The Future is in Color

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 17th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments


Rainbow America By Amanda Froelich on the True Activist blog: With the increasing trend of interracial partnerships, it’s much more common for an individual to belong to a variety of hereditary backgrounds. As PolicyMic bluntly summarized, “in a matter of years we’ll have Tindered, OKCupid-ed and otherwise sexed ourselves into one giant amalgamated mega-race.” They’re absolutely right. But what will that look like?   To answer this question, National Geographic built its 125th anniversary issue around this theme… and what they came up with is beautiful. See how the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) promotes racial justice and multicultural ministries and multiculturalism and anti-racism for youth Read the story and see more images of our shared…

“Friendly” Doesn’t Cut It Anymore

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 16th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


Pre-qualified by Social Media The Interconnections Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in its story, “Welcoming in the Age of Social Media” discusses the added importance of making genuine connection with new comers since most people have Googled congregations they are considering joining before ever setting foot through the door. Most first-time visitors learn about a congregation from its on-line presence, and are ready to join, making the way they are received by members the deal closer – or deal breaker.   Unitarian Universalist Peter Bowden, who specializes in the relationship between media and congregation proposes a three questions every membership team should ask itself to better welcome newcomers, pointing out, “Thanks to digital…

Spotlight: UU young adults of Brooklyn, NY

Written by Annie Gonzalez // March 28th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices // no comments


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.  “A gateway to being involved in the larger congregation,” “a bridge to multigenerational community” – These are just two of the phrases used to describe the ministry of welcome provided by the Twenties and Thirties group at First Unitarian Congregational Society Brooklyn (or First UU Brooklyn). Calling themselves the “TnT group” these young adults create a low-pressure environment free of judgment for those looking to add spirituality to their life in the often secular world of New York City.     Karen Plemons, who grew up Unitarian…

Not your Parents’ Generation Anymore

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 27th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


Even If It Looks Like It   This comparison from Barna Group Research comes to us as part of a resource-set dedicated to helping faith-based organizations better serve the needs of the faithful as their demographics evolve. One clear take-away is that for all the vaunted difference of Millennials as compared to other generations, at least on these topics there are many similarities, which perhaps points a way to making faith affiliation more relevant and desirable to Millennials. This observation leads to another: even when the values are shared across generations, many Millennials don’t feel welcomed by their faith. As faith practice and affiliation evolves, faith organizations are looking for ways to engage Millennials, and…

The Interfaith Settled Minister

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 25th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments


We post excerpts of this interview from the Beacon Broadside, the blog of Beacon Press about interfaith leadership at the  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse (UUCGT). – Ed.   Meet the First Rabbi to Lead a Unitarian Universalist Congregation by Susan Katz Miller Recently, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbis have worked in UU congregations before, this is apparently the first time a rabbi will lead a UU community. I knew that Rabbi Chava has been on the forefront of clergy working with interfaith families. And as the Jewish author of a book from a UU publisher, I was particularly interested in hearing about…

Talking ‘Bout Birds ‘n Bees

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 13th 2014 // Future of Faith, youth // no comments


 The future of faith will be determined as much by its ability to create fulfilling spiritual experience as it will by its usefulness and relevancy addressing real questions that people can’t get answered elsewhere. We re-post this response by a Unitarian Universalist youth to an article that appeared on The Atlantic questioning the value and propriety of sex-education in public schools.–Ed.   A 16-Year-Old Reflects on the Sex Ed Classes She Took at 6 and 13   by Conor Friedersdorf A journey from surprise to bashfulness to appreciation.   In response to my recent article on a sex education controversy, “Should Public Schools Teach 13-Year-Old’s About Grinding,” a 16-year-old girl offers her thoughts:    …

The Seeger Saga Continues

Written by Carey McDonald // January 31st 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments


The passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger has offered a chance to revisit the themes the 1950’s and ‘60’s when Seeger made his mark on American culture. Practically every news outlet (including this blog!) has paid homage to this remarkable man, and I’ve heard of dozens of UU congregations who are planning to use Seeger in their services. But more than how we honor one man’s legacy, the discussion of Seeger’s passing is a microcosm of cultural and generational perspectives. For lots of us, especially those who identify strongly with the protest ethos of the ‘60’s era counterculture, this is truly a time of personal grief. Seeger’s life was interwoven with Unitarian Universalism, his…

Editable Church

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 14th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


What if the meaning and value of faith movements were built and changed by their users – a “Wikipedia faith”? Question posed by Landon Whitsitt on the Alban Institute blog. Read Whitsitt’s pot on the Alban Institute here.– Ed.   Church as Wikipedia by Landon Whitsitt At some level, the notion of a “Wikipedia church” —or “Wikicclesia”— makes a lot of sense, even if we have never thought of it before. Wikipedia: The encyclopedia that anyone can edit Wikicclesia: The church that anyone can edit   It kind of brings a smile to your face doesn’t it? More important, it touches on a reality facing the church today: Wikipedia is a part of our everyday lives….

Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Des Moines

Written by Annie Gonzalez // January 13th 2014 // Spotlight, Stories and Voices, young adults // no comments


Welcome to the Spotlight Series!  Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults. –Ed. Marisa Williams is a new parent in Des Moines, Iowa.  When her daughter Lilian was born in October of 2013 she had a community of people who instantly loved her child, bringing meals and supporting the young family.  The tight knit community that supported her had only known her for about a year, but they had welcomed her in with open arms.   Who are these incredibly supportive and welcoming folks?  They’re the Unitarian Universalist young adults of the First Unitarian Church of Des Moines, also…

Go International

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 9th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // one comment


KUJENGA MADARAJA – Spanning Cultures: ICUU Conference & Council Meeting The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) will hold its biannual Conference and Council Meeting January 28-31, 2014 at the beautiful and inspiring campus of the UU congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, New York.   More than 140 Unitarians and Unitarian Universalists from twenty-five countries will gather for the event. The program (PDF) will include theme talks, worship services, chalice circle groups and other activities, as well as opportunities for networking and getting to know sisters and brothers from around the world.   ICUU is the international network of Unitarian, Universalist and Unitarian Universalist organizations. 23 national full member groups comprise the voting members of the Council. Provisional…