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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

Year in review: UU World’s most-read stories of 2017

Our news coverage—especially of the hiring practices controversy and the resignation of UUA President Peter Morales—drew the most attention this past year. CHRISTOPHER L. WALTON | 1/2/2018 Five of UU World’s ten most-read stories in 2017—and eight of the top twenty—were news articles about the Unitarian Universalist Association’s hiring practices controversy, which erupted in March … Continued

We need an intersectional approach to justice making

I thought I was traveling to Detroit to participate in a think tank, but it was so much deeper and more profound than that. MANISH MISHRA-MARZETTI | 1/15/2018 | WINTER 2017 In the fall of 2013, I received an unusual invitation from the Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth (UUMFE). It was an invitation to attend … 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