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  • Restored to Sanity Available Now
    Restored to Sanity: Essays on the Twelve Steps by Unitarian Universalists , is the newest release from Skinner House Books, and the first to explore the intersection of UUism and Twelve-Step recovery programs. In this book, each Step is explored with two heartfelt essays, plus a meditation or prayer, making it ideal for small groups to read and discuss, or for individual reflection.   (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Will You Commit2Respond?
    We are facing a climate crisis. Recognizing the interdependence of all life, we are called as people of faith and conscience to heal and sustain the planet we call home. Climate change is a moral issue, and Commit2Respond is our moral response. UUs and all people of faith and conscience are invited to join this brand new initiative for climate justice.  (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Breakthrough Congregation: UU Church of Boulder, CO
    UU World shares the transformational story of the UU Church of Boulder, CO. It reads, 'Just five years ago, things were so bleak at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado, that there was a question as to how much longer it would survive.' Find out how they turned things around and are now thriving!  (Wed, 08 Oct 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Girl Scouts and UUism
    The new 2014 edition of Religion in Life for Girl Scouts in grades 4-12 is now available online for UU Girl Scouts, their leaders, and their parents to use at no charge. Activities and projects invite participants to learn more about UU faith and heritage, and investigate issues of concern to UUs.  (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Susan Frederick-Gray v. Joe Arpaio
    UU World reports that the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray joins a federal class-action lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Jospeh Arpaio. “I joined this case because these Arizona laws are another tool used to tear apart families, to separate children from their parents and grandparents,” says Frederick-Gray, head of the Arizona Immigration Ministry.  (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Propose a Program for General Assembly
    Faith entrepreneurs, both those working within and beyond congregational walls, may now submit program proposals for the 2015 General Assembly (GA) in Portland, OR, that addresses the theme of 'Building a New Way.' What are your stories of engag ed religious community? What are your efforts to build an inclusive community that supports justice and lives compassionately? How are you building a new way? All proposals must be submitted by Mon., Nov. 3.  (Wed, 17 Sep 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Interfaith Leaders Urge President to Act on Immigration
    In the wake of Congress’ inability to act, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and other national faith leaders have delivered a letter to President Obama today, urging him to take administrative action on immigration reform and to end the inhumane immigration enforcement policies that destroy families .  (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Missouri UUs Hold Vigils, Collect Food for Ferguson
    UU World reports on what local UUs in Missouri and UUs across the country are doing to support those in the Ferguson community including holding vigils and collecting food and supplies.  (Wed, 27 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President's Statement on Ferguson
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales has issued a statement following the continued violence in Ferguson, MO. It begins, 'The images from Ferguson, Missouri, are profoundly unsettling: tanks, tear gas, military weaponry for urban warfare, angry crowds. We immediately feel a mixture of shock, anger, dismay, helplessness, sympathy, and outrage. As religious people who are committed to compassion and justice, what are we to do?'  (Wed, 20 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Up to Our Necks
    'This is a problem for our whole nation, not just for people of color. We are in this together. And riot gear, intimidation, and more brutality from police are not the way forward towards healing. They are, in fact, yet another giant step backwards,' reflects the Rev. Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, on the police brutality in Ferguson, MO in The Huffington Post .  (Thu, 14 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
    The New York Times reports that leaders from a broad range of religious traditions—from the Southern Baptist Convention to the Roman Catholic Church to the Unitarian Universalist Association—are leading a 'backlash to the backlash' against undocumented children who came to the U.S. this year on their own.
      (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Announcing the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read
    Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor is the 2014-2015 UUA Common Read. In this inspiring call to action, Rasor dispels the myth that conservative Christianity is the only va lid religious voice in national debates on social policy, and shows us that the powerful support of religious liberals may be more numerous than we realize.
      (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Religious Leaders Embrace Cause of Immigrant Children
    The New York Times reports that leaders from a broad range of religious traditions—from the Southern Baptist Convention to the Roman Catholic Church to the Unitarian Universalist Association—are leading a 'backlash to the backlash' against undocumented children who came to the U.S. this year on their own.
      (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Social Justice Push Marks Minister's Retirement
    UU World shares how the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bloomington, IN used social justice work as a way to mark the retirement of its co-minister, the Rev. Bill Breeden. It reads, 'People were encouraged to volunteer at a food pantry and a shelter that provides services for people who are homeless.'  (Tue, 05 Aug 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • T-shirt Evangelism
    Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, shares how a t-shirt can be a tool for evangelism. She wrote, 'I put it on when I have something to say or do, to bring more love where love has been violated.
    Wearing it grounds me when I’m afraid, helps me remember that I’m not
    alone, and tells the world, including me, what I stand for.'  (Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Area Churches Pursue a Social Media Ministry
    Offering curious 'nones' the chance to look inside a UU service, congregations are now turning to digital media to attract new visitors. In this story, the Rev. Ann Marie Alderman of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro talks about how her congregation puts their mobile devices in worship mode.  (Wed, 09 Jul 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Deeply Concerned Over SCOTUS Decision
    UUA President Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the contraceptive mandate. He said, “This is yet another blow against reproductive rights. Removing the no-cost contraceptive coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act dangerously diminishes the religious, moral, and legal rights of every American, but especially women.'  (Mon, 30 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Troubled Over SCOTUS Decision
    UUA President Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on buffer zones. It begins, “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of protest buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics in McCullen v. Coakley. This is a major defeat in the fight for reproductive rights and may put clinic workers and individuals seeking pregnancy-related care at great risk.'  (Thu, 26 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Love Has Everything To Do With It!
    During General Assembly (GA) this month in Providence, RI, Standing on the Side of Love, the UUA's public advocacy campaign to counter oppression with love, will celebrate five successful years of standing up for justice by showing up with compassion. Connect with the campaign at GA or online to help commemorate this important anniversary.  (Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Into The Beyond
    Terasa Cooley, UUA program and strategy officer, talks about the urgent need to respond to changes in American demographics regarding religious behavior and what that might mean for changing the way we do church as Unitarian Universalists. Cooley considers the questions we need to ask  to get started and points to some exciting new sources to find answers.    (Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Surprising Grace of Alzheimer's
    Michael Leach reviews 'Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease' from UUA publisher Skinner House Books. While this was the best book Leach has ever read on the subject, he knows that any reader would benefit from its insights: 'It's one to keep on your nightstand and read for your own spiritual nourishment, just as you would a book on meditation. It's that beneficial,' writes Leach. Order your copy through the UUA Bookstore.  (Wed, 11 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Oregon Ends Same-sex Marriage Ban
    As soon as Oregan's ban on same-sex marriage was lifted, Unitarian Universalist ministers throughout the state stood ready to perform marriage ceremonies. The Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Church of Portland said of the day, 'The level of euphoria was like nothing I'd ever seen, so I was deeply moved.'  (Wed, 04 Jun 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Selling God
    Boston magazine looks at how the Unitarian Universalist Association came to launch its current rebranding campaign. They interview Unitarian Universalist leaders the Rev. Peter Morales, the Rev. Terasa Cooley, Dan McKanan, and David Ruffin on how they hope to reach the growing number of people with similar values but little interest in going to church.  (Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Kairos, Engagement, and Marriage in Little Rock
    When Arkansas's highest court struck down its ban on same sex marriage, one Unitarian Universalist minister wasted no time in performing wedding services at the county courthouse. The Rev. Jennie Ann Barrington is proud and grateful to have married twelve loving couples that day.  (Wed, 28 May 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Just In Time for Summer: A Long Time Blooming
    Skinner House Books offers a fresh collection of poetry and prayers that reflect on the spiritual dimensions of Marta I. Valentin's intersecting identities as a Latina, lesbian, feminist, and God-worshipping Unitarian Universalist minister. With candor and insight, she probes what is universal in her own very particular history and what it means to strive for beloved community.  (Mon, 26 May 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • New UUA Headquarters to Open Thursday, May 22
    The new Boston offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), including Beacon Press, will open on Thursday morning, May 22. The Rev. Harlan Limpert, chief operating officer of the UUA, confirmed that the Boston Fire Department has issued a certificate of occupancy for the UUA offices allowing Boston-based staff to report for work at 24 Farnsworth St. on Thursday morning. Boston-based staff had been working from home since Monday due to the delay in receiving the occupancy certificate.  (Mon, 19 May 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Skinner House Books Publishes The Garden of Time
    In this story based on ancient Jewish legend, Adam and Eve walk through the Garden of Eden, noticing what is happening around them and deciding what holidays they will celebrate based on what they see, smell, hear, and taste. Gorgeous text and art illuminate Judaism, the calendar, and the environment for both children and adults.  (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Now Available: UUA Board Report for April 2014
    During their April meeting in Boston, the trustees and senior Unitarian Universalist Association staff expressed their gratitude for the solid partnership that has allowed them to engage constructively with each other and with serious issues. Learn more about the important subjects the Board discussed and voted on in this April 2014 report.   (Tue, 29 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Board Wants New Process for Handling Complaints about Clergy Misconduct
    UU World reports that the UUA Board of Trustees discussed many important business items during its April meeting in Boston, including how to better handle clergy misconduct complaints, fossil fuel divestment, and supporting emerging Unitarian Universalist groups.   (Mon, 28 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • A New, Justice-Focused Green Sanctuary Program
    Responding to the realities of the environmental crisis we are currently experiencing and the lived experiences and needs of Unitarian Universalists, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program has been revised and the new version is now available online.   (Fri, 18 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Religious Atheists? Maria Greene on Unitarian Universalist Humanists
    Beacon Press author and Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, Chris Stedman, interviews the new Director of Development & Communication for the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association and gets her thoughts on, among other things, the future of Humanism in Unitarian Universalism and feeling comfortable in UU churches.  (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Emerging, Alternative Groups at UUA's Growing Edge
    UU World reports on a number of experimental UU communities that your UUA is working with to explore alternative models for joining in religious community together. Learn more about these innovate groups and their big plans for the future of our faith.   (Mon, 14 Apr 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • A Village Brings Down Its Hills as Lure of Mining Grows
    The New York Times profiles the rise of limestone mining in the Khasi Hills of India and the efforts of one Unitarian minister, the Rev. Helpme Mohrmen, to organize opposition to the mining which pollutes local rivers and drinking water.  (Fri, 28 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Sells Three Buildings for $23.6 million
    The UUA has completed the sale of 25 Beacon Street and the Pickett and Eliot Houses for $23.6 million. Proceeds of the sale will finance the purchase of 24 Farnsworth Street, the UUA's new headquarters building.   (Fri, 21 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Kids' Service Team Makes Service Fun, Spiritual
    An active member of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Conn. gathers youth aged 8 through 14 to help them engage in justice work in a way that is meaningful for them. The children love living out the group's motto of 'having fun while doing good.'  (Fri, 14 Mar 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Announcement: The UUA Brand Story
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales announces the most recent development in our effort to help Unitarian Universalist voices to break through the competing noise of our high-tech society. 'Today,' says Rev. Morales, 'I am excited to share with you one of the tools in an ongoing process of improved communication strategies, the UUA’s new logo.'  (Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: New UUA Logo Part of Outreach Effort
    UU World reports on the UUA's new logo. The article begins, 'A new logo for the Unitarian Universalist Association is only part of an initiative to help congregations reach out to the millennial generation and others who are unchurched. The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, the UUA’s Program and Strategy Officer, said the new initiative developed out of a growing realization that the UUA and its congregations have been sending 'inconsistent' messages about Unitarian Universalism into the larger world.'  (Thu, 13 Feb 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • $100 Rebate for Congregational Presidents for GA 2014
