L6CBY8: * = While the founders & leaders of this group are Unitarian Universalists(UU) and this group is done in the spirit of UU (minus the politics), the names “Unitarian Universalist” and “Unitarian Universalism” and “UU” are not owned by this group and while this group would like to be endorsed by the name owners, in the meantime this group runs independently and by its own funding and no official affiliation, connection, association, approval, endorsement, or sponsorship by the name owners should be assumed. However, for everyone's benefit, I strongly encourage you to encourage the name owners to endorse us!
L6FAFG: This chapter and parent organization fully matches UU guidelines as best as known,
so is awaiting official UU endorsement — why this group's currently Private.
So you can see everything, and be ready & notified at that time, and show your support,
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L3DGRE: UUYA! (Unitarian Universalist* YOUNG ADULTS! International) KRL2TU
- L3DGU9: Introduction
- L3EGJ6: Basics
- L2FDRB: MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA
- L3EELN: Core Rules & Guidelines
- L3DH70: Chapter Directory
- KS1881: User Profile Standards --notable points
- L3EFM0: Related Work (under construction):
- L3EHH6: Additional stuff every member should know:
- L3EGGB: Please post on the area's UUYA! chapter's Meetup.com site
- L3DGNG: Chapter titles especially Leadership Positions
- KRORHS: Each UUYA! chapter' Meetup Site
- L3EHMF: Intermediate/Advanced stuff (as required if creating/running a chapter)
- Some Background:
- L3EEWJ: Membership criteria & evolution:
- L6CC8D: Affiliation with the owners of the name “Unitarian Universalism” and “Unitarian Universalist”
- L6CC9M: Some History of our organization
- L3DGY8: UUYA! is an international association of local UUYA! chapters from around the world
where each chapter is usually county-wide and combines the area's UU and UU-curious Young Adults (appearing 18 to 30s) and those supporting this cause.
- L3EGOF: "UUYA!" is pronounced "UU Yah!", as in "UU YES!", celebrating and affirming UU with youthful cheer.
- KU1SMC: What the heck is "UU"? Or not an expert at UU? Then read L2MYPI(Unitarian Universalism (UU) is inclusive & cool!)
- L3G6QU: Every UUYA! chapter...
- KW4A87>: is a local event & discussion community for all UU and UU-curious Young Adults in the area and those supporting this cause.
- KW4A8S>: is to be STRONGLY "YOUNG ADULT": Networking & connections (#1), building relationships of all sorts (friends, family, romance, business, & spiritual), dating/singles, hot music & tunes, adventure, partying, dancing, singing, clubbing, outdoors, sports, military, political debate, social action, personal growth, career & family starting, college & trade-school, high tech & modern (Meetup.com & Web 2.0, smartphones, YouTube, Twitter), discovery, travel, and more!
- L3EGPB: services a local area, usually a county,
specifically large enough to draw from the largest pool of people possible while still small enough to routinely drive or commute to a local event
- L3EGQ8: aims to combine all the area's UU and UU-curious Young Adults and their events & discussions into one central location: the chapter's Meetup.com site (see "Please post here!" below to find out how that's done)
- L3EGQS: so (from the last 2 points) by design,
- L3EGR7: becomes your one-stop shopping for all UU Young Adult things in the area: events, discussions, groups, people, everything!
- L3EGRQ: and builds the essential critical mass of local UU and UU-curious Young Adults so that UU Young Adults (and so UU) explodes! (blossoms everywhere),
as UUYA! well-understands critical mass to take off: that young adults especially need lots of compatible, caring, like-minded people in their shoes to network to build their families, friends, careers, and lives.
- L3EGSD: aims to build in its area an explosive critical mass of UU young adults, by creating a local community which includes & combines all the area's current & prospective UU young adults, plus all their events, discussions, groups & people, even if they're not yet part of a UU congregation.
- L3EGTG: is FREE to join & post & use & more! (free to join, free to post, free photo & profile directory of all members, etc, and no tithing required!), thanks to the chapter's head organizer who pays ~$15/mo so this is hosted on Meetup.com
- L3G6Z7: Is hosted on Meetup.com --see What's Meetup? and our first chapter at http://Meetup.com/UUYA-US-CA-OC .
