I’m excited to joining you all as the Leadership Development Associate for Youth and Young Adults of Color. I’m also a UU minister, born and raised in the Midwest and South, Vietnamese-American, lover of hot pot, college football and justice.

I’m so glad to be building on Rev. Monica Cummings’ powerful work supporting youth and young adults of elizabeth1color at our UUA.  One highlight of that is that the application for Multicultural Leadership School: A Gathering for UU Youth and Young Adults of Color is LIVE!

MLS this year is July 10-14th, 2015 at the Walker Center outside of Boston, MA. Spread the the word to youth + young adults of color! Particularly this year it will be good to be together – to get connected to spirit, each other, and to the power of our own leadership in these uncertain, broken times.

I’ll be blogging at Blue Boat, so whether you’re a youth or young adult of color, a religious professional looking to better serve youth and young adults of color, or another seeker on the journey, check out the Mosaic section on Blue Boat for up-to-date announcements, resources, and stories + images to nurture your spirit!

I can also always be reached at yayaofcolor@uua.org.

with love and faith,

Rev. Elizabeth Nguyen

Director of Lifespan Religious Education (full-time)

Founded in 1949, in the early days of the Fellowship Movement, Denton Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (DUUF) is a vibrant, growing, and diverse congregation of approximately 150 adults and 80 children located in the progressive and friendly university town of Denton, Texas. Since 2010 we have grown from a small, family-sized congregation to an emerging program-sized congregation. In early 2012 we called our first full-time minister, Rev. Pamela Wat. In late 2012 we transitioned to two services to accommodate this growth and added regular weeknight adult programming and additional classes for children and youth. Last year we graduated our first class of Coming of Age youth who participated in a week-long trip to Boston. We host an ongoing Centering Thursdays program, allowing participants to experience a variety of spiritual practices (Buddhist meditation, prayer beads, labyrinth walks, Qi Gung, mandala drawing, etc.) that draws congregation members and first-time guests to our church. As a result of this steady growth we are prepared to hire our first full-time Director of Lifespan Religious Education (DLRE).

For additional information click here.


UUA Job Openings and Career Opportunities

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of Congregations is a great place to work—where your job is in alignment with your values. We are a historic, progressive religious denomination. Our headquarters are located on Boston’s Beacon Hill, and we have offices in Washington, DC and at the United Nations in New York City. Our staff are also based in many parts of the United States.

For more information about current job openings and career opportunties click here.

Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

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A Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

Please join us for UUMF! Camp 2014 on Friday, August 15 through Sunday, August 17 at the UBarU Retreat & Conference Center in Mountainview, Texas.

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 the 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 join us to enjoy beautiful sunsets, swimming, hiking, rousing campfire-singing, inspiring worship, fun crafts, and make some new friends!

Visit the UUMF website to learn more and register.

Job Posting–Meadville Lombard Theological School

Assistant Director of Development and Communications

The Assistant Director has shared responsibility for carrying out the full range of development and communication tasks including coordinating creation of all print, online and other media communications for Meadville Lombard Theological School.  As such s/he participates in the development of strategies for external and internal communications, facilitates/coordinates communication efforts by faculty and staff, and serves as a communications resource to faculty and staff. This position requires limited travel.

For more information click here.

Millennial Leaders Pilot Summer Project, Union Theological Seminary

Union Theological Seminary Events

Union Theological Seminary Events

Union Theological Seminary Events

Union Theological Seminary Events

Millennial Leaders Pilot Summer Project

Millennial Leaders Pilot ProjectUnion Theological Seminary is inviting 25-30 young leaders to attend its Pilot Millennial Leaders Summer Conference this July 13th – 17th. Union will pay all expenses for those invited. Eligible participants are leaders between the ages of 21-35 who have a demonstrated record of sustained social justice activism in their respective communities. These leaders may hold any sort of leadership position ranging from formal positions–such as with a religious community or non-profit organization–to less official roles that still demonstrate progressive leadership. Formal affiliation with a specific religious tradition or community is not a prerequisite and people with no formal religious affiliation are encouraged to apply. The only formal requirement for consideration is an interest in the intersection between spirituality and activism.



About Millennial Leaders Pilot Summer Project

In the wake of what is now considered the Global Financial Crisis of 2008, issues of economic inequality in American society has crystallized powerfully, in both political activism and popular deliberations. A growing awareness of the stark inequality that exists between the rich and poor, between “elites” and “the masses,” captured the public’s imagination as a series of massive protests took form around the globe and were captured on television.

In the years since 2008, a number of grassroots efforts have mobilized with the aim of translating the energies of mass protests into ongoing organizing and activism in opposition to economic inequality and a host of attending issues. Significantly, such activism has attempted to advance a holistic program of progressive issues, as policies that maintain economic inequality have been tied to a broader conservative agenda that limits (and often rolls back) the rights and protections provided for women, racial/ethnic minorities, LGBTQ persons and immigrants. The interlocking nature of these inequalities is clear and the need for an intersectional analysis and collaborative response, which takes account of race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and religious difference, is urgent.

While there are a number of grass roots efforts underway to combat this matrix of inequalities, it is not clear that there is a space where young leaders invested in such work and others who hope to get involved can find a place that will allow them to examine the relationship between spiritual traditions and social activism. Moreover, within the context of theological education, It is not clear where young leaders can go to engage in theological reflection alongside of grappling with more practical concerns (i.e. activist and spiritual practices) as they endeavor to most effectively address these issues.

Union Theological Seminary in New York City is in a unique position to provide such a space. Union has a longstanding legacy of leadership in theological education, as well as a history of participating in progressive activism and public engagement. Here one thinks of the role liberal, black and feminist/womanist and queer theologies in various movements, but also the long history of Union faculty playing a prominent role in putting forward a progressive religious voice in the public square–from Reinhold Neibuhr and Paul Tillich to James Cone, Serene Jones and Cornel West.

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Vote for Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees

Vote for Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees

Your congregation’s youth group can vote for Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees! The Youth Observer is a leading youth voice in Unitarian Universalist national discussions, and is the primary liaison between General Assembly Youth Caucus and the UUA Board.

Youth who vote for Youth Observer must be active in their religious community, and youth groups complete one ballot per congregation. Visit Voting Process for more information on how to vote, and your group can cast its vote online or by printed ballot.

Before voting, groups should download information on the Youth Observer candidates and/or watch the candidates’ videos on the webpage.

BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED BY MONDAY, JUNE 2. Visit the Youth Observer webpage for more information. For questions contact 617.948.4350 or youth@uua.org