour my memory to find as many ingredients...
  • As you prepare to lead the first workshop, reflect on how your life's journey has led you to this moment. Why is Building the World We...
  • Activity Minutes Opening 2 Activity 1: Welcome and Introductions 30 Activity 2: Making a Covenant 10 Activity 3: Outsider Experiences 15...
  • What is true is that for Unitarian Universalism to move into a vibrant future, we will need to mine our past for stories of resistance to...

Gather the Spirit

  • The Program The world's religions provide a variety of examples of how water has been regarded as part of a sacred life process, not simply...
  • This program echoes the words of Jim Scott, widely known Unitarian Universalist composer and musician. His composition, "Gather the Spirit...