L2FDRB: MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA
- L3DKJ5: You must:
- L3DK7N: Follow the rules of UUYA! and of the chapter;
- L3DK8G: AND (be a legal adult (generally 18 or above in the US)
else clearly let all members know you're NOT a legal adult (both on your profile and in-person on a name-tag));
- L3DK8V: AND Be “a UU or UU-curious Young Adult (appearing 18 to 30s) in the area OR a supporter”;
specifically you must be either or both:
- L3ECPH: (the combo of:
- L3DK9I: a Unitarian Universalist else be curious about being UU;
- L3ECUU: AND a young-adult (meaning an adult who looks & thinks young (no older than 30s appearing, no older than 30s looking & thinking))
- L3DK9W: AND Local (meaning regularly in the chapter's area) )
- L3ED09: OR presently supportive of the chapter.
- L3EBAJ: the emphasis (indeed what makes a UUYA! chapter unique) is our 3rd (final) membership criteria (Be “a UU or UU-curious Young Adult (appearing 18 to 30s) in the area OR a supporter”):
- L3EDZ3: Since the other criteria is mostly implicit (following-the-rules is generally implicit and being-a-legal-adult-or-making-accomodations is heavily implied by "young-adult")
- L3EE2H: Consequently, every chapter's website (take Orange County):
- L3ED6S: is “for Orange County's UU & UU-curious Young Adults (appearing 18 to 30s) and their supporters”
- L3EC6V: has its welcome title worded “WELCOME!, Young Adults, UU&UU-curious, and UUYA! Supporters! Click "read more about this group"”
- L3EBC4: gives its member count worded “20 UU Young Adults & Supporters”
- L3DK51: And consequently, to be a member of a UU Young Adult! chapter, (you DON'T...)
- L3DK9W: You don't now nor ever need to be a member of a physical UU congregation, though it's desirable and the hope of the group that you will eventually find one --when you're ready-- but this is never a requirement.
- L3DLIR: You don't ever have to give money to UUYA!. UUYA! is a free service, and so pretty much all our event are free or you just pay your own costs which are usually pretty small. In fact, unlike a congregation, it's likely UUYA! would never even ask you for money. Though it would certainly help & be appreciated if you donated some money, as, just as you can see from this website, UUYA! has taken & takes a lot of work to develop & run. Still, we never expect this.
- L3DKYA: You don't need to have even heard of UU before. Most people who find us haven't -- we're here for you to discover it, and have a lot of fun doing so!
- L3DKQA: You don't need to be a young adult, nor in the local area, nor even be UU or UU-curious, provided only that you are (1) presently supportive of the chapter plus (2) following the rules and (3) (if under legal adult) clearly letting everyone know. In other words, our above membership criteria is designed (* like UU) to be maximally inclusive (potentially including anyone) while cleverly still focusing on the target group (local UU Young Adults). As well as of course allowing all races & genders to be a member, it also allows all ages & locations & religious-orientations to be a member of a local chapter provided simply the person meets these 3 basic criteria.
- L3DIME: UUYA! International and every chapter foremost follow the rules of UUYA! International specified in this document, including following L2PFGY(Universal Rules & Guidelines for Meetup.com).
- L3DISM: Each chapter can have & develop additional rules & guidelines provided:
- L3DIVM: These must always suppliment, and never override, the parent directives unless written permission to do given by the parent.
- L3DIW3: To keep things simple for everyone (including, like a franchise, to insure the customer gets the same familiar (good) service at all locations), the goal is that these localized directives are few & small:
- L3DJ86: mostly anything significant will be incorporated into the parent to apply to all, and that
- L3DJ8P: for the most part localized directives are only local because so they can be tested out & refined before being universally applied.
- UUYA! International (headquarters), founded 2009.10.10 by DestinyArchitect.
- North America
- United States
- (w) California
- (w) Orange County (1st chapter), http://Meetup.com/UUYA-US-CA-OC -founded 2009.10.13 by DestinyArchitect.
- (w) Los Angeles County (2nd chapter), http://Meetup.com/UUYA-US-CA-LA -to be constructed
- (w) San Diego County (3rd chapter), http://Meetup.com/UUYA-US-CA-SD -to be constructed
- (w) Nevada
- (w) Baja California
- and more to come
- L3EHY1: w=area's Wikipedia entry
- L3EH3V: We follow L2PFGY(Universal Rules & Guidelines for Meetup.com) specifically "Good User Profiles are The Standard, so keep up & excel!"
- L3EHD6: Moreover, every point recommended there is required for all members (complete answers, representative photos, and more).
- L3EFOU: So far I haven't seen much equivalent to UUYA! International, else I wouldn't have formed it.