    On behalf of the UUA Board of Trustees, UUA Moderator Jim Key has written a letter to congregational leaders regarding a $100 registration rebate for congregational presidents who attend General Assembly 2014 in Providence, RI. He writes, “…The major impetus for this special invitation is the Board's desire to have a conversation at this GA about how we can transform the work of the delegates at future GAs such that it will have real impact on the future of our faith and our Association...'  (Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: Volunteers Sought for Ongoing Sandy Recovery
    UU World reports that more than a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, volunteers are still needed. 'We're not getting media coverage of the continuing needs for survivors of Sandy and so many people think that the recovery is complete,' said the Rev. Susan Karlson. 'But it will
    take years to restore these areas.' There are lots of opportunities for
    groups of UU volunteers to help with the recovery.  (Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association Elections
    This year, at General Assembly in Providence, RI, there will be elections for the Financial Advisor and four Trustees-at-Large. The Nominating Committee has nominated five people for these elective offices. Our elections of people to s erve the members and congregations of the Association are at the heart of the fifth principle of our faith and our trust in the democratic process. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions, who is nominated, and the process for running by petition. Those interested in running by petition have until Feb. 1 to submit a completed petition.   (Thu, 23 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: What End of DOMA Means for Military Chaplains
    UU World reports that between the end of DOMA and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Unitarian Universalist military chaplains are responding by openly affirming Unitarian Universalism's acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Many other chaplains, however, are challenging the military's new openness, including Southern Baptists.  (Thu, 02 Jan 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement: New Mexico Affirms Marriage Equality
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in New Mexico. It begins, 'The New Mexico Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of granting same-sex couples the same rights of marriage as heterosexual couples. I am thrilled to celebrate New Mexico’s decision to affirm the freedom to marry.'  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Generosity Path is Available at Your UUA Bookstore
    Financial giving can be a spiritual path. We have a deep potential for meaning-making and life satisfaction when we transform ourselves from occasional, haphazard donors to deliberate, ambitious philanthropists. With easy-to-read guidance, The Generosity Path sheds new light on our finances—connecting money to our values, beliefs, and loves and promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving.  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Generosity Path is Available at Your UUA Bookstore
    Financial giving can be a spiritual path. We have a deep potential for meaning-making and life satisfaction when we transform ourselves from occasional, haphazard donors to deliberate, ambitious philanthropists. With easy-to-read guidance, The Generosity Path sheds new light on our finances—connecting money to our values, beliefs, and loves and promoting skills and strategies in charitable giving.  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and Stewardship Holiday Hours
    The UUA’s offices will be closed for the holiday season from Tues., Dec. 24, 2013 through Weds., Jan. 1, 2014. However, the UUA
    Stewardship and Development Office will be staffed, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
    weekdays from Dec. 24 through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 25) to
    assist you with year-end giving. We will be checking telephone and email
    messages during the weekend of Dec. 28-29. To reach the Stewardship
    and Development staff group, please call (toll-free) 888-792-5885 or
    contact us at giftinfo @ uua.org .  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Get Inspired for Earth Day with The Sustainable Soul
    Each chapter in this poignant and inspirational guide contains an essay and spiritual practices designed for both group and individualized reflection. Exercises include a wide range of suggestions such as guided meditations, journaling prompts, creative art projects, and ideas for concrete action. You can choose the exercises that best suit your personality, lifestyle, and unique journey.   (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Get Inspired for Earth Day with Sustainable Soul
    Each chapter in this poignant and inspirational guide contains an essay and spiritual practices designed for both group and individualized reflection. Exercises include a wide range of suggestions such as guided meditations, journaling prompts, creative art projects, and ideas for concrete action. You can choose the exercises that best suit your personality, lifestyle, and unique journey.   (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and Stewardship Holiday Hours
    The UUA’s offices will be closed for the holiday season from Tues., Dec. 24, 2013 through Weds., Jan. 1, 2014. However, the UUA
    Stewardship and Development Office will be staffed, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,
    weekdays from Dec. 24 through Dec. 31 (except Dec. 25) to
    assist you with year-end giving. We will be checking telephone and email
    messages during the weekend of Dec. 28-29. To reach the Stewardship
    and Development staff group, please call (toll-free) 888-792-5885 or
    contact us at giftinfo @ uua.org .  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and Stewardship Holiday Hours
    The UUA's offices will be closed for the holiday season from Tuesday,December 24, 2013 through Wednesday, January 1, 2014. However, the UUAStewardship and Development Office will be staffed, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.,weekdays from December 24 through December 31 (except December 25) toassist you with year-end giving. We will be checking telephone and email messages during the weekend of December 28-29. To reach the Stewardship and Development staff group, please call (toll-free) 888-792-5885 or contact us at giftinfo@uua.org .  (Mon, 23 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement: The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It begins, 'As we begin to grieve the death of Nelson Mandela, I am reminded of his words, 'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.''  (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement: The Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement on the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. It begins, 'As we begin to grieve the death of Nelson Mandela, I am reminded of his words, 'I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.''  (Fri, 06 Dec 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Harmony Named UUA Breakthrough Congregation
    Congratulations to Harmony on being named the UUA’s newest breakthrough congregation! Read UU World's profile to learn how lay leadership, duplicated Sunday services, weekly in-depth discussions, and putting children at the forefront helped Harmony grow from seven founding families to 150 members in just four short years.  (Wed, 13 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Joint UUA-UUSC Response to Typhoon Haiyan
    The Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have issued a statement and launched a special joint appeal to aid in the Philippine relief efforts in response to the devastation of Typhoon Haiyan. The statement begins, “As images of the devastation that Typhoon Haiyan has wrought in the Philippines fill the media, we are coming to see the enormity of the humanitarian disaster. The photographs and videos are heartbreaking. As compassionate people, our thoughts turn immediately to how we might help.”  (Mon, 11 Nov 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Bless the Imperfect is Available at Your UUA Bookstore
    Bless the Imperfect , edited by Kathleen Montgomery, shares some of the most prominent voices in Unitarian Universalism in these 50 poems, prayers, and prose reflections to support and celebrate congregational leaders. These meditations—alternately serious and funny, tender and frank—portray an understanding of congregational leadership as an avenue for spiritual growth rather than an administrative chore.  (Wed, 30 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement from UUA Board of Trustees
    Jim Key, UUA Moderator, writes that the work of the new UUA Board of Trustees is off to a fine start in his report from last week's meeting. “Building on many years of challenging and effective work by previous boards, the newly constituted UUA board gathered in Boston for its first formal meeting. The anticipated agility and other benefits of a smaller board were evident from the start,” observes Key.  (Mon, 28 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Congregations Build Bridges, Relationships with Native Americans
    UU World reports on Unitarian Universalist congregations in South Dakota, New York, Hawaii, and many more that are honoring the cultural contributions of indigenous peoples in their region and making connections to their community's history. In response to learning about and voting to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery at General Assembly in 2012, these congregations are building lasting relationships beyond their congregation's walls and helping to meet concrete and relevant needs in their community.  (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • A Good Telling is Available at Your UUA Bookstore
    The art of storytelling can enrich any worship service. Whether you are reading stories from a picture book or preaching them from memory in the pulpit, A Good Telling can help you choose meaningful stories and learn how to tell them in powerful ways. It explains foundational techniques and provides practice exercises. It also offers strategies for successfully incorporating audience participation with children and adults.  (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Smaller Board Shows New Spirit of Collaboration
    UU World reports on the October 17-20 gathering of the UUA Board of Trustees. The article begins, 'The new, smaller Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association met in Boston for its October meeting, with seven new members, including a new moderator, and what many described as a new spirit of collaboration. Trustees and senior staff of the UUA described the first full meeting of a smaller, reconfigured board in hopeful, even glowing, terms.'  (Thu, 17 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Arrested on Steps of Capitol for Immigration Reform
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, was arrested at the U.S. Capitol along with hundreds of religious and community leaders in a peaceful demonstration calling on Congress to pass compassionate immigration reform. Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall before marching to the Capitol to send a message to the House of Representatives—get immigration reform done and get it done now.  (Tue, 08 Oct 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Florida Church Welcomes Boy Scouts Spurned by Baptists
    UU World reporters the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fort Myers, FL welcomed three Boy Scout units after the Baptist church that had sponsored them dropped them to protest the Boy Scouts of America's new policy welcoming gay Scouts. 'This is going to be a great learning opportunity for the congregation,' said the Rev. Allison Farnum. 'We are, of course, hoping for the day when gay leaders are welcome as well. So we're acknowledging the pain that some feel, while at the same time we're hoping this opportunity will enliven the mission of this church.'  (Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Resistance Available at Your UUA Bookstore
    In June 2010, Annette Marquis, the UUA's LGBTQ and multicultural ministries program director, joined the National Day of Non-Compliance in Phoenix, AZ. In Resistance , Marquis shares what compelled her to action, what she learned about the struggles of migrants and people of color in Maricopa County, and about being an ally in the fight for justice. Limited print copies are still available or purchase the eBook today.  (Wed, 25 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Leaders' Letter on Government Shutdown
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales joined Unitarian Universalist Service Committee President and CEO William F. Schulz and more than 30 other interfaith leaders in denouncing the recent shutdown of the federal government. In their letter to Congress, the group affirms, 'As people of faith we find it morally irresponsible to blockade the process by which we provide for our nation's shared needs in a bid to force any individual legislative priority.'  (Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Board's Message about the 2013 Board Retreat
    The UUA Board of Trustees and senior UUA staff met in retreat Sept. 12-14, with the goal of establishing a sense of board culture within an explicitly anti-racist and anti-oppressive framework. UUA President Peter Morales reflected on the meeting, “I am delighted with the spirit of collaboration expressed by the board.'  (Mon, 23 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Issues Statement on Proposed Military Strikes in Syria
    In response to President Obama's recent request for Congressional approval for U.S. military intervention against the Assad regime in Syria, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales joins with all people of conscience in condemning the use of these chemical weapons and grieves for the appalling loss of innocent lives. He urges the Obama administration to explore and then exhaust all peaceful diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the ongoing violence in Syria.  (Fri, 06 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World's Fall 2013 Issue Available Now
    UU World magazine ( Fall 2013) delves into our animal contradictions, interviews former UUA Moderator Gini Courter, breaks down General Assembly 2013, discusses standing up for black youth after Trayvon Martin's killing, and much more.  (Thu, 05 Sep 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Board of Trustees Appoints Financial Advisor
    The UUA Board of Trustees is delighted to announce the appointment of Larry Ladd to the position of Financial Advisor. This appointment fills the current vacancy in that position until a special election can be held at the next General Assembly.The Financial Advisor position was created in 1967 to provide the Board of Trustees and Administration with independent and expert advice on business and financial matters and to report annually to the congregations on the UUA's financial condition.  (Wed, 28 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • "Behind the Kitchen Door" Selected as UUA Common Read
    The 2013-2014 UUA Common Read selection is Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman. The book reveals how restaurant workers live on some of the lowest wages in America and how poor working conditions-discriminatory labor practices, exploitation, and unsanitary kitchens-affect the meals that arrive at our restaurant tables. As part of the UUA's commitment to ethical eating and economic justice, Behind the Kitchen Door invites Unitarian Universalist individuals, groups, and congregations to advocate for just working conditions for the 10 million restaurant workers who bring passion, tenacity, and insight into the American dining experience.  (Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Screening of "God Loves Uganda," October 4 at 7 p.m.
