Another Week of Injustice

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 23rd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

Another Week of Striving to Overcome Injustice This week has us grieving yet more murders of unarmed black and brown people, asking what happened to Sandra Bland and India Clarke? Kenny Wiley responds to #IfIDieInPoliceCustody offering, “We are all gifted, and we are all flawed. I can speak and write well, and I also have depression and let friends and family down all the time. I should not need to be perfect in order to matter. Sandra Bland was not perfect, and she mattered.”   What does healing or resilience, self-care or survival even begin to look like in the face of this state of emergency, as organizer Tia Oso called it when she interrupted the Netroots conference? Some brilliant folks…

Lifting UU Voices: Anger Welcome

Posted by Kenny Wiley // July 17th 2015 // Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

We re-post Kenny Wiley’s account of attending the recently concluded Unitarian Universalist Association 2015 Multicultural Leadership School. – ed. Read this post on Kenny Wiley’s blog A Full Day The voices raised. We weren’t just singing–we were feeling. I’d never sung like this before. For once, those words — Lift every voice and sing, til’ Earth and heaven ring — felt neither like intrusion or performance. I gazed around the room and at the twenty other young faces of color, along with our mostly white hosts, the folks at the Lucy Stone Co-op in Roxbury, Mass. I was 1950 miles from my bed in Denver, and nearly as far from my hometown of Houston, Texas—but…

Rebuild the Churches. Black Lives Matter. Go USA.

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 3rd 2015 // Issues and Trends, Mosaic, Social Justice // no comments

This week: black churches burned, our the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association passed an Action of Immediate Witness in support of the Black Lives Matter movement calling for “police reform and prison abolition, which seeks to replace the current prison system with a system that is more just and equitable.” And I wore the flag of the United States of America. As I look out over July 4th, I feel the same discomfort and complexity I’ve always felt about belonging to the red white and blue – this nation where I was born and gives me the privilege of that USA passport; this country that opened its arms to my father when he immigrated…

Strawberries for Monday

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // June 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

This Monday in Boston it’s raining, but I have freshly picked strawberries at my desk. Despite all the brokenness, there is much beauty. Here’s what’s giving me hope this week: If you haven’t shared your vision for how our Unitarian Universalist movement can be more aligned, strategic and loving in our racial justice work, do it now! The Unitarian Universalist Association Racial Justice Vision Survey closes at midnight on June 15th. On Tuesday June 16th at 9pm EDT – 10pm EDT, the Church of the Larger Fellowship is hosting Touching Our Strength: Connected through Faith in Our quest for Love and Justice. An online service for people of color. This service is about resistance and resilience, to support people…

Minister to UU Youth + Young Adults of Color

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // May 12th 2015 // Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments

Do It For Everyone Try these resources to better minister to Unitarian Univeralist youth and young adults of color. Check out this webinar hosted by the UU Ministers Association (UUMA) for 30 minutes of framing and rethinking about this crucial, spirit-filled work with Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. Just want the visuals? Get the Power Point slides here!    

A Prayer for Freddie Gray

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // April 30th 2015 // Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

  Prayer Because the world cracks open and here we are: For the 900 lives lost to the migration injustice – mothers, fathers, parents, children, trying to reach Europe by boat. For the over 4,000 lives lost to earthquakes in Nepal and South Asia. For the family and community of Rekia Boyd, an unarmed black woman shot in the back of her head by police 2012. For the officer who killed her and was cleared of wrongdoing. For Freddie Gray, an unarmed black man who died in police custody last Sunday. For his family, friends and community. For Baltimore and the protesters who call for justice. Help us to know that no matter our losses,…

Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments

WEBINAR – Ministering to Youth and Young Adults of Color 1:                    Faith Formation and Spiritual Renewal Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen, the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color at the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association present a 45 minute webinar on April 23, sharing key frameworks for ministering to UU youth and young adults of color with a focus on faith formation and spiritual renewal. @RevElizabethN will point you toward resources around worship, spiritual practices, and community building. 30 minutes +15 minutes of your questions = 3/4 of an hour packed with open discussion and sharing about best practices and challenges. Click here to participate.      

Multicultural Leadership School – a.k.a.: Launchpad

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 14th 2015 // Mosaic // no comments

Work With Your Peers to Bend the Arc of Justice The application deadline for the 2015 Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is April 15 – here is why that it matters: graduates go on to to think, mobilize and lead for diverse, inclusive life-changing Unitarian Universalism (UU). One example? Trevor Coles, MLS ’14 grad presenting a video-chat on UU Paganism for the Interfaith Youth Core Better Together series. Read the blurb: Inspired by his UU-Pagan values, Tyler Coles works to build bridges between communities. Tyler began his work within the interfaith movement while in undergrad and will join students from a variety of religious and non-religious backgrounds this fall at Vanderbilt University as…

My Voice, My Experiences, and My Journey

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of color from July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center outside of Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (transportation included) and there are many scholarships available! – Elizabeth Nguyen. In this third guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Byron Herbert shares about his MLS experience!   Hello my name is Byron (B.) Herbert and I attend the historic Unitarian Universalist Church of Meadville, PA. Before attending Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I had begun to discern my call to ministry. MLS served as a beacon of affirmation to this call. During…

Not The Only One

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 17th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

Multicultural Leadership School, is an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development for UU youth and young adults of color from July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center outside of Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available! In this second guest blog from a Multicultural Leadership School alum, Aisha Pierre shares about her MLS experience! Ed. Before enrolling to the Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), I was very uncomfortable about the topic of race. MLS gave me the confidence to talk about race and culture with others. Growing up in a predominately single race community, I was often referred to as the incorrect ethnicity. I always felt…