Illuminating Leaders – Alex Jensen

Posted by jennicadavishockett // January 19th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

LUMINARY ALUM ALEX JENSEN WANTS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE… And he’s well on his way to making that a reality. Alex is a graduate of the first ever Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Summer Seminary in 2013. Summer Seminary was a very important experience for him, as it helped him discern and answer his personal call to the service of others and learn more about what he wanted to do in his future career. He is curious about Military Chaplaincy. Previously, at Future Leader Camp, he explored how his Unitarian Universalist values fit with the military while learning survival and leadership skills. Alex now attends California State University in Monterey Bay, majoring in Human Communication with…

Religious Professionals Made a Difference

Posted by Bart Frost // January 12th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

Hello Friends, My name is Kirbey Geissler and I’m writing to tell you about my experience with Unitarian Universalism (UU), specifically Summer Seminary. Summer Seminary is a week-long introduction to what being a religious professional could look like for a group of 15-20 youth. Though the focus is on ministry, the youth are also exposed to other religious professional opportunities, such as religious education, music, and more. I attended Summer Seminary this past summer of 2015. A year or so prior, I had been contacted by Rev. Tandi Rogers, a minister and religious professional from my district, who told me she saw something in me and thought I should apply. I didn’t meet the deadline…

Illuminating Leaders – Kendra Burdick

Posted by jennicadavishockett // December 11th 2015 // Stories and Voices // no comments

 Luminary Alumni Kendra Burdick isn’t one for the spotlight… But that hasn’t stopped her from becoming a powerful community leader. Kendra taught the Pre-K religious education class at her church and has been an elementary school cheer coach. She served as a Chrysalis trained Peer Chaplain and worship coordinator for her youth group. She was involved with her church’s Board of Trustees. Kendra attended Summer Seminary in 2014 to learn more about becoming a military chaplain and gave a sermon at her church after the experience. Her youth program coordinator, Jessica Laike, thinks of Kendra as a “sleeping giant” – in the time she has known her, Jessica has seen Kendra go from being quiet and timid to being calm,…

Summer Seminary Hires Three New Staff Members

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 20th 2015 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // one comment

The Summer Seminary program for Unitarian Universalist youth exploring the possibility of becoming a religious professional welcomes 3 new staff members! They will accompany 25 youth from across the nation exploring the call to ministry in all its forms, learning about life as a religious professional, and connecting with other youth considering ministry. Summer Seminary is August 2nd-8th, 2016 in Berkeley, CA hosted by Starr King School for the Ministry. Minister in Residence, Kimberly Quinn Johnson As a teenager,  I could imagine nothing less likely for my own future than ministry. I grew up in a family and a culture deeply committed to religion: reverence, faith, care for the world around me—in a household that encouraged questions, reason, and critical…

Take Your Spiritual Vitamins with Kirbey!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // November 6th 2015 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // one comment

Spiritual practices are like vitamins for the soul. Spiritual practices are the rituals we do often to strengthen the muscles of our spirit. Spiritual practices help us stay grounded, feel alive and sustain the energy we need to make an impact in our world. In The Daily Does of Kirbz, Summer Seminary Alum, Kirbey Geissler has a spiritual practice that is sure to brighten your day. Try it out and pass it on. Read H A P P Y L I S T.    

Love, Without “But”

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 10th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // no comments

 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Eliana Okeson, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers her “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. Watch Lou Whiting’s sermon, “You Are Allowed to Say Things Like This”, here Watch Halley Norman’s sermon, “The First Principle”, here Watch Audrey Havelah Laughrey’s sermon, “On the Meaning of Life”, here Watch Nelson Moroukian’s sermon, “We Love in a Community of Constant Change”, here READ THE TRANSCRIPT: ELIANA OKESON: Hello, my name is Eliana Okeson. I attend Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado. Dark night, path of lights, chalices illuminating. Mind by many souls, one by…

You Are Allowed to Say Things Like This

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 8th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // one comment

 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Lou Whiting, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers her “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. Watch Halley Norman’s sermon, “The First Principle”, here Watch Audrey Havelah Laughrey’s sermon, “On the Meaning of Life”, here Watch Nelson Moroukian’s sermon, “We Love in a Community of Constant Change”, here READ THE TRANSCRIPT: LOU WHITING: Hello. I am Lou. I am from outside of Chicago. And I attend the Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Illinois. Two years ago I remember trying to catch a train out to see a friend a couple towns over. Now…

The First Principle

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 3rd 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // 3 comments

 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Halley Norman , UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers her “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. ; Watch Audrey Havelah Laughrey’s sermon, “On the Meaning of Life”, here Watch Nelson Moroukian’s sermon, “We Love in a Community of Constant Change”, here READ THE TRANSCRIPT: HALLEY NORMAN: Hello. My name is Halley Norman. I’m from Seattle, Washington. I attend the University Unitarian Church. On June 17 when Dylann Roof shot nine innocent people at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, I questioned someone’s inherent worth and dignity for the first time in my…

On the Meaning of Life

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 1st 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // 2 comments

 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Audrey Havelah Laughrey, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers her “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver.  Watch Nelson Moroukian’s sermon, “We Love in a Community of Constant Change”, here READ THE TRANSCRIPT: AUDREY HAVELAH LAUGHREY: Hello. My name is Audrey. That will become important. Otherwise, some of this wouldn’t make sense. Yesterday, I was given two things by the Summer Seminary staff. First, I was given a rather simple question. What is the meaning of life? And then I was given three minutes. While the programming of Summer Seminary was very fulfilling,…

We Love in a Community of Constant Change

Posted by T. Resnikoff // August 28th 2015 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith // one comment

 “Wow. You may not be ordained, but you’re doing ministry already.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President, Unitarian Universalist Association(UUA). Watch as Nelson Moroukian, UUA Summer Seminary 2015 graduate, delivers his “preach-off” sermon at First Universalist Church of Denver. READ THE TRANSCRIPT: NELSON MOROUKIAN: Good morning. AUDIENCE: Good morning. NELSON MOROUKIAN: My name is Nelson Moroukian and I come from Saint Paul, Minnesota from the Unity Unitarian Church. We live in a world of constant change and we love in a community of constant change. In our Unitarian Universalist principles, we state that we have a goal of world community, yet there is so little diversity in our faith. I was sitting in a service at…