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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

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 Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Resources for Youth and Young Adult Ministry ...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    In the April Webinar , Natalie Briscoe, Congregational Life Staff in the Southern Region , and Kim Sweeney, Congregational Life Staff in...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Cojourners* on the Spiritual Way The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries has two new discussion...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Part of a successful youth ministry is creating and maintaining sustainable systems and organizational tools , like calendaring,...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    How Snapchat makes social change happen We reprint with permission this very useful guide to using Snapchat as a platform for advocacy work...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Many Faiths within Unitarian Universalism The latest addition to the Skinner House Books (SHB) series exploring the many faith...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    General Assembly (GA) is many things: transformative, spirit filling, jam packed, challenging, fortifying... and expensive. We want to do...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Inclusive Youth Group Dynamics If you've found yourself here on Blue Boat it's a fairly safe assumption that at some point in your...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    #UU Campus Q's Episode Five The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken , the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of the Unititarian...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Inclusive Ministry in a Diverse World As Unitarian Universalists (UU) we say that we build inclusive community where you can explore your...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Pastoral Care To and With Youth Let’s be frank. The world changed on November 9th, 2016 (the day Donald Trump was elected president of the...
  • 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 Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    #UUCampusQ's Episode Four Students on campus need your community now, so get the word out! The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken , the Young...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Kim Sweeney, Lead for Faith Formation and Safe Congregations, works in New England and loves rules. She says “I love rules, structure,...
  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    What does a Healthy Youth/Adult Relationship Actually Look Like? In every training or conversation with adults working with youth, Evin...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    #UUCampusQ's Episode Three What Can I Actually Do? The Reverend Annie Gonzalez Milliken , the Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate of...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Julie Brock wrote this newsletter column for First Unitarian Society of Madison and shared it with us given how relevant it is to young...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Strengthen bonds of love by Elissa McDavid Back in September, Warsan Shire ’s (a Kenyan -born Somali poet) poem “Home,” flooded the...

Issues and Trends

Future of Faith

  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Did you know youth who are members of their congregation can represent their congregation at General Assembly by serving as delegates and...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    What is the role of spiritual community in these times? We’ve been asking that question over and over, particularly as we think about our...

Stories and Voices

  • By Ted Resnikoff, Leslie Mills
    A Unitarian Universalist Welcome After I graduated college , with my family of origin in turmoil, I moved to a place where I knew no one...
  • By Lauren Hulse
    A Seat at the Table: The Transformative Practice of Being Together Early this year, the congregation I am a part of in Knoxville ,...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Fiercely UU is a new blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Everything I Know About Parish Ministry I Learned in Youth Group By Alex Haider-Winnett I grew up UU in Southern California in the 90s. My...
  • 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 Emily Parker
    New Orleans Service Trip by Emily Parker On this small lot in the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans , organic vegetables grow in rows. Honey...
  • By Bart Frost
    Welcome Andrea and Bailey! We are pleased to announce that the 2016-2018 Youth Observer Elections have come to a close and we are have two...

Young Adults

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    For many, leaving their birth congregation is a rending experience, and finding a new home congregation a daunting one. Every instance of...

Events and Opportunities

  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Have you ever asked a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff person for an advisor training and been told some form of, “We don’t...
  • 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...

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...

General Assembly

  • By Jennica Davis-Hockett
    Apply to Serve as Youth Caucus Co-Dean and See What You Learn! by Eric Broner, Co-Dean, Youth Caucus 2016-2017 My week in Columbus at...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    The Unitarian Universalist Association Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is full of gratitude for everyone who participated in the...