    The UUA, in partnership with Tufts University Chaplaincy, will present a screening of the powerful documentary, 'God Loves Uganda' October 4 at 7 p.m. on the Tufts campus in Medford, MA. Following the screening, UUA President Rev. Peter Morales will lead a conversation with the audience and Tufts University Chaplain Rev. Greg McGonigle and Ugandan minister and LGBT advocate Rev. Mark Kiyimba. Unitarian Universalists groups and congregations, Tufts community members, and everyone interested in supporting justice are welcome. Can't join us in October? Consider holding your own screening of the film!  (Tue, 13 Aug 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Joint Statement on Raising the Minimum Wage—A Moral Imperative
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Rev. Bill Schulz, president and CEO of the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, issued a joint statement in support of legislation to raise minimum wages in the United States. It begins, 'We've been told we're in the middle of an economic recovery. But the truth is that while the stock market is closing at unprecedented highs, workers who make minimum wage are not recovering—they're barely putting food on the table.'  (Thu, 25 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on Zimmerman Verdict
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales issued a statement on the George Zimmerman trial verdict. It begins, 'A Florida jury has acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed African American teenager. It is hard to imagine that if an unarmed white teenager had been shot and killed by an African American man that the verdict would have been the same. The legal system has had its say, but justice has not been served. As we search for meaning in the wake of these events, I remember the words of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: 'We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.''  (Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    In the era of colorblindness, it is no longer socially permissible to use race, explicitly, as a justification for discrimination, exclusion, and social contempt. Yet, as legal star Michelle Alexander reveals in her book The New Jim Crow , today it is perfectly legal to discriminate against convicted criminals in nearly all the ways that it was once legal to discriminate against African Americans. Once you're labeled a felon, the old forms of discrimination—employment discrimination, housing discrimination, denial of the right to vote, denial of educational opportunity, denial of food stamps and other public benefits, and exclusion from jury service—are suddenly legal.  (Mon, 15 Jul 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Support For Recovery and Rebuilding in Northern India After Floods
    After recent devastating floods in Northern India, those looking to recover and rebuild need your support. The recovery after this calamity will take years and require rebuilding homes, hospitals, schools, roads, and other critical infrastructure. One of the Unitarian Universalist Association's close partners in India, the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute, is committed to supporting a fair and just recovery for all of Uttarakhand's residents. If you feel moved to support this vital approach to disaster recovery in India, please make a contribution online to the UUA's Holdeen India Program today.  (Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Your Voice Counts: Take the UU World Readership Survey
    UU World needs your help to chart the magazine's future course in print and online. By responding to this brief survey, you can help UU World to understand what the magazine means to you. Your answers will also give the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) a clear demographic picture of Unitarian Universalism today, and help the UUA evaluate its broader communications strategy. Please take a few minutes to complete the UU World Reader Survey. If you cannot complete the survey online, or prefer to receive a copy of the survey by mail, please call 617-948-6502 or email world@uua.org.  (Fri, 28 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer
    In the pages of Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer , young readers will encounter a man very different from the figure often presented in Western popular culture. Drawing from biographies, the Quran, and hadith, Sarah Conover, co-author of Ayat Jamilah: Beautiful Signs: A Treasury of Islamic Wisdom for Children and Parents , relates the story of a radical prophet who challenged the rich and powerful, guided his community of followers through a dangerous time of persecution and exile, formed alliances with people of different beliefs, and preached 'love for humanity what you love for yourself.'  (Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on Historic Decisions on Marriage Equality
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court's historic decisions on marriage equality. It begins: “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court, the highest court of our country, stood on the side of love with its decision in United States v. Windsor declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment. This is a proud and momentous day for all who have suffered under this law and felt discrimination based on their sexual orientation. It is a victory for the principle that civil rights belong to all.”  (Wed, 26 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Moderator and UUA President Issue a Joint Statement
    Jim Key, newly elected Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) moderator and the Rev. Peter Morales, UUA president gratefully acknowledge the years of dedication and hard work that our former UUA Moderator Gini Courter and former board members contributed in service to Unitarian Universalism. We also thank Tamara Payne-Alex for the quality of her campaign and for the significant issues she raised during it. Our Association is blessed with their profound engagement in our faith.  (Mon, 24 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Jim Key Elected as New UUA Moderator
    At this year's annual General Assembly, Jim Key of Beaufort, SC was elected as the new Unitarian Universalist Association Moderator for a six-year term.“It is a profound honor to have been chosen to be the new Moderator of the Unitarian Universalist Association. I pledge to do all I can to be worthy of this sacred trust. I look forward to working with our Board of Trustees and with the Administration of the UUA as we confront the challenges and embrace the opportunities the future holds for us,” said Key after winning the election.  (Sat, 22 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA General Assembly Major Press Highlights
    From June 19-23, more than 3,500 Unitarian Universalists from around the world will gather in Louisville, KY for the 2013 General Assembly for worship, educational workshops, and participation in the democratic process that guides the work of this liberal religious denomination. Press are welcome to coverage local events including an environmental justice worship and rally, the prestigious Ware Lecture delivered by Eboo Patel, Sunday morning worship, and more!  (Wed, 12 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Online Moderator Candidates' Forum Rescheduled for Tuesday, June 11
    Delegates to this year's General Assembly in Louisville, KY will be electing a new Moderator to serve a six-year term as the Unitarian Universalist Association's Chief Governance Officer. The two candidates for this position are Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex. To enhance our congregants' knowledge of the candidates and the issues, the UUA is sponsoring an online Moderator Candidates' Forum on Tuesday, June 11 at 7:30 p.m. EST, 4:30 p.m. PST.  (Fri, 07 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • The End of an Era, Kay Montgomery to Retire
    UU World reports on Unitarian Universalist Association Executive Vice President Kay Montgomery's 28 years of dedicated service. As the longest serving executive vice president through four different UUA presidents, she came to be know as the 'heart and nervous system' of the UUA.  (Wed, 05 Jun 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Board of Trustees and Administration's Joint Statement
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Gini Courter, UUA Moderator, and Tom Loughrey, Secretary of the UUA, issued a joint statement. It begins, 'The UUA Board of Trustees and Administration have agreed to seek outside expertise to assist with the alignment of the Association's programs with the vision of what we want to accomplish through our Association, as expressed in the Ends.'  (Thu, 30 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on BSA’s Historic Decision
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement reacting to the Boy Scouts of America's historic decision. It begins, “Yesterday, the Boy Scouts of America made a historic decision in the right step towards equality, but the decision falls short of affirming the worth and dignity of all who would like to participate in scouting.”  (Fri, 24 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • The UUA And Religious Groups Press Big Retailers on Safety Overseas
    The New York Times reports that the Unitarian Universalist Association has joined with 123 other religious groups and investors to urge retail giants like Wal-Mart, Target, Sears, and Gap to sign on to the factory safety plan for Bangladesh apparel factories that more than 30 European retailers embraced.  (Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Southern Region Oklahoma Emergency Relief Fund
    Unitarian Universalists send care and prayers to those affected by Monday's devastating tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Eager to lend a hand to those whose lives have been so disrupted, the Southern Region of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has established a relief fund in cooperation with the UUA. We hope you will give generously to the fund. Your gifts will be disbursed to appropriate local relief agencies as soon as possible.  (Tue, 21 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on Marriage Equality in Minnesota
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Minnesota. It begins, “Last November, Minnesotans defeated an anti-marriage ballot amendment. And yesterday, the governor of Minnesota signed the marriage equality bill that made Minnesota the 12th state to ensure equal rights for its citizens. I applaud the great efforts of all who helped change minds in such a short amount of time in order to secure this victory.'  (Wed, 15 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on Marriage Equality in DE
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Delaware. It begins, “Yesterday, the governor of Delaware signed the marriage equality bill that made Delaware the 11th state to ensure equal rights for its citizens. I applaud the great efforts of all who helped secure this victory.'  (Wed, 08 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on Marriage Equality in Rhode Island
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement applauding the legalization of same-sex marriage in Rhode Island. It begins, “Today, we celebrate marriage equality in Rhode Island. I want to thank and applaud all who worked tirelessly to secure this victory. Rhode Island now joins nine states and the District of Columbia where same-sex marriage is the legal right for all committed couples.”  (Thu, 02 May 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • While Still There Is Light Available Now
    In 2011, Nancy Shaffer was diagnosed with what would be a fatal brain tumor. With clarity and honesty, she committed herself to writing about her search for meaning over the last year of her life so that others at end of life would not feel alone and pastoral care givers could understand better how to help. While Still There Is Light is now available through the UUA Bookstore.  (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Watch the CBS Documentary Profiling Unitarian Universalism
    CBS News profiles Unitarian Universalism in a new documentary called Religion & Spirituality in a Changing Society to explore the dramatic changes in Americans' religious behavior. They interview UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales and profile First Parish Cambridge, Unitarian Universalist to better understand what Unitarian Universalism offers to meet the spiritual needs of a growing population of individuals who have no religious affiliation.  (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Board of Trustees Letter to Congregations
    The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting in Boston, MA, from April 18 to 21. UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey has prepared a letter sharing important news from that meeting. The letter reads, in part, 'Our Association faces many challenges. We are in a sea of change. Our congregations are all more or less engaged in the question about how our congregations and other U.U. communities can make a real difference in the world today. It is the Board's role to make sure the question is being engaged not just in our congregations and local groups but in our Association as well.'  (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • While Still There Is Light Available Now
    In 2011, Nancy Shaffer was diagnosed with what would be a fatal brain tumor. With clarity and honesty, she committed herself to writing about her search for meaning over the last year of her life so that others at end of life would not feel alone and pastoral care givers could understand better how to help. While Still There Is Light is now available through the UUA Bookstore.  (Wed, 24 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President’s Statement on BSA’s Proposed Membership Standards
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued a statement addressing the Boy Scouts of America's (BSA) proposed membership standards resolution. It begins, “The Boy Scouts of America has announced a proposal for revising its discriminatory membership policies. The proposed resolution would remove the restriction denying membership to youth on the basis of sexual orientation alone, but would continue to perpetuate the discriminatory membership policy for all adult scout leaders.”  (Fri, 19 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • We Know This, A Pastoral Message from the UUA President
    Sadly, we are once again witnesses to senseless violence. New images of suffering, panic, and heroism burn themselves into our memory. Shock mixes with grief, disbelief, compassion and anger. Monday's bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon occurred just blocks from the Unitarian Universalist Association headquarters. As far as we know, all our staff are safe. Our prayers go out to the families of those who were killed and to all who have been injured.  (Tue, 16 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • In The Interim Available at the UUA Bookstore
    In The Interim: Strategies for Interim Ministers and Congregations , edited by Barbara Child and Keith Kron, is available now at the UUA Bookstore. In this practical and insightful volume, interim ministers and other congregational leaders provide a road map for a transformative and fulfilling interim period. Interim ministry poses unique challenges and opportunities for both congregations and ministers. Much more than a 'caretaker' ministry, an interim ministry can help a congregation navigate and get the most out of a time of transition.  (Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Documentary Depicts Unitarians’ Story During WWII
    UU World reports on Two Who Dared: The Sharps' War , a documentary film depicting the heroic work of Martha Sharp, a social worker, and her husband the Rev. Waitstill Sharp, a Unitarian minister. At the request of the American Unitarian Association, the Sharps left their comfortable home in Massachusetts and risked their lives in war-torn Europe to rescue thousands from the Holocaust.  (Tue, 02 Apr 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Peter Morales Shares Message about New Headquarters!
