CrazyCon 2015

CozyCon is back again! Escape the cold and join us for eating comfort food, gaming, watching movies, socializing with old friends and making news ones! Where: East Suburban UU Church Murrysville, PA When: January 9-11 Who: You! And other UU Young Adults (ages 18-35) Registration: $15-$25 (sliding scale) http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/342-2015cozycon For more details please visit: www.facebook.com/groups/OMDUUYAN/events or omduuyan.ohiomeadville.org

CozyCon is back again! Escape the cold and join us for eating comfort food, gaming, watching movies, socializing with old friends and making news ones!

Where: East Suburban UU Church Murrysville, PA

When: January 9-11

Who: You! And other UU Young Adults (ages 18-35)

Registration: $15-$25 (sliding scale) http://www.ohiomeadville.org/omdevents/342-2015cozycon

For more details please visit: www.facebook.com/groups/OMDUUYAN/events or omduuyan.ohiomeadville.org

Young Adult Programming in the OMD

The OMD UU Young Adult Network (OMDUUYAN) plans programming for young adults (18-35) throughout the year. Their spring conference will be held May 30-June 1 at the UU Congregation of Erie. Details are available at www.ohiomeadville.org. In addition, this year OPUS, the continental gathering of young adults will take place in the OMD. Details and registration on the OMD website when available. OPUS will take place August 12-17, 2014 at Nuhop Center for Experiential Learning on Ohio.

Goldmine Youth Leadership School

Last summer 10 youth from OMD, SLD, northern VT and southern Ontario gathered for the first ever western CERG Goldmine Youth Leadership School. We had a blast. Youth dug deep into leadership skills, how to lead deep and inspiring worship, and into their own passions for changing the world. Next chance is the week of July 7 2014 somewhere in Northeast Ohio

“Meeting in the Middle” from UU Church of Amherst, Amherst NY

The idea of pulling an “all-nighter” after the age of 40 is daunting for me! Thankfully, our wise youth and youth advisers took into account when planning their Fantasy Auction fund raising offerig. The youth offered a “Mock Sleepover”, which incorporated all the fun and activities of a youth sleepover without the “sleepover” part (at least for the adults!) The event started with some icebreakers, introductions, and dinner. Then we played some getting-to-know-you games, which were full of laughs and bonding for the youth and adults. Among the attendees were couples and single adults, both men and women alike. The evening ended at 10:30 p.m. with a short youth-led worship service.
The experience of spending time with our youth allowed us all to connect on a deeper level than just a “hello” at coffee hour. Our compassionate, funny and bright young people not only hosted a memorable evening for the adults, but renewed my commitment to the importance of a strong and supported youth group. Victoria Crago, DRE

Looking for Youth Trainings?

There are several youth trainings on the calendar for this year – Becoming a Leader for Jr High Youth is happening in Rocky River on January 11-12. Peer Chaplain Training and a Spirituality Development Conference will be offered in Cleveland at the same time – January 31-February 2. For this one you must choose which training you want to participate in when you register. All these trainings are open to youth and their advisors. Chaplain Training is also open to young adults. For details and registration visit the OMD website events page at http://www.ohiomeadville.org/events/events

Youth Group Reconstitutes!

The youth program has started up again this month. We’ve created our covenant and began discussing issues of relevance to social justice and the importance of organizing for change. This coming month we’ll be learning more about important entities on the national level (such as the ACLU) and the local (such as UCM, Rural Action and CFI).