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Subject:Notice of YRUU/UUYAN Eastern summit
Time:07:50 pm
In light of the UUA's (steering committee's) decision to end national funding for YRUU, in response to an ever increasing bureaucratic demand by the NE District's Board, and along with the greater trend of the deemphasis of Youth Empowerment, I feel obligated to send out this communique.

My intention is not to label those people in positions of power as vindictive or uncaring. The reason for the trend, and the decisions that represent them, is because the larger social structure that is the UUA and its composite bodies have become increasingly incompatible with the philosophy of LRY, YRUU and other similar forms of youth organizing. They do not understand the values behind this culture, or if they understanding they are unwilling to accept the methods that are necessary to enable such a culture.

My true intention is to call you TOGETHER, to discuss the future of our conferences, to maintain a sense of continuity that is already very weak, and to unify in such a way as to be self-sufficient in the means to create those spaces that have changed our lives so significantly.

THIS SUMMER a meeting will be organized in the greater New England area. Youth representatives from other districts will be invited, but the ultimate goal will likely include establishing a solid youth network along the eastern coast.

I have been putting this off for a while, but I fear that if autonomous organizing is delayed for much longer it will be too late to capture those connections that currently exist. Please feel free to pass this on. Date and location will follow through similar channels in the coming months.

Yours truly,
Alec Koumjian
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Time:09:00 pm
Current Mood:curiouscurious
Hello! I know this is kind of a long shot, but are any of you from the Mid-South District? If so, do any of you have pictures from any MSD YAC Meeting in the last five years?? It's kind of urgent, and I can't seem to find any online. Thanks!!!
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Time:10:26 am
I know this really isn't the place to just go make a post like this, but I love UUs and I love the concept of this community.

thelustdumpster
What do you love?



Check it out. Join it maybe. If you like the concept, then just mention it in your lj or a community you're in or whatever.


Thanks.
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Subject:Annual Young Adult (18-35) Conferences!
Time:01:18 am
ConCentric!
2007: In the Spirit of Leadership
When:
Friday, August 10, 2007 through Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Where: Unicamp- http://www.gpcomp.com/unicamp/  Honeywood, ON

Join us for C*UUYAN's leadership development conference and annual meeting. "In the Spirit of Leadership" is an inspirational weekend of organizational networking, skill building, and faith in action for young adult leaders and allies on the local, district, and continental levels. Experience Anti-racism and Anti-oppression work as a building block of our faith. Seek spiritual community and support amongst other leaders. Come develop your leadership toolbox, which will be useful in building an active young adult community from the ground up. As ConCentric gathers creative, experienced and new leaders from across the continent, we engage in networking, participate in workshops and trainings that offer tools and tactics to help build meaningful and sustainable religious communities across the continent and the world.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 4TH
http://connectuu.com/events.php?action=view&event_id=1116
Even if you aren't sure if you can make it, register and indicate your uncertainty on your registration form.  Staff needs to know how many people to expect for things like ordering food and such.


Opus!
2007: The Circle Game
When:
Wednesday, August 15, 2007 through Sunday, August 19, 2007
Where: Unicamp- http://www.gpcomp.com/unicamp/  Honeywood, ON

Opus is the annual spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network. We are an intentional community of seekers exploring liberal religion, social justice and diversity.  At OPUS, we will explore and honor the cycles, revolutions, and interdependent connections that are important to our lives, communities, and planet. We want to share a respectful, transparent environment where everyone between 18 and 35 years old are welcomed and encouraged to participate. We especially want to welcome otherwise abled persons and will accommodate their needs as best we can. We believe that both the community experience is crucial to Opus as well as personal reflective time, and will do our best to provide time for both.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: AUGUST 4TH
http://connectuu.com/events.php?%20action=view&event_id=1109
Even if you aren't sure if you can make it, register and indicate your uncertainty on your registration form.  Staff needs to know how many people to expect for things like ordering food and such.