    In a message from the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), he shares that the UUA's Board of Trustees authorized the purchase of a new headquarters for the UUA at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District and the sale of our current Beacon Hill properties. This is truly a historic moment for our Unitarian Universalist movement.  (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement from the UUA Board of Trustees Announcing New Headquarters
    Your Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees made the decision to move our Association headquarters from its long-time home on Beacon Hill to a new home in Boston's Innovation District. We did not make this decision lightly. We did so knowing the heart of our Association is always in our covenanted communities. The administration made a compelling case for workspace suited to this collaborative age. This move will strengthen our Association spiritually, financially, creatively, and technologically.  (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Statement from the UUA Board of Trustees Announcing New Headquarters
    Your Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees made the decision to move our Association headquarters from its long-time home on Beacon Hill to a new home in Boston's Innovation District. We did not make this decision lightly. We did so knowing the heart of our Association is always in our covenanted communities. The administration made a compelling case for workspace suited to this collaborative age. This move will strengthen our Association spiritually, financially, creatively, and technologically.  (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • In Afghanistan, UUs Light Chalice in New Congregation
    UU World reports on the Rev. Chris Antal, a Unitarian Universalist military chaplain, who has established the first and only Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Kandahar, Afghanistan which offers weekly worship services on the 25,000-person military base.  (Thu, 14 Mar 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • A UUA Breakthrough Congregation: Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA
    UU World profiles the Unitarian Church of Sharon, MA which the Unitarian Universalist Association named as a Breakthrough Congregation this year. The congregation has more than doubled its membership over the last twenty years. It made room for full-time professional ministry, chose generosity over scarcity, and created a church that is accessible to everyone. Read the full article.  (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Falling Into the Sky is Available Now at the UUA Bookstore
    Falling Into the Sky , edited by Abhi Janamanchi and Abhimanyu Janamanchi, is the 2013 Unitarian Universalist Association Meditation Manual. Comprised of forty remarkable writings from Unitarian Universalist ministers, leaders, and lay people, these meditations are full of vivid vistas of imagination and reflection.  (Mon, 25 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Dallas Unitarians Fund Well in South Sudan
    UU World reports on First Unitarian Church of Dallas, TX and how they raised more than $23,000 to have a well dug in Ayiet in South Sudan which is the home village of Bol Deng Malual, one of the 'Lost Boys of Sudan.'  (Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Board of Trustees Report to Congregations
    The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees held their quarterly meeting in Philadelphia, PA, from January 17 to 20. UUA Secretary Tom Loughrey has prepared a letter to congregations sharing news from that meeting.  (Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Watch the Moderator Candidate Election Videos
    At the 2013 General Assembly in Louisville, KY, the UUA will be holding elections for many positions including Moderator. Our elections of people to serve the members and congregations of the Association are at the heart of our fifth principle of our faith and our trust in the democratic process. Please take the opportunity to learn more about each candidate by watching these moderator candidate election videos.  (Mon, 04 Feb 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Announcing the 2013 Minns Lectures
    Sign up to attend for free the 2013 Minns Lectures Series titled, “Young for Liberty: The UU Movement in the 21st Century”. The series will take place March 8 and 9 in Boston, MA. The Minns Lectures for 2013 will be structured around three lively interactive presentations on how our faith tradition speaks to young people, and how social media can invigorate that outreach today. For more details and to register for these free lectures, please visit the Minns Lectures website.  (Thu, 31 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA, UUWF Presidents' Statement on 40th Anniversary of Roe v. Wade
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, and the Rev. Marti Keller, President/Chief Executive Officer of the Unitarian Universalist Women’s Federation, issue a joint statement commemorating the 40th Anniversary of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision.  (Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Read “Five Action Items for Obama” by UUA President
    The Huffington Post published a blog post by Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales calling upon the Administration and Congress to work together to rise to five great challenges of our time with justice and compassion.    (Wed, 16 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Makes List of Reproductive Justice Victories of 2012
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) made the Center for American Progress's (CAP) list at #4 of 12 Reproductive Justice and Faith Victories of 2012! CAP highlights the UUA’s decision, made at General Assembly in June, to make reproductive justice a denominational priority. Read the full article.  (Thu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • Unitarian Universalism’s Two Truths by the Rev. James Ishmael Ford
    In UU World , the Rev. James Ishmael Ford reflects on some essential questions for us all as Unitarian Universalists: 'What is our healing message? To what are we pointing, to what are we being beckoned, within our gatherings?'  He finds answers in our 'electric, dancing middle way between the two poles of our precious individuality and our intimate connection.' Read the full article.  (Thu, 03 Jan 2013 00:00:00 EST)

  • A UUA Breakthrough Congregation: First Parish in Bedford, MA
    UU World profiles First Parish in Bedford, MA which the UUA named as a “Breakthrough Congregation” this year for its sustained growth. Membership has doubled since the Rev. John Gibbons started there twenty-three years ago and is projected to break 400 this year. Read how they made real growth happen in their congregation.  (Mon, 10 Dec 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Read “Fear of the Fiscal Cliff” by UUA President
    The Huffington Post published a blog post by Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales about the “fiscal cliff” and the federal budget debate.  In it, the Rev. Morales calls upon elected political leaders to stand up for those most marginalized in our society.  (Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and UCC Explore Ways to Collaborate
    UU World reports on the historic Boston meeting with leaders of the United Church of Christ (UCC). They spent two days exploring ways to collaborate with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and its congregations. The denominations plan closer public witness ties and collaboration in other areas. Read the full article.  (Tue, 04 Dec 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Thanks and Giving Holiday eCards Available Now
    The holiday season is a time to remember with gratitude the people who have made a difference in your life. Show them how much you care by sending them a holiday eCard and making a donation of $10 or more to the UUA. Your gifts will help Unitarian Universalism grow and thrive, and your cards will show your loved ones how much you appreciate them. Send an eCard today!  (Wed, 21 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUs Celebrate Historic Wins for Marriage Equality
    UU World reports on UUs celebrating the popular votes in Maine, Maryland, and Washington that approved same-sex marriage and rejected a marriage ban in Minnesota.   (Wed, 14 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • CERG UU Disaster Relief Fund
    To aid our Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations and members who have been affected by this tragedy, the Central East Regional Group (CERG) leadership has set up the CERG UU Disaster Relief Fund to collect donations to assist fellow Unitarian Universalists with storm damage clean up and members’ immediate needs and in the rebuilding efforts.  We will work with the congregations affected to channel the money raised where it can make an impact in people’s lives.  (Sat, 03 Nov 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUs Rally For Marriage Equality in Four States
    In Maine, Maryland, and Washington, there are measures on the ballot that would authorize same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, marriage equality advocates are working to get out a “No” vote next month on a legislative measure that was passed to prevent same-sex marriage. In all four states Unitarian Universalists are deeply engaged, hoping for outcomes that favor marriage equality. Learn more about their important work in this article from UU World .  (Thu, 25 Oct 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Rev. Jack Mendelsohn: An Appreciation
    In the world of Unitarian Universalism, Jack Mendelsohn, who died October 11, 2012, at the age of 94, singularly exemplified the possibility and power of human agency to make a difference. In this article from UU World , the Rev. John Gibbons remembers Jack's historic Unitarian Universalist public ministry and his many enduring contributions to our faith. 'Jack Mendelsohn is largely responsible for making social justice essential to the DNA of Unitarian Universalist identity,' affirms Gibbons.  (Mon, 22 Oct 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Skinner House Books Publishes Two New Justice eBooks
    Unitarian Universalist activism in response to Arizona’s S. B. 1070, culminating in Justice General Assembly in Phoenix, produced some of our greatest work as Unitarian Universalists. This year, Skinner House Books has captured some of the most popular and thought-provoking events from our time in Phoenix in two new eBooks. Assembled 2012: Select Sermons and Lectures from the General Assembly of the UUA collects some of the marquee events from this year’s gathering. Resistance: A Memoir of Civil Disobedience in Maricopa County by Annette Marquis is a heartfelt reflection on her time witnessing against SB 1070. This remarkable personal tale is included as free bonus material when you purchase Assembled: 2012, or it can be purchased on its own.  (Tue, 16 Oct 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Marine Ecologist Wins 'Genius Grant'
    Nancy Rabalais, member of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, La., has been awarded a $500,000 grant from the MacArthur Foundation for her ongoing work studying hypoxic zones in the Gulf of Mexico. Along with her husband Eugene Turner, Rabalais has attended the Baton Rouge church for 20 years. “I bring water from the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico where the low oxygen occurs each year to our water ceremony with a rededication of my efforts to improve water quality,” she said.  (Mon, 15 Oct 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU-UNO 50th Anniversary: Tickets Are On Sale Now
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)! For 50 years, the UU-UNO has worked to support international human rights, climate change policies, security and peace building for women, and many other issues. We invite you to attend our anniversary celebration in New York City on November 3rd, 2012. Tickets are on sale now through Oct 20th. Buy your ticket before Sept 30th and receive a discounted rate. Celebrate in your congregations and come celebrate with us!  (Wed, 26 Sep 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Souls Bold Enough to Experiment
    Congratulations to All Souls New London, Connecticut for being named the newest Breakthrough Congregation! Each year the Unitarian Universalist Association's (UUA) Office of Growth Strategies recognizes a handful of congregations that have 'broken through' barriers to achieve exemplary goals. All Souls New London has inspired a culture of trust in leadership and each other that has gained attention and grown membership since 2001. All Souls New London has also opened their old meeting place, after relocating in 2006, to the New London Homeless Hospitality Center and provided them with shower facilities.  (Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UURISE Gives Radical Hospitality to Immigrants
    UU World profiles a nonprofit group providing immigrant advocacy and education with a Unitarian Universalist voice. Founded in 2007 by Unitarian Universalist and retired immigration law attorney Daniel Stracka, UURISE is modeled after the faith-based groups certified by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees. Stracka hopes his organization will one day represent Unitarian Universalists at that table.   (Wed, 15 Aug 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Standing on the Side of Love: Send Love to the Sikh Community
    The tragic Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, WI evokes for many Unitarian Universalists memories of July 2008, when the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, TN, was attacked by a lone gunman with hate in his heart, killing two. The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign—borne out of that terrible event—is now collecting words of prayer and compassion to send as an outpouring of love to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.  (Fri, 10 Aug 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Skinner House Publishes New Title on Language of Reverence
    Discussion of using traditional religious language in the Unitarian Universalist community began in 2002, following a sermon by the Rev. William G. Sinkford, then president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in which he called for a “language of reverence.” In her forthcoming Skinner House Book, Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language , Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar argues that Unitarian Universalists should embrace religious language in all its diversity.  (Fri, 03 Aug 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Youth ‘Pilgrimage’ to GA Opens Eyes and Hearts
    A Minnesota youth group took a winding spiritual journey to Phoenix to prepare for the Unitarian Universalist Association's Justice General Assembly (GA) in June. After traveling through national parks in the Western United States, the youth attended GA youth events, workshops, worship, and were among the 2,500 UUs who took part in a candlelight vigil at the Maricopa County sheriff’s “Tent City” jail.  (Thu, 02 Aug 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Skinner House Books Publishes New Book By Paul Rasor
