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Reflections on YoUUth SOALS, Session 1 - By Nelson Moroukian, Youth Intern

December 03, 2015 2:23 PM | Anonymous

Nelson Moroukian is one of MUUSJA's two Youth Interns for the 2015-16 YoUUth SOALS program.  He is a Senior at St. Paul Central High School, and a member of Unity Church-Unitarian's Tower Club.

Nelson and other Twin Cities UU Youth at the #4thPrecinctShutdown.

Our first YoUUth SOALS session was, to put it briefly, outstanding. Our small group was engaged and interested to get to know each other for the first time. We introduced our selves and spoke about how we had engaged in justice work in our lives. There were some who had never done any justice activism before,while others have been engaged in justice work for many years. In doing this, we began to create a beloved community. The remainder of the program consisted of getting to know each other better while talking about the concept of justice.

We explored this difficult concept, working together to define what it means to be a social justice activist, specifically in the context of Unitarian Universalism. Our amazing group leaders, Rev. Ashley Horan and Jack Gaede, helped to guide us through this process, offering wise words, interesting activities, and delicious snacks. We had a panel with two Unitarian Universalist ministers, Revs. Meg Riley and Kierstin Homblette, who have experience doing justice work driven by their faith.

Everyone seemed to be engaged, and that gave me hope. Hope for the future of our our program knowing that we have a group of interested youth, and hope for the future of the world knowing that there are youth in my communities that are interested in advancing justice in Minnesota and around the world. I left the meeting feeling inspired - inspired to go out into the world and live out my UU values, Inspired to go use my newfound knowledge for the betterment of my community. I hope that, through this program, all of our participants will feel that same call to justice work, and that they will answer it.

YoUUth SOALS participants have a conversation with Rev. Meg Riley about UU social justice activism.

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