Discernment

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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Events and Opportunities

Social Justice

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We invite you to share this particularly powerful reflection by President Peter Morales on the unjust effect current U.S. immigration...

Issues and Trends

  • By Carey McDonald
    There is a great opportunity for youth leadership with Eboo Patel's Acts of Faith , this year's Common Read book. In this autobiography, Mr...

Stories and Voices

  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, I am sitting in my home office watching squirrels run across cable lines while reflecting on 2011. Wow, it has been quite a...

Youth and Young Adults of Color

Guides and Tools

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is making available grants for youth to form and lead Common Read groups and will publish...

Braver/Wiser: A Weekly Message of Courage and Compassion

  • By Misha Sanders
    Can we strive to have the grace to back away when our presence doesn’t feel like safety?
  • By Erika A. Hewitt
    We can be cheerleaders for simple joys (even when we don't share them) and compassionate about the fact that we’re all just trying to survive.
  • By Rebekah Savage
    This is the beauty and sparkle of spiritual communities: needs arise and beloveds appear to ask, “How can I help?” There’s no fixed timeline, just the spiritual practices of generosity and stewardship.
  • By Tim Atkins
    There are so many spiritual lessons from the natural world and—in a season filled with Ingatherings and Water Communions—this is one for me: oxbow lakes as a beautiful combination of resiliency, strength, and flexibility.
  • By Alix Klingenberg
    Once I quit drinking, my inner voice and I began the harder work: that of creating a life from which I do not need or want to escape.
  • By Teresa Honey Youngblood
    We could see the main path to the swimming hole ahead, but we had to pick our way through sand spurs to get there. Behind us were rattlesnakes. What did the youth do? They started playing.
  • By Amanda Poppei
    In real life, we can only place the pieces, one by one, and see what kind of picture we create. Sometimes we turn out to have chosen the wrong piece. Sometimes the picture is wildly unexpected.
  • By Mandie McGlynn
    I’m not the same person who stood in that tattoo parlor eleven years ago. Still, I don’t for a minute regret being permanently marked with this snapshot in time, of my wounds and my hope.
  • By Maureen Killoran
    Life is neither a playground nor a game. The folded lies are real. With our voices, we can and will undo them.
  • By Marisol Caballero
    We humans have both a natural desire and a spiritual need to feel connected and to grow roots, even if those roots aren't necessarily tied to a geographic place.
  • By Daniel Gregoire
    Help us to live in peace together and serve one another and to see the holy light in everyone, even when those holy lights are especially hard to see.

Tapestry of Faith: Curricula and Resources for Lifespan Faith Development

Windows and Mirrors

Moral Tales

Virtue Ethics

Creating Home

What We Choose

What Moves Us

Building the World We Dream About for Young Adults

Resistance and Transformation

The New UU

Spirit in Practice

  • Five people wearing blindfolds were once brought into a room in the middle of which stood an elephant. Each person was directed to a...
  • Young prince Siddhartha had been raised in complete luxury. His life had been so arranged that he knew no suffering, no lack, no want. So...
  • One day a Religious Man approached a Mystic and asked, “Does God exist?” “Allow me to go within for an answer,” the Mystic replied. After...