Happy Holidays?

Dear OMDUUYAN and UU Young Adults of All Ages,

It may be the holidays but it sure doesn’t feel like it. Perhaps some of you are getting into the holiday spirit. Whether it’s lighting a chalice for Chalica, gathering around the Kwanzaa candles, participating in a Yule Magick ceremony, eating chocolate gelte galore, stringing up the Christmas light, or even if you celebrate no holiday this season at all-I hope that each and every one of you finds the light in your life we all so desperately need this holiday season.

We’ve seen firsthand some depressing events unfold. The death of David Bowie comes to mind (mourn the bulge)

R.I.P. Bulge

as well as OTHER unmentionable subjects. So, it seems like no small matter when you must celebrate with loved ones due to plans made well in advance, while stifling your inner volcanic energy from erupting your social justice lava flow all over the dinner table. Your relatives don’t want that, and they’ll hate you for it. You wish that they would understand your point of view, but let’s face it, that will happen when pigs fly.

So, how can you keep a positive attitude in the darkest AND I MEAN DARKEST of times (get it? that’s a pun).

It’s no secret I’ve been through a lot of fucked up shit. There really is no polite way to phrase the abuse and hell I went through as a child, constantly trying to make my parents happy to no avail. Nothing was good enough. Not the efforts I would make to keep quiet on Christmas morning when I would get up at 6am and oh-so eagerly wake everybody else up because presents were important and I wanted to see everybody happy, but it was mostly the presents let’s be honest. Over time, I learned how to be quiet on those sanctified mornings. Which steps were not as creaky, which activities I would be able to get away with without waking up the others, and how loud I got to pet the dog without making the whole house groan ‘DAMN-IT KELLY NOT AGAIN’.

Yeah, I was THAT child.

I learned something though. In my eager anticipation of unwrapping crinkly wrapping paper and seeing what Santa got us all this year, I learned how to do things to make the house easier for everybody else who had to deal with me. I would silently make sure blankets were on couches, I put blankets on the dogs, I let the dogs out if they got too loud, and I made sure everybody’s gifts were in neat little piles. Were these small and unimportant tasks? To be sure. They were probably meaningless, nobody bothered to notice, and I honestly didn’t care. What did matter was seeing how I had made my sister warm with the blanket I set aside for her, and seeing my dogs less energetic and settled because I’d let them out, and how my dad was appreciative when I brought out the trash bag for the scrappy remnants of the gifts we’d just carnivorously unwrapped.

It’s these moments I draw my strength and inspiration from. It can be hard to translate a world of misery into one of happiness when you know your mother is going to scream at you for being too loud or admonish you for being too excitable or even reprimand you for being so lazy and eating all the cookies. However, I do my best. Is it hard? You fucking bet it’s hard. It may not even seem worth it. Except in those minutiae of little moments.

So, my OMDUUYAN friends, this christmachanukawnazaka, let us all-as Dumbledore so wonderfully said,

So don’t forget to turn on the light.

Kells Co-Chair (male pronouns)

Swami Santa says Happily Holidays!

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UU American Idol -or- Fall Con Election Results

Greetings Comrades!

I hope everybody is having a wonderful day, even if the sky is raining death by snow-nado. (Though let’s be honest, rather that than shark-nado am I right? No… Okay then!) 😉

We hosted elections at fall-con and we have some amazing and wonderful news to share! Ellen Fry is bridging in May, so she has stepped down as co-chair. In her place, we have elected Irene Morely!

Irene was formally clerk and registrar for OMDUUYAN and is excited to step-up into a new leadership role!

We also have a team delegated to managing Irene’s old position. Dominika Oliver and Krista Paige are now team delegates for this role for a period of six months.

Finally, we have elected Lauren Edmonds as our new youth liaison!

Lauren brings youthful energy to the role of youth liaison! As a high-school teacher for an advanced English class in an urban area, she is more than excited to connect with youth on behalf on OMDUUYAN!

Additionally, we have three new at-large members. Rukia, Autumn, and Taylor.

Remember, as the age old theatre adage says there are no small roles, only small actors. So let the world be your stage my friends!

