Candidates for 2013-2014 Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees

Youth and Youth Allies, take time to learn about the candidates for Youth

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Observer and the process for voting. Then mobilize your youth community to vote. Reach out to nearby congregations and encourage their youth participation, ensuring that youth in large congregations and small congregations all know about the Youth Observer election.

Pastoral Message

Hello Family,

I have not written a Pastoral Message in a few months for a number of reasons, primarily because I have not had a burning desire to write.  However, something happened recently that has compelled me to communicate with you this mopic of me with love signnth.

On Sunday, March 17, two high school football players were convicted of raping a 16 year-old girl after attending a party where alcohol was being used/abused following a football practice game.  The crime came to the attention of the world after photos and video footage was posted online.  As I have read blog posts and watched pundits on TV talk about the case, I have been thinking about how this tragic event will impact the lives of all the young people who were present during the criminal act of rape; the perpetrators/predators, those who participated by watching, and the girl who was the victim.  Sadly, this painful story is just the latest one in the news involving the gang rape of a female while others watched.

I have written in the past about bullying, an epidemic problem in our country that all of you are aware of: either as victims, perpetrators or bystanders.  It appears that the tear in the cultural fabric that has always been present is now being exposed by technology that makes it easy to record and post online man’s inhumanity against those who are weaker.

The strong preying on the weak (survival of the fittest) is nothing new.  Whether it is getting worse or not is a matter of opinion.  With this sad reality in mind, I want you to process the questions below in your faith community and role play different scenarios so you will be empowered to live our first and second Unitarian Universalists principles (to affirm and promote “the inherent worth and dignity of every person and justice, equity and compassion in human relations”) in every aspect of your life.

  • How do you prevent yourself, family members and friends from becoming a perpetrator, victim or bystander when someone is being abused?
  • What are some actions you can take?

As always, I would love to hear from you.  You can message me on Facebook at Monica Cummings, email me at or leave a comment for me on the Living Mosaic blog at

I Love You,

Rev. Monica

Unitarian Universalist People of Color Help Build Our Beloved Multicultural Community

Would you like to meet virtually with other UUs of Color (Latino/a and Hispanic, Multiracial/Multiethnic, Native American, Asian, Arab, African descent, trans-racially adopted and bi-racial)

Whether you are in a congregation where you are one of a few People of Color, or

You are in a congregation with a solid community of People of Color,

There are other UUs who could benefit from being with you.

We will be using a small group ministry format to get to know each other and build a virtual community.

Interested? Check it out.
No commitment required for the first conversation.
Plans are for conversations to occur monthly.
Computer or phone access required.
Open to adults, young adults, and youth.

Online Meetings

Sunday, May19 at 4 pm EST/3 pm CST/2 pm MST/1 pm PST

Monday, May 20 at 10 pm EST/9 pm CST/8 pm MST/ 7 pm PST

Tuesday, May 21 at 8 pm EST/7 pm CST/6 pm MST/5 pm PST

Sign up by emailing: by May 15, 2013

Tell me your name, contact information (city, state, phone number) and which meeting time you prefer. Additional information will be emailed to you. If you are interested, but unable to meet during the scheduling times, let me know.

Convener Jessica York is a black religious educator in the Resource Development office at the Unitarian Universalist Association. She is part of a team creating resources to help Unitarian Universalism become a more welcoming multicultural community.

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Whose Are We, by Monica L. Cummings

Whose Are We?

our parents and partners

our siblings

our children

our pets

Whose Are We?

our neighbors

our friends

our co-workers

our congregations

Whose Are We?

the powerful and the powerless

those who suffer and

those who cause the suffering

Whose Are We?

the 6 generations that have passed

the 6 generations yet to come

the great cloud of witness

Whose Are We?

Whose Are We?

Whose Are We Not?

By Monica L. Cummings

Apply to Become a Candidate For Youth Observer

The Youth Observer to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Board of Trustees is an important, national leadership position that functions as the primary liaison between General Assembly (GA) Youth Caucus and the Board, but represents a larger youth voice on the Board. See the Statement from the 2010-2011 Youth Observer for more information on what it is like to be the Youth Observer.

For more information click here.