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Monday, February 6, 2006

This week at

Patricia Montley finds common ground across religious traditions in reverence for the earth. Tom Stites and I follow up on a new report to the UUA board of trustees about allegations of racist behavior towards UU youth of color at the 2005 General Assembly in Fort Worth, Texas; an excerpt from the report shows how differently two people can experience the same event. (You'll find a link to the full report in the sidebar to the news story.) And Sonja Cohen's news blog keeps an eye on Unitarian Universalists in the media.

Copyright © 2006 by Philocrites | Posted 6 February 2006 at 7:39 AM

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Dudley Jones:

February 6, 2006 12:20 PM | Permalink for this comment

When I was a child in a Congregational Sunday school long ago, the primary argument for the existence of a beneficent deity was the beauty of the earth. We sang lovely songs with that theme.


February 6, 2006 07:25 PM | Permalink for this comment

The only problem about having more chaplains available for youth is the money. We have the resources available in the sense that we have many youth and adults that are trained to be chaplains, Youth Caucus just doesn't have the money it needs to add more staff members. Because after GA Boston and Long Beach there was talk about raising the number of chaplains to atleast 6, but due to funding it never happened.


February 6, 2006 09:19 PM | Permalink for this comment

Bart, is the funding requirement primarily to cover registration costs for chaplains, or does it also cover housing and other expenses? And are the chaplains young adults like other youth caucus staff?


February 6, 2006 10:09 PM | Permalink for this comment

Well, thanks for asking. Youth Caucus staff is made up primarily of youth, with adults filling some positions. Young Adults may be on youth staff if they are over 25. So if another adult and another youth chaplain position were create on staff, a youth could fill the youth one and anyone over 25 could fill the adult one.
As a 3 year GA youth caucus chaplain, it covers registration cost, housing, food, travel, and the same for presite, which happens around March. Presite is vital to the youth caucus staff because it is the first time we all meet face to face.
Youth Caucus recieves a large amount of funding right now, but to add two more chaplains would require something like another 5000 dollars a year...atleast. Don't hold me to that figure...but I think the rough cost altogether is 2000 a staff member. Maybe less...
But it's a vital position. I know, I've dealt with more than my fairshare of crises at GA (including this past one).

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