- L3EFQ8: There is some young-adult welcome: For official Young Adult UU, see http://UUA.Org/members/YoungAdults, most especially Get Connected, from brief look, collecting UU young adults from across the globe on a website, however, the connections locally don't seem generally strong (else it isn't clear to me where they are strong)
- L3EG5M: for the official UU welcome, see http://UUA.Org/Welcome for a quick textual & video intro to UU and to find the congregation nearest you. This will do a great job finding local UUs, but chances are young adult UUs will be hard to find unless you're very lucky to have a group in your area.
- L3EGB0: While there there are one or two sites "gathering" young adult UU's globally (too far to travel in general), and maybe 1 in 6 congregations have a young adult sub-group, most congregations seem without and there is nothing I've seen which gather's UUs on a county level (local to the practical regular driving limits)
- L3EGUI: Events, discussions, groups, & people --if it's anything UU Young Adult for your UUYA! chapter's area, then it needs to be on the chapter's Meetup.com site!
- L3EGUX: And please post here first! if possible, if possible and make this the official post and have the more localized groups & newsletters & flyers (often tied to a particular congregation) point here for the full details (rather than duplicating the details). Combining everything into this one site then allows us to reach & maintain this essential & explosive critical mass.
- L3EGV7: When writing this (and any public) website, please only use an individual's ONLINE handle/name (the name s/he uses online) else just first name (unless you're sure the person won't mind using his/her full real name on the public web). For simplicity & to be welcoming & more, UUYA!'s websites are fully public and indexed by web search engines (which recruiters and others search) and not everyone wants to put their religion and political views on their resume, in legal proceedings, etc.
- L3EGVL: Everyone is encouraged to start & reply to discussions on the chapter's Message Board.
- L3EGVY: We've set it up so every member can participate and even start a new discussion.
- L3EGW4: When you make a post, make sure you select “Track this discussion” (not ON by default) so you'll get alerted when people reply.
- L3EGWA: And make sure your group profile has set “Email me when this Meetup Group's message board is updated” (also not ON by default) else you won't hear it when someone asks a question or makes an announcement to the group.
- L3EGWP: To post events,
- L3EGX0: You merely need to be an Event Organizer; simply ask the Head Organizer to make you one. Generally the more organizers the Meetup group has, the stronger the Meetup group.
- L3EGXU: Local events of state or larger interest should also be posted (at least the basics) to the http://ConnectUU.com/events.php along with a link back here as the source; this is the official directory UU young adult events which go beyond say it and neighboring counties.
- L3EGY6: Add easy event listings:
- L3EGYD: Simply repost applicable UU events. If you know of an applicable event from UU congregation or group in the area, repost it here (include a link back to the source, and put everything you copy in quotes)
- L3EGZK: "Piggyback" on non-UU events which seem fun. There are many area Meetup groups hosting events which allow you to bring guests, which could be a group of UUYA! Rather than having to come up and write up an event idea, justrepost one here (from say a Meetup group which you're a member of) then gather together a subgroup of UUYAs as your guests!
- (under construction)
- L3G856: Is hosted on Meetup.com -- so see L2PFGY(Universal Rules & Guidelines for Meetup.com)
- KS18JO: Meetup.com technical background (important for user privacy & publicity) --L3G6KB: also moved to L2PFGY(Universal Rules & Guidelines for Meetup.com)
- KRORFW: has a standard URL form designed to maximally short in and in logical, hiearchal order:
http://Meetup.com/UUYA-<2-digit country code>-<2-digit state code>-<ideally 2-digit county code> for instance http://Meetup.com/UUYA-US-CA-OC (the founding chapter)
- KRORGD: Uses the International logo (top) but with "International" replaced (starting with the Unspecialized logo) with the region served as "Orange County,CA,US" (use this format) and with the the globe sub-picture replaced with an icon for the area served (as oranges for Orange County) as illustrated (right)
- KRORGU: Has standard Site Settings
- KRORH4: Uses a standard group description (just search & replace "Orange County,CA,US" and "Orange County" with the values for your area)
- KRORIO: Has a semi-standard About page : first search & replace "Orange County,CA,US" and "Orange County" with the values for your area, the customize further as indicated, then feel free to add more)
- KROROD: Is paid for by default by the Meetup's Head Organizer (only about ~$15/mo) as a contribution but other payment arragements (as being financed by a congregation) could be worked out
- UU: why & what (under construction).
- * Are you tired of nearly every major religion claiming they have "the" answer and all the others "don't"? That they are excluding and frequently even fighting one another (including huge religious wars), when they supposed to be about loving? You're not alone. It seems an increasingly large percentage of Americans (I'd guess in the neighborhood of half) holdUU beliefs (such as the #1 UU principle: religious pluralism and co-existence and an individual's “FREE and responsible search for truth and meaning”, not a dictated one), especially the younger generations. Unfortunately, few Americans realize they haveUU beliefs; indeed tragically maybe only 3% of Americans even know what UU is, even though UU has over 1000 congregations world-wide!