    Skinner House Books has published Reclaiming Prophetic Witness: Liberal Religion in the Public Square by Paul Rasor. In this new book, Rasor argues that religious liberals are more numerous than many realize, but tend to ground their activism in secular arguments. He makes the case that as religious liberals we should embrace our prophetic heritage and bring our religious convictions explicitly to bear on the issues of our time. It is now available at the UUA Bookstore.  (Thu, 26 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA, UUSC Collaborate on Social Justice 'College'
    The newly-created UU College of Social Justice will offer international service trips and social justice education. A joint initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the college is based at the UUSC in Cambridge, MA and is led by the Rev. Kathleen McTigue, who previously served the The Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT.   (Wed, 25 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Rev. Peter Morales: "Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arizona's 'Bull' Connor"
    In an editorial in The Guardian, UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales writes about how, with his racial-profiling policing, Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his thugs in badges recall the civil rights violators of the 1960s. 'No one should be treated the way Arpaio treats people. No one,' affirmed Rev. Morales.  (Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Rev. Peter Morales: "Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Arizona's 'Bull' Connor"
    In an editorial in The Guardian, UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales writes about how, with his racial-profiling policing, Maricopa County's Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his thugs in badges recall the civil rights violators of the 1960s. 'No one should be treated the way Arpaio treats people. No one,' affirms Rev. Morales.  (Mon, 23 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Webinar, July 25: "Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program"
    On July 25, at 8pm EST, Standing on the Side of Love will host an online training titled, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program.” This webinar will be led by Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that works with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers and strives to reduce criminalization and incarceration.  (Fri, 06 Jul 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Beyond Belief: Welcome to Justice General Assembly
    UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales reflects upon his arrival in Phoenix, AZ, for Justice General Assembly 2012: 'At the very core of our faith, though it be a creedless faith, is the conviction that religion should focus on this life. Our religion is not an escape from this life, but a means of engaging life fully.'  (Fri, 15 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Skinner House Books Announces Release of Sources of Our Faith: Inspirational Readings
    Skinner House Books has announced the publication of Sources of Our Faith: Inspirational Readings, edited by Kathleen Rolenz. This collection of readings draws from a number of cultures and times, and includes thoughtful introductory essays from the editor, making the collection appropriate for use in worship or for personal reflection. From Rumi to Rebecca Parker, this compilation of poetry and prose helps deepen the reader's connection to our faith.  (Thu, 14 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • National Day of Witness Planned for June 23
    On Saturday, June 23, while a few thousand Unitarian Universalists engage in a day of witness and service in Phoenix during General Assembly, UUs at home also will have an opportunity to participate. All congregations and all UUs who are not able to be in Phoenix are being asked to find a way to witness in their local communities around the issue of immigration and related causes.  (Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Kalamazoo Congregation Lauded for Wide-Ranging Social Justice Efforts
    The roots of social justice work run deep at People’s Church, Kalamazoo, Mich., the winner of the 2012 Bennett Award. The Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action is an annual honor given by the Unitarian Universalist Association to a congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice.  (Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Beyond Belief: Our Religious, Compassionate Justice GA
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has posted his reflections regarding the UUA's recent Justice GA on his blog, Beyond Belief: 'GA is over and I am exhausted! But what a wondrous, satisfying, joyful fatigue this is. I have rarely felt such gratitude—gratitude for colleagues, for our partners, for our guest speakers...'  (Mon, 04 Jun 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Chicago UUs Broadcast Worship on Progressive Radio
    A recent visitor to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Rockford, Ill., explained that he discovered Unitarian Universalism on the radio. Signing the guest book after his first visit, the newcomer wrote that he had been listening to the Food for the Soul radio show for three months. Food for the Soul is a weekly, Chicago-area radio show that airs Sunday evenings at 6 on WCPT, Chicago’s progressive talk radio station. Now in its second year of broadcasting, the show attracts between 3,000 and 11,000 listeners each week.  (Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Congregation of Danbury: 'Justice for Everyone'
    The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, Conn., was one of the first congregations in the UUA to take up immigration justice as a ministry. Many others have followed suit, and UUA leaders have made immigration justice one of the association’s top public witness priorities.  (Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Congregation of Danbury: 'Justice for Everyone'
    The Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Danbury, Conn., was one of the first congregations in the UUA to take up immigration justice as a ministry. Many others have followed suit, and UUA leaders have made immigration justice one of the association’s top public witness priorities.  (Tue, 29 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Names Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden a Breakthrough Congregation
    Congratulations to the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, for being the newest Breakthrough Congregation! Each year the UUA’s Office of Growth Strategies recognizes a handful of congregations that have “broken through” barriers to achieve exemplary goals. UUCO's embrace of multigenerational worship and religious education for all ages has drawn attention from across the UUA. UUCO has also become a sanctuary for LGBT youth and a community hub for social justice work.  (Fri, 18 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: From Elmina Castle: Undoing Racism
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and a delegation of Unitarian Universalists have just returned from visiting the Every Child is Our Child program partners of the UU-UNO in Ghana. In his post on the Faith Without Borders blog, Charles DuMond, a member of this delegation, shares reflections following visits to schools near the Cape Coast and Elmina Castle near Accra.  (Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: May BorderLinks Trip Underway
    In preparation for Justice GA in Phoenix, June 20-24, 2012, the UUA and  Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have jointly organized three Service Learning trips to the U.S.-Mexico border with our partner organization, BorderLinks. In this post Rev. Eric Cherry, Director of the UUA's International Office, describes what is planned for the third trip which began May 25. The BorderLinks service learning trips are made possible through the generous contributions of UUA and UUSC donors.  (Mon, 14 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Many Ways to Build a Foundation
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the post below, trip participant Barbara Nelson reflects on the various ways to build foundations — with rocks and with voices. The UUSC-UUA Haiti Volunteer Program is made possible through the contributions of UUA and UUSC donors and a generous grant from the Veatch Program of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, N.Y.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: Dallas Church Raises $20K for Wells in South Sudan
    For Lent this year, friends and members of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas turned soda, coffee, and wine into water: They gave up those drinks and used the money they saved to create a $20,000 fund — almost three times their goal — that will be used to drill two wells in villages in South Sudan And it’s all because of Bol Deng Malual, 25, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.' Bol is one of more than 30,000 young boys who were displaced or orphaned during a civil war in Sudan between 1983 and 2005. Thousands of the boys were brought to the U.S. after years of hiding out and living in refugee camps.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: Dallas Church Raises $20K for Wells in South Sudan
    For Lent this year, friends and members of the First Unitarian Church of Dallas turned soda, coffee, and wine into water: They gave up those drinks and used the money they saved to create a $20,000 fund — almost three times their goal — that will be used to drill two wells in villages in South Sudan And it’s all because of Bol Deng Malual, 25, one of the “Lost Boys of Sudan.' Bol is one of more than 30,000 young boys who were displaced or orphaned during a civil war in Sudan between 1983 and 2005. Thousands of the boys were brought to the U.S. after years of hiding out and living in refugee camps.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Ghana: Odumase to Accra
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is currently with a delegation of Unitarian Universalists in Ghana. Their visit includes time with international human rights partner the Manya Krobo Queen Mother’s Association (QMA). The Queen Mothers are traditional leaders in Eastern Ghana who organized an effective response to the traumatic effects that the HIV/AIDS pandemic was having on children in their community. This latest post discusses the delegation's first day.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Ghana: Odumase to Accra
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is currently with a delegation of Unitarian Universalists in Ghana. Their visit includes time with international human rights partner the Manya Krobo Queen Mother’s Association (QMA). The Queen Mothers are traditional leaders in Eastern Ghana who organized an effective response to the traumatic effects that the HIV/AIDS pandemic was having on children in their community. This latest post discusses the delegation's first day.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: From Odumase, Ghana: Education is Medicine
    The Rev. Peter Morales, President of The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), is currently with a delegation of Unitarian Universalists visiting the Every Child is Our Child program partners of the UU-UNO in Ghana. Lorella Hess is a member of the delegation, and in her post, shares reflections following visits to schools near Odumase.  (Tue, 08 May 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Ready for More Invigorating Work in Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the introductory post about this journey, trip communications specialist Nicole McConvery of the UUA writes in anticipation of a week filled with learning and growth. The UUA-UUSC Haiti Volunteer Program is made possible through the contributions of UUA and UUSC donors and a generous grant from the Veatch Program of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, N.Y.  (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Bringing Your Truest Self to Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the latest post about this journey, trip staffer Charles Huschle ruminates on the many qualities and skills that the trip participants are bringing to their work in Haiti — and what they are leaving behind. The UUA-UUSC Haiti Volunteer Program is made possible through the contributions of UUA and UUSC donors and a generous grant from the Veatch Program of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, N.Y.  (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Ready for More Invigorating Work in Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the introductory post about this journey, trip communications specialist Nicole McConvery of the UUA writes in anticipation of a week filled with learning and growth. The UUA-UUSC Haiti Volunteer Program is made possible through the contributions of UUA and UUSC donors and a generous grant from the Veatch Program of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, N.Y.  (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: An Education in Partnership in Ghana
    A delegation of Unitarian Universalists, including UUA President Rev. Peter Morales, arrive in Accra, Ghana, on May 6 to begin a notable visit with  international human rights partner, the Manya Krobo Queen Mother’s Association (QMA). The Queen Mothers are traditional leaders in Eastern Ghana who organized an effective response to the traumatic effects that the HIV/AIDS pandemic was having on children in their community. By visiting children, their teachers, the Queen Mothers, and other local officials, the UUA delegation will learn how this community came together and responded to a serious crisis.  (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Faith Without Borders: Thinking About Earthquakes in Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint volunteer trip to Haiti, April 28–May 5, 2012. In the newest post about the trip - along with a video diary entry - participant Orelia Busch reflects on tiny movements and cataclysmic earthquakes. The UUSC-UUA Haiti Volunteer Program is made possible through the contributions of UUA and UUSC donors and a generous grant from the Veatch Program of the UU Congregation at Shelter Rock, in Manhasset, N.Y.  (Thu, 26 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Now Available from Skinner House Books: The Pen and the Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World
    It can be difficult to create space for our spiritual lives in a world crowded with distractions. The Pen and the Bell, from Skinner House Books, addresses the topic of achieving mindfulness and creative fulfillment in spite of long to-do lists. It's about gaining access to our deeper selves in the workaday world, and bringing forth this authentic self in our writing. With both meditative and writing exercises in each chapter, it will help you awaken your creative soul and find a more rewarding life.    (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Returning to the Scene of the Crime: Phoenix, Two Years Later
