Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • Turning Wine into Water

    By Bart Frost My first congregational event as a brand new Director of Religious Education was an ordination. I was greeted with smiles, handshakes, and a keg sitting in a bucket of ice. This was my first professional gig and I had no idea about what the expectation was around...
  • Youth Advising Is a Big Job, but Somebody’s Got to Do It!

    [Editors’ note: The UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries, in collaboration with a number of UUA regional teams, has published eight Youth Advising Competencies as an optional tool to help Congregational Life field staff, religious professionals, lay leaders, and...
  • Learning and Affirmation, When UUs of Color Convene

    By Shannon Harper Working in youth ministry, supporting young people in their search for identity, voice, and calling, is at best incredibly gratifying. It can also be heartbreakingly challenging. Raising two multi-racial young women of my own is equal parts of both, and...
  • Beyond the Cliff and the Bridge: Keeping UU Youth Connected

    by Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken “Where have you been all my life?” and “You were here all my life, now where are you?” are two common questions I hear asked about Unitarian Universalism. The first is asked by adult seekers who wish they’d found us sooner. The second is asked by...
  • Religion in Life: Engaging Today's UU Girl Scouts

    By Alicia LeBlanc “I will try my best to be…” -- Religion in Life for Girl Scouts (4th edition) Do you advise Girl Scouts in your congregation? Were you a Girl Scout in your youth? If you’re a young person reading this, are you a Girl Scout? If you’re not… maybe you’d like to be...
  • Is "Just Do Your Best" Always Good Advice?

    Must we strive for excellence in everything we do? Is there a downside to the message our kids receive that they should always do their best? At a congregational retreat last fall, I found myself immersed in a thoughtful conversation with some parents of teenagers about the...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 6/13/2014
  • Camp Matters! Growing UUs through Intentional Community

    I first experienced a UU camp retreat when I was still in high school. At Ferry Beach in Saco, Maine, I found a community trying to live according to its highest values in a place apart from an outside world which often felt so violent, unjust, and broken. For me, Ferry Beach...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/4/2014
  • Identity Formation, Faith Formation: Educating UU Youth

    The Indian philosopher, Chanakya (350-283 BCE), said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” As the Faith Development Director at the UUA, I often ask myself, “What sort of education is available for...
    By Jessica York | 2/5/2014
  • Natalia, Sana, and Steven and a Cast of Thousands

    I remember reading that Natalia Averett would be representing the Joseph Priestly district on the UUA Board of Trustees. I first met Natalia at the UUA’s Multicultural Leadership School in 2010. Recently, I worked with Sana Saeed, a co-author of Building Beloved Community, a...
    By Jessica York | 4/25/2013

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