Why? Well probably since UU is by design not pushy when nearly all other religions are, it takes a long time if ever for someone to hear of us. Indeed typically today people don't hear of UU until their 40s or older (also around the time they've realized (say around a midlife crisis) that the other major religions' great claims to have all the answers haven't really panned out.) But why should we wait until it's so late? Or more typically TOO late (seemingly several times more never discoverUU in time and just get burnt out with major organized religions: see the recent film Religulous (2008)). Across the globe, young people fight and die in religious wars, typically organized by older people -- who, ironically, may already be questioning the "absolute truth" of their "holy" causes.
Adding a catch-22 to this problem, if a young adult fortunately does discover UU before late in life, s/he shows up to a UU congregation typically to discover s/he is the only younger person there. And being the only one is especially & understandably upsetting to a younger adult, who depends heavily on networking (friends, romances, jobs) in order to figure out & build his/her life. So the Young Adult understandably takes off: "Yes, I like the beliefs, but there's no one like me to network with, which is essential for me now."
* This online group aims to change that. Building a list and a critical mass of UU Young Adults so events can held where there are sure to be many other UUYA there.
- Urgency (under construction). UUYAs are in very short supply now (about 5% of a typical UU congregation); but combining members and events and discussions from across the area into one place should vastly speed up creation of the UUYA critical mass essential to making the UUYA community blossom here and everywhere.
- Motivation (under construction).
- UU brings different religions together, including different people & beliefs. and UU is careful not to state anything which we don't scientifically know. By all these and more, Unitarian Universalism has an outstanding philosophy, especially when so much of the world suffers from from religious division and war (or throws out religion all together). And, by it's own respectful design it's not pushy, when most other major religions are.
- Seemingly as a consequence of not being pushy when most major religions are, most people don't seem to discover UU until their 40s or older; indeed is currently the bulk of the age range of every UU congregation I've seen (not counting their kids, which also typically take off by 18 or sooner).
- And these 40s plus people want to talk about 40s plus issues (as deep philosphical matters, life crises, important social and policial problems which weren't obvious when they were younger, divorce, raising pre-school to teen-age kids, etc) plus are into a 40s plus environment (as the days of the big parties, dancing, rock music, and the latest gadgets and fashion are gone); so it's kind of like asking parents (or grandparents, or older!) to throw arockin party for teenagers - teens and older have to do that themselves. So other than having UU congregations having an outstanding program for elementary thru teens teaching them all the major religions of the world, currently there isn't much to keep the young adult around.
- As an added catch-22, when a young adult DOES hear of UU and shows up at a congregation, they typically take one look around, see no one their age, and are gone. Indeed the problem is so bad that even kids raised in UU from a tot typically still take off by age 18 or sooner, usually not to return until they have small kids themselves. And why? For very good reason:
- As well as not having the interests and "vibes" that young adults thrive on (2nd reason above), an essential priority for young adults is to network (generally with others their age) so they can establish their families, friends, and careers. They might love the philosophy and beliefs, but right right now they need to build a life!
- But other religions, especially conservative ones, are driven (often by docterine) to convert, so even where their philosophies seemingly go overboard in at least the long term and/or by scientific evidence, they make it up now by catering to if not seducing the population of young adults with the things they love & want now: modern rock music & bands, stage performances, YouTube videos & social networking, high tech, fashion, and massive groups that young adults love. For instance in just 2009 September right here in Orange County (which is still not very religiously conservative by US standards), one exclusively-Christian group (note the word "excluding") filled up Anaheim Stadium twice with young adults, both Saturday and Sunday, to hear "THE"word, drawing in young adults from as far as San Diego! It was so big, it even made front page of the local top newspaper (OC Register).
- So though UU has over 1000 congregations worldwide, UU population percentage-wise UU is shrinking! And while the UU philosophies are outstanding and loving & inclusive, in the typical UU congregation today, there isn't much immediate-stuff for the young adult.
- * UUYA! aims to help put an end to this. It aims to reverse this terrible trend: make UU big, andbring the youth into UU. And even more important, it aims to truly help young adults everywhere. And how? By catering to what Young Adults want & need. By actively promoting, and promoting hard. And by building local critical masses of young adults around the globe.
- On Young Adult age range.
