Category: Youth and Young Adults
Articles about the youth group, youth fundraising, young adult news and invitations. Use only if a major focus or restriction is youth (13-20) or young adults (18-35) not just because they’d be welcome. Ask yourself: If an 18 year old walked in, would they be likely to see a significant number of people of a similar age?
To This I Give My Heart: Coming of Age Orientation
One mentor’s perspective
by Mary Bennett
Seven mentors and seven youth (mentees) gathered in Hewett Centre on Sunday, September 20th, most in person and another 4 via zoom, to begin a year-long journey of getting to know each other. Olivia Hall, youth coordinator, and Kiersten Moore, DRE, facilitated an evening of games and conversations, some one-on-one and some in the whole group. The photo shows us playing “All my friends and neighbours…”
We had a couple of introductory exercises, the first included: what pet would you have if you could have any pet at all (including imaginary ones). Responses included elephants, monkeys, octopuses as well as dogs and cats and one person said, “No thanks. I don’t want a pet.”
Then we paired off with our partner and were asked to come up with the one thing we would choose if we got to name something to help save humanity. I expect other pairs had the same kind of free-ranging conversation that my partner and I had. The final results were intriguing: phytoplankton; the internet, Steven Spielberg’s computer, fresh air… What would you choose? Get ready for the zombie apocalypse now in case you’re asked..
Each pair will meet on their own once a month. As well as having a bit of fun together, our mission is to work through the Coming of Age journals* we were given.
When asked to share what we hoped to get from the program, there were responses of friendship and learning. After the broad concepts, one mentor said, I just want to get to know my mentee better. The mentee beamed.
While leaving the hall, a friend said to me: “Who’s the mentor and who’s the mentee? These young folx are so interesting and interested, the hardest part for us adults may be to keep up.”
For myself, I see my role as being a bridge between our religion and this one young person. I’m looking forward to exploring our history especially as my mentee is interested in history.
Often the young people write their own Credo (statement of belief) and may present to the congregation. If my mentee chooses to do this, I can be a coach and/or cheerleader. Speaking to the congregation, I believe, is an honour and a challenge, an opportunity I have personally appreciated very much and grown from.
Next month, there might be a post by another participant, or a pair, from this program so you can have a glimpse about how it evolves.
- If you’re interested in the journal we’re using, you can find it here: https://www.uuabookstore.org/To-This-I-Give-My-Heart-P18121.aspx
The Hogwarts Camp was a great success this year. We asked participants to let us know what their favorite parts were and how they enjoyed it so it could be shared with the whole congregation! Below is a detailed account of the fun from one of the members. If you are interested in helping volunteer with Youth programming, please check out the CYRE volunteer information page.
I think that this was my favourite Harry Potter camp yet. My favourite parts were the Quidditch matches. I was the commentator for Quidditch, which was fun. My brother enjoyed it too, especially how the leaders let the kids choose some of their own activities. We had two groups, Dumbledore’s Army Creators, and Dumbledore’s Army Explorers. We created a newspaper called the Daily Prophet (I was a reporter!) and also a movie, which is being edited right now. There were lots of familiar kids and also a few new ones. The leaders were kind and funny and energetic. I had a great time 🙂
– Benjamin Malcolm, daily prophet chief reporter, age 9
Are you interested in connecting with other young adult (18-35 year old) Unitarian Universalists? Gathered Here is a monthly 75-minute online check-in and gathering that will give you a chance to meet other UU young adults and experience the warmth of our national community.
2nd Monday @ 5pm on Zoom
Join other UU 18-35 year olds on Zoom (a video-conferencing platform) for the sharing of joys and concerns, deeper check-ins, prayerful reflections, and an opportunity to process current events with a spiritually grounded community. Gathered Here generally takes place on the second Monday evening of each month at 5pm Pacific/ 6pm Mountain/ 7pm Central/ 8pm Eastern/ 9pm Atlantic. It’s a free drop-in gathering, so no advance registration is necessary. Search “Gathered Here” on the CUC website or on Facebook to find upcoming dates and login instructions.
Our congregation supported this year-long project
Canadian Unitarian Council Youth and Young Adult Ministry page
UU Young Adults in Vancouver
Closed Group (You can ask to join)
UU Young Adult Connections
Closed Group (You can ask to join)
A continental group only for those between 18 and 35
There are a lot of UU young adults* wandering the continent but it’s easy for us to feel isolated. This group is here to combat that feeling and connect us to each other. Feel free to share events and information, ask questions, and invite other young adults you know. THIS GROUP IS INDEPENDENT OF THE UUA. *The UUA defines young adults as people between the ages of 18-35. If you are younger than 18 or older than 35, this is not the group for you. Note: We also welcome anyone who identifies as a U/U (Unitarian or Universalist) rather than as a UU.
