#BlackLivesMatter

Written by Bart Frost // November 25th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, 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…

Improve Unitarian Universalism for Young Adults

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 20th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments

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Record and Share Your Post-Bridging Experience Emily Parker’s foundational study promises to make UUism more welcoming and spiritually fulfilling for all young adults. If you recently bridged we strongly encourage you to participate. – Ed. Where Do We Go After Bridging? If you are a Unitarian Universalist young adult who Bridged this year (or if you love somebody who is), then I need your help! My name is Emily Parker, and I, like you (or your loved one), am a Unitarian Universalist who Bridged this year. Last year, I became interested in how we Bridge, and where we go afterwards. Why do so many young adults leave the faith? What are young adults looking for,…

Who We See Determines What We Believe

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 17th 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

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What Gender is Your God? New research has found a strong correlation between the gender one ascribes to God and that person’s attitudes toward social or other issues. Researchers from Clemson University found that how people feel about issues such as marriage-equality, abortion or capital-punishment differs depending upon whether they believe God is masculine, or not. What Unitarian Universalism Believes About God   Excerpted from an article appearing on the Religion section of Huffington Post: Referring to God as ‘Father’, ‘Lord’ and ‘King’ may have wider implications than people think. Clemson University sociologist Andrew Whitehead has a new report out in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion demonstrating that people who believe in…

TED Talks for Youth – Live this Weekend

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 14th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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From the TED -site: TEDYouth is a day-long event for middle and high school students, with live speakers, hands-on activities and great conversations. Scientists, designers, technologists, explorers, artists, performers (and more!) share short talks on what they do best, serving both as a source of knowledge and inspiration for youth around the globe. Learn more about it here.

Know What They Say About Assumptions?

Written by jennicadavishockett // November 13th 2014 // Issues and Trends // 5 comments

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STORY UPDATED 11/14/14* Last night as I swiped through my Facebook feed I thought I saw that another Unitarian Universalist church had been victim to a hate crime. But I wasn’t in the mood for another thing to be mad/sad about so I pretended like I was impervious to the click bait. In the office this morning (yes that’s right, I get to work at UUA Headquarters for a couple weeks) colleagues were abuzz with mis/information about the incident. I’m sure by now you’ve seen Maybe you haven’t yet seen this article, when I did a search in Google News, it was nowhere to be found. [We’ve verified only one news source published this story…

From Your Heart to Their Ears

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 13th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // no comments

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Join US for a Piping Hot Time! Are you a Luminary Leader? Enter for the chance to interview Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Peter Morales and UUA Moderator and Chief Governance Officer Jim Key. Not yet a Luminary Leader? Become one now THEN enter the drawing. Currently Scheduled for January 24, 2015 Want to… Lob ‘em a hot potato… Spark a flame for youth ministry… Light their fire for youth leadership… Melt their hearts… Dazzle ‘em with your perspicacity… Stew their curiosity… Get ‘em to take something off the back-burner… * Then get on the boil and sign up today! * You better believe we’re cookin’ up way more idioms  – add your own below!

Houston UUs vs Westboro: Love Wins

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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Because That is What We Do Members of the Westboro Baptist Church came to Houston, Texas protesting – as quoted  on the KHOU-TV website,“‘This Mayor Annise Parker, whatever her name is, is an out of the closet lesbian. She is a spectacle and she has attention all over the country. So we are gonna say our part, said Marc Hill of Westboro.” KHOU reported the Westboro protesters were met by members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Houston, who answered Westboro’s message of hate in force, reporting, “‘We are singing in the light of love!’ sang another group about twice the size of the Westboro group. A Progressive Voice in the Public Square And when…

“Re-Imagining UUA Governance” Survey

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 10th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, UUA // no comments

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This Board ‘Ain’t Bored, and They’re Lookin’ for Answers The Unitarian Unviersalist Association has been working since 2010 to make governance of the Association more democratic, more inclusive and more effective. In its continuing work on this mission, the Board of Trustees has identified three challenges to address in the areas of Delegates, Gathering and Leadership. Your participation is solicited in overcoming these challenges which are identified in the “Re-imagining UUA Governance” survey.     A message from Moderator Jim Key: As UUA Moderator, I believe that how we make decisions at our General Assembly and carry them out matters deeply for our faith. I’ve often said, “Governance done well is the enabler of our…

Spotlight: UUs of Wooster

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // November 10th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments

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Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults.– Ed.  These Young Leaders are Bridge Builders You may have heard those familiar with young adult ministry joke, with a note of sadness and frustration in their voice, that what we call bridging (the transition from youth to young adult Unitarian Universalist community) is less like crossing a bridge and more like jumping off a cliff. Well a small group of UU students at The College of Wooster have decided to build their own bridge and have formed a new student organization that is spreading the good…