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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Future of Faith

  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Kaitlin Dey, Thrive Young Adult alumni 2016 and 2017, shared this reflection at her congregation last Sunday. I spent the last 10 days in...
  • By Bart Frost
    !SPOILER ALERT! The following post contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens , but it’s a month after the movie was released in...
  • By Bart Frost
    Where Do Unitarian Universalists Fit In? A photo posted by YaYAUUA (@instayayauua) on May 12, 2015 at 7:58am PDT According to research...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    A Presidential Call for Religion to Support Equality Former President Jimmy Carter recently wrote that he was severing ties with his church...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    #Commit2Respond We re-post this message from the Unitarian Universalist Association and other Unitarian Universalist leaders who urge you...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Commit2Respond: Week 3 I heard Rev. Dr. Miguel de la Torre , the liberation theologist and immigration rights activist, speak a few days...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Our Self-Wrought Epic Disaster “Would you stop yelling about how we’re all screwed?” my supervisor politely asked. Oh. Right. Not exactly...

Guides and Tools

  • By Bart Frost
    But Maybe Not Using 13 Reasons Why Netflix recently adapted Jay Asher’s young adult novel, 13 Reasons Why , into a 13-part series that has...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    The great safety pin debate . The epic pussy hat debacle . These are just two examples of an ongoing trend in liberal circles: people (...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    There is a poster you can buy in the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) bookstore that says in big font “Love is Hard. Do it anyway...
  • By Evin Carvill Ziemer
    LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gender creative and sexually non-conforming youth and teens–all those...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    by Jaidyn Bryant and the 2017 General Assembly Youth Caucus Staff So, Trump was elected president. Black, Latinx, Muslim, Native, LGBTQ...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Discounted Registration Rate for Young Adult Women The International Women’s Convocation affirms each person’s right to identify for...
  • By Bart Frost
    Using SnapChat to Expand Your Reach To Younger Folks Recently I shared this image, by Benjamin Schwartz that appears in the New Yorker...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Broad Spectrum Welcoming I recently attended the Peek Award movie screening at the Utah Film Center . The Peek Award, named after Kim Peek...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Sheila Schuh , Director of Religious Education at First Unitarian Church of Rochester , NY recently told us about an innovative idea to...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    So, lots of folks in the progressive world I inhabit on social media had a lot of opinions about the event that happened on August 8th in...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Culture Heritage to Share – Not Appropriate Culture is an expression of identity, and Cultural Appropriation is when a peoples' identity is...

Issues and Trends

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    From the staff of the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries UPDATED 3/31/17. [Since the publication of this post from our office, the...
  • By Elissa McDavid
    We are facing reality, as a faith, a nation, and individuals who may not have been as active as we should have been before the election...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign , Colleen Lee speaks up about her awakening to racial tensions...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Bends the Arc Toward Justice... by Rev. Allison Palm When my husband and I moved to New Hampshire this past summer, we deliberately didn't...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Know it to Defeat it By Aija Jansone The Young Adult program at Westside Unitarian Universalist in Fort Worth , Texas gathers persons...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again: Unitarian Universalism is a both/and faith. Both/and can be hard. It’s difficult to...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Yesterday evening a group of people gathered for prayer and Bible study at an African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston , South...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Cause and Effect We present a collection of stories adding context and understanding to the #BaltimoreUprising . The Brutality of Police...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We post an excerpt of this important post by Kenny S. Wiley, Director of Faith Formation at Prairie UU Church in Parker, Colorado and UU...

Stories and Voices

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Out in Force for Love My twin 6 year olds traveled from Lexington, KY. (Unitarian Universalist Church of Lexington) to Washington. Here are...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Adulting Is Hard by Kayla Parker When I was twenty-five, I started graduate school and my Dad had a stroke. Doctors told us he should have...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    This homily was delivered by intern minister and UU young adult Joseph Boyd after the murder of Terence Crutcher at All Souls Unitarian...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Living the Wasteless Life by Carter Smith My story actually begins almost a year ago, when one of my Facebook friends posted an article...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Annie Hanley-Miller reports from the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) Activate New Orleans program– Ed. Building...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    "What do you do when you come head to head with the very evil you are working against?" Jack Spector-Bishop reports from the Unitarian...

On Campus

  • By Carlene Gardner, Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Smart Strategy + Limited Resources = Vibrant Campus Ministry Three years ago, the Unitarian Church of Montreal (UCM) hired me as the Campus...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    “Small but mighty” is a phrase I enjoy. Possibly because I am a petite woman of short stature, yet I like to think I’m relatively powerful...

Social Justice

  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    again. it happened again on Monday, news spreading on social media today. this time he was a therapist trying to help his autistic patient...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Action of Immediate Witness is Immediately Acted Upon Leading up to General Assembly 2015 , Unitarian Universalists across the nation were...
  • By Bart Frost
    Undoing the "Third Reconstruction" This is part three in our four part series, here are links to Part One and Part Two . - ed. Rev. Dr...

Events and Opportunities

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Dear Reader of this message, People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple and powerful way to maintain...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Thanks to @KennySWiley for bring to our attention this thoughtful collection of reaction to the spate of violence we have witnessed in...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Electrified the Amplified Crowd Summer Seminary alumni Kara Marler presented this inspiring toast at the Annual Program Fund "Amplify...

Youth and Young Adults of Color

  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    A Day of Civil Disobedience for Social Justice @RevElizabethN , UUA Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Another Week of Striving to Overcome Injustice This week has us grieving yet more murders of unarmed black and brown people, asking what...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    This week: black churches burned , our the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed an Action of Immediate Witness...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    This Monday in Boston it's raining , but I have freshly picked strawberries at my desk. Despite all the brokenness, there is much beauty...
  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    Prayer Because the world cracks open and here we are: For the 900 lives lost to the migration injustice - mothers, fathers, parents,...

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