1) By text:
Just text @cucya to (502) 694-1142 and you will be signed up for reminders. You should receive a confirmation from Remind right away.
Visit rmd.at/cucya to sign up for text, smartphone notifications and/or email reminders. By creating an account, you can change your settings or unsubscribe at any time.
* Remind was designed for classrooms, so you’ll get a prompt asking whether you’re a teacher, student, parent, etc. Just choose “student” to move to the next page.
3) By email:
Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and request to be added to the reminder group. Please include your cell phone number in the message.
Additionally, you can always check in on what events are coming up for young adults atwww.cuc.ca/community/
Over 70 participants and volunteers had a great time at last Friday’s March 15 Intergen gathering.
The evening started with a delicious dinner of appetizers, vegan curry, minestrone soup, spinach salad, organic bread, and a table’s worth of desserts.
Thanks UBC Sprouts-Community Eats for your donation of produce! A big thanks to the volunteers from the Environment Team and Love Soup who planned and cooked the dinner, and cleaned up.
Dinner over, our stomachs full, we were eager to hear what the evening’s program would bring and we weren’t disappointed. Vivian Davidson emceed the evening and Tamiko Suzuki explained to the non-Unitarians in the audience about Unitarians having a long history of being loving **** -disturbers.
Quoc Nguyen from Leadnow, spoke of the mental health benefits of volunteering in these uncertain times. Dr Dave Steele of EarthSave spoke with passion and emotion about animal cruelty in industrial farming.
Dr Tara Cullis, president of the David Suzuki Foundation, spoke of the campaigns with First Nations in the Amazon and up the coast of BC fighting to save their lands from dams, and logging. Lorimer Shenher, writer and ex-member of the Vancouver Police Department, touched on racism, sexism, and mental health in his time working on the Missing Women portfolio in the DTES.
After they gave their 15 minute ‘elevator speeches’, the guest speakers spread out in Hewett Hall and the audience was invited to go sit at one of their circles to listen, ask questions or share stories. They could get up and check out another circle whenever they want which kept the energy level high.
(the photos taken of these circles all show people deep in thought or listening intently but there really was movement between the circles).
Discussion circle with Tara. The speakers said they wished they too could have been able to sit in on the other discussion circles as the topics were so varied and fascinating!
The event wrapped up with a group of Sto’lo and Haida guests who sang a few songs to close out the evening.
Guests were urged to take home some of the produce that hadn’t been used for the dinner; a head of broccoli, a bunch of bananas, or whatever was left in the boxes as a parting gift!
At least 80 people braved our snowy Vancouver weather on Friday, Feb. 15 to come watch the incredible movie “The Radicals” – where environmentalism meets action sports. The filmmaker and some of those involved in the film provided commentary and answered questions. Over $1200 was contributed to the three Indigenous groups featured in the film. Another successful event from the Environment Team!
Sunday January 13 7:30-8:30 pm Fireside Room, Vancouver Unitarian Centre, 949 West 49th at Oak
Women’s March – Discussion and Poster-making
Cayla Naumann just moved to Vancouver in May of last year after having lived 15 years in Victoria. She grew up in the Unitarian Church San Jose, California.
She will share her knowledge of Women’s March Canada, the H.E.R.S. principles and participation in the March On event on January 19th, and other events year round. She’ll share her experience of what WMC – Victoria has done, ideas for what she thinks WMC – Vancouver could do, but mostly she wants to try and build a network of women supporting women.
Here’s what she says about herself by way of introduction:
I’m a biologist, very passionate about social justice and environmentalism. I’m involved with Women’s March Canada, I organized the Victoria March last year and am trying to get the Vancouver chapter up and running. I’m also interested in gardening and reading/bookclub (some friends and I started a badass ladies bookclub in Victoria and I haven’t found a similar group in Vancouver yet). I’ll be 30 years old in April and live in Marpole (South Vancouver) and I’m the admin for the Buy Nothing Marpole FB group part of the Buy Nothing Project.
Optional: Make a poster to take on the march.
If you can bring felt pens, poster board, cardboard sheets, glue guns, wooden dowels or sticks, etc. please let Cayla know at email@example.com or just bring with you.
This is part of the Annual Women’s Gathering which starts at 5:30 pm with a potluck dinner.
More information here: http://vancouverunitarians.ca/events/annual-womens-gathering/
If you’d like to come to a poster-making session at a different time, contact Cayla and we’ll try to set something up.
