#SelmaIsNow and Not Forgetting

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 13th 2015 // Issues and Trends, Mosaic, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

Called to Keep Memory Alive Beavercreek, Ohio is where I learned to drive in a gold minivan with a dent in the side, learned to love Buffy the Vampire Slayer and how to pass chemistry tests. It’s also the suburb where John Crawford III, a young black man, picked a toy gun off of shelf in Walmart, held it harmlessly in his hands and was shot and killed by police; it’s where those officers were cleared of any wrongdoing, where students occupied the police department in response, and where the struggle for humanity, justice, and healing is being lived out as it is all over the nation, among the landmarks of my high school years….

Daughter, Arab-American, Person of Faith…

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // March 9th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // no comments

Connections Made and Deepened at Multicultural Leadership School This year, as the struggle for racial justice lives on in our streets and classrooms, in courtrooms and corner stores, UU youth and young adults of color are invited to come together for the Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS), an annual gathering of soul-renewal and leadership development. MLS is July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center near Boston, MA. Apply by April 15th, 2015. Registration fee is $275 (includes transportation) and there are many scholarships available!     In this guest blog, Multicultural Leadership School alum Ranwa Hammamy reflects on her experience and how MLS has shaped her call to ministry. -Ed A daughter, an Arab-American, a student,…

Welcome Elizabeth Nguyen!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 24th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Future of Faith, Mosaic, UUA // one comment

5 + 1 = Full Strength YaYA An Introduction, On Hope & Happy New Year! I’m excited to joining you all as the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. I’m also a Unitarian Universalist minister – born and raised in the Midwest and South, a Vietnamese-American, lover of hot pot, college football and justice. I’m so glad to be building on the Rev. Dr. Monica Cummings’ powerful work supporting youth and young adults of color at our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). One highlight of that is that the application for Multicultural Leadership School (MLS): A Gathering for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color is (LIVE NOW!) MLS this year is…

Our Sankofa Moment

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 12th 2015 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Mosaic // no comments

Unitarian Universalism Calls On Your Continuing Presence We share this letter about Selma and Unitarian Universalism as a voice for justice on Standing on the Side of Love. – Ed. Today, our nation again stands on the precipice of a significant movement for racial equity that calls to Unitarian Universalists to respond as people of faith anchored in the affirmation of the inherent worth and dignity of every person. We – five women of color who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith through the Unitarian Universalist Association – write this letter to express our hopes for the participation of Unitarian Universalists with regard to a Sankofa moment presented to us by the 50th anniversary commemoration of…

Black Lives Matter – Make it So

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Mosaic, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

We re-post the monthly newsletter of our friends of the Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association with a call to action – pledge your support to help end racial motivated acts of police brutality. – Ed. December 2014: Black Lives Matter—Are You Signed Up? Dear Friends, Ferguson is not a flash in the pan.  The current moment is one that has broken through years of pain, anger, and organizing. Young African American organizers are leading the call for a movement that not only stops our national crisis of police killings of young Black men but also changes our society into one that refuses to tolerate the criminalization, devaluing, killing, and brutalizing…

#BlackLivesMatter

Posted by Bart Frost // November 25th 2014 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends, Mosaic, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

“Collectively, we must be a strong voice for change to end police brutality and the systemic racism in our society that causes violence, chaos, and death. Black lives matter.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association   Friends, Yesterday it was announced that charges will not be brought against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Yesterday Tamir Rice, twelve years old, was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland. Let me start by saying though we could spend much time and energy discussing the circumstances of these individual cases, we are called to look at the larger picture. Two young people of color are dead. Their families are grieving and…

Intro to Racial/Ethnic Identity for Young Adults

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 12th 2014 // Guides and Tools, Mosaic // no comments

Resources for Youth and Young Adults of Color The Reverend Dr. Monica L. Cummings offers a comprehensive library of video resources on identity and sexual orientation for Youth and Young Adults of Color: Introduction to Ethnic/Racial Identity Formation for Youth of Color Introduction to Gender and Sexual Orientation for Youth Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Identity Caucusing for Youth Support for Youth Who Have Been Transracially Adopted The Influence of U.S. Culture on Racial/Ethnic Identity Development Introduction to Ethnic/Racial Identity Development for Young Adults You’ll find all of these videos, and much more on the on the Living Mosaic blog.

Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 27th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

August 2014 at the UBarU Retreat and Conference Center Create multiracial congregation with other Unitarian Universalists: strengthen bonds of identity while living the commitment of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association to multiracial/multicultural, multigenerational, welcoming congregations. From the UUMF website: Welcome to UUMF! Camp’s inaugural year! Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families (UUMF!) Camp is a place to meet other UU families whose members also don’t appear to “match” each other. We hope to come together each summer to celebrate our Unitarian Universalist faith with others who share common experiences that often follow multiracial families. We will have a great time building this beloved community during this weekend in the scenic Central Texas Hill Country. Come…

Multicultural Leadership School: Register by June 1

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Mosaic, UUA // no comments

Only a Few Spots Remain for Summer 2014 session! Several places remain in the Summer 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, MA,  Friday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 29. This training is designed specifically for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth and Young Adults of Color (ages 15-35), equipping them be leaders in their UU congregation, or on the district or national level. Experienced facilitators lead the group to build relationships, grow in leadership and inter-cultural collaboration skills, explore racial/ethnic identity and deepen faith. The only cost is a $200 registration fee, which is payable on acceptance to the MLS. Travel, lodging, and most meals are provided. Read more here, or proceed directly…

Multicultural Leadership School, July 25–29, 2014

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 25th 2014 // Mosaic // no comments

Build a Multicultural Base The Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth and Young Adults of Color. The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or continental committee. The 3 ½ day school will feature experienced facilitators who will be intentional on providing participants with experiences that will foster relationship building, leadership skills, racial/ethnic identity development, inter-cultural collaboration and deepening of faith identity. Learn more about the program and apply here.