Top Seven for YaYA of Color

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // September 2nd 2015 // Mosaic, UUA // 2 comments

Great resources to better support Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth and young adults of color Whether you are a religious educator, youth advisor, minister, parent, mentor, community member, chaplain, or spiritual seeker, ministry to and with UU youth and young adults of color is vital, spirit-filling work. Here my top seven resources for those who see serving youth and young adults of color as part of their role (check out the full list here!): 1) Be The Change! gives Unitarian Universalist youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The core of the project is a six-session, nine-hour training program that can be used by groups of different…

GoldMine: 5 Lessons Learned (By An Adult)

Posted by Bart Frost // August 25th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

THESE FIVE TAKEAWAYS WILL GET YOU MINING FOR GOLD This summer was a busy one for us in the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Association. After General Assembly, I spent a week at Edmonds Unitarian Universalist Church in Edmonds, WA as staff at PNWD GoldMine Youth Leadership School. I was invited to lead workshops about Race, Identity and Oppression for the youth leaders, a section that had not been consistently run in the past. I also assisted in other ways necessary, including leading a credo group. Here are my top takeaways from this experience: 1. Youth want to go deep in to Unitarian Universalism Our youth want to go…

5 Words To Sum Up Summer Seminary

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 18th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, UUA // no comments

Essential Questions and Answers At some point in our lives (or at multiple points for many of us) we ask ourselves, What do I want to be when I grow up? I’ve answered this question by wrestling with a variety of career choices: “a farmer, a teacher, a filmmaker, an artist, a youth minister,” and settled on a variety of qualities: “kind, generous, grounded, influential.” The Youth and Young Adult Ministries of the Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA) created space for 18 teenagers from across the nation to wrestle with, and perhaps settle on, just such a loaded question: “What do I want to be when I grow up?” at Summer Seminary hosted at the Iliff School…

#MLS2015 Voices: I too, am Unitarian Universalism

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // August 5th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

Guest blogger Yashasvi Janamanchi attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) this July. This post is an excerpt of Yashi’s reflections from the youth-led worship at his home congregation of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church. -ed.  While I was at MLS, I learned a lot of things, one fact in particular shocked me. Our faith is 87% white. Maybe this doesn’t surprise a lot of you, but it did surprise me. I knew we had a white majority, but I didn’t think it would be that big. The even sadder part is that a lot of people at MLS were surprised that we had that many people of color. This was surprising, and it didn’t start…

Voices from #MLS2015: Radiating Love

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // July 30th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

Guest blogger Sunshine Alvarez attended the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School this July. Sunshine belongs to the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. -ed. On July 10th, I had the opportunity to attend a Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, Massachusetts for the second time. This was hands down the best part of my summer. MLS is a program supported by the UUA, and at this school I spent five days with youth, such as myself, and young adults of color. There are a lot of challenges growing up as a Black young adult and just growing up being a young adult of color, period, so it felt great to connect with people who were…

This is What I Was Freakin’ Looking For!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 27th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

 EM by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Em du Mond Church of the Larger Fellowship “A more accurate question than why am I UU is why am I still UU?” Em du Mond grew up UU. She was dedicated into the church, did RE and OWL, the whole gamut. “Then when I got into high school there was nothing, like at all.” Since there was no RE program for high school aged youth Em became a childcare worker for the church in order to at least stay connected. “I was working for them not really getting spiritual nourishment but still going to my community church where everyone knew me.” Luckily Em learned about Youth Cons her…

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…

Bridging and Changing

Posted by jnewhall // June 5th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth // 2 comments

The cliff from youth to young adulthood is steep. You speed towards the edge only to come to a screeching halt at the last moment. Looking down from the height at which your whole life has existed, you wonder why bother going down at all? You weigh the pros and cons: building a new community, leaving behind the old. Eventually, you reach the conclusion that you cannot remain a youth. Your peers lower a rope and you begin to descend the immense cliff. Your youth peers hold to the top of the ladder, supporting you through the beginning of your journey while your new community holds to the bottom. The ladder of bridging connects you…

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!    

Celebrate Mamas Day 2015

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 8th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

For all the mamas, everywhere. #MamasDay All mamas deserve to be seen, respected, celebrated & loved, and  here is a terrific, innovative way to show you agree! Mamasday.org has created 45 different images of families and their mamas, representing the variety of people who make up diverse families. For Mother’s Day local drugstores fill their shelves with a wide variety of cookie cutter greeting cards that don’t represent the diverse reality of families. They focus on one image of mothers, excluding mamas based on their sexual orientation, race, class, immigration status and more. It’s not only frustrating and isolating to feel like your family is not recognized or respected – it is inaccurate! Family structures…