Sacred Sites Weekend at Fourth Universalist

On May 5th and 6th NYC Landmarks Conservancy hosted the eighth annual Sacred Sites weekend, and Fourth Universalist participated for the first time! This year’s theme was “Sacred Sounds and Settings, and we presented two events during the weekend. On Saturday we had an open house in which visitors took self-guided tours of our beautiful … Continued

‘A Border Control Official Sexually Abused Me’

by Laura Gottesdiener n a recent Tuesday afternoon, Aura Hernández drew a bath for her daughter in a makeshift bathroom tucked inside the boiler room of a Manhattan church. The water was warm, but the toddler still shivered as she stood inside her inflatable hot-pink tub. Hernández smiled at the girl, Camila Guadalupe, and chuckled. … Continued

Manhattan Church Shields Guatemalan Woman From Deportation

by Sharon Otterman At the end of a recent Sunday service, the congregants at the Fourth Universalist Society on Central Park West placed their hands on the shoulders of a woman who stood in the center of the church. Then other members reached forward to touch those people’s shoulders, until the entire congregation was linked … Continued

Fourth Universalist Society Annual Retreat – June 1st – 3rd

The Fourth Universalist Society will have its annual retreat on June 1-3 at the Warwick conference center, in Warwick, NY. The location is a stunning 465-acre hilltop estate with panoramic views of the Shawgunk Mountains, and is a 90-minute drive from NYC. The retreat has been a beloved tradition at Fourth Universalist for many years. … Continued

Fourth Universalist is hiring an “Interim Head of Preschool Education”

Fourth Universalist Society in the City of New York Interim Head of Preschool Education Reports to: Director of Religious Education (DRE) Status: Part Time 6 hours a week. 10am – 2pm Sunday, 2 hours during the week. $25 – $30/hr depending on experience Job Summary The Interim Head of Preschool Education will create and execute … Continued

‘You Cannot Go Out’

Since October, Sujitno and Dahlia Sajuti have lived in a Unitarian Universalist church, pleading to stay in the country they’ve called home for thirty years. PATRICK SULLIVAN | 3/1/2018 Sujitno Sajuti cannot answer the door at the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden, Connecticut. If he does and a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official … Continued

The touchstone of community

It’s going to take all of us to move our world, and our faith, forward in the ways of truth, compassion, and justice. SUSAN FREDERICK-GRAY | 3/5/2018 In early January, UUA staff from all over the country gathered in Boston for what is called the Big Alignment Meeting. It was wonderful to have almost all of the … Continued

The #MeToo Moment

We can decide not to let our culture be defined by toxic masculinity. EMILY WRIGHT-MAGOON | 3/1/2018 When I was in high school, I met with a college counselor who was a friend of my stepdad’s. We sat alone together in a living room, and he asked me to tell him what I thought my … Continued

Do you have to be an activist to be a Unitarian Universalist?

Six leaders reflect on activism and religious identity in a racially and politically charged era. TAKIYAH NUR AMIN, ROBIN BARTLETT, RANWA HAMMAMY, PAUL RASOR, MARILYN SEWELL, PAMELA WAT | 1/8/2018 | WINTER 2017 Introduced and convened by Kenny Wiley and Christopher L. Walton Unitarian Universalism’s public focus has shifted notably in the last three years, as UUs have … Continued