Rising Together: UU Youth and Emerging Adults of Colour
Rising Together is an online worship and community- building space that offers opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and other Unitarian Universalists of Colour across Canada to connect with each other. We seek to build bridges to understand our present realities, connect to our pasts, and discover the rich possibilities for our futures. We aim to create a space for support and solidarity as well as comfort and reflection through varied worship, themed discussions, and thoughtful interactions. Thank you for being here.
Rising Together happens on the first Saturday of every month, at
1:00 pm PT | 2:00 pm MT | 3:00 pm CT | 4:00 pm ET | 5:00 pm AT (90 minutes)
To find upcoming dates and register, check out the Events Calendar
Program Coordinator: My name is Camellia Jahanshahi (she/her) and I’m a queer, Iranian-American woman, a multidisciplinary artist, cook, witch and religious professional. I hold a B.A. and M.A. both from Concordia University in the field of Religions and Cultures where my work centered around navigating contemporary identity politics from a faith perspective. Specifically, I look at how people of marginalized communities use faith and religion to fight against systematic oppression. I also have a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion in the Workplace from Cornell University and have been actively working with families and young adults for the past seven7 years leading both worship and workshops alike within various Unitarian Universalist spaces, academic conferences, and nonprofit community settings. I am so excited about this space we are creating together! As a lifelong UU, I know how isolating it can be as a person of colour and how frustrating that can be as you are navigating your identity in your teen and early adult years. I believe through active community building we can fight against those feelings and create a network of support that nourishes and uplifts us all so we can continue Rising Together.
Along with Camellia, a second CUC-approved adult will co-host each Rising Together each month. The adult co-host is a rotating position so that youth and emerging adults can meet and be mentored by many adult UUs of colour. Youth do not need to have an advisor from their home congregation attend. If you are a youth advisor or religious professional of colour who would like to know more about being involved, please contact email@example.com
All are welcome to sign up for the monthly Rising Together newsletter for information about previous and upcoming sessions and other announcements and resources relevant to the young BIPOC UU community. Come for the updates, stay for the music and yoga videos!
Rising Together YouTube Playlist – a collection of music, yoga and meditation videos that have made appearances in Rising Together gatherings or in the newsletter.
CUC eNews Feature – Camellia shares about why Rising Together is important and her goals for the program.
Other ministries for young BIPOC UUs:
- Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU) – the BLUU Organizing Collective is committed to expanding the power & capacity of Black UUs within our faith, providing support, information & resources for Black Unitarian Universalists, and justice-making and liberation through our faith.
- BLUU Worship – If you are a Black UU (or non-uu) please check out the BLUU worship space the first Thursday of every month.
- Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries (DRUUMM) – DRUUMM is a Unitarian Universalist People of Color ministry and anti-racist collective bringing lay and religious professionals together to overcome racism through resistance and transform Unitarian Universalism through our multicultural experiences.
- Black UU Young Adult (BUUYA) Gatherings through the Young Adult Revival Network (YARN) – If you identify as a Black UU young adult, please join us on the first Wednesday of every month at 8:00 pm/ 5:00pm PST. Our monthly time together is an exclusive Black, Unitarian Universalist, young adult space for building community and bonds, supporting one another, and having fun.! Led by Donovan Hayden and Kamila Jacob.
- BIPOC Gathering – Check out this monthly BIPOC UU space facilitated by Kamila Jacob. Contact Kamila with any questions, firstname.lastname@example.org or register here!
- UU BIPOC Space (CUC) – A space for UUs who are Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, ages 18 and up, to gather safely to share experiences, stories, and be change-makers. Meets on the third Saturday of each month.
For white individuals and communities:
These groups and events are for people of colour (ie. non-white folks) only. To learn more about the importance of intentional spaces for people of colour read::
- Local BIPOC UU Groups Surge by the Rev. Joseph Santos-Lyons (p.4-5 of the DRUUMM Beat)
- Why People of Color Need Spaces Without White People by Kelsey Blackwell
Ways you can support Rising Together as a white UU:
- Support attendance by BIPOC youth and emerging adults in your community (share information about upcoming events and the newsletter, introduce them to Camellia, and loop in their parents/caregivers).
- Subscribe to the newsletter.
- Donate to the Youth and Young Adult Subsidy Fund, which helps young UUs access events and programming.
- Talk to your congregation about partnering with the CUC to support this program.
For more information about the program, contact Camellia Jahanshahi at email@example.com
For registration troubleshooting, or to find out how your congregation can support this program, contact Casey Stainsby at firstname.lastname@example.org