- The target range we pick is as wide as possible in order be maximally inclusive:
- For the lower bound, we use "a legal adult" (instead of say 18) because 18 may not apply in other countries and might even vary in the US with emancipation procedures for people under 18. Even more important, we want to insure members know that they are dealing with legal adults (and make it very clear when they're not) as when adults deal with non-adults (children) and get into huge problems (legally, morally, and taboos) with potential adult-child romance and sex (which then is always statutory rape if not much worse) and with other possible inappropriate involvements as possibly sharing/teaching something certain parents don't permit.
- For the upper bound, we use "30s looking & thinking",
* going by general appearance rather than exact numerical age as that's generally much more critical (in interactions) and also less arbitrary so not abruptly excluding than exact numerical age.
* and "30s" as a max because generally above that, age becomes noticeable and having a child (for a woman) is often impossible or dangerous.
- So with a range of ~18 to say ~42 (30s looking), the target ages range by ~25 years (1/4 century), which is seemingly maximally inclusive while still potentially catering to the same interests.
- While it's seemingly essential to mention some age numbers in order to concisely communicate, I think it's key to always remember that the point our saying an age range is NOT the numbers but (1) to specify the type of issues & interests being addressed, (2) to specify general appearance (as appearances also matters, especially in networking), plus (3) to avoid legal issues (since present laws define an adult/minor by a numerical age).
- Based on years of personal experience, this unique definition of "Young Adult" was designed 2009.10.07-17 by me DestinyArchitect (plus my mother adding the very important "& thinking").
- For comparison,
- Every other young adult group I've seen (and I've looked at dozens) just gives fixed numbers (as "20 to 35", with some more modern ones just adding the word "ideally") which typically don't cover enough range and also typically finds itself abruptly excluding people (a bit older or younger) or else making exceptions without clear reasoning why.
- L3EEYJ: ~2 months ago: broadening: ~"OR for active supporters of the chapter" I changed to "OR presently supportive of the chapter"
- L3EF2O: ~1 month ago: broadening: for "prospective UU" and ~"becoming UU" and similar I changed to "UU-curious"
- L3EGLL: "current & prospective UU" became "UU&UU-curious"
- L3EF9J: finished simplifying the logic of the criteria everywhere to “a UU or UU-curious Young Adult (appearing 18 to 30s) in the area OR a supporter”
- L3EFGH: a bit more exact would be so instead of "appearing 18 to 30s" say "appearing adult no older than 30s" else "adult no older than 30s-appearing" but these are just too wordy and as long as we're in the US it doesn't matter and in in the specific criteria I make this point clear.
- L40T7Z: Under construction: Broadened slightly: Changed from[an adult who looks & thinks young (no older than 30s appearing, no older than 30s looking & thinking)] to[an adult who appears no older than 30s (looking or thinking 30s or younger)]
- L6CDCQ: Since going live in 2009.10 (with the Orange County chapter), we had been operating successfully for 8 months, including working fairly closely with 1 or more UU leaders in all 4 UU congregations closest to me, so also implicitly endorsed by every UU congregation really aware of us. The only real problems were:
- L6CEFJ: that virtually no young adults wanted to join UU (a religion, and one almost none had heard of), a problem which was even worse that I had estimated. But still we built over 20 members. And we probably would have had double that or more if it weren't for...
- L6CEGT: (being kept hidden from me) the underhanded stuff going on (what I saw of it, I had thought it was just accidents) which I later found was likely happening much bigger than I had ever imagined (see Expect pioneers to have enemies; UUYA! &I are no exception L6ANYN) --since they key person doing it had a title everyone trusted, I never really suspected him.
- L6CCRU: Then a representative for the owner of the Unitarian Universalist name (the Young Adult Coordinator of the Pacific Southwest District of UUA) suddenly emailed me requesting we take down our site in 3 days and admittedly without even looking at and knowing us. The rep would also not tell who brought us to their attention, nor even tell me who told her our site URL (rather she avoided the question by answering "You can find it easily via Google.").
- L6CCUL: This un-UU treatment of us (in violation of UU principles 1 & especially 2 especially "justice, equity & compassion in human relations") was probably in response to District being tricked (by misleading info on us, from a few UU leaders even I used to trust) and falling for it (not carefully asking both sides) exactly as described (if not predictable) per the situation detailed in Expect pioneers to have enemies; UUYA! &I are no exception L6ANYN.
- L6CDW4: The request was was also extreme & unnecessary: there was no one complaining they got an incorrect impression of UU from our group (though quite a few claiming they discovered UU thanks to our group) -- well that is no one except our perhaps now envious enemies mentioned above, but unfortunately their big titles & trust could be easily abused, and likely were.
