Free Screening of Rikers Documentary at Fourth Universalist

West Side Rag By Carol Tannenhauser Fourth Universalist Society 160 Central Park West (76th Street) Tuesday, November 28 7 p.m. FREE If you want to understand the issues compelling criminal justice advocates and state and local politicians to close Rikers Island sooner than later, come see Bill Moyers’ hour-long documentary, RIKERS An American Jail, on … Continued

Journeys and values: Why the path matters

Unitarian Universalism’s First Source affirms for me that the core of my faith lies in the how of our religion, rather than the what. JEFFREY A. LOCKWOOD | 10/30/2017 While hiking in the Julian Alps of Slovenia this summer, I had an epiphany involving the Mona Lisa, nature, and religion. It wasn’t quite a Saul-on-the-road-to-Damascus … Continued

I cast my lot with you: A Pastoral Message Form The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following pastoral message: Dear Colleagues, Religious Professionals and Lay Leaders, I am thinking of all of you. It is now three months into my term as UUA President, and it has been a time of repeated tragedies and traumas. These have included political traumas … Continued

OWL program takes flight

The sexuality education program moves beyond our congregations. HEATHER BEASLEY DOYLE | 10/9/2017 | FALL 2017 When Cynthia Fine led a four-week “Responsible and Healthy Sexuality” workshop at Pine Lodge Corrections Center for Women in Medical Lake, Washington, in 2009, eight to ten women signed up for the voluntary class, embarking together on a rich … Continued

Adjusting to new ringtones

Being responsive to shifts and changes—in justice work and beyond—is hard and crucial for Unitarian Universalists. JANE RANNEY RZEPKA | 10/23/2017 I keep the ringer on, so in the grocery store I’ll hear my cell phone. At least, it sounds like my phone. As I begin to root around in my bag, I notice four … Continued

Three UU congregations sheltering immigrants

At least twelve other congregations are preparing to offer sanctuary. ELAINE MCARDLE | 10/10/2017 Three Unitarian Universalist congregations took undocumented immigrants into sanctuary in August to protect them from deportation. Twelve other congregations are preparing to offer their spaces for sanctuary in response to increasing efforts by the Trump administration to target immigrants.  In recent … Continued