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…

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:”…

Witnessing America’s Original Sin

Written by Carey McDonald // December 2nd 2014 // Issues and Trends, Social Justice // no comments

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400 Years of Systemic Racism in One Decision Why rioting in some of the hundreds of protests across the country of the Ferguson Grand Jury decision exonerating Ofc. Darren Wilson in the killing of Mike Brown but not in others? Carey McDonald’s insightful reflection points toward an answer. -Ed. The Unitarian Universalist Association fights for Racial Justice, for ending Mass Incarceration and for stopping the systematic dehumanizing of people all over America. Join us in this cause. After experiencing Black Lives Matter Boston rally and having time to reflect, here are my thoughts on Ferguson: If you’re talking about the indictment, you’re missing the point. I’ve read so many comments about what the grand jury…

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.      …

#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…

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…

ALL In

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 7th 2014 // Future of Faith, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Atheists Can Have Faith, Too In her post, “Interfaitheism“, Abigail Clauhs remembers how confronting doctrine-imposed limits on the term “interfaith” can cause us to reject people whose faith is different from our own. From the State of Formation blog an offshoot of the Journal of Inter-Religious Studies (JIRS). –Ed. Read an excerpt here: I hadn’t been interfaith-rejected before. And then there, sitting in my inbox, was this message. So this is what I want to talk about. First off. Let’s discuss this word “interfaith.” That fateful email told me that having atheists present was “a mockery to the idea of interfaith.” Now, we within the interfaith movement acknowledge that “interfaith” is a problematic term. Using…

Summer Seminary’s Emergent Properties

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 21st 2014 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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Some of the programming at Summer Seminary 2014 was structured, like our time spent at Meadville Lombard Theological School learning about discerning the call, theology, faith formation, UU history and preaching. Some of the programming was designed for open dialogue, so students could pick the brains of music directors, ministers, religious educators and UUA staff members. And some of the time was left open, so that what needed to emerge in the moment, could. Here’s Steven’s account of how the students decided to take it deeper. -Ed.   The knowledge of Summer Seminary’s impact on the incredible youth and young adults should be wide spread and thought of deeply within our communities at home. While writing…

Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // one comment

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Summer Seminary Graduate Sofia Avery-Kapulski is so cool she lives in a yurt with a wood-burning stove. She’s decorated the walls with a painting of the cosmos. She’s an excellent writer and performer. In an interview with her, we discussed how she makes meaning in her life.–Ed.   JD-H: What do you remember about the first moment you thought about going into the ministry? SA-K: It was right after my first QUUest camp, I was having an existential meltdown. I thought, “How am I supposed to do something meaningful with my skills and passions? All I do is write, make music and stew about everything.” I’d been thinking that my preferred past times doomed me to…

A Week That Felt Like a Month, Tied To Her for Years

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 6th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA // one comment

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At the Unitarian Universalist Association Summer Seminary 2014, yes, students learned about what it’s like to be a religious professional, but they also learned about navigating in and appreciating the city of Chicago. They also created deep bonds with one another to find the Spirit of Life within and all around them. Rhea Brown-Bright, from the progressive oasis of the First Unitarian Church of Oklahoma City, recounts her experience. –Ed. SUMMER SEMINARY WAS MUCH MORE THAN… By Rhea Brown-Bright When the plane left the ground of Chicago When it left all the friends I had made behind I knew my life had changed Summer Seminary wasn’t just a place to be for a week It was…