- L6CEZ4: Not surprising if she was mislead, it appeared the rep didn't understand: the rep was saying we needed the endorsement of local churches but we span the county, so cover 5 churches, and indeed that's why one of the local churches told us to contact the rep as they thought endorsement would come from a district level.
- L6CE17: And the request would be killer:
- due to (unfortunate) technical limitations of our host (Meetup.com) there was no way one could turn-off or take-down the site without destroying it.
- L6CESJ: The email said I needed endorsements but it seems unlikely I could get endorsements for an online group nobody could see, including then not even the rep herself.
- L6CE2U: Still within the 3 days I addressed the rep's concern:
- L6CE44: I put at the top of every main page
** This group fully matches UU guidelines as best as known
so is awaiting official UU approval (why it's Private); so you can be ready & notified at that time, plus
show your support, please join now! —you can signup using your Facebook login **
- I canceled all upcoming events and stopped all future events, that way we were not actually holding any "activities" under the UU name, per her email.
- L6CER1: I emailed back the rep saying I was and am cooperating and asked her to contact me back, including telling me who told her.
- L6CDR6:But the rep did not reply for a week or two. So I called again and she said she'd call back. I told her I'd emailed her.
- L6CDKI:Then 2010.07.20(Tue) the District Young Adult rep called back: a most disturbing call.
- This was the first time she was contacting me back so we could really talk.
- L6H0NV: She still hadn't checked her email, and was just annoyed that our site was still up.
- L6H0P5: I asked if she looked at it, but she said she didn't care to and didn't need to (!), all that she could say was that she wanted it down. -- in conflict with her job description as young adult facilitator.
- L6H0Q5: And, as mentioned, “The rep would also not tell who brought us to their attention, nor even tell me who told her our site URL (rather she avoided the question by answering "You can find it easily via Google.").”
- L6H0QY: She also made clear to me that, no, she needed the endorsements from local congregations, that it didn't matter that we were county-wide (though she didn't explain why). And though she just told me this right now on the phone, she wanted those endorsements immediately or else she wanted the site down..
- L6CFHX: I said "but you just told me. Until now, I thought the endorsements would come from you; indeed a local congregation just me to get it from you, why I was contacting you. So we need time to get endorsements, that can't be done immediately." She didn't seem respond, nor express any empathy,just kept repeating she wanted the site down.
- L6CFC2:So I told her that I had already fixed the site, added the disclaimers at the top so no one could get confused, canceled and stopped all activities (events) per compliance with her later, but she said she hadn't even looked at the disclaimers I put there and stuff I changed, nor did it matter, the site just had to come down.
- L6H1K2: I explained the problems with taking the group site down: that Meetup provided no way to turn it off, and the only way would be to destroy it, and Meetup provided no backup, but she seemed not to care.
- L6CFTShe also had no interest it seemed in finding out about this group we had created & run successfully for months.
- And she wasn't telling me anything of what was behind all this.
- L6CFQD: Especially with her insisting the site come down, and without knowing anything of it, her behavior was so counter to her job description (destroying UU young adults instead of facilitating) that I frankly told her "I am starting to doubt your intentions", but she seemed not to let up.
- L6CG7E: But perhaps from truthfully telling her that Meetup doesn't even have an "off" switch, fortunately I was able to persuade the rep to allow us to just make the site Private, something I said I could do, but I don't think it would do anybody any good. Still, the she wanted it, so I said I would do it. This of course would even prevent her from seeing the site, but it didn't seem she gave a crap.
- L6CG8Q: Alarmed by her request and her highly uncaring tone, I told her "Maybe you've been played. Indeed it totally feels like it" and gave her a synopsis of the situation detailed in Expect pioneers to have enemies; UUYA! &I are no exception L6ANYN. But she had no response to this, acting like someone robotic-ally executing and consciously refusing to give out any information.
- L6H1VX: As part of that, I explained to District that we had been operating for all these months (the first 8) with no problem, and the implicit endorsement of 4 congregations, until this slander and saboge was done on us, but she had no response.
- L6H1WR: I explained to her, as part of operating sucessfully for all these months, there was no rush now, but she had no response.
- L6H1XL: I asked her what was motivating her on this sudden odd request, but she would not give any additional details.
- L6CGF5: The next day I finished making the site Private and SMS'd her as positively as I could.
Subject: Thx4callShe replied just “Thank you” (I guess to this being done), said nothing of the concluding sentence.
OurSite madePrivate perUrReq.
