Standing Rock – Issue Primer

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, answered the call of protest leaders for clergy of all denominations to join peaceful interfaith witness with the indigenous peoples who are protecting the water and land at Standing Rock. Learn more about this here. ________________________________________ The call for peaceful public witness follows acts of violence and intimidation committed against protestors, and the infringement of First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech of both protestors and the Press. Protestors have been subjected to the use of private security firms with attack dogs unleashed against them, the arrest and unusually harsh treatment of protestors by…

Fiercely UU: Rethinking Normativity

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // October 31st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

Fiercely UU is a blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection.   Rethinking Normativity by Jaime Jarrett I came out to my parents when I was seventeen while they were watching an episode of Glee – a famously queer television show. They didn’t make a big deal out of it, and since then have been intensely supportive of all my relationships. I came out as…

Losing Our Chains

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // October 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // one comment

Aisha participated in this summer’s Thrive Young Adult leadership school for Unitarian Universalist young adults of color. – ed. by Aisha Ansano The five days I spent with my Thrive Young Adult cohort were vibrant and life-giving. So many parts of it stand out, moments that were uplifting, and challenging, and heart-breaking. New friends who I knew would be beside me every step of the way as I moved forward in my life. And new practices that I could engage with to deepen my own life. Every morning, a different member of our cohort led us in a short spiritual practice. It was the best way to start the day: all gathered in the chapel, bellies…

Post-Hope

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // October 4th 2016 // Stories and Voices // no comments

This homily was delivered by intern minister and UU young adult Joseph Boyd after the murder of Terence Crutcher at All Souls Unitarian Church, in Tulsa, Oklahoma. – Ed. by Joseph Boyd In the aftermath of Terence Crutcher’s death, this has been a busy week at All Souls. For many of us, these last couple weeks have felt very heavy, even exhausting. You may be thinking: I’d love to be more involved, but I’m already overwhelmed with my own ordinary problems. I work a stressful job, I’ve got kids, my relationship with my partner feels shaky. I’m overwhelmed. I can’t even imagine doing anything about racism in Tulsa, let alone America. I’ll leave that to…

Fiercely UU: Resisting Evil

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // September 22nd 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // one comment

Fiercely UU is a blog series where Unitarian Universalist young adults tell stories about what our faith requires of us and how they follow that call.  To be fiercely UU is to proclaim human worth and interdependence. In an individualist, greed-based, shame and fear fueled white supremacist patriarchy, we say no to isolation and oppression and yes to radical love and covenanted connection. Cultivate Love, Resist Evil by Cir L’Bert Jr. On August 9, 2014 Michael Brown, was killed by Darren Wilson of the Ferguson Police Department within view of the home he shared with his mother. His unattended body laid in the street for eight hours before it was removed, like “he didn’t belong to nobody” as…

Forge a Just Future with UU Women all Over the World

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 16th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

Discounted Registration Rate for Young Adult Women The International Women’s Convocation affirms each person’s right to identify for themselves who they are and to express themselves in a way that is authentic to them. Members of the International Women’s Convocation include individuals who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex or questioning. You are invited to attend the   Third International Convocation of Unitarian*Universalist Women and People of Progressive Faith February 16-19, 2017, at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove, CA, USA! The theme of this Convocation is Weaving Global Partnerships…Forging a Just Future Together. The Convocation offers community and connection, information and inspiration, as well as motivation and momentum that lead to…

Reflections on Service in New Orleans 5

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 7th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Confronting the Work My Privilege Means I Must Do The following is the first of five reflections on a service trip that members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara YRUU group made to New Orleans, LA. The group spent three days in New Orleans and six on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, working with local organizations through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The youth group’s work focused on the issues of racism and privilege with an eye toward taking what they learned to foment positive change in their home community. This trip was made possible by the industrious fundraising of the youth group (who we are told sold lots…

Reflections on Service in New Orleans 4

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 5th 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

Learning How to do Anti-Racism Work at Home The following is the first of five reflections on a service trip that members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara YRUU group made to New Orleans, LA. The group spent three days in New Orleans and six on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, working with local organizations through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The youth group’s work focused on the issues of racism and privilege with an eye toward taking what they learned to foment positive change in their home community. This trip was made possible by the industrious fundraising of the youth group (who we are told sold lots and…

Reflections on Service in New Orleans 3

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 3rd 2016 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, youth, Youth Trainings/Justice Trips/Cons // no comments

The Right to Joy – to Combat Injustice The following is the first of five reflections on a service trip that members of the Unitarian Society of Santa Barbara YRUU group made to New Orleans, LA. The group spent three days in New Orleans and six on the north shore of Lake Ponchartrain, working with local organizations through the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal. The youth group’s work focused on the issues of racism and privilege with an eye toward taking what they learned to foment positive change in their home community. This trip was made possible by the industrious fundraising of the youth group (who we are told sold lots and…

Equalize Privilege and All Will Rise

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 2nd 2016 // Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

What Noah Learned at UU Mid-West Leadership School by Noah Rowan I have privilege. White privilege. Male privilege. Cis-gender privilege. Economic privilege. Until recently, I felt guilty about my privilege. I shoved it down and denied its existence. I waited for someone to reassure me that privilege was a made up phenomenon. I watched others do the work but called myself an ally. I never spoke up about the numerous opportunities I received. I couldn’t explain or fix it, so why acknowledge that privilege was existent in my life? Recently, I attended UU Youth Midwest Leadership School in Beloit, WI. This intensive experience, which explored leadership development, social justice, our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith, and…