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The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Multicultural Leadership School 2014 hosts youth and young adults of Color in Boston, Friday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 29. This training prepares participants for local, district, and national leadership in Unitarian Universalism. Applications are due May 15, 2014. The only cost is a registration fee of $200 upon acceptance.

Free Faith Development Office webinars! On April 22 and again on April 23, Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings discusses how to support youth who have eating disorders. The next monthly webinar, May 27 and 28, helps religous professionals and lay leaders begin or re-energize adult religious programming; led by Gail Forsyth-Vail. Wednesday, June 25 brings a special webinar from on-site at the UUA General Assembly in Providence, Rhode Island. The FDO Webinars page has details, a registration link, and archived webinars.

For a family, to "travel" in faith can mean learning, exploring, connecting. See the Spring 2014 UU World Family pages.

Tapestry of Faith downloads now use less paper. Click the option to download two-column Word or PDF documents for all 14 Tapestry of Faith children's programs (K-6). Documents now include page numbers and a table of contents.

Sally Patton's useful book on inclusion in faith communities, Welcoming Children with Special Needs, is now available online, at no charge, in PDF format.

Long Strange Trip, a film by Ron Cordes which tells UU history in six, one-hour parts, now has a free discussion guide produced by FDO. Download any or all of the discussion guide's six parts (PDF). Purchase the film from the UUA Bookstore

The Wi$dom Path is a new 12-workshop Tapestry of Faith adult curriculum which explores our money-related stories, attitudes, and actions in the context of our Unitarian Universalist (UU) faith. Use The Wi$dom Path in your congregation, region, district, or cluster, at no charge.

The 2013-14 Common Read is Behind the Kitchen Door. Through ten restaurant workers' stories, Saru Jayaraman raises political, economic, and moral implications of eating out. Learn more about the UUA Common Read and download a discussion guide (PDF) with three 90-minute workshops.

Monthly, online gatherings for UUs of Color are convened by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, and emerging lay leaders. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email for more information.

UUs talk about Tapestry of Faith. Jennifer Carver (Unitarian Universalist Church of Tallahassee, FL) tells how, using the Exploring Our Values through Poetry curriculum, her congregation's youth group held a poetry slam and raised money for an animal shelter.

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Last updated on Wednesday, April 9, 2014.

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The 2013 Multicultural Leadership School, the annual summer training program for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of Color led by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings and Jessica York of UUA staff, met virtually with UUA President Peter Morales.

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At General Assembly, Sunday morning Plenary attendees enjoyed Tapestry of Faith cookies from a Louisville, KY bakery to celebrate the UUA's free, online, lifespan curricula's five years of use in our congregations.  

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