March On Vancouver (organizers of Vancouver’s March) https://marchoncanada.ca/march-on-cities/march-on-vancouver/
Women’s March Canada https://www.womensmarchcanada.com/
Women’s March Global https://womensmarchglobal.org/
Whether you are a longtime environmentalist concerned about oil tankers and other issues, a social justice activist supporting First Nations concerns–or if you know nothing about these topics and feel now is a good time to start learning–the Environment Team is hosting three upcoming events for you!
RAVEN PEOPLE RISING
Sat, Jan 19, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
With the Unist’ot’en conflict in the news every day, hearing about the Heiltsuk case is relevant and important for us to gain an understanding of Indigenous issues in BC and Canada.
Click here for more information.
The RADICALS by Beyond Boarding
Fri, Feb 15, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
With breathtaking cinematography, The RADICALS is a documentary film that follows four snowboarders and surfers driven to become social and environmental stewards through their connection with the environments in which they play.
Follow them as they show the Tahltan fight for the Sacred Headwaters, BC Hydro’s destruction of salmon waters in Xwísten territory, art as resilience on Haida Gwaii, and a coastal uprising against fish farms off the coast of Vancouver Island. Each Indigenous community teaches the athletes to understand what it means to be truly Radical.
Intergenerational Activist Dinner
Fri, Mar 15, 2019 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Location Hewett Hall
Following the success of the fall 2018 Inter-generational Dinner, we are holding another gathering and this time the topic is: Lessons Learned When Things Went Wrong.
Come join us in Hewett Hall for dinner (courtesy once again of UBC Community Eats). We will follow dinner with stories from some seasoned environmental and social justice activists as they talk of lessons learned from past campaigns. This is a great chance to make new connections, share stories, and learn from their experiences.
Vancouver Unitarians are now active on instagram. Tanya approached our minister about getting instagram going and within a week we had an “Instagram” meeting. Tanya has offered to be the lead person/coordinator for up to six months during which time she’d mentor our youth to take it over
If you’re on Instagram, follow us by searching for “vancouverunitarian”. Hope to see you online. When you post something of interest to Unitarians, add the hashtag #vancouverunitarian and #ucv
What is Instagram?
Instagram is a free, online photo-sharing application and social network platform that was acquired by Facebook in 2012. Instagram allows users to edit and upload photos and short videos through a mobile app.
Suggestions in graphic above and in text below.
Instagram is Centred on Storytelling
- Everyone loves stories.
- Instagram gives us a platform to tell our story.
- It’s personal, easily accessible and visual format makes UVC’s stories more accessible.
Tip: In addition to posting photos of what’s going on, use “real time Insta-stories” to share UCV’s personality and wide range of happenings!
The Reach of Instagram is Large
- Instagram offers a huge potential audience to UCV.
- Vancouver is home to approx 630, 000 residents.
- The Greater Vancouver Population is approx 2,400,000.
- Instagram engages with 700 million monthly users!
Tip: Use #hashtags to increase engagement, attract other like minded individuals to our congregation and to let the world know what we’re up to!
Visual Content is Super Engaging
- Photos are one of the most-engaging content on the Web.
- 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual.
- Our brain processes visuals 60,000X faster than text.
- What is posted on Instagram keeps people coming back to see what we’re up to!
Tip: Keep the photos bright, consistent and clear.
The follower should be able to devise their own story just from the photo!
It’s a Goldmine of Insights, Ideas, Opportunity and Feedback
- Instagram allows UCV to reach out to other congregations, organizations, businesses, charities, influential people, groups, philanthropic agencies, activists and curious youth!
- The more engagement we receive – the more ideas we’ll gather to create an accessible offerings to all UCV guests and existing members.
Tip: Follow other UU congregations, Inspiring members of our community and Organizations that you believe would take an intents in what we do. When you share the @vancouverunitarian posts – they’ll notice!
It’s Fun & Vibrant (Like Us!)
- Help us build our community by following @vancouverunitarian
- There’s a lot going on around here – let’s share it!
- Tag @vancouverunitarian in your posts, Insta-stories for us to create more easily accessible content.
- Include #vancouverunitarians #ucv in your posts about the church and happenings when you post to Instagram.
Tip: Have fun! Post often! Comment and like @vancouverunitarian posts and share our content!
The 2018 Earth Day Service was put on by the Environment Committee today. Guest speaker Aline Laflamme gave a moving, insightful sermon titled “All My Relations”. She spoke of the Indigenous view of what “relations” means as well as the responsibility that comes along with being part of a family that consists of all that is living and non-living in the world. The Daughters of the Drum performed Indigenous songs of thanks and prayer and, just to change things up a bit, rather than being read to, the Coming of Age kids read the Story for All Ages to the congregation!