As most of you know, each year our Youth take on a service learning project, which in past years has culminated in regional, national, and international pilgrimages – to Mano en Mano in Milbridge, to New Orleans and then Safe Passage in Guatemala.  We have collaborated with other nearby UU congregations, allowing our youth to form lasting friendships across the state. These trips have been absolutely transformative for the youth who have participated.

This year, Belfast youth from 14 to 18 years old will again participate in Mid-Maine YoUUth, together with others from UU churches in Rockland, Ellsworth, Bangor, and Augusta.

The project will focus on Refugees and the Global Migration Crisis, in collaboration with the Unitarian Universalist Association’s United Nations Office. After several months of learning and reflection on this issue, as well as fundraising, the group will participate in the 2018 Intergenerational Spring Seminar, hosted by the UUA UN office in New York City, from April 4 to April 7.

Past intergenerational seminars by the UUA UN office have focused on disarmament, climate change, empowering women, and other topics of international justice. See the office’s website, https://www.uua.org/international-justice/un/spring-seminar. This year’s theme of refugees is very timely and brings together issues of human rights and regional conflict,as well as economic and environmental justice.

You’ll be hearing more about the Mid-Maine YoUUth project – including information on the subject matter resources we will be exploring for this topic, as well as opportunities to support our youths’ fundraising efforts.

There are still a few spaces for participation by high-school age youth, and an application is available. The project is getting underway so prospective participants should indicate their interest very soon, before the end of October. There is a cost to attend the April seminar, but scholarships are available to ensure this project is possible for all students.

We are incredibly excited by the possibilities offered by this project! Please connect with the congregational youth advisor (in Belfast, Morten Moesswilde, email hidden; JavaScript is required), for more information.

Thank you to everyone for supporting this effort, from all of the MidMaine YoUUth!