2014 OPUS: Hands to Work, Hearts to Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 1st 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults // no comments


SUMMER PLANNING Get ready for the  annual five-day, spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network, this year hosted by the Nuhop Experiential Learning Camp, August 13–17, near Perrysville, OH. For young adults ages 18 – 35 from around Canada and United States (and beyond!)  This year Opus is brought to you by a partnership between CUUYAN and the Ohio-Meadville District. Visit the OPUS 2014 website for detailed information, a video of OPUS 2010 and to register.   Early Bird registration: $245 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by May 11, remainder due July 27th On-time registration: $280 – $100 non-refundable deposit due by June 22, remainder due by July 27th Late registration: $315…

More Americans Say Religion Not Important

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 19th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


Fewer Believe in the Supernatural, More in the Rational More Americans describe themselves as “non-religious” or not religiously affiliated than at any other time in history, and recently this trend has picked-up speed. New findings suggest that the problem is not one of faith but relevancy in daily life, with about 45% of respondents to a Gallup poll saying they believe religion is old fashioned and out-of-date. A new poll by NBC News and The Wall Street Journal revealed that slightly more than 1 in 5 Americans now feel that religion is not very important to them. Of the 20% of Americans who feel this way, the greatest amount identify as white men under the…

Rational Faith in the Multiverse

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


Faith and Science During a period of great change and upheaval in the role of organized religion and faith, Mary-Jane Rubenstein in her book “Worlds without End” asks whether examining existence through the lens of multiverse theory points the way to a closer relationship between scientific thought and faith, and can create greater relevancy for faith movements like Unitarian Universalism that are non-dogmatic and encourage a rational basis for faith.   The search for spiritual meaning and faith in endless universes of possibility The scientific theory of “multiverse” – the possibility that there are many universes in existence – first expressed by the Atomists in ancient Greece, is described by researchers as a, “hell without…

Summer Seminary 2014 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, young adults, youth // no comments


Space limited demand is high Apply now to attend Summer Seminary July 30-August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Application deadline APRIL 1, 2014. This program allows Unitarian Universalist youth to explore their call to ministry in all its forms. Summer Seminary focuses on ordained ministry and credentialed leadership in religious education and music, offering youth the opportunity to learn about life as a religious professional, and connect with other youth considering ministry, religious education and other religious professional career paths. Summer Seminary 2014 is open to those who were in grades 10-12 (or the equivalent for home-schooled youth) for the 2013-2014 school year, including those who bridged into young adulthood in the spring/summer of 2014. Learn…

Tumbl Through Lent

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 6th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, On Campus // no comments


47◊ Days of Practice and Reflection Join Unitarian Universalists (UUs) expressing their Lenten wishes on tumblr at “practicinglent.tumblr.com“ Beginning on Wednesday March 5, 2014, and for each of the next 40 days, UUs add the day’s word and a related quote to the main Practicing Lent page. Check the word and quote in the morning, and come back later in the day to add your photo* (YOUR photo – please respect copyright!). Check back more than once to see images our fellow Unitarian Universalists have shared  throughout the day.     Remember to tag your photo with the word of the day, we can all search by keyword later. ◊ Visit practicinglent.tumblr.com to find out why…

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…

Mass Incarceration Identifies Us

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 20th 2014 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments


Set against a backdrop of institutional and societal discrimination, the story of Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice initiative (EJI) encapsulates what is right about family, faith and mission, pointing the way forward. – Ed. Reaching Out To End Injustice Bryan Stevenson, winner of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in social justice argues that the policy of Mass Incarceration has its roots in the practice of slavery, and is part of the continuum of the history of racial injustice in the United States. From his career advocating for death-row inmates (study this resource about the unequal application of the death penalty on the basis of race, this resource of death-penalty inmates who have been exonerated [and…

Happy Valentine’s Day: A Love Letter to UUs Everywhere

Written by Annie Gonzalez // February 14th 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // one comment


Dear Unitarian Universalists, I love you.  I really do.  We’ve been together now for 22 years, and we’ve had our ups and downs, but I know in my heart you’re still the religious group for me. Now there’s been a lot of buzz about the new logo, and a lot of it has been not-so-positive.  There have been negative reactions to the logo and then negative reactions to the negative reactions… Well here’s my take on it: When I first saw the “branding” proposal at a UUA all-staff meeting in September, to be honest, it made me queasy.  Brands?  Those are for corporations!  Corporations are evil!  Yuck, why would we model ourselves after Apple? (Yes,…

Many Ways to Celebrate

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 12th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments


Day 26: Celebrate everywhere to make change everywhere   Faith as Fuel As people committed to working for social justice it might seem difficult to celebrate everywhere because as people committed to working for social justice we see, think about or feel the pain of injustice. It may seem inappropriate to spread our love, worship with joy or dance and sing when we witness injustice, even more sore when the injustice is felt. Yet, celebration transforms: when we celebrate we lift up a vision of justice and fairness in human relations, the injustices and inequities of today are seen in relief, the way forward becomes clear. When we celebrate we are reaching out to others,…

How Do We Love Concretely?

Written by Annie Gonzalez // February 7th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments


DAY 21: Radically Reintegrate the Formerly Incarcerated When I sat down to think about what it meant to reach out with radical love to formerly incarcerated people, I realized I didn’t have many personal experiences to draw on. But I did immediately think of a friend of mine, Aviva Tevah, who works to bring transformative education to individuals and communities affected by mass incarceration in New York City. She agreed to write a guest post for me, and these are her reflections on what it means to reach out with radical love to those who have been incarcerated. – Annie.   by Aviva Tevah As scholars like Michelle Alexander remind us, mass incarceration is a…