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Upcoming Events


Wonderful news! We hautumn_ha1ctt7q-4f6d08-1024x575ave some upcoming events for the year! Our first event for the fall is Leadership Retreat an annual business meeting for OMDUUYAN, we discuss the future of our group, the direction in which we hope to sustain ourselves, and what events we’ll be having in the upcoming years. If you’d like to come, it is for serious leaders only (unfortunately). This is NOT a con, and not a kid-friendly event. It’s this September 16-18th and Jeremy Holme’s cabin. Please email us if you’re interested in this event. No registration required.

Our second event, is Fall Con: Conjuring Enchantment! This con is a lighter event focusing on games, fun, workshops, worship, and fandoms of all shapes and sizes! We’ll have touchgroups, a sorting hat, and dancing of course! This event is at the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist congregation. If you need a carpool, or ride from the greyhound stop, please don’t hesitate to email us.


Please REGISTER here


We are also having an unofficial OMDUUYAN event. We’ll be gathering as a group for The Rocky Horror Picture Show in Cleveland, Ohio! we’ll be staying at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Cleveland. We’ll go out for dinner beforehand, and dress up for the show of course! We’ll supply the water-guns, rice, toast, and newspapers. This event is smaller, but very fun! We won’t have touch groups, and it’s basically a Halloween cozy-con type event. For more info, please email us, or contact us on our Facebook group page. No registration required.

https://i0.wp.com/whatsupbrian.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/rocky_horror3.jpg?resize=280%2C152 “Let’s get ready to ROCK!”

And don’t forget conference calls are on the first Thursday of every month! Info is on the calendar page! Feel free to join us!


Happy Fall! <3


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Some SUUmer HUUmour for YoUU! <3


I must admit, it is always entertaining and throughly enjoyable to hear or view both new and old jokes about Unitarian Universalism. Recently at General Assembly, an annual conference/business meeting for Unitarian Universalists, I purchased a shirt that listed all the major religions by using the word ‘s-h-i-t’ instead of god/holy/universe/or some other name. Taoism was, shit happens; Hinduism was, this shit has happened before; and Judaism was, why does this shit always happen to us? <3

Therefore, in the spirit of life and love, this post is a somewhat well-known UU parody song! For those who are musical lovers, I’m sure you’ll find yourselves singing along or laughing will trying to sing, and hoping you don’t die choking.

Blessed Be, Amain


“I am the Very Model of a Modern Unitarian” Sung to the tune of “I am the Very Model of a Modern Major General” from “Pirates of Penzance”.

I am the very model of a modern Unitarian,
Far broader than a Catholic, Hindu, Jew or Presbyterian.
I know the world’s religions and can trace their roots historical
From Moses up to Channing, all in order categorical.
I’m very well acquainted, too, with theories theological,
On existential questions I am always wholly logical,
About most any problem I am teeming with a lot of views,
I’m full of fine ideas that should fill our church’s empty pews.

(Chorus members:
We’re full of fine ideas that should fill our church’s empty pews.
We’re full of fine ideas that should fill our church’s empty pews.
We’re full of fine ideas that should fill our church’s empty empty pews.)

I quote from Freud and Jung and all the experts psychological.
I’m anti nuke, I don’t pollute I’m chastely ecological.
In short, in matters spiritual, ethical, material,
I am the very model of a modern Unitarian.

(Chorus members:
In short, in matters spiritual, ethical, material,
We are the very model of a modern Unitarian.)

I use the latest language; God is never Father or the Lord,
But Ground of Being, Source of Life or almost any other word.
I never pray, I meditate, I’m leary about worshipping.
I serve on 10 committees none of which accomplish anything.
I give to worthy causes and I drive a gas conserving car,
I have good UU principles (although I’m not sure what they are).
I’m open to opinions of profound or broad variety,
Unless they’re too conservative or smack of righteous piety.

(Chorus members:
Unless they’re too conservative or smack of righteous piety.
Unless they’re too conservative or smack of righteous piety.
Unless they’re too conservative or smack of righteous pie-piety.)

I formulate agendas and discuss them with the best of ’em,
But don’t ask me to implement, we leave that to the rest of ’em.
In short in matters spiritual, ethical, material,
I am the very model of today’s religious liberal.

(Chorus members:
In short, in matters spiritual, ethical, material,
We are the very model of today’s religious liberal.)

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Leadership Retreat!

