On the plane ride home today from Boston I skimmed through the new book by Wayne Arnason and Rebecca Scott called "We Would Be One" A History of Unitarian Universalist Youth Movements. A follow up to Arnason’s "Follow The Gleam" written a couple decades ago, it is a comprehensive and detailed examination of the various youth incarnations, specific leaders, highlights and personal accounts from former members. I have a spot at the end of the second to last chapter, "Starting Over", with my ‘testimonial’. My initial thoughts are:
Thoughts on We Would Be One, by me
1. Youth has historically been a wide and dynamic age range of 14-35, with many of the core youth leaders being older, 18+ folks.
2. The LRY Endowment, which produces around $10,000 a year I think, and is now managed by the YRUU Steering Committee, may more appropriately be shared with C*UUYAN and perhaps focused for Bridgers 18-20 years old given the original nature and constituency that developed the endowement (young adults!). Note: This is only an observation, not a proposal or demand.
3. There is some great history about college/campus ministry and young adult ministry that I’d like to pull out and teach consistently in YACM work.
4. I love reading statements by youth/young adults about the youth/young adult community. We need to do this more, and it makes me think about the ConCentric Reader that started with the first ConCentric in 1999 but has not re-appeared since it was last published in 2001. I really want to encourage folks, leaders particularly, to write, criticize, analyze, describe, etc, their community!