Youth Ministry Training Series Starts September 2016!

Posted by jennicadavishockett // August 30th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // 6 comments

Have you ever asked a Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) staff person for an advisor training and been told some form of, “We don’t do advisor training anymore,” or, “There’s one weekend training on the other side of your region a couple of months from now”, and wondered to yourself, “How am I ever going to get the skills I need to work with youth?”, or, “How am I ever going to get my volunteers trained?!” OR Is your youth ministry set up in a way that doesn’t revolve around a youth group? Perhaps you have a vital Coming of Age program, your high school aged youth are plugged in to teaching religious education classes and…

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…

3 Big Lessons of Leadership

Posted by jennicadavishockett // July 29th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, GA, UUA, youth // no comments

Apply to Serve as Youth Caucus Co-Dean and See What You Learn ! by Eric Broner, Co-Dean, Youth Caucus 2016-2017 My week in Columbus at General Assembly was full of many things- questions, answers, memories, regrets, and above all, lessons learned. Not only was Columbus my first General Assembly as a Youth Caucus dean, but it was also my first General Assembly – an experience that has had a huge impact on my life. I think I learned a few things about myself, especially as a leader: 1. Accountability is the number one aspect of leadership. Accountability is equivalent to reliability. Others’ ability to trust in my work, in my leadership helps me get things…

Lead the UU-UNO 2017 Spring Seminar

Posted by T. Resnikoff // July 19th 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Apply Before July 25 to Lead “Interfaith Action to End Armed Violence” Every year in April the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office Intergenerational Spring Seminar takes on big issues on an international scale. In April 2017 the seminar focus is on people of many faiths working together to disarm armed violence as a tool of oppression. Armed violence is used in conflict thorough out the world in many ways: as military action, political repression or social intimidation.  This is your opportunity to lead a multi-generation group of people of faith and action at the seat of global diplomacy to lift oppression, work for peace and create more justice. Don’t wait! Serve your faith and lead…

Now’s Your Chance to Dean Youth Caucus

Posted by jennicadavishockett // June 28th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

LEAD YOUR PEERS @ GA Youth Caucus Deans are the leaders of the volunteer Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly and applications are now open through August 10th. Deans work with the Youth Caucus Staff to fulfill the purpose of Youth Caucus, which is to serve youth who want to become more involved in Unitarian Universalism and grow as Unitarian Universalists, including youth who want to be involved in the business of Unitarian Universalism.   Many of you have probably been to Youth Caucus at General Assembly before. However, many of you, like me, may be learning about these things for the first time. Regardless of whether you’ve been training since birth to become Youth Caucus Dean, or whether you’re contemplating…

Rally in Front of Wendy’s at General Assembly!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 15th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth // no comments

Rally for Economic Justice at General Assembly! This General Assembly we are protesting outside of Wendy’s! Why? To get better wages and working conditions for the farm workers who have supplied Wendy’s tomatoes. When asked by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) to sign onto the Fair Food Program, McDonald’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, and Subway all said yes. Wendy’s responded by moving their business to a new tomato supplier based in Mexico. This new supplier, Bioparques, was prosecuted for slavery in 2013. Workers there have testified that they were trapped in camps without beds, fed on scraps, and beaten when they tried to quit. Join the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), Unitarian Universalist Association…

It’s Alive!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 3rd 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

The General Assembly 2016  Youth Caucus user guide is live and online – find it here:       or HERE.

Text, Talk, Act with Your Youth or Young Adult Group

Posted by jennicadavishockett // May 7th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth, Issues and Trends // no comments

More than 20% of teenagers and young adults suffer some type mental health stress, and as many as 30% of adolescents experience one major episode of depression before reaching adulthood.¹ And while this information is sobering, it is heartening to know that this is also the age at which people are the most receptive to positive influences that can help overcome mental health stress. Here is a way to be one of those positive influences:   During the month of May youth at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta are taking part in Text, Talk, Act for mental health, AND YOU CAN TOO! “Text, Talk, Act is an innovative effort that uses smart phones as a way…

Send a Mamas Day Card!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 3rd 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Dear Reader of this message, People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple and powerful way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from the true kind of love we should be expressing on Mamas Day: The love that happens when our world is just, and when all our mamas are supported, cared for, and nurtured. It’s the kind of love I see when I look at Strong Families’ newest Mamas Day ecards. This Mamas Day, honor the mamas in your life – the…

Diminish the Pain of Unjust Detention

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 26th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

Strengthen bonds of love by Elissa McDavid Back in September, Warsan Shire’s (a Kenyan-born Somali poet) poem “Home,” flooded the internet: no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying – leave. run away from me now i don’t know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here “Home,” references in particular the on-going European refugee crisis, but also the larger forces of migration, across the globe and across borders. Shire points to the humanness of migration. In the United States, our media, our politics, and our society often forgets this. In particular, we forget the mothers, fathers, children, and families who have no option, but…