From New Youth Observer to CUC Board

Neal-CameronI’m always amazed at the sense of community that comes from being a UU and connecting with each other from coast to coast. As youth, it can be challenging to always know where we’re going or how to understand what we all go through, but the community of open-minded people of which we are a part helps us make sense of it all. In our churches, our fellowships and our youth groups, we learn what it means to be part of the global community, and what being a UU is to each and every one of us. At our conferences, we learn how to share, how to cry, and how to grow incredibly close to a huge variety of like-minded youth in a few days. Continue reading

Youth Bring 2015 Fall Gathering to Winnipeg

Last fall, as the Western Region Fall Gathering in Edmonton came to a close, the Youth were asked if there was anywhere in particular they’d like the 2015 Con to be held. A chorus of voices exclaimed, “Winnipeg!”. We asked the Winnipeg youth why they were eager to host:

To me, youth group is one of the most important things in my life. It’s a safe environment where I can finally be myself, and not have to worry about fitting into society’s norms. I love my youth group. Then, one day I was able to go to a fall con. I met more UU youth than I thought possible. In this place, people accepted you. I was truly amazed that there were more people like me, outside my little church in Winnipeg.

So far, I’ve only been to two western regional cons, but I’ve already clicked so easily with these people. I love these youth. I don’t know about other people, but I like to share something I love, with another thing I love. That’s why I want Con to be held at my church in Winnipeg. Continue reading

From the New Youth Observer to the CUC Board

I’m always amazed at the sense of community that comes from being a UU and connecting with each other from coast to coast. As youth, it can be challenging to always know where we’re going or how to understand what we all go through, but the community of open-minded people of which we are a part helps us make sense of it all. In our churches, our fellowships and our youth groups, we learn what it means to be part of the global community, and what being a UU is to each and every one of us. At our conferences, we learn how to share, how to cry, and how to grow incredibly close to a huge variety of like-minded youth in a few days. Continue reading

Goldmine Youth Leadership School at Unicamp!

“What is it for us to do? It is for us to Heal the World!”  Goldmine is an intensive, UU youth leadership development program offered across the US and in Canada for youth ages 14 – 20. In this dynamic program, youth get to participate in a program that is co-led by youth and adults, where they will learn practical leadership skills, go deeper in to the inspiring history of our tradition, do service work, learn how to lead diverse and engaging worships and create friendships and community that will last a lifetime.

This year Goldmine returns to a Canadian location through a partnership between the Canadian Unitarian Council and Unicamp. Goldmine will run Aug. 24 – 30, and is open to youth of all leadership experience levels. Cost is $495 Continue reading

ToUUch the Earth at CanUUdle

YouthAs Unitarian Universalist youth we are deeply grounded with strong roots that bind us to this pale blue dot of a planet. We grow from the experiences and knowledge we gain from being ever connected to the earth that surrounds us. We strive to take care of this home. We are all physically and spiritually connected with these grounds upon which we stand, the air that we breathe, and the skies of which we dream. Mother earth and father sky are interwoven into our lives. That is why the theme of CanUUdle XV is “ToUUch the Earth.”

As youth, we are reaching out, digging down, and exploring with our green thumbs this beloved world we all share. We will be exploring the physicality of our lands, as well as the interconnected web, our spiritual imperative to celebrate and protect this planet. We will be trying to touch our earth in all the ways that we can, and by doing so this world will touch us back. We will be standing where earth meets sky and blessing them both with all of our individual gifts, as they bless us with theirs. We will feel the burden of Atlas as we all find strength to “ToUUch the Earth” as one.

-Carter Mahoney, CanUUdle Co-Dean