Scholarships are Available!
deadline: July 15th
http://www25.uua.org/ya-cm/conferences/Scholarship%20Info.html

Need a Ride??
Check out the ride board on the registration page to see if people have rides available!  Or ask around to the conference Facilitators.
ConCentric Staff: http://www25.uua.org/ya-cm/conferences/concentric.html
Opus Staff: http://www25.uua.org/ya-cm/conferences/opus.html
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Time:10:55 pm
dear cbd young adults,
youth bridging conference is in new london conneticut this upcoming weekend.  cbd young adults have been invited to the bridging ceremony saturday night in order to welcome new young adults into our community.  is anyone interested in more information about said event, particularly about carpooling?
also, i had the vague thought that us young adults could stay at a hostel or chip in as able ona hotel room together or something friday night and spend saturday together, in a kind of mini-con set up.  how do people feel about that idea?
love,
heather g
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Subject:YRUU on Star Island!
Time:01:55 pm

We still have 9 spots to fill in our conference and we want to fill every one of them!!!! if you aren't coming, you should and if you are coming bring a friend or a cousin or someone from your youth group.(ages 15-23)(june 23rd-30th)

any questions contact me, or our wonderful registrar!
Becca Hutton-registrar
(617)605-4380
rebeccadhutton@gmail.com

if you need a registration form you can download one from our website
yruustar.org

also check out our myspace
http://www.myspace.com/yruustarisland  

yay!!!

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Subject:Opus and ConCentric!
Time:05:48 pm

Are you a young adult between 18 and 35?  
Do you want to meet other young adults across the United States and Canada? Then come connect through the Continental UU Young Adult Network (C*UUYAN) at ConCentric and Opus, held at UNICAMP in Toronto, Ontario in August 2007!


ConCentric 2007: In the Spirit of Leadership


ConCentric is the annual business meeting and leadership development conference of C*UUYAN, the Continental UU Young Adult (18-35) Network. C*UUYAN is made up of districts comprised of grassroots groups, including local congregational young adult groups and campus ministries. ConCentric welcomes District Representatives, Young Adult and Campus Ministry (YACM) leaders, Regional Organizing Consultants, district organizers, and experienced allies, and any Unitarian Universalist young adults interested in becoming active in YACM leadership on the local, district, or continental level. As ConCentric gathers creative, experienced and new leaders from across the continent, we engage in networking, participate in workshops and trainings that offer tools and tactics to help build meaningful and sustainable religious communities across the continent and the world.


"In the Spirit of Leadership" is an inspirational weekend of organizational networking, skill building, and faith in action for young adult leaders and allies on the local, district, and continental levels. 


ConCentric 2007 will be at Unicamp in Toronto, Ontario, August 10-14. 


register for ConCentric at www.connectUU.com


for more information about ConCentric, contact Erin Riffle, ConCentric Facilitator, at uu.rawkstar@gmail.com 
 


OPUS 2007: The Circle Game


Opus is the annual spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network. We are an intentional community of seekers exploring liberal religion, social justice and diversity.


At OPUS we will explore and honor the cycles, revolutions, and interdependent connections that are important to our lives, communities, and planet. 


Opus 2007 will be at Unicamp in Toronto, Ontario, August 15 - 19.


 
register for Opus at www.connectUU.com  
for more information about Opus, contact Stephanie Truax, Opus Facilitator, at stephanie.truax@gmail.com
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Subject:im new to all of this
Time:01:56 am
 hello!
I have a good number of friends that are UU's and they had always mentioned that i would love the cons and youth group etc. I never really considered going to church with them untill a few months ago, the word church alway rubbed me the wrong way i guess. I was raised lutheran/catholic/christian and i hated it. I hated everything they stood for and how opressive it was and well, soo much more, im not going to go on a rant now :P. but i finaly went to the christmas eve mass and i loved it. i loved what it stood for and how accepting the church was. 
This weekend i went to one of the cons and enjoyed meeting other people like this. 
I would like to start considering myself a UU but i dont feel right doing that untill i know alittle bit more about its history. like what does the challice stand for? are there any sacred texts or anything? and stuff like that. so if you could tell me some things you think i should know or send me to another resource, that would be great. 

thank you all!
<3 kashmir
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Subject:Regarding SWD SWUUSI YRUU (x-posted around)
Time:12:01 am
Current Mood:busy
This is an online petition regarding the decision to move the YRUU camp.
If you're in the SW District, please give it your consideration, and cross post as you deem fit.
It has been shared which the appropriate persons in charge.

http://www.petitiononline.com/yruucamp/petition.html
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Time:02:06 am
Hi all,

