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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Stories and Voices

  • By Carey McDonald
    As you have probably heard, the Unitarian Universalist Association is planning a big move of its HQ offices from historic Beacon Hill to...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, I have not written a Pastoral Message in a few months for a number of reasons, primarily because I have not had a burning...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Sometime in the next year the Headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association will move from its historic address at 25 Beacon...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Rev. Pamela Barz is the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Chaplain at Wellesley , a Womens' College outside of Boston. Below is an edited portion...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    In support of Common Read 2013 of The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , by Michelle Alexander , Blue Boat...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is the innocent enough sounding term for practices that are designed to force people to give-up...
  • By Carey McDonald
    As 30 Days of Love draws to a close, I'm reflecting on all the different ways we've explored love and justice in the past month. For me,...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Okay, okay, so "You Light My Chalice" (from UU Media Collaborative Works ) isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its message of...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    I want you ALL to be my Valentine this year – would you, please? Today everybody hopes be somebody's Valentine, and having someone to call...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    Most people don't realize that there is a different minimum wage for employees who work for tips. $2.13/hr is the federal tipped minimum...
  • By Carey McDonald
    Two years ago, I attended a workshop at General Assembly with a panel people who had ancestors that had owned slaves. It was a moving...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    It seems I have a tendency to offer to blog on the day when 30 Days of Love asks for a prayer. Last year, I offered this prayer , which...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    Let’s face it: NOBODY likes Valentine’s Day. It really sucks. It’s so commercial and that’s hard if you’re broke. It’s forced affection -...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    If you're like me, this sounds a little scary. But this week's Thirty Days of Love posts are all about "Move Beyond Borders," and one of...
  • By Carey McDonald
    Standing with thousands of my fellow Unitarian Universalists on the warm pavement in Phoenix outside Sheriff Joe Arapaio's "Tent City"...
  • By Shane Montoya
    As Unitarian Universalists, social justice issues related to immigration reform are some of the most prominent that we are facing today in...
  • By Carey McDonald
    A congregation of young adult-ly love While in Philadelphia for the January UUA Board meeting, I had the true pleasure of meeting a group...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    "Currently, American citizens who are gay or lesbian cannot sponsor their foreign born partners for immigration – no matter how long they...
  • By Shane Montoya
    When I volunteered to write a blog post about transgender issues, I realized that I didn't know enough about transgender issues in order to...
  • By Kayla Parker
    There are so many borders in my own life that deeply affect me. I'll stick to writing about one I've been thinking about recently: thoughts...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This week the 30 Days of Love Campaign has encouraged us to think in terms of interfaith, highlighting the connection we share in the...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    How many times do you hear in the media about hateful or bigoted speech or actions and think, “I wish there was something I could do!” It...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I attended an Interfaith Youth Core ( IFYC ) conference in 2009. My big interfaith experiences had...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    According to an article recently picked up by Salon , originally published by The Southern Poverty Law Center using statistics compiled by...
  • By Carey McDonald
    When I attended Justice General Assembly in June 2012 in Phoenix, AZ, one of the most impressive things was the depth of relationship...
  • By Kayla Parker
    An important part of my making sense of myself and the world has always been to travel. Sometimes my travel only took me city blocks away...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    The ways in which we can easily share our views have exploded over the past several years. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr,...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Learning about Unitarian Universalists of past who were committed to social justice and did awe inspiring work gives me strength. It helps...
  • By Jeremie Bateman
    It can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how to live one's faith in the world. In my work, I hear people wrestling with that challenge...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Today the 30 Days of Love honors the work of the farmworker movement. In honor of their legacy and solidarity with it's current iteration,...
  • By Deborah Neisel-Sanders
    If I listed all the folks I think deserve a Courageous Love Award, it’d be a pretty long list. But what do they all have in common? They...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion under most conditions, stating in the majority opinion on Roe v Wade...
  • By Shane Montoya
    Growing up in North Carolina, the need for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., never seemed real. In the idyllic bubble that was Davidson, outside...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    It used to seem that civil discourse was a matter of course, and one of the reasons for this was that before the era of the Internet most...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This year Standing on the Side of Love dedicates its 30 Days of Love campaign to "A Spiritual Journey for Social Justice." Spiritual...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    In response to Katherine Ozment's article "Losing Our Religion", KJ Dell'Antonia presents an argument for what is gained by not fostering...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This brief excerpt from Katherine Ozment's article, "Losing Our Religion" in the January 2013 edition of Boston Magazine lifts up the value...
  • By Carey McDonald
    I was recently back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and wanted to share some of the great ideas for young adult ministry that I saw at...

Guides and Tools

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This is a re-post of a story of the Our Whole Lives curriculum in action from The Christ ian Century . You'll find links at the end of the...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Overcoming Colorblindness to Defeat Racial Caste America Michelle Alexander 's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of...

On Campus

  • By Kayla Parker
    This insightful reflection is from Katie Carpenter, co-president of the Unitarian Universalist campus ministry group at Vassar about their...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This story is re-posted from Boston.com . – Ed. Emerson College fraternity members raise money for one brother’s gender reassignment...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Some of you may have heard that the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Vassar . You also might have heard about all the great organizing...

Issues and Trends

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) plans to review its policy banning LGBTQ membership or participation in May of this year stands in contrast...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a challenges to California State Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act –...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    “ The military is widely understood to be the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institution in the U.S .", notes The Rev...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Vassar College on Thursday, February 28. Students at Vassar are mounting a response (read how you...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith advocacy campaign that is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This year they...

Events and Opportunities

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Pathfinders Project , a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia...
  • By Shane Montoya
    The Church of the Larger Fellowship hosts an online Taizé worship service this Wednesday, January 9th, at 8 PM ET . Wait - What's Taizé?...