RU really a *supporter* of UUYAs? Then takeTime 2discover who we ACTUALLY are.
- Change the site to fully unaffiliate our name with UU:
- L6CGVR: CON: it would be sad to have to do this.
- L6CGWI: PRO: this would give us protection from disgruntled & misinformed leaders of UU; I guess if done fully, “then official UU could do nothing about us.” various people suggested.
- L6CGUK: Seeing how official UU was abusing us, this was suggested by:
- L6CGZR: my mother, a PR person by training and cradle Unitarian,
- L6CH3W: by Ruth, a board member of a local congregation.
- L6CH2J: I guess by the Meetup TOS section 16.2.
- L6CH4R: Done 2010.07.29-
- L6CHDU: On the title pages, rewrote “Unitarian Universalist” to “Unitarian Universalist*”
- L6CHEQ: Disclaimer: see the top of this document
L6CMYC: change alert to: see top of this document
L6FAFG:This chapter and parent organization fully matches UU guidelines as best as known,
so is awaiting official UU endorsement -- why this group's been made Private.
So you can see everything, and be ready & notified at that time, and show your support,
Please join now! —you can signup using your Facebook login
- L6CSGG: “awaiting official UU approval” to “awaiting official UU endorsement”
With the group's disclaimer of affiliation,
- L6F9EB: it seems “ (why it's Private)” being cut and the group made public again, but since the since this disclaimer still ideally needs to be verified by legal, I keep it.
- L6F9KQ: It seems if the group is private, then there should be some immediate explanation of it else reviewers may be suspicious of it.
- L6IOZ6: Added to disclaimer “and “UU” ” name since Lucy is sure that even this short abbreviation (of just 2 characters) can be used as a trademark or service-mark.
- L6IPVN: Added to disclaimer "approval, " as suggested by Meetup TOS section 16.2 “not approved or sponsored ”
- L6TDSL: 2010.08.08(Sun)- Resume activities
- L6TDUC: since
- L6TDUR: We have disaffiliated with the name (above) - this should be enough reason
- L6TE02: Not holding activities is hurting us organizing in our own defense.
- L6TDYL: The site is been made Private and that is all currently District said we had to do.
L6TDVG:I informed District (YA coordinator) that we stopped activities in appreciation for their concerns but this was never important to her, she just wanted the site down else private.
- L6THID: updated the site to reflect this
- L6THIO: On event Our group awaits UU endorsement! Join now to show your support & be notified :-) made the updates and announced to those who RSVPd YES & MAYBE - see that link for details.
- L6THJ4: Looked like nothing else needed update.
- UUYA! International and the first chapter, Orange County,CA,US, were originated and founded 2009 October by me DestinyArchitect. But my original core idea (to create a critical mass) started in when I saw my first UU congregation --way back in about 2002! This is how the idea developed:
- Back in about 2001, I was delighted to discover UU but very disappointed to discover at seemingly all UU congregations the age was 40 on up. But ever since my first UU congregation, I saw the problem was not that young adults didn't agree with the philosophy (rather plenty if not most did, and the percentage seemed to be increasing); rather the problem was that congregations didn't have a critical mass of young adults (plus also non-whites, BTW); so the young adult (or non-white) would show up, not see anyone like him/her, at best stay for one service, and be gone.
- So for years nothing happened; and I proudly called myself and spread the word about UU, but I didn't attend any congregation much because none had attendees my age.
- Then I discovered the Young Adult group of UUSM, called FUUSION; this the first real group of UU young adults I'd ever seen, small (about 8 regular members) but sustaining; that was inspiring. But it was far from me (the other side of the county); so nothing changed much.
- Then about 2 years later, after moving to neighboring Orange County, I discovered not too far from me another UU young adult group, of OCUUC, the OCUUC-YA (see UUYA-US-CA-OC's About page), and this group had about 25 active members, and even a part-time paid young adult leader “AJ”. I was very impressed, and slowly started attending events (slow because the group still wasn't large/diverse enough for my own tastes; for instance there were virtually no Asians, and I feel especially at home with these Asians. So I was just doing it not for my gain, but to be support theUU young adult cause).
- Simultaneously I became increasingly involved & impressed with Meetup.com. But these two UUYA groups were both on Yahoo Groups (older local-group technology), which started looking increasingly wasteful & primitive by comparison. So I started thinking and lightly suggesting: How about instead a Meetup group forOCUUC-YA? But it seemed the organizers hadn't really heard of Meetup. So I thought I'd start a Meetup group to show them.