    Two years have passed since the implementation of SB1070, and for the first time since my conviction for peaceful civil disobedience while protesting this law in Phoenix, I will join with thousands of Unitarian Universalists from around the country, other people of faith, our local social justice partners and residents of Arizona. We will gather in peace, in solidarity and to bear witness to the truth.  (Tue, 24 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Meet the Candidates for Moderator
    The Unitarian Universalist Association Board of Trustees has nominated two candidates to run for moderator of the association. Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex will stand for election at the 2013 General Assembly to replace Gini Courter, who has served as moderator since 2003. The next moderator will be eligible to serve a single six-year term. Read the candidates' profiles to learn more about their commitment to Unitarian Universalism and their hopes for the moderator position.  (Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: Spiritual Connections to the Universe for Teens
    Early adolescence is often a time when a child’s appreciation of the magic that younger children see everywhere in the world becomes squelched or outright ignored. Wide-eyed wonder about life and the universe isn’t “cool” and gaining the respect of their peers often becomes tantamount. By the time they have become teenagers, most children have already developed that ever-present internal critic that haunts adults. This can keep youth from being fully present in any moment, let alone experiencing the sacredness of life or a connection to the divine.  (Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Joins ICCR in Lauding Social Justice Work of Catholic Women Religious
    The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) is a 40-year-old network of faith-based investors exercising their power as active shareowners to transform companies. Together, ICCR members promote sustainable practices through engagement with company management. As an active member of ICCR for many years, the UUA has partnered with other faith groups on numerous campaigns. In a post on the Standing on the Side of Love blog, UUA Treasurer and CFO Tim Brennan voices support for the ICCR and the Catholic religious women who work for justice.  (Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Board and the Doctrine of Discovery: Accountability in Action
    When our Association’s Arizona Immigration Ministry met with our social justice partners there, we received one clear request for an agenda item at GA 2012. Our partners said that the single most important piece of business we could do at GA 2012 was to study and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and support the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Further, they asked us to have our congregations study this issue and how it is related to the ongoing oppression of indigenous peoples whose lands straddle the US-Mexico border.  (Thu, 19 Apr 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide, Fifth Edition, Now Available
    The 2012 edition of The Unitarian Universalist Pocket Guide is now available at the UUA Bookstore. This edition is the most extensive revision of the Pocket Guide in over a decade and features a foreword from MSNBC host Melissa Harris-Perry. Other contributors include Kay Montgomery, John Crestwell, Gail Geisenhainer, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Jane Ranney Rzepka, Mark Belletini, Judith Frediani, Rebecca Parker, and 2011 Frederic G. Melcher Award winner Dan McKanan.  (Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Congregations Encouraged to Study Doctrine of Discovery
    Many people didn’t learn about the Doctrine of Discovery in school. But those who attend Justice General Assembly in June will learn about it there. In brief, the Doctrine of Discovery is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the authority to claim those lands and subdue, even enslave, peoples of those lands simply because they were not Christian.  (Mon, 26 Mar 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: For Love and Justice
    Unitarian Universalists mobilize in response to laws that tear families apart and abuse immigrants. Immigration justice has become a flash point for Unitarian Universalists, especially as we approach the UUA’s “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix, Arizona—where one of the most aggressive state laws on local immigration enforcement has been enacted.  (Tue, 06 Mar 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Pedaling for Hope
    Bicycling ministers turn long-distance rides into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. They describe their rides - one as long as 3,300 miles - as powerful experiences, both physically and spiritually, beyond their ability to raise money and awareness for causes they support.  (Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Pedaling for Hope
    Bicycling ministers turn long-distance rides into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. They describe their rides - one as long as 3,300 miles - as powerful experiences, both physically and spiritually, beyond their ability to raise money and awareness for causes they support.  (Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Looking Beyond Traditional Congregations
    Whom does your Unitarian Universalist congregation serve? Is it focused only on those who become members? Or does your congregation also serve other people who might have less obvious connections to the congregation? These questions and others are being asked in conversations among UU leaders this winter and spring about how to broaden Unitarian Universalism’s reach.  (Wed, 29 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Persuades Verizon to Protect Transgender Workers
    For each of the last five years, the UUA has filed shareholder resolutions with Verizon Communications to urge the corporation to add “gender identity or expression” to its non-discrimination policy. In mid-February, Verizon notified the UUA that it has agreed to adopt the policy, which provides protection to transgender people and those in transition.  (Tue, 28 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • How My Testimony Went Viral
    Zach Wahls’s testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about his two-mom family become an internet sensation. From Zach: 'As I approached the microphone to testify, I saw for the first time just how many people were in this massive room. I would have whistled if my mouth had had any moisture in it. 'My name is Zach Wahls,' I began. 'I’m a sixth-generation Iowan, an engineering student at the University of Iowa, and I was raised by two women.''  (Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Partners in Justice
    The UUA's immigrant rights partners in Arizona help communities in peril. This network of activists is working with Unitarian Universalists to promote immigrant rights in Arizona as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2012 Justice General Assembly in Phoenix approaches.  (Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Offers New Discussion Guide on Doctrine of Discovery (PDF)
    At the January meeting of the UUA Board of Trustees, the Trustees voted to place a responsive resolution to repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery on the business agenda for the 2012 Justice General Assembly. What is the Doctrine of Discovery? Why have our partner organizations in Arizona called for its repudiation? How are we as Unitarian Universalist people of faith called to respond? Download a new three-session discussion guide suitable for in-person and online conversations, individual reflection, and journaling.  (Thu, 23 Feb 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Congregations and Beyond, From UUA President Rev. Peter Morales
    In Congregations and Beyond, the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offers a vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism as an international movement. He presents a strategic direction for Unitarian Universalism consistent with our core values and historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries. All Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to read, discuss, and share Congregations and Beyond.  (Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Congregations and Beyond, From UUA President Rev. Peter Morales
    In Congregations and Beyond, the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offers a vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism as an international movement. He presents a strategic direction for Unitarian Universalism consistent with our core values and historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries. All Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to read, discuss, and share Congregations and Beyond.  (Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Congregations and Beyond, From UUA President Rev. Peter Morales
    In Congregations and Beyond, the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), offers a vision of the opportunities and challenges that face Unitarian Universalism as an international movement. He presents a strategic direction for Unitarian Universalism consistent with our core values and historic willingness to push beyond pre-determined boundaries. All Unitarian Universalists are encouraged to read, discuss, and share Congregations and Beyond.  (Thu, 19 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • 'Gathered Here' Helps UUs Share Experiences, Hopes
    Gathered Here, a denomination-wide listening campaign initiated by the Unitarian Universalist Association's Board of Trustees and administration, invites congregations and individual UUs across the country to share hopes for the faith through “Community Conversations” and one-on-one interviews during the next eight months. The board and administration will use that information to help determine the UUA's future.  (Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • Forums on the Renewal of Unitarian Universalism Continue Jan. 20 at First Unitarian in San Francisco
    The Minns Lectureship Committee continues its 2011-2012 lecture series with “Practicing Compassion and Connection More Fully,” to be held at First Unitarian Universalist Society of San Francisco on Jan. 20, led by former UUA President the Rev. John Buehrens. The Rev. Bill Sinkford and the Rev. Meg Riley will be panelists at the event. The series will continue the conversation begun at the April 2011 Minns conference, “Composing Our Unitarian Universalist Future.” For details and registration information, visit MinnsLectures.org.  (Mon, 09 Jan 2012 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU World: Winter Solstice and the Shaman Within
    The dwindling of the sun’s light in autumn is a reminder that even as the old year dies, so must all living things. The shaman helps the tribe to accept this universal dying, to understand it is necessary for new life. When the daylight hours are shortest, we long for assurance that spring will return, that once again the warm sun will nurture growing things and make the earth green. In this time when foliage has all but disappeared, we look to the trees whose evergreen boughs offer us hope.  (Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Community Minister Helps 'One Child at a Time'
    The Rev. Donald E. Robinson had already had a long career helping disadvantaged children in Washington, D.C., when he took on one more gargantuan task. In 1991, after more than 30 years of working with Washington youth in juvenile halls and community programs, Robinson founded Beacon House in the Edgewood Terrace neighborhood of Northeast Washington. Over the years Beacon House was adopted by around 15 area UU congregations.  (Fri, 23 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Maria Hinojosa selected as the 2012 Ware Lecturer
    Maria Hinojosa, award-winning broadcast journalist and author, has been selected as the Ware Lecturer for the 2012 Justice GA. She is the anchor and managing editor of NPR’s Latino USA . In April 2010, Hinojosa launched The Futuro Media Group with the mission to produce multi-platform, community-based journalism that respects and celebrates the cultural richness of the American experience.  (Wed, 14 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Phoenix UUs Protest Conservative Policy Conference
    Phoenix-area Unitarian Universalists joined protests last week objecting to the American Legislative Exchange Council’s (ALEC) influence in Arizona. The Council is a conservative think tank that brings together lawmakers and corporations from around the country to craft model legislation. In Scottsdale, Ariz., last week, ALEC held its annual States & Nation Policy Summit.  (Fri, 09 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and UUSC Begin New JustWorks Service Trip to Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is partnering with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint JustWorks volunteer service trip to Haiti starting December 3. In the first blog post about this JustWorks experience, trip leaders Nicole McConvery of the UUA and Evan Seitz of the UUSC share their  thoughts on the journey to help rebuild the community and lives of earthquake survivors in Haiti.  (Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and UUSC Partner for JustWorks Service Trip to Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) partnered for a recent joint JustWorks volunteer service trip to Haiti, December 3-10. Read the latest blog post as participants share impressions of their journey to help rebuild the community and lives of earthquake survivors in Haiti.  (Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA and UUSC Continue New JustWorks Service Trip to Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has partnered with the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) on a joint JustWorks volunteer service trip to Haiti this December. Read the latest blog post as participants share their thoughts on the journey to help rebuild the community and lives of earthquake survivors in Haiti.  (Fri, 02 Dec 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • New Immigrant Advocacy Toolkit Available
    UUA Witness Ministries Director Rev. Craig C. Roshaven has announced a new resource to help interfaith teams advocate for changes in local policy on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainer requests. This toolkit provides information on how to organize advocacy meetings with local officials, partner with immigrant rights groups, and bring a faith-based message.  (Tue, 29 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Wal-Mart Confirms Expansion of Non-Discrimination Policy