I went to an LDC several years ago (perhaps 5? 6?) and I'm pretty sure I remember that one of the things they taught us was a model for how to foster group intimacy. I don't remember it very clearly, but I do recall that there were something like five levels, where the first one was basic getting-to-know-you ('all my friends and neighbors' type games), and the last one was Deep Sharing (in which the most serious of communication goes on in an atmosphere of complete and utter trust). I've been doing a lot of group-building work, and I thought that this might come in handy as one more tool in the box...I was wondering if anyone could either point me in the right direction, or enlighten me further on the subject themselves? Or maybe I've just gone completely crazy, and no such model ever existed?
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Subject:Adults 25+ needed for PCD WUUKY 2006, the BEST THING EVER!!!!!!
Time:11:00 am
Hi there!
I'm the Adult Coordinator for WUUKY (Western Unitarian Universalist Karmic Youth) 2006, the biggest and most ambitious event of the PCD youth year! Occuring from July 3-8, it takes place in the beautiful Mendecino Woodlands site, also the host of PCD Family Camp. While planning and registration are going swimmingly, we've got a desperate lack of adults to fill our legal ratio. If you're over 25 and have some experience working with youth in an advisory role, or have served in a PCD youth leadership structure, we'd love to have you! Please email me if you're interested: davidshackelford at gmail dot com. you can also comment here with contact info, or send me an LJ message.
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Time:08:41 pm
Current Mood:curiouscurious
Hey! I'm Fayth and if your from MBD you'll know me but I have a question for everyone. Who here is from the Pittsfield MA, West Battleboro VT, or Bennington VT church? My boyfriends extremely interested in attending a U.U. service only problem is we have summer vacation :-P. Anyways once we get back to school in North Adams, MA I promised to take him. I thought it would be sweet if I could get into contact with anyone from either of these three churchs.

Just leave a comment or email me at shatteredxfayth@hotmail.com
Thanks
-F
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Subject:reCONnect v0.3 June 2-4
Time:01:50 am
reCONnect is the spring conference of the Heartland Young Adult and Campus Ministry Sustainability Corps.

Located in Traverse City, Michigan, be prepared for a weekend of fun on the beach, in the woods, and learning about what makes YA's tick in the wider UU World.

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Subject:Rowe Camp
Time:09:34 pm
Has anyone here ever gone to Rowe Camp in northern Mass?

If so, how did you like it?
What were your favorite/least favorite parts?
Would you recommend going as a senior who has just graduated?
And what is an average day like at the camp?

Thanks a million!!!!
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Subject:CSD Searchation
Time:04:20 pm
hey all, I'm on the search committee here in the CMWD for a new Congregational Services Director, and basically I wanted to get people's opinions on what they think a CSD needs.
the real short version of what a CSD does is:
Committed to anti-oppression and justice, Congregational Services supports the health, growth and transformation of congregations and individuals in fulfilling their mission.
The UUA's Congregational Services support the health and growth of congregations and other Unitarian Universalist communities.

please let me know either here or via e-mail (justinethekillerbunny@gmail.com)

thanks so much, keep in mind that there are a few other districts in search of a new CSD so thinking about this could be a good idea even if you aren't in the CMWD area.

peace and love,
Justine.
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Subject:MetroNY District Leadership Development Conference
Time:04:56 pm
Hey everyone,

For many reasons the MetroNY YRUU community has been really out of touch lately. So here's the latest info...

The next con is the Leadership Development Con Nov. 18-20. It's not too late to register, the deadline is November 9, and it can be done ONLINE!!! The Energy Covenant and Smoking Policy forms need to be mailed by November 11.

The flyer can be found here: http://www.metroyac.org/docs/LDC_Flyer_2005.pdf. All of the flyers are on the NEW website, which is www.metroyac.org

We have amazing trainers!!! Spread the word to anyone who might want to come!!!

-Tara, Co-Dean
MetroYAC Treasurer and Energy Committee Co-Coordinator
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Time:01:02 pm
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When: Saturday Oct 29, 2005
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Subject:A leadership opportunity from the Youth Office
Time:02:28 pm
Look, it’s the…Continental Basic Advisor and Chaplain Training-of-Trainers!
March 23-26, 2006; Murray Grove, NJ

The Continental Basic Advisor Training-of-Trainers is an event that will bring together 10 youth and 10 adults to be trained to lead Basic Advisor Trainings in UU districts, regions and congregations. Trainers will learn how to facilitate weekend-long trainings which focus on youth empowerment, balanced UU youth programs, community building, leadership development, fostering positive youth/adult relations, and building a network of supportive youth advisors. At this same location and weekend, the Continental Chaplain Training-of-Trainers will bring together 6 youth and 6 adults to be trained to lead Chaplain Trainings. Chaplain Trainers will also learn how to facilitate weekend-long trainings, but will focus on building active listening skills, learning to make counseling referrals, and responding to personal crises or community issues.