- But then I thought, OCUUC isn't really quite in my area (about a 30-minute drive away), so if I'm going to go to the trouble (and monthly expense) to create & attend aUU young adult group, why not make it in my area? But then I thought: But then what congregation will it be a part of? --especially since I live half-way between two congregations and, worse, none of them have young adult groups, nor many young adults. So I just figured I'd make aUU young adult Meetup centered around me (since I was paying for it) that's not associated to any congregation.
- But then I thought: “That's kind of wierd if not weak: just some floating group centered centered around me, and not really connected to any congregation". Yes, Meetup's technology and establishment is actually powerful enough to make that happen: indeed creates groups "out-of-thin-air", with no physical groups founding it or even any other group like it nearby. But still I thought I could do better; how could I tie to existing groups? So I thought: Make the group cover all south Orange County. Then I could include my two close congregations, and hopefully some members ofOCUUC-YA, since they were on the border with north OC..
- But then I thought: there really aren't many Meetups for just 1/2 a county (as S. OC), but rather for the who66e county (as Meetup.com/Got-OC); and for that matter, how to classify places as Costa Mesa (where bigOCUUC-YA was) which is sort of half-way in between: there was no formal definition of "S. OC" vs. "N. OC " around the boarders. And then I or someone would have to go to all the trouble and expense to also make a separate (but largely identically structured) N.OC group, and boarder folks (as big OCUUC -YA) would have to join both. Way too much trouble! So I decided to make a group covering all Orange County. That made sense:
- It was simple.
- It allowed me to easily (and clearly) incorporate UU congregations and UU YA groups & stuff within the county, as that was the group's job: to cover the whole county.
- And the distance of a county was about as far as someone would want to drive/commute and still consider something "local".
- And (likely the most key point of all), by sourcing across the whole county, there then were enough people to likely reach this essential critical mass!
- But then (around 2009.10.01) I thought, well for that matter, I still am fairly regularly in the next county (Los Angeles). How could I minimize & standardize the work when a group for that county is created. And so I thought about factoring out all the UUYA stuff that every regional group would have (and putting it on a shared website), making it then very easy to set up chapters/branches everywhere (like a cookie-cutter) as then setting up a local chapter would just a simple matter of local tailoring (mostly very simple & obvious geographic decisions, not having to reinvent policy). And I came up with
- this UUYA! International, plus
- the standard chapter address http://Meetup.com/UUYA-<country>-<state>-<county> and
- even the logo layout (which has a standard design for UUYA! and then area (lower left & below) to append on the county name plus logo).
- Then 2009.10.09~ I came up with:
- the UUYA! logo elements: a young person carrying an Olympic torch where the flame was the UU chalice (which has a flame!). The Olympic torch made all the right suggestions: youth (young adult, who Olympians are), strength, active, carrying & spreading the flame (the light & the word), and the flame wasUU!
- Plus accordingly the words "UUYA!" to be pronounced "UU-Yah!"
- Then right away from just that description, 2009.10.10-15 my mother created the logo in Photoshop (including picking all the fonts & artwork), and did an outstanding job IMHO.
- For the UUYA! shared & International text, I decided to host it on my http://Blogger.LoveRules.Info site as:
- the universal & inclusive beliefs of UU fall under the topic of general "Love Rules" (note most religions wouldn't qualify),
- it promotes the http://Blogger.LoveRules.Info site which is/is-becoming very good IMHO and carries an important message (about the the rules of love and social rules) which is also related and likely of interest toUUs,
- it brings me feedback & contributions & ad revenue :-) (though this likely won't remotely pay me back for all this work, it's a nice start)
- and I don't have another site ready to host it on, and another website site of quality is notable work.
- L3EFKS:SO, ARE YOU A YOUNG ADULT seeing some sense in UU thinking? OR DO YOU WANT to actively help? Then JOIN US NOW! See the directory above to find a chapter in your area. Or contact me about starting a UUYA! Chapter in your community. Sincerely, -DestinyArchitect
|L3DJQR: To be a member of a UU Young Adult! chapter, |
Some Document History:
- Created Writely source; photos found via Google Image Search[young adults] and "coexist" and "Orange County". Named quote[About UUYA!(Unitarian Universalist YOUNG ADULTS! Intl.) KRL2TU]
- KUITZB: renamed to[KRL2TU(UUYA!(Unitarian Universalist YOUNG ADULTS! Intl.))] per new naming convention
- L6CHUI: renamed to[UUYA! (Unitarian Universalist* YOUNG ADULTS! International) KRL2TU] per the new naming convention plus adding footnote “Unitarian Universalist*”