    In each of the past five years, the Unitarian Universalist Association has filed a shareholder resolution asking Wal-Mart to add Gender Identity or Expression to its non-discrimination policy. Recently, the UUA was notified by Wal-Mart’s Office of Diversity that they were adopting this policy and were disseminating it throughout their network of stores and distribution centers. Fittingly, this news came not long before Sunday, Nov. 20, the International Transgender Day of Remembrance.  (Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Isipho binds Atlanta UUs to African village
    Witnessing the living conditions in the Zulu village of Inzinga—in the midst of hospitality like none that Unitarian Universalist father and daughter Tom and Miranda Lynch had ever experienced—altered the course of Miranda's teen years, Tom's career, and the villagers' nutrition and educational opportunities.  (Mon, 21 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • For Veterans Day: UUA Offers Bless All Who Serve
    On Veteran's Day, we remember with gratitude the men and women who have served our country in the military. To honor their service, free copies of Bless All Who Serve: Sources of Hope, Courage and Faith for Military Personnel and Their Families are available to military chaplains, ministers, and enlisted men and women of all faiths. Chaplains and ministers should contact Julie Shaw (mplassistant @ uua.org) at the Unitarian Universalist Association. Servicemen and women should contact Lorraine Dennis (ldennis @ clfuu.org) at the Church of the Larger Fellowship. All others wishing to purchase a copy may do so at the UUA Bookstore link below.  (Fri, 11 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Ministers Support Immigrants in Massachusetts
    On Monday, Nov. 7, interfaith allies and immigrant justice groups held a press conference at Church of the Covenant in Boston. The press conference was in response to a recent wave of anti-immigrant activity and a draconian anti-immigrant bill introduced in the Massachusetts State House.  (Thu, 10 Nov 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Forums on the Renewal of Unitarian Universalism Begin Nov. 5th at King's Chapel in Boston
    The Minns Lectureship Committee is kicking off its 2011-2012 lecture series with “To Be an Effective and Justice-Seeking People,” to be held at King’s Chapel in Boston and led by former UUA President, the Rev. John Buehrens. Rev. Paige Getty and Rev. Nate Walker will be panelists at the event. The series will continue the conversation begun at the April 2011 Minns conference, “Composing Our Unitarian Universalist Future.” For details and registration information, visit http://www.MinnsLectures.org.   (Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Named One of Five Top Organizations for Green Meetings
    In recent years, venues such as hotel chains and convention centers have worked to create solid environmental policies that satisfy even the 'greenest' gatherings. In this month's Meetings and Conventions magazine, the Unitarian Universalist Association is named one of five eco-conscious groups, and was interviewed about meeting practices and experiences.  (Thu, 06 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • 2011 Minns Conference on Composing Our UU Future: Video and Text Now Available
    In April 2011, the Minns Lectureship Committee brought together Unitarian Universalist clergy, seminarians, lay leaders, and parishioners from across the country to reflect on the present state of Unitarian Universalism, as well as hopes and intentions for the future of this liberal religious tradition. The slate of speakers and panelists included some of the most engaging, passionate voices in Unitarian Universalism today; their complete lectures are available online now in both video and text formats.  (Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • The Boston Globe: Vandals Target Rainbow Banners
    In the past decade, seven Unitarian Universalist congregations in Massachusetts have reported at least 11 incidents in which rainbow flags were stolen or vandalized, including Bridgewater, Watertown, and Quincy.  (Tue, 04 Oct 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Alabama UUs Join Fight Against Immigration Law
    Unitarian Universalists in Alabama have been on the front lines in the debate over immigration ever since state legislators there began drafting an oppressive anti-immigrant measure last winter. Unitarian Universalists have joined a wide array of opponents of the proposed measure, including many faith community leaders who say it would prevent them from being “good Samaritans.”  (Mon, 12 Sep 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • 15 UUs Arrested During Tar Sands Action
    More than 1,000 people were arrested in the past two weeks in front of the White House for protesting the proposed construction of an oil pipeline from Canada to Texas. At least 15 Unitarian Universalists, including the Rev. Craig Roshaven, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Witness Ministries Director, were among those arrested.  (Tue, 06 Sep 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUs Raise Funds for Filipino Church
    Rev. Fredric John Muir, of the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Annapolis, Md., Len Pellettieri of the First UU Church of San Diego, Calif., and Lee Boeke Burke of the Fox Valley UU Fellowship in Appleton, Wisc. have each donated their time and talent to raising awareness about the UU Church of the Philippines (UUCP). They are members of a project called BUILD: Build Unitarian Universalism, Inspire, Lead, Develop. The project, created by UUCP, seeks to construct a dormitory for women on the Filipino island of Negros to provide safe, affordable housing for female students.  (Tue, 30 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Monitoring Hurricane Damage to Congregations
    The Unitarian Universalist Association has been monitoring reports from congregations that were in the path of Hurricane Irene. Fortunately, there appears to have been very limited damage, with the exception of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern in North Carolina, which sustained roof damage mostly covered by insurance. Those wishing to help or find out more may contact the UU Fellowship of New Bern.  (Tue, 23 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUSC Launches Relief Fund for East Africa Famine
    The United Nations has declared a famine in southern Somalia that is expected to spread in the next two months. With 3.2 million people — half of the Somali population — needing immediate lifesaving assistance, this is the world's worst food security crisis in the last 20years. In light of this dire crisis, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) has opened the Somalia and East Africa Relief Fund.  (Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Iowa UU Named Rural "Champion of Change"
    In the middle of Iowa, where biological diversity can consist of fields of corn next to fields of soybeans, Linda Barnes wanted more. To make that happen, Barnes, a Unitarian Universalist, started a two-year degree program in Entrepreneurial and Diversified Agriculture. The program, now in its eighth year, caught the attention of the Obama Administration, and in July she was summoned to the White House, where she was recognized as a 'Champion of Change' for rural America.  (Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Tar Sands Action Inspired by UU's Civil Disobedience
    Religious activists and organizations are gathering August 29 outside the White House as part of a two-week protest called Tar Sands Action, which is aimed at pressuring President Obama to reject a proposed oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast. The Tar Sands Action is the latest in a series of public witness events that have grown, at least in part, out of the arrest and conviction of Unitarian Universalist and environmental activist Tim DeChristopher.  (Mon, 15 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Convicted in Civil Disobedience Case
    On the one-year anniversary of his civil disobedience in Phoenix, while protesting Arizona’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, UUA President Peter Morales stood trial in the Maricopa County Justice Court. With him in the July 29 trial were Salvador Reza, a lead organizer with the immigrant rights group Puente Arizona, and two others. On Friday, August 5, all four defendants were found guilty on misdemeanor charges of failing to comply with a police officer.  (Tue, 09 Aug 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Immigration in Arizona, One Year Later
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales stands trial in Phoenix, Ariz., on Friday, July 29, for his nonviolent civil disobedience in opposition to anti-immigrant legislation in that state. Rev. Morales says he is 'proud to be president of a religious movement that calls all of us to stand on the side of love. I am proud of our Unitarian Universalist ministers and congregations in Georgia and Alabama who are at the forefront of opposing anti-immigrant legislation in those states. And I know all of us who stand on the side of love will have to make that stand again and again.'  (Thu, 28 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Unitarian Universalists Mark Third Anniversary of Knoxville Tragedy
    From Rev. Chris Buice, minister at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville: 'It is a paradox that good can come from evil. Acts of hatred can inspire an outpouring of love. Our congregation and the Westside congregation are empowered by the many people across the country who have become part of the Standing on the Side of Love campaign in the aftermath of our tragedy.'  (Wed, 27 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Reflections on a Seven Day Fast in Solidarity with Salvador Zamora and Martin Altamirano
    Unitarian Universalist minister, Rev. Jeff Jones, reflects on his decision to join two Cobb County, Georgia men, Salvador Zamora and Martin Altamirano, in protesting their state's implementation of anti-immigrant legislation by fasting for seven days. Rev. Jones sees immigration becoming the moral question of the day and finds hope and strength in recent successes in the GLBT rights movement to continue fighting for meaningful immigration reform.   (Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • New York Unitarian Universalists Celebrate Marriage Equality
    Rev. Julie Taylor and Rev. Laurel Koepf got married two years ago at Fourth Universalist Society in New York City. It was a ceremony that was deeply meaningful but without legal standing in the state of New York. Last month they got married again, and this time they got the legal part. On July 24, 2011, New York became the sixth state, plus the District of Columbia, to legalize same-gender marriage.  (Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Georgia Minister's Hunger Strike Protests Immigration Law
    Rev. Jeff Jones joined two Georgia men, Salvador Zamora and Martin Altamirano, in protesting their state's anti-immigrant legislation by fasting for seven days. “I want to stand in affirmation with them and the inherent worth and dignity of every person,” said Jones, minister of the Emerson Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Marietta. “We’re living the struggle of the civil rights movement. We have to keep lifting up what we value.”  (Tue, 26 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Letter From Selma
    In its July 17 edition, the Boston Globe Magazine delves into the 1965 murder of James Reeb, a white Unitarian Universalist minister from Boston, which helped usher in the Voting Rights Act but left lasting scars on the city of Selma, AL. When the FBI reopened the case recently, the painful past came flooding back.  (Fri, 15 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • U.S. Churches Unite to Support Uganda School
    Annual sponsorships seek to boost nutrition, sanitation, supplies, and teacher salaries at the New Life School in Kkindu, Uganda, started by Ugandan UU minister, the Rev. Mark Kiyimba.  (Thu, 07 Jul 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Love Marches in Georgia Against Anti-Immigrant Legislation
    On July 1, Georgia’s new state immigration law went into effect, following a federal court judge’s decision to enjoin a couple of the provisions, but allowing for most of them, similar to the law passed in Arizona last year. In response, Unitarian Universalists took part in a protest march and rally beginning at the state capitol on Saturday, July 2. Many wore yellow Standing on the Side of Love t-shirts, and the crowd was estimated at 10,000 to 15,000 people.  (Sat, 25 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • General Assembly 2011 Event Coverage
    The Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly 2011 in Charlotte, N.C., ended Sunday, June 26. Full coverage is available from UU World and on UUA.org.   (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • General Assembly 2011 Event Coverage
    The Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly 2011 is happening now through Sunday, June 26, in Charlotte, NC. Live video of business plenaries and major events will be available on UUA.org’s General Assembly 2011 page and on a dedicated channel at Livestream, at http://www.livestream.com/uuaga.   (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Delegates Approve Ethical Eating and a Smaller Board
    The 50th General Assembly of the UUA adopted a Statement of Conscience promoting “ethical eating” and approved 11 bylaw amendments, including one that will reduce the size of the Board of Trustees starting in 2013.  (Thu, 23 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Follow General Assembly 2011 with UU World
    The Unitarian Universalist Association holds its 50th General Assembly this week in Charlotte, N.C. UU World will provide extensive daily coverage of the UUA’s annual convention and business assembly June 22–26 as well as meetings of the UUA Board of Trustees on June 21, 22, and 27.  (Tue, 21 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Shareholder Resolution Advances LGBT Rights
    In its continuing effort to persuade corporations to adopt policies protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) employees from discrimination, the UUA has assisted in a shareholder resolution urging a major defense contractor to protect its workers from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity or expression. At the annual shareholder meeting of KBR Inc. in Houston on May 19, 61.6 percent of shareholders voted in favor of the resolution.  (Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • People of Faith Will Rally in Charlotte to Oppose Homophobia and Transphobia
    Interfaith community leaders will gather in Charlotte, NC, on Friday, June 24, for a Faith Community Rally Against Homophobia & Transphobia. Hundreds of people are planning to march from the Charlotte Convention Center, the location of the UUA General Assembly, to gather for a rally in Marshall Park. The rally will feature local, national, and international clergy speaking out against proposed legislation that will marginalize and discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people.  (Thu, 16 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Fire Devastates Maine Church
