Irreplacable Congregation

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2014 // Featured Youth, Future of Faith, youth // no comments

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Spiritual Growth Happens Someplace… And in relation to or with others – even when, as in certain ascetic practices, that means in the absence of others. Even as the religious practices and identification of people is evolving, the value of spiritual congregation remains, as this excerpt of a post from the Parenting Blog of the New York Times explains.–Ed. Learn how Unitarian Universalism, and The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) enable personal spiritual reflection and growth in progressive religious community in congregational and other settings.   Church on Sunday: Because Spiritual Education Takes More Than Good Intentions By Christine Organ I was raised in a dogmatic religion, I am well aware that “religious” is not the…

Make the Break for Spiritual Renewal this Winter

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Young Adult Spiritual Growth and Community is Here Registration for the Winter Escape 2015 Retreat (WE’15) is now open! Spend your Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend (Friday January 16 to Monday, January 19, 2015) engaged in social and spiritual activities, workshops, hiking, games, music, cooking, baking, and more!  Join  Unitarian Universalist Young Adults (ages 18-35+) in the DC area for a 4-day / 3-night fun-filled getaway. This year’s event (the 6th annual) takes place at the beautiful Westmoreland State Park in Virginia, about a 2-hour car ride south of Washington, DC., the same location as the All Souls Church Unitarian, Washington, DC Young Souls’ awesome Fall 2012 Retreat.  The park features 6 miles of hiking…

Black Lives Matter – Make it So

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Mosaic, Social Justice, UUA // no comments

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We re-post the monthly newsletter of our friends of the Office of Multicultural Growth and Witness of the Unitarian Universalist Association with a call to action – pledge your support to help end racial motivated acts of police brutality. – Ed. December 2014: Black Lives Matter—Are You Signed Up? Dear Friends, Ferguson is not a flash in the pan.  The current moment is one that has broken through years of pain, anger, and organizing. Young African American organizers are leading the call for a movement that not only stops our national crisis of police killings of young Black men but also changes our society into one that refuses to tolerate the criminalization, devaluing, killing, and brutalizing…

Identity…

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

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Revealed by Belief and Action Much is made of the growing number of people who have no particular religious affiliation with a religious faith – in particular Millennials – however this thought provoking discussion with Neil deGrasse Tyson on why he doesn’t identify as an atheist suggests that whether one affiliates with a religious faith or not does not necessarily mean that one might not identify with its values or culture. An intriguing lead for religious organizations looking for ways to remain relevant…     From  a post on the Cosmos and Culture page of the National Public Radio (NPR) blog, discussing why Neil deGrasse Tyson doesn’t identify as an atheist on the NPR podcast “Rationally Speaking:”…

Grants for Innovative Liberal Religious Education

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 9th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Liberal Religious Educators Association (LREDA) Seeks Proposals Application deadline December 31, 2014 Have an idea for a project that will benefit religious educators and the field of religious education? The LREDA 21st Century Fund has the money to fund it! The 21st Century Fund, funded by the LREDA Endowment, supplies grants which support innovative projects serving Unitarian Universalist religious educators and the field of religious education. Projects funded include (but are not limited to) innovative programs, training opportunities, publications, electronic networks, and services for religious educators. Support the work of LREDA. Learn about and apply for a 21st Century Fund Grant.

Bless All Who Serve with this Little Blue Book

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 1st 2014 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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As Seen on the VUU Bob LaVallee, seminarian and Meadville Lombard talks about the value of “Bless All Who Serve”  – the  irreplaceable and affectionately named “little blue book”, published by Skinner House Books, and available at the UUA Bookstore. Watch this excerpt, queued to begin at 40:25 through 41:50: Watch – and participate – on the VUU, a live talkshow broadcast each Thursday at 11 am Eastern produced by the Church of the Larger Fellowship. We invite a wide variety of guests to discuss religion, spirituality, Unitarian Universalism, multi-faith issues, social justice, and whatever else seems interesting! Participate live at http://google.com/+QuestformeaningOrg. The VUU is hosted by Meg Riley and Joanna Crawford.      …

Complete the Holiday Experience #GivingTuesday

Written by Bart Frost // November 28th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, UUA // one comment

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Take a side order of giving with your thanking Are you (Fill in the blank: burnt out/tired/neutral/excited/wired/does not apply)  _______________ from an extended weekend of (party and play/ family and food/solitude and reflection/sleeping and jelling/does not apply) ____________? Did you brave (cold/heat/rain/snow/sleet/ boredom/does not apply)  __________ to stand in lines on this Black Friday? Cyber Monday have you feeling (sad & blue/green with envy/ in the red on your budget/tickled pink over the deal you got/does not apply) ________________________________ ? Are you already tired of the endless  (commercials/requests/lists/whining/does not apply) ________________________________  for stuff? Well, we’ve got the (antidote/cure/feel-good solution/opportunity of a lifetime) ________ :  GENEROSITY! Participate in #GivingTuesday! Make a donation to Unitarian Universalist youth and young…

We Witness Because #Black Lives Matter

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 26th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Bringing Worship to the Street of the Cities   Last night I went to church. It wasn’t, however, the most conventional church experience. In fact, the leaders organizing the gathering didn’t call it church and likely didn’t think of it that way. First a handful of young adults who serve our Unitarian Universalist faith in various professional roles, gathered at my house. My partner had made signs and we brought our Standing on the Side of Love gear.  We talked and shared stories of protests and times we’d had difficulties with police.  We had some snacks and drinks. Reverse coffee hour, if you will. And then we went out to worship. We gathered with many others…

#BlackLivesMatter

Written by Bart Frost // November 25th 2014 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends, Mosaic, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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“Collectively, we must be a strong voice for change to end police brutality and the systemic racism in our society that causes violence, chaos, and death. Black lives matter.” – Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association   Friends, Yesterday it was announced that charges will not be brought against Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. Yesterday Tamir Rice, twelve years old, was shot and killed by a police officer in Cleveland. Let me start by saying though we could spend much time and energy discussing the circumstances of these individual cases, we are called to look at the larger picture. Two young people of color are dead. Their families are grieving and…

Be Seen Standing on the Side of Love and Justice

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // one comment

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Calling All Yellow Shirts of Love, Tolerance and Justice The Grand Jury investigation of the killing of Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson is likely to announce its findings anytime now. On the day of and after the Grand Jury announcement, people will gather at events around the country calling for an end to racist policing, police brutality and the culture of Mass Incarceration. Make this a moment of public witness, and speaking out in the spirit of love and justice – and plan on sharing the Unitarian Universalist message of love and justice far and wide by documenting the event you attend and sharing your images or tweets – here is how: 1. Find…