Become a Pioneering Humanist Pathfinder

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 15th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, young adults // no comments

The Pathfinders Project, a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America represents a rare opportunity – not only the chance to develop yourself and contribute to the communities you visit, but also to shape the Humanist movement as a whole.   Pathfinders Project is a yearlong international service trip (July 2013-July 2014) sponsored by Foundation Beyond Belief, a non-profit organization created to focus, encourage, and demonstrate the generosity and compassion of secular humanists. Pathfinders will: 1) complete clean water, education, and sustainability projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. 2) engage in dialogue across religious, cultural, and ethnic boundaries. 3) assess countries and partner…

Unite in Service

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 19th 2012 // On Campus, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

Bringing Relief to New Orleans The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), along with the Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), is organizing a New Orleans relief effort, January 17 – 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King weekend). Here is what Rev. Meg Riley has to say about the opportunity:   The Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal is a catalyst in the New Orleans and Gulf Coast region for nurturing a sustainable, equitable and inclusive community by promoting social, racial and economic justice.  Volunteers will work directly with partners and clients of the Center.  Volunteers should come prepared to engage in manual labor, to listen, and to bear witness. Visit the Church…

Take Risk: Satisfying Service

Posted by Erik Mohn // May 17th 2012 // Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

In the latest installment of Ashley Lacy’s blog about her travels in South America in pursuit of spirituality and service, Take Risk, she talks about her experience volunteering for a UUA vetted organization, Proyecto Horizonte, in Cochabamba, Bolivia. Enjoy! -Ed.   Volunteering: Life in Cochabamba, Bolivia As a part of my six months in South America, I wanted to experience volunteering for at least two weeks to a month. After researching many organizations and connecting with the Unitarian Universalist Association, I chose Proyecto Horizonte.  READ THE FULL STORY HERE!

Spirituality and Service Webinar May 1

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 24th 2012 // Events and Opportunities, young adults // no comments

The next webinar is scheduled to discuss the ins and outs of the Young Adult Spirituality & Service Program. During this webinar we will detail the history and present status of the program and the various resources available to individual Young Adults as well as UU Young Adult groups.   We will also use this opportunity to survey the interest of Young Adults/Young Adult groups in planning a service trip in the next year. If you are a UU Young Adult, a leader and/or member of a UU Campus Ministry group or other Young Adult group or an adult who is interested in helping Young Adults engage in service experiences, I’d love to have you…

Spirituality & Service April-May Webinars

Posted by Erik Mohn // April 6th 2012 // Events and Opportunities, On Campus, young adults // no comments

Learn the Ins and Outs of the UU Young Adult Spirituality & Service Program Hello Everybody, Three webinars are scheduled to discuss the ins and outs of the Young Adult Spirituality & Service Program. Each details the history and present status of the program and the various resources available to individual Young Adults as well as UU Young Adult groups. On the webinars I will also survey the interest of Young Adults/Young Adult groups in planning a service trip in the next year. If you are a UU Young Adult, a leader and/or member of a UU Campus Ministry group or other Young Adult group or an adult who is interested in helping Young Adults…

Using the Forest to Save the Forest

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 6th 2012 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

Spirituality and Service: New Forest Earth A little over a year ago while traveling through Mexico, Andon Zebal noticed that people who were using their forest’s resources to create sustainable wealth, but were having trouble finding a market for their products.  Upon his return to the US he set out to create a non profit that would solve a marketing problem in order to solve a poverty problem, and would ultimately solve a deforestation problem.  The goal of New Forest Earth is to help community owned cooperatives flourish, then use their own resources to restore their ecosystems and reinvigorate their culture.  Our organization is built of volunteers and students that have a strong passion for…

Your Passport to a Broader Experience

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 1st 2012 // Guides and Tools, Social Justice, young adults, youth // no comments

SATURDAY MARCH 10: PASSPORT DAY in the U.S.A.“   As the U.S. Department of State points out, “Planning travel outside the United States? First, get your U.S. passport.”   ARE YOU GOOD TO GO? The UUA provides information and support for youth and young adults to participate on service trips and other growth experiences that involve travel abroad throughout the year. If you are a youth or young adult who is interested in participating in one of these trips it is a  good idea to get your passport now – even if you don’t anticipating traveling soon. It is also the “gold-standard” for personal identification and proof of citizenship, and attendees at Justice General Assembly…

UUSC National Youth Justice Summit July 2012

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 28th 2012 // Events and Opportunities, youth // no comments

This summer, a select group of 15–20 high-school youth will come together to make a commitment to social justice — and we’re looking for young people ready for the challenge! Join us in Boston, Mass., for a week of learning, skill building, and focused hand-on service. In an experience grounded in Unitarian Universalist theology and practices, participants will learn the basics of privilege, identity, and economic justice, plus the skills to work for social change in joyful, meaningful, and sustainable ways. Through interactive workshops and role-playing, service learning in the community, and time for deep reflection, the conference will be an opportunity for participants to gain a better understanding of themselves and the part they…

Seize Your Crazy Idea: 6 Months in S.America

Posted by Erik Mohn // February 16th 2012 // Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

The following is the first post in a series by UU Young Adult Ashley Lacy, who has embarked on an extended voyage through South America of self-discovery and service. You can follow Lacy’s story on her blog: risksomething.blogspot.com–Ed.   It was 2005. Four of us were sitting in a small hotel in Southern Mexico getting ready for the day and I was mesmerized by the enormous backpack that one guy was unpacking to find his sandals. This guy was seeing the world, at least Latin America, with six months of travel before him. I was living in Mexico and taking weekend trips with a small pack, but I couldn’t fathom putting my entire world in a…

Tools for Personal and Social Transformation

Posted by Erik Mohn // February 9th 2012 // Guides and Tools, young adults // no comments

God Bless the Whole World is a free online educational resource that provides tools for personal and social transformation. The site feature hundreds of videos, audio files, articles and courses on social justice, spiritual activism, counter oppression, environmentalism and self care among many others. This is a great resource for UU Youth and Young Adults! Link: http://www.godblessthewholeworld.org/