I have made it a point to avoid Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults politics long these many years.
- Even when I was a teen, I thought youth groups were boring.
- If you dare criticize the acronym-heavy youth and young adults, you can expect to be condemned by them, or as often, by one of their Boomer surrogates.
- I have better things to do than mess with self-serving organizations.
But something needs to be said, and this is going to hurt a bit.
Plainly, I was glad to hear of the recent central defunding of youth ministries. Nothing quite replaces an over-weaned sense of entitlement than cutting the purse strings. So the logical response? Fund raising? Meetings? An alternative being organized? No: a resolution. And hand-wringing, as usual.
I don’t know what bothers me more: the Humphrey-era politics of the resolution or the Eighties-era identity politics full-disclosure bios of the organizers in the right-hand sidebar. At least the biographical blurbs show that one (perhaps both) of the organizers are too young to have come by this political model naturally. Unless the YRUU or CUUYAN owned a time machine. This only adds to my curiosity about its non-youth advisors or how inbred their political culture is.
The biggest story about youth in the United States today is their widespread support of Barack Obama for president. Do I need to draw parallels between the difference in organization, tone and rhetoric? Compare. Contrast. Discuss. Entitlement is out.
Or to connect a couple of the dots: self-empowered people don’t organize to get a resolution passed. Self-empowered people create institutions that create the desired goals, often with strong allies, and the resolutions are blessings at the end of the process. This leads to the next set of accomplishments with a larger and more “establishment” resource base.
So a friendly word: drop the resolutions and your grandparents’ politics and prove that you can respond to the criticisms levied against Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults. Until then, I’ll continue to believe that Teh Youth are nothing more than crybabies.