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…

Youth Group’s Wings of Support to Fight Ebola…

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 18th 2015 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

And Create Interfaith Healing The Durango Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Youth Group, inspired by the story of Sadako Sasaki and Japanese folklore that folding 1,000 cranes makes a wish come true, set out to support the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. We present an excerpt of an article by Dale Rodebaugh Durango Herald staff writer, read the full story from the Durango Herald to find out what happened.     – From “Two years, 1,000 Cranes – With origami, Unitarian youth group supports Ebola fight in Africa” Members of Durango’s Unitarian Universalist Fellowship youth group spent two years folding 1,000 origami cranes without a recipient in mind. But action picked up fast after they decided…

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 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.    

Adulthood – Spiritually Guided

Posted by Kayla Parker // January 6th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // 7 comments

Still – and Always – Becoming by Kayla Parker Becoming: A Spiritual Guide for Navigating Adulthood was created to be a consistent companion for us in the times when we need spiritual accompaniment. Whether in solitary reflection or group worship, this little book is here to be companion, guide and hard surface to lean or dance on. Becoming was created with the constant transition of young adults in mind – and the awareness that change is a constant for adults of all ages. I compiled the readings and reflections as a Unitarian Universalist (UU) young adult myself, and it includes words from UUs and non-UUs of the past and present, including personal reflections from other…

2014 Top Ten on The Blue Boat

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 31st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

Re-read or Share the Ten Most-read stories on Blue Boat Presented in alphabetical order – A Prayer for Religious Educators Best Practices at Original Blessing How Am I, Anyway? Improve Young Adult Ministry at Your Congregation Religious Survey of a None Summer Seminary Was Awesome Sunday Assembly Has it Backwards The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Was… What Does “Young Adult” Mean? What’s Up with Millennials? Ask UUs.    

Here is How to Grow Campus Ministry

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

Our Tools and Guides + Your Faith = Success! Whether you are starting, reviving or growing a campus ministry in your area, these items from the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) will help you on your journey. The start-up kit includes the following: UU Pocket Guide, an introduction to Unitarian Universalism; Voices from the Margins, a collection of reflections from voices that often go unheard; Rejoice Together, different pieces of writing designed for small group worship; Sonata for Voice and Silence, a collection of poetic prayers by Mark Belletini; a small candle holder and candle to serve as a chalice and Standing on the Side of Love stickers. Find it all at the UUA Bookstore here….

Rise Up with the TIDE

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Spread Pluralism, Share Your Voice, Change the World! TIDE CONFERENCE Memorial Day Weekend 2015 : WAVE OF CHANGE Youth LEAD (Youth Leaders Engaging Across Differences) – formerly Interfaith Action – is an organization that aims to reflect, connect, and act across differences. Each year we present the opportunity for youth to attend the annual Teenage Identity and Diversity Education (TIDE) Conference.  The TIDE Conference is organized by about 50 high school students of diverse backgrounds. The goal of the conference is to develop leadership and facilitation skills that allow teens to communicate respectfully and effectively about highly charged issues. After taking part in workshops, dialogues and other activities throughout the weekend, participants will leave TIDE…


Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 7th 2014 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

Atheists Can Have Faith, Too In her post, “Interfaitheism“, Abigail Clauhs remembers how confronting doctrine-imposed limits on the term “interfaith” can cause us to reject people whose faith is different from our own. From the State of Formation blog an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS). –Ed. Read an excerpt here: I hadn’t been interfaith-rejected before. And then there, sitting in my inbox, was this message. So this is what I want to talk about. First off. Let’s discuss this word “interfaith.” That fateful email told me that having atheists present was “a mockery to the idea of interfaith.” Now, we within the interfaith movement acknowledge that “interfaith” is a problematic term. Using…

15 Min. Recipe for Healthy Campus Ministry

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 3rd 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

…and Why Unitarian Universalism is in the Sweet-Spot Students have figured out that religious life on campus improves their scholastic performance and quality of life, and college campuses all over the United States are devoting resources to developing centers for interfaith spiritual experience. Unitarian Universalism (UU) – with its commitment to  justice-based faith, which is fully welcoming and encourages interfaith cooperation – is poised to benefit from this new awareness of the value of spiritual awakening. Learn more about UUCampus Ministry   Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus in this GA Talk.

New On GA Talks @ YouTube

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 29th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

Campus Ministry Renaissance  Religious life on campus improves the scholastic performance  and quality of life for students. Rev. Cody Nielson presents the data, describes the new types of meaningful ministry that have taken hold and shows us the future of student-based ministry on campus.         Watch “New Relevancy for Campus Ministry” presented at GA Talks 2014