We’re looking for a few youth and adults who are great facilitators, charismatic presenters, and committed to developing safe, empowering, and nurturing UU youth communities. Applicants should have some leadership experience in UU youth or other settings, and a good understanding of youth empowerment and youth/adult relations.

Please send us a letter of intent describing why you want to be a Basic Advisor or Chaplain training leader, your experience in UU youth settings, and any experience in leading large groups, trainings or workshops. All applicants, regardless of what training they are applying to, MUST please complete the following information, on a separate sheet of paper:

Name, Address, Phone, E-mail, Date of Birth, UU Congregation (if any), UUA District, and Any Chaplain Trainings, LDCs (Leadership Development Conferences), SDCs (Spirituality Development Conferences), Advisor Trainings, etc. that you have attended. Along with this information, please answer the following:

1. Describe your YRUU (or other UU youth) experience:
2. Describe your experience with youth/adult relations:
3. What does Youth Empowerment mean to you? Example?
4. How do you as a Unitarian Universalist respond to racism and other oppressions? In a Congregation or Youth Group setting? In an interpersonal setting?
5. Describe any other relevant experience you feel applies.
Specific Application Questions:
Along with questions 1-5, those interested in attending the Continental Basic Advisor Training-of-Trainers, must answer:
6. What do you feel is a youth’s responsibility in YRUU leadership?
7. What do you feel is an adult’s responsibility in YRUU leadership?
8. What special skills do you have to teach youth advisors?
9. Why would you be especially good at leading Basic Advisor Trainings?
Along with questions 1-5, those interested in attending the Chaplain Training-of-Trainers, must answer:
6. Why do you wish to be trained and to serve as a chaplain at UU youth conferences or in youth groups? Why would you be good at chaplaining? What special skills and abilities would you bring to the role of chaplaining?
7. What (if any) previous experience do you have with chaplaining or other counseling related functions? These can be formal or informal, official or unofficial. If possible, describe a chaplaining experience that you feel went well and one that you feel might have been improved upon. How might it have gone better?
8. Why would you be especially good at leading chaplain trainings?
9. How do you as a Unitarian Universalist respond to racism and other oppressions? In a Congregation or Youth Group setting? In an interpersonal setting?

For either application (you can apply for both, but would only be able to attend one, as they are simultaneous events) please send: a letter of intent, application questions and a list of three references (name and phone number with at least one youth and one adult) to:

ToT Application
C/O Youth Office
25 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02108-2800

Questions? Contact the Marissa A. Gutierrez at mgutierrez@uua.org or (617) 948-4351.
Deadline: November 15, 2005
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Subject:Thought I'd mention this for the sake of obviousness....
Time:11:22 pm
UU's throw the best parties



Nuff said
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Subject:REALLY last minute call for GA YOUTH CAUCUS STAFF APPLICATIONS!
Time:11:18 am
STOP!


It’s not too late to apply for the 2006 General Assembly Youth Caucus Staff! DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, OCTOBER 3, 2005!

Awesome leadership opportunities still available for GA in St. Louis, MO this year! You! yes you!…can become involved.


Positions available:


-Community Specialists (Youth position)

-Worship/Spirituality Coordinator (Youth)

-Chaplains (Youth and Adult positions available)

-Sponsor Coordinator (Adult)

-Logistics/Gopher (Youth or adult in St. Louis area)

-Identity Group Coordinators (Youth)

-Adult ID Group Support (Adult)

-Workshop Coordinator (Youth)



*All positions are required to be at the pre-site meeting in April in St. Louis. Food, accommodations, and travel to and from pre-site and GA Youth Caucus are all paid for.



Click here for the application and more info: http://www.uua.org/YRUU/events/pdfs/gaycstaff2006.pdf. YOU CAN SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION BY E-MAIL! Please note that positions indicated “youth” refer to those 20 and younger at the time of GA and “adult” refer to those over 25.

You know you also want to submit an application for workshops! Send us your workshop ideas for GA. We want to know what you want! Click here for the application: http://www.uua.org/YRUU/events/pdfs/GA06WorkshopProposal.pdf




Greg Boyd and Bart Frost, your fantastic HUUPERs, anxiously await your applications!


Thank you so much for your time and have a great day!
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Time:12:00 am
Yeh so in case anyones interested and over the age of 18 or a college student, you should all come to this its going to be sweet.