Hello everybody! It’s that time of year again! We’re hosting our annual leadership retreat for OMDUUYAN. This year, our host is Jeremy Holmes and we’ll be staying at his parent’s cabin. Registration is not needed, however it would be much appreciated if people could either bring food or money for food, that will go towards the good of the whole.

What is Leadership Retreat? It’s a weekend long business meeting, by a lake! So it is NOT a con. However, everybody is invited! We talk about where OMDUUYAN is at currently, where we see it going towards in the future, and what we want to do for OMDUUYAN. Additonally, OMDUUYAN will possibly be discussing a name change since OMD is dissolving.

So feel free to come and have your voices heard!

For a sampling of what the weekend will be like, tune into our monthly conference calls.

In good Faith!

Kells, Co-Chair

Please email omduuyan@gmail.com for address if coming, or, contact Jeremy Holmes either on Facebook or via email. 

Knitting crafts at Cozy Con

Hope to see everybody there!


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A Summer Break for UU

Hello everybody! 

Wow! Is it really Memorial day already? I bet you’re sad huh, since fall con won’t be until a time when the leaves are falling, a crisp chill smites the air, and we know wether or not our passports will be needed for an indefinite stay in Canada.

But don’t fret you guys! Here are some amazing events happening this summer that UU can get involved in! WOOHOO!



Have you ever felt alone? You know like where are all the other UU Young Adults NOT in the OMD? Are there any Canadian UUs, Greenland UUs, Southern UUs? Well the answer is YES DUH of course! and where can you meet all these wonderful folks? AT OPUS!

as always scholarships are available!!!!!

Go to dancemagicopus.com for more info and to register!

Summer Institute

If you would prefer an event that is more local in nature, get your bUUt down to Summer Institute! Summer Institute or (SI) for short, is a weeklong family retreat for UU’s in Oberlin, Ohio. Situated on their college campus, it’s a multigenerational event with workshops, worship, and a booze friendly dorm! If you cannot stay for the week, you can stay for the weekend too.

http://omdsi.org for more information, scholarships, and to register click the link!

and finally…..

General Assembly

The UUA (thats the Unitarian Universalist Association) holds their annual conference with worship, workshops, a UU marketplace, and speakers, during the month of June. This year it will be in Columbus, Oh and while scholarships have already been distributed, you still can register before or at the event. It’s the largest UU gathering in the country so don’t miss it!

http://www.uua.org/ga CLICK THE LINK FOR MORE INFO!

Well, that’s all folks! Enjoy your Summer! COWABUNGA! 


P.S. We will still be having our monthly conference calls, details can be found on the events page on our calendar, or, on our fb group.

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This Spring Con Let’s Ally Together

Hello all! Welcome welcome!

Well it’s that time of year again! Spring is bursting forth, flowers be blooming, birds be chirping, Donald’s be quacking-wait-what?! What is this bull-ninny-whiz?! I was looking forward to a happy spring a peaceful  spring, not a spring with duck crap all over it. Ew!

So, In light of recent events, we are holding an Ally Con. We will be having a smaller assortment of workshops than usual, about 3 this year. We will have a speaker to talk about Racial Justice, and two workshops lead by committee members. One is on how to be an ally for the disabled, the other is how to be an ally for the transgender community.

We will also have our usual touchgroups, games, dinner, fun, and dancing! There will also be an open creative activity for those who cannot handle the intensity of the issues. Be comfortable with your own comfort level.

This year Spring-Con is in Columbus. Links listed below to apply for scholarships and to register!


Be Awesome Guys!





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Spring Con Flyer PDF

Hello UU young adult’s!

Below is the PDF flyer for Spring Con May 2016.

Spring Con March 2016 Flyer .Pdf

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Cabin Fever? Winter Blues? Have no fear! Cons are here!

Hello one, hello all! It’s been awhile since last roll-call. We haven’t posted for a year, but here we are to bring back some cheer!

Winter snow is melting now, thank goodness for that fresh dirt smell!

Though, while the aroma may be pleasant, your guts (may) be feeling as phat as a pheasant.

Do not despair my little ones, don’t bring out those carb-controlling guns!

Instead come to CON for food, friends, and fun! (and also some hiking, just to be done).

There’s CABINCON in the month of April from the 15th through the 17th.

There’s also SPRINGCON for the less woodsy from May 20-22nd.

Link’s are below so do not despair!



Scholarships are available, so you don’t have to fear!



Spring is Here! Yay!

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