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  • Something More Spiritual
    UU World reports how the lay-led Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, KS, doubled its membership and was named a UUA Breakthrough Congregation. The article reads, ' The ministry part of the church’s success involved a little serendipity. Just when Lawrence was trying on a worship service, some of the nearby UU congregations in Kansas and Missouri began offering ministerial support to small and emerging congregations. '  (Thu, 01 Jan 2015 00:00:00 EST)

  • Nominees for 2015 Elections Available Now
    The slate of nominees for the 2015 elections to be held at General Assembly in Portland, OR, is now available. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions and the process for running by petition. People interested in running by petition have until February 1 to submit a completed petition.  (Thu, 18 Dec 2014 00:00:00 EST)

  • UUA's New Headquarters Awarded LEED Platinum
    The UUA is pleased to announce that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for its new headquarters located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.  (Wed, 12 Nov 2014 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • '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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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 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)

  • 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)

  • 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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  • 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)

  • 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)

  • 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)