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Time:10:09 pm


ATTN: Austin Texas!


Where are all the TX UU's!?
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Subject:Jr High (12-14) Programming in YOUR District/Congregation
Time:10:45 am
Guess who wants to know about it? I DO! As this year's 12-14 Transitional Age Range Rep, I am trying to put together a guide of a sorts in regards to 12-14 yr old programming. What works, what doesn't. You know the deal so e-mail me stories of your memories or of things you've lead, or even...I dunno, just stuff about 12 -14 yr old programming, projects maybe...NO NOT CRAFTS PROJECTS! SOCIAL ACTION! and other really cool things to.
Thanks for your time,
Bart Frost
12-14 TARR
uupunkr0x0r@hotmail.com
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Time:07:25 pm
A Day In The Life of a Conservative

Joe gets up at 6am and fills his coffee pot with water to prepare his morning coffee. The water is clean and good because some tree-hugging liberal fought for minimum water quality standards. With his first swallow of water, he takes his daily medication. That medication is safe to take because some stupid Commie liberal fought to ensure their safety and efficacy.

All but $10 of his medications are paid for by his employer's medical plan because some liberal union workers fought their employers for paid medical insurance -- and now Joe gets it, too.

Joe's bacon is safe to eat because some girly man liberal fought for laws to regulate the meat-packing industry.

In his morning shower, Joe reaches for his shampoo. His bottle is properly labeled with each ingredient and its amount in the total contents because some crybaby liberal fought for his right to know what he was putting on his body and how much of what it contained.

Joe gets dressed, walks outside, and takes a deep breath. The air he breathes is clean because some environmentalist wacko liberal fought for the laws to stop industries from polluting our air. He walks to the subway station for his government-subsidized ride to work. It saves him considerable money in parking and transportation fees because some fancy-pants liberal fought for affordable public transportation, which gives everyone the opportunity to be a contributor.

Joe begins his work day. He has a good job with excellent pay, medical benefits, retirement, paid holidays and vacation because some lazy liberal union members fought and DIED for these working standards. Joe's employer adheres to these standards because Joe's employer doesn't want his employees to call the union.

If Joe is hurt on the job or becomes unemployed through no fault of his own, he'll get a worker's compensation or unemployment check because some stupid liberal didn't think he should lose his home because of his temporary misfortune.

It's noon and Joe needs to make a bank deposit so he can pay some bills. Joe's deposit is federally insured by the FSLIC because some godless liberal wanted to protect Joe's money from unscrupulous bankers who ruined the banking system before the Great Depression.

Joe has to pay his Fannie Mae-underwritten mortgage and his below-market federal student loan because some elitist liberal decided that Joe and the government would be better off if he was educated and earned more money over his lifetime.

Joe is finally home from work. He plans to visit his father this evening at his farm in the country. He gets in his car, ready for the long drive. His car is among the safest in the world because some America-hating liberal fought for car safety standards.

He arrives at his boyhood home. His was the third generation to live in the house financed by Farmers' Home Administration because bankers didn't want to make rural loans. The house didn't even have electricity until some big-government liberal stuck his nose where it didn't belong and demanded rural electrification.

Joe is happy to see his father, who is now retired. His father lives on Social Security and a union pension because some wine-drinking, cheese-eating liberal made sure he could take care of himself so that Joe wouldn't have to.

Joe gets back into his car for the drive home and turns on a radio talk show. The radio host keeps saying that liberals are bad and conservatives are good. The host doesn't mention that the beloved Republicans have fought against every protection and benefit Joe enjoys throughout his day...indeed, throughout his LIFE. Joe agrees. "We don't need those big-government liberals ruining our lives! After all, I'm a self-made man who believes everyone should take care of himself, just like I have."

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Cross-posted to a couple UU communities.
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Subject:do you hug?
Time:10:36 pm

Hey ya'all!

so im trying to educate myself on consent, and it would be really cool if you could share what you know about consent, how it is handled in your YRUU environment, any personal stories, or really anything you think could help me understand it. i hope to help shape a workshop for my district to use in conferences, so any help you could give me would be highly appreciated!

thank you!

Heather

x-posted to a_better_world , and massyruu

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Subject:Summer's End Conference
Time:09:12 pm
Hey YRUUers,
My name is Alec. I'm a 19 year old NH/VT YRUU alumni. In less than two weeks, a radical youth empowerment conference called Summer's End is happening. This year I'm chairing the conference. It used to be an LRY conference, and crosses over with NH/VT YRUU and other UU organizations in very unofficial respects.