    The Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, Maine, suffered heavy damage in a fire that started in the early morning hours of Monday, June 6. The fire destroyed the entire rear of the building, gutting the first and second floors. The Northern New England District has set up a relief fund to aid in the repairs and rebuilding of the church. To donate, please go to the Northern New England District website.  (Fri, 10 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Massachusetts UUs Support Transgender Anti-Discrimination Measure
    On Wednesday, June 8, Unitarian Universalist Rev. Sue Phillips, District Executive for the UUA Clara Barton and Massachusetts Bay Districts, testified at the Massachusetts State House in support of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill. In the latest post from Standing on the Side of Love, Rev. Phillips reads a portion of her testimony on the State House steps about the importance of the Transgender Equal Rights Bill.  (Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Eco-Village Rises in Haiti’s Central Plateau
    Recovery from last year’s devastating earthquake in Haiti has been painfully slow for the tens of thousands of Haitians who still sleep in tent cities in the capital of Port-au-Prince. But on a joint service trip of the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee in late May, there were signs of hope and action. Along with 10 UU seminary students, leaders of the UUA and UUSC travelled to Haiti’s Central Plateau to participate in a hands-on eco-village building project that will help 40 Haitian families rebuild their homes and their lives.  (Wed, 08 Jun 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Seminarians Reflect on UUA, UUSC Joint Trip to Haiti
    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have just returned from their joint service trip to Haiti. On this trip, seminary students were given an opportunity to develop a multicultural understanding vital to their calling as ministers in the modern world. Their on-the-ground reflections about this experience are available now.  (Wed, 25 May 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Religion For Our Time Episode 17: Greater Good Project
    For the past five years, First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York has developed an amazing holiday tradition. Members tally up their planned holiday spending and then give half of that amount to the church. The children then decide what local and international charities the money will support. Over the years, this remarkable project has given a whole new meaning to the holidays for hundreds of Unitarian Universalist families and for the people they help.  (Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Religion For Our Time Episode 17: Greater Good Project
    For the past five years, First Unitarian Church in Rochester, New York has developed an amazing holiday tradition. Members tally up their planned holiday spending and then give half of that amount to the church. The children then decide what local and international charities the money will support. Over the years, this remarkable project has given a whole new meaning to the holidays for hundreds of Unitarian Universalist families and for the people they help.  (Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Clara Barton District Establishes Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund
    The Clara Barton District is working to support congregations and families affected by violent storms on Wednesday, June 1. Donations to the Clara Barton District's Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund will be used to provide immediate relief to congregation members and staff, for cleanup efforts at the damaged UU Parish of Monson, and for longer-term needs as they arise. For more information and to donate, please go to the Clara Barton-Mass Bay District website.  (Fri, 06 May 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Atlanta-area ministers decry immigration bill
    A group of Atlanta-area Unitarian Universalist ministers has signed a strongly worded letter condemning a Georgia immigration bill as “racist,” “bad for business,” and reflecting “spiritual blight.”  (Thu, 05 May 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • The UUA at Fifty: Rooted and Growing
    Our religious tradition was not planted yesterday. Its roots go deep: Forty-one of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s congregations are at least 300 years old. Many of our denominational institutions were first set up in the nineteenth century, including our publishing enterprises, one of our seminaries, and the delegate assembly we know as the General Assembly.  (Thu, 28 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA-UUSC Japan Fund Supports Religious Partners After Quake
    The March 11 earthquake and tsunami that devastated the northeast coast of Japan killed more than 12,000 people. Rev. Eric Cherry, director of the UUA's International Resources office, was in Japan recently to meet with the partner groups. He said many members of these groups were directly affected by the disasters. “The Rissho Kosei-kai itself has 35 to 40 congregations that have been damaged terribly.' As of April 8, Unitarian Universalists had donated $200,000 to Japanese relief efforts. Decisions about how to use these funds will be made in cooperation with our partners, Cherry said.  (Mon, 11 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Peter Morales Releases Strategic Plan for Professional Ministries
    From the Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA): 'I'm pleased to announce the public release of the new five-page UUA Strategic Plan for Professional Ministries. The plan, developed by our Professional Ministries Task Force, outlines eight key recommendations gleaned from our 64-page Strategic Review of Professional Ministries Report. I cannot emphasize enough how valuable input from individuals and organizations has been in developing these recommendations, all of which can effectively be advanced through the efforts of UUA staff working closely with our partners and constituents. We already are acting on several initiatives in the report, and look forward to sharing our progress with you as these efforts come to fruition.'  (Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Brings Message of Condolence, Spiritual Support, and Solidarity to Japan
    The Rev. Eric Cherry, Director of International Resources at the UUA, has just returned from meetings with our partners in Japan. While there, he learned of the latest recovery efforts in the wake of the recent earthquake and tsunami and delivered the Unitarian Universalist Association’s (UUA) message of condolence, spiritual support, and solidarity. To support the ongoing work of our interfaith partners, the UUA and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) have created the UUA/UUSC Japan Relief Fund.  (Wed, 06 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU Legislator Leads Marriage Equality Fight in Maryland
    Earlier this month Maryland came close to becoming the sixth state to approve same-sex marriage. In the end, the votes weren’t quite there, but one of the key reasons for the issue’s near-passage is Maryland state Senator Rich Madaleno, a member of Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church in Bethesda.  (Fri, 01 Apr 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Tell Congress: Stop Defending the Indefensible
    Bruce Knotts, executive director of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office, speaks out on the Standing on the Side of Love blog: 'It’s time to end institutionalized discrimination based on sexual orientation in this country. Tell Congress it is time to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and restore the rights of lawfully married same-sex couples to receive the protections of marriage under federal law.'  (Thu, 31 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Current and Former UUA Presidents Represent Faith Voice in Letter to Obama
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and former UUA President Rev. Bill Sinkford are the only initial signers from the faith community on Freedom To Marry’s letter to President Obama. The letter asks the president to support full marriage equality. Obama has spoken about his 'evolving,' attitude on same-sex marriage. Now, Freedom to Marry has joined with Hollywood celebrities, civil rights leaders, and others, to move Obama from 'evolving' to supportive.  (Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Current and Former UUA Presidents Represent Faith Voice in Letter to Obama
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and former UUA President Rev. Bill Sinkford are the only initial signers from the faith community on Freedom To Marry’s letter to President Obama. The letter asks the president to support full marriage equality. Obama has spoken about his 'evolving,' attitude on same-sex marriage. Now, Freedom to Marry has joined with Hollywood celebrities, civil rights leaders, and others, to move Obama from 'evolving' to supportive.  (Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Current and Former UUA Presidents Represent Faith Voice in Letter to Obama
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and former UUA President Rev. Bill Sinkford are the only initial signers from the faith community on Freedom To Marry’s letter to President Obama. The letter asks the president to support full marriage equality. Obama has spoken about his 'evolving,' attitude on same-sex marriage. Now, Freedom to Marry has joined with Hollywood celebrities, civil rights leaders, and others, to move Obama from 'evolving' to supportive.  (Mon, 14 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA Opens Japan Relief Fund
    The UUA has created a Japan Relief Fund to support the recovery efforts of our religious partners there. Rissho Kosei-kai, Tsubaki Grand Shrine, the Konko Church of Izuo, the Tokyo Dojin Church, and the Japan Chapter of the International Association for Religious Freedom are now considering the specific efforts they will be taking to support the work of recovery. Please join with UUs throughout the United States by contributing to the UUA’s Japan Relief Fund.  (Sun, 13 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Wisconsin UUs Continue Month-long Protest for Workers’ Rights
    Members of the First Unitarian Society of Madison have been at the Capitol every day since the protests began February 12 and continued to be involved, even after Gov. Scott Walker officially signed away collective bargaining rights on March 11. Now the protest goal has shifted to recovering workers’ rights.


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  • Unitarians in the Khasi Hills
    UUA President Rev. Peter Morales sent blog posts from India during his two-week journey to meet with partners of the UU Holdeen India Program and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of North East India. In this post, Rev. Morales reflects upon his visit with the Unitarians of the Khasi Hills.  (Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • To Listen without Judging
    Inspired by their minister's story, activists at a New York Unitarian Universalist church launch an abortion hotline that offers support without judgment.  (Wed, 02 Mar 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA President Launches Social Justice Journey Across India
    On February 14, Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, launched a two-week journey to India to visit with several partners of the Unitarian Universalist Holdeen India Program and with leaders of the Unitarian Union of North East India.  (Tue, 15 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Pastor Keeps Immigration Message in the Headlines
    The Monterey County Herald interviews UUA President Rev. Peter Morales and Rev. Greg Ward, minister of the UU Church of the Monterey Peninsula. Morales and Ward, both of whom were arrested in July 2010 protests against SB 1070, discuss the religious case for immigration reform.  (Mon, 07 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Cases Dismissed for Many Phoenix Protesters
    The Phoenix Municipal Court has dismissed most of the charges against Unitarian Universalists who were arrested while protesting Arizona's anti-immigrant law SB 1070 in July 2010.  (Tue, 01 Feb 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Dinner with Monsanto
    Rev. Nate Walker and the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, PA, have engaged in a public dialogue with the Monsanto Company, the world's largest producer of genetically modified seeds. Walker is advocating for a code of ethics for bioengineers.  (Mon, 24 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • Forty Years of UU Sexuality Education
    Paired, “sex education” and “church” still sound strange to some ears, but it needn't be so. Religious leaders have guided young and old alike in sexual morality for millennia. Our Unitarian and Universalist forebears tended to affirm new understandings in science and psychology, leading us to think progressively on sexual matters. Our congregations are recognized leaders in comprehensive sex ed, grounded in UU values.  (Tue, 04 Jan 2011 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUs Rally For Marriage Equality in Four States
    In Maine, Maryland, and Washington, there are measures on the ballot that would authorize same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, marriage equality advocates are working to get out a “No” vote next month on a legislative measure that was passed to prevent same-sex marriage. In all four states Unitarian Universalists are deeply engaged, hoping for outcomes that favor marriage equality. Learn more about their important work in this article from UU World .  (Sat, 30 Dec 1899 00:00:00 EST)

  • UU-UNO 50th Anniversary: Tickets Are On Sale Now
    This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)! For 50 years, the UU-UNO has worked to support international human rights, climate change policies, security and peace building for women, and many other issues. We invite you to attend our anniversary celebration in New York City on November 3rd, 2012. Tickets are on sale now through Oct 20th. Buy your ticket before Sept 30th and receive a discounted rate. Celebrate in your congregations and come celebrate with us!  (Sat, 30 Dec 1899 00:00:00 EST)

  • A UUA Breakthrough Congregation: First Parish in Bedford, MA
    UU World profiles First Parish in Bedford, MA which the UUA named as a “Breakthrough Congregation” this year for its sustained growth. Membership has doubled since the Rev. John Gibbons started there twenty-three years ago and is projected to break 400 this year. Read how they made real growth happen in their congregation.  (Sat, 30 Dec 1899 00:00:00 EST)