Becoming is in the Bookstore!

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 15th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

Get it Off Our Shelf and Onto Yours Now! Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood is a wonderful resource for Unitarian Universalist young adults and seekers alike. Thanks to some generous donors the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) teamed up with Skinner House books to print 3,000 free copies of this slim but meaningful volume. You can read the editor’s promotion of the book here. This book is so popular with young adults, religious educators, parents and grandparents of Millennials and lay leaders that we ran through those 3,000 copies very quickly. You can read about that part of the story here. We are still going to…

Commit 2 Respond for #ClimateJustice

Posted by Bart Frost // April 17th 2015 // Future of Faith, Social Justice // no comments

What We Will Make of Our Time on Earth During Climate Justice Month we have reveled in the world we live in. We have embraced its warmth, its greenness, its snow, and its sunshine. We have gazed at waterfalls, fjords, icebergs, and countless other phenomena with glee. What a beautiful earth we inhabit! We have also reckoned. Climate change is real. It is happening, and we cannot stop it. Superman will not be using his super lungs to suck up greenhouse gases and expel them into space. The Planet Express crew will not be moving the earth a few millimeters further away from the sun. Acknowledging it is the first step. Then we reconnected. We reached…

One Youth’s Spiritual Awakening

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

Spiritual Life and Connection to Everything (We present excerpts of Anna Zimmer’s piece originally on the Huffington Post. -ed.) By contributing writer Anna Zimmer for KidSpirit’s issue, Climate Change: Tending Our Planet. I was not raised in a family where religion played a big role. I have always known that both my parents were Christians at one point in their lives, but they drifted away and by the time I was born, they were both atheists, happy to have their Sunday mornings free of commitments. When I was in elementary school, my mom started going to a church in my town. I didn’t find out what kind of church it was until middle school, when…

A Poem From the Earth

Posted by jennicadavishockett // March 24th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // 2 comments

If the Earth Could Speak of Her Gratitude for Us Who Belong to the Interdependent Covenant     In a world of my innumerable heartbreaks, there you are. At a time when humans worship net worth not self worth, there you are. When busy feet trample my tiny, unnoticed joys and sirens muffle my songbirds, …there you are. A bird of paradise with a deep, sweet well that draws winged beings near. A blade of grass whose stubborn thrust widens concrete cracks. A sunflower, ever facing our first god. Absorbing, transforming light into life. A vine of ivy, slowly swallowing what man made. A dandelion, wings spread on chaos’ breath. Your nectar is encouragement. Your roots are my…

Commit 2 Respond With Young Adult Aly Tharp

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 23rd 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // one comment

And Thousands of Others of Every Age This Unitarian Universalist Young Adult has a message for everyone: Climate Change is real and there is plenty we can do about it – especially right now by joining the Unitarian Universalist Association initiative Commit 2 Respond.             First, Listen to Aly – Then read what she has to say… My full name is Alyssa Marie Tharp. To my knowledge I am not related to the great marine scientist, Marie Tharp, one of two people who made the first map of the ocean floors and  discovered the great underwater mountain rifts — perhaps the greatest remaining mystery of the natural wonders on Earth….

10 Things to Know About Unitarian Universalism

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 18th 2015 // Future of Faith // no comments

To Know What Unitarian Universalism Is The Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister at All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City recently wrote this cogent explanation of what defines Unitarian Universalism (UU) as a faith. We re-post the headlines from Rev. Guengerich’s meditation, and invite you to read his post “10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Unitarian Universalism“, originally appearing on the blog On Faith. Find “God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age“, by Rev. Galen Guengerich at the Unitarian Universalist Association Bookstore. 10 Ways to Better know UU: 1. Unitarians played a pivotal role in founding the United States. 2. Religiously speaking, we’re in our adolescence. 3. We focus on what…

Tumble Through Lent This Year

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 16th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

Join the Second Annual Unitarian Universalist Lent Tumblr Join Unitarian Universalists everywhere who observe Lent starting Wednesday, February 18 online at practicinglent.tumblr.com. Learn how it works. From the practinglent tumblr: Something new is preparing to bloom! We will soon be posting the list of words for our 2015 daily practice of spiritual formation in words and images, to coincide with the season of Lent. Stay tuned and join us for the February 18 launch! Discover the 47 words of Unitarian Universalists Practicing Lent 2015.    

Becoming, the E-Book, is Here For All!

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 27th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

So what if Becoming is currently out of (paper) stock – Get it online!   As previously noted, we have this really fabulous problem that a wonderful free resource created by Skinner House Books and the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is so widely desired that we are  unable to immediately fulfill all the requests for copies. So maybe you are sitting around thinking “Gosh I wish I had a copy of Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood.  I would be so happy if for a mere 99 cents * I could acquire an Amazon Kindle version with the click of a button!” Well you, my friend (and your friend’s friends, and their…

What’s the Deal with “becoming”?

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // 2 comments

Your “becoming” is coming   “becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood” is hot off the press and boy is it ever HOT! When we started promoting this book last week we had no idea just how quickly it would become so popular. We knew this collection of reflection and essays spoke to young adults, but we didn’t expect so many young adults would be so eager to hear! We weren’t caught unware, but turns out we’ve been caught short…   Now we are grappling with a very, very enviable problem. The first amazing part of our enviable problem is that generous donors, John F. and Susan B. Smith, funded this project – including printing…

Weekend Challenge #5 – January 16–19

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 15th 2015 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

HINT: The Answer to our challenge is already somewhere on this blog