The is pure youth empowerment, we have no umbrella organization. Think of it as a grassroots gathering. Every year we rent the campground, pay for the insurance, select an adult advisor, and somehow manage without a tax ID number!

The conference is one week long, and happens August 11th-18th in Marlborough, NH. I realize it's kind of last minute, but it only costs $200 for the week and I assure you is more than your average Con.

If you're interested, contact me or my LJ. You can still register, and I'll hook you up.

Sincerely,
Brother Pepper Spray of Enlightened Compassion.
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Subject:Read This Article!
Time:10:47 pm
Little girl faces felony charge for throwing rock at little boy

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/state/20050716-0006-ca-littlegirlassault.html
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Subject:Get Your JarkCon 2005!
Time:01:07 am

What? JarkCon!
Where? Unicamp (120 kilometres north of Toronto)
When? August 14-29, 2005
How much? $200 CAD or $170 US



Here is a flyer: http://www.cuc.ca/cal/Unicamp%202005%20Module%20Flyer.pdf

From http://www.cuc.ca/youth/ (with date changed because they are wrong on the site...):

Upcoming Events

Get Your JarkCon 2005, the third annual Unicamp conference is coming up!

Come and experience a wonderful week of camp fires, worships, workshops, swimming, tie-dying, capture the flag and the great community that JarkCon is known for! You will meet new friends and see old ones and go home with memories to last a lifetime!

JarkCon is happening August 14-19, 2005 at Unicamp, which is a UU camp and conference Centre near Toronto, Ontario. Jarkcon is open to all youth in North America. Download the form for more information! See you there!

Canadian Unitarian Council is co-sponsoring and UNICAMP of Ontario is hosting two valuable trainings this August:

Youth Advisor Training August 19-21
Teacher Training and Support Renaissance August 24-26



Comment if you have questions and I'll try to answer them :)

love, morgan
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Time:02:24 pm
http://www.livejournal.com/users/elevensidedstar/10567.html?view=193607#t193607

THis guy is trying to get 5000 comments, Help him out.
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Subject:Just wondering...
Time:12:52 am
Current Mood:standard UU philosophy ideal
Im new to this community (joined twenty minutes ago).
 I've been a UU for eight years or so.
 but i have to wonder....

THE GREAT DEBATE AMOUNG ALL UUS:

Who here considers themselves a strict atheist?

Who believes that there is a God out there?

Who believes in.....?

______________

I myself am a self described on-and-off atheist (currently off)

not that i believe that theres a direct god that is almighty... but that there is something bigger than us in power (be it god(s)/ the IRS/ placebo effect)

and i believe that there is some mix of fate AND free will (grey area: there is no black or white)

Theology should never be forced upon another

and reincarnation always seems right to me
_________________________

so what do you believe?

if anything
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Subject:WUUKY
Time:11:02 am
Hi everybody,
WUUKY starts less than a week from now, but there are still spots!
If you are interested in a week long YRUU con think you can make it, head over to http://www.wuuky.org for more info. You need to register nownownow if you haven't yet!
Who: UU youth (12-22) and adult advisors (25+) from mostly PNWD, PCD, PSWD, and MDD
When: July 4-9
Where: Mendocino Woodlands in beautiful CA!

WUUKY 2005 -- It's happeneing!!!

(crossposted!)
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Subject:GA
Time:12:18 pm
AHHH I'm so terriblely excited to go to GA! My 17th birthday is on the 25th, so it's while we're in Texas, and I want to have a party! But... I'm going alone, no friends or nothing, only a sponser I'm not that close with, so I need to make friends that are going to Texas ASAP.

Basically, who's going to GA? I leave tomorrow! And... Who wants to find a Hooters restrurant in Fort Worth with me on Saturday the 25th? I need birthday buddies!
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Time:12:33 pm
i'm not going to GA :(
instead i finally got a job, to start with.
and i'm possibly, hopefully getting a second one.
wish me luck with that.

ps. how's everyone's summer going?
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Time:04:54 pm
Hey, as of yet, I'm agnostic, but I was thinking about Unitarian Universalism for myself. Could you guys leave some comments about what UU is to you?
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Subject:Quick
Time:11:20 pm
Current Mood:accomplished
Hey everyone,

I had my Spring concert tonight, and before we went on my chorus teacher said something which resounded in me and made me think of cons. He said "Singing is the bridge between the spiritual and spoken world." I thought for a minute and realized how true it is. Songs are so intrumental in UU worships (and others) and it really does help you achieve whatever it is that you're trying to acheive, regardless of religion, orientation, gender, or anything else.

-Tara
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Subject:SOULFUL SUNDONW!
Time:12:05 am
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful

SOULFUL SUNDOWN

Theme: Love

When: June 5th, 2005 @ 5:30pm
Where: The First Universalist Society in Franklin
262 Chestnut Street, Franklin, MA 02038 (http://mapquest.com)

$5 donation is asked for but not demanded. Come as you are able and willing. Vegan and Vegetarian options will be served.

Hope to see you there!

-Erin J. Dunn

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Subject:Anyone in the Thomas Jefferson District? (x-posted)
Time:03:29 pm
Because alot of our success is determined upon our interaction with each other, congregation to congregation - I have decided to form a District Community here on Live Journal.

I do hope this gets used frequently for communication among us; for a sounding board; for a place to share joys, rants, concerns, ideas.

Feel free to post anything you choose; try to stay on topic as far as it being related to the UU's however; we all have times we just need the support of others and I would hope that people within the community would be open to offering that support.

For more information; please refer to our bio.

ps - I'm hoping no one minds the "blurb", if so - feel free to remove it.
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Subject:HEY GUYS!!!
Time:03:27 pm

                STAR ISLAND BENEFIT SHOW!!!
     FridayMAY 20th Doors at 6pm
        Uxbridge Unitarian Church
                  T h e   C h e a t  !


  

                    The Proposal


                                                       theproposal
                     Special Fredd


                         
                It's Alight Nightingale
         


Me chasing you chasing an ambulance
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Time:07:39 pm
i dont know, i'd like to post something that everyone reads and goes JEEZ shes smart. but... heh well.

someone post a topic n lets talk about it, because i'm in capable of that.
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Subject:Heartland's CONnection cancelled
Time:01:24 am
Hey everyone,

I hate to do this but because of some problems with registration and staffing issues CONnection will be cancelled. Hopefully it will be rescheduled though so please watch for info!

Peace,
Traci

This is for CONnection not ART & SOUL!
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Subject:Heartland's CONnection cancelled
Time:01:20 am
Hey everyone,

I hate to do this but because of some problems with registration and staffing issues CONnection will be cancelled. Hopefully it will be rescheduled though so please watch for info!

Peace,
Traci

This is for CONnection not ART & SOUL!
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Subject:NO PANTS DAY
Time:07:12 pm
friday (tomorrow) is NO PANTS DAY! please celebrate with me!

What in the world is No Pants Day?
No Pants Day is a day where everyone, be they students, respectable businessmen, or cherished community leaders, leave their pants behind. Usually this means wearing thick, appropriately modest boxer shorts, but bloomers, slips, briefs, and boxer-briefs all work as well.

That's it?
Yeah, that's it. But from the core idea comes so much more. When large groups of people parade around in public without their pants, amazing things are bound to happen. At the very least, you'll take your drab, wretched life a little less seriously, at least for one day.

When is it?
No Pants Day is always on the first Friday of May, which this year is May the 6th, 2005.

So I can wear a skirt instead? or "Hey, no problem, I was gonna wear a dress anyways!"
You're very clever, but you're missing the point. Articles of clothing like skirts, shorts, kilts, and dresses don't count, because people are encouraged to revel in the absence of pants, and not replace pants with other clothing. The point is to relax and enjoy the humor inherent in people not wearing pants. A good rule of thumb is to pretend like you were going to wear pants, and then just fail to put them on.

for more info, go to http://www.nopantsday.com
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Subject:College forces a change of district, youth cries for help!
Time:02:17 pm
Alright, here's the deal. I'm 16, but I'm graduating high school in June, which means I'll be going to college. Right now I attend the UU Society of Fairhaven, MA, in the Ballou Channing District. In September I'll be living at Central Connecticut State University, which means I'll be attending either New Britain's or Hartford's UU church, and being in the Clara Barton District. If you're part of this strange and mysterious land known as Connecticut and Western Mass, fill me in on your wonderous district! Do you attend the Hartford or New Britain church? If so, tell me about it! I need your help to make this transition smoooooth. As much as I am anxious about leaving my home district, I'm excited about meeting a whole new group of kids next year. And if you're one of those kids, holla back at me, foo'.

(that last part was a joke, I don't actually say that.)
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Subject:going to college
Time:06:50 pm
Hey I'm highly considering going to Texas Tech University for college next semester and I was wondering if there were any Red Raiders (or just people in Lubbock) out there who could tell me about the atmosphere towards Unitarian Universalists. Thanks!
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Subject:CONnection May 13-15
Time:08:42 pm
Current Mood:bouncybouncy
Ever wonder what happened to some of those YRUU kids a while from a few years ago? Ever want to get back in touch with folks? With your spiritual self? UUism in general?

Then come to CONnection in the Heartland District!

Ok so I'm a little late with advertising this so I apologize. But there's this awesome con happening in East Lansing the weekend of May 13-15.

The Age Range is 16-22!!!

The flier is here: http://www.angelfire.com/folk/sugar/CON.html
The registration forms can be found on the HUUD YRUU website: http://www33.brinkster.com/huudyruu/

If anyone has any question just send me a PM. or email me.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE!!! Pass this along and spread the word to anyone who might be interested.



Peace & Bicycle Grease,
Traci Griggs

HUUD YRUU DYSC Post High TARR

x-posted to yruuer, chalice_circle, alwyn_uu
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Subject:Jump Start the RevolUUtion
Time:08:43 pm
Lovers and Friends,
My name is Greg Boyd and I am on the continental YRUU Steering Committee. We in the leadership want to get the revolUUtion started. In order to do this we really want to actively listen and see how we can mobilize to meet y'alls needs. We havw 6 questions that we'd like y'all to answer, but certainly, if you have more input, please add. Thanks so much!

Love and RevolUUtion, GB

1. What do you need from YRUU that you haven’t received?
2. What do you want for YRUU?
3. What is your vision for YRUU?
4. What has YRUU done for you?
5. What is YRUU lacking?
6. Do you know what the Board of Trustees is?
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Subject:important message: the time is overdue for me to pass the torch.
Time:03:46 am
Hey y'all,

I started this community in February of 2001. At the time, there were very few YRUUers -- or UUs for that matter -- on LiveJournal. There were at most 20 -- I can't recall exactly, but when I started my own LJ in September 2000, there were 3 people with 'YRUU' listed as an interest.

Now this community has 222 members, and is watched by 182 people. An interests search for 'YRUU' yields 22 communities and more than 450 members. LiveJournal has grown, the internet is becoming more useful with every new person that gets involved in it, and YRUU is going through a great deal of change.

Although I plan to stay involved in Unitarian Universalism for the rest of my life, and although I will pledge to serve the youth community as an ally, I have completed the process of bridging to Young Adulthood. It is time for me to pass on the moderatorship of this community to someone else. I don't know what kind of process this community's members would prefer in regards to choosing one or more accountable moderators, but if you have an idea for that process, or you yourself would be interested in serving as this community's moderator, please leave a comment below.

Thank you for populating this forum with your ideas, presence, and YRUU spirit over the past 4+ years. My experience in YRUU was formative and my allegiences remain strong, although I have a very new role and relationship to the youth community that I am working to grow into. Many YRUUers of my generation are still members of this community, and I too plan to observe and be present as an ally. However, it only makes sense to give the current generation of UU youth control of this space, because it belongs to you.

phoenix from the fire
embryo
p.s. Incidentally, I wasn't a great moderator, by my standards. I am sure that someone more creative than I could do a lot more with this space.
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Subject:how awesome is this?
Time:11:21 pm
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/2005/04/08/DDG27BCFLG1.DTL
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Subject:WUUKY IV, it's going to happen.
Time:08:47 am
Current Mood:okayokay
Check this page out for WUUKY info.

http://wuuky.org/

^_^

PS- In case you don't know WUUKY is a week long conference that's happening this summer at the Mendocino woodlands in CA put together by PCD YRUU. Lots of info on the site.
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Time:09:56 pm
I don't know how many people here know Kelly Muzzi. She is a YRUU youth from the Heartland...Michigan. She was at GA in Quebec City. I feel that anyone on this list who knows her should know that she has been in a terrible accident. Yesterday Kelly and another student fell out of a third story window at Bennington College. THe other girl is improving although she is severly hurt. Kelly is in very critical condition and the latest report the school has given us is that her parents do not think she will make it. She is still alive as far as I know. If any of you know her or know any friends of hers feel free to contact me for whatever information I have. I'm sorry to have to be the bringer of this news.
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