Spiritual Practices for Privileged Fragility

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // January 26th 2017 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // one comment

The great safety pin debate. The epic pussy hat debacle. These are just two examples of an ongoing trend in liberal circles: people (often with relative privilege) respond poorly when their well meaning actions are critiqued by others on the left (often by folks with relatively less privilege). While some lament that divisive critique is destroying the left I know that we who believe in liberation have the spiritual resources to respond well to critical feedback and move forward together. How do I know this? Because I’m an able bodied cis white woman from a middle class liberal background who has learned to respond less defensively to critique from the left over time, using spiritual practices….

“With No Force At All”

Posted by T. Resnikoff // January 17th 2017 // Stories and Voices // no comments

A Unitarian Universalist Welcome by Leslie Mills After I graduated college, with my family of origin in turmoil, I moved to a place where I knew no one outside of the job I was working. As I young person who didn’t know myself well yet, I had some messy relationships, with no healthy models to hold up as a mirror. I was drifting, and in a lot of pain. In desperation, I recalled my Unitarian Universalist upbringing, and thought I’d take a risk and try out the UU congregation in my new town. I attended a Music Sunday, and was so moved I found myself weeping. I signed the visitors book as a gesture of…

A Seat at the Table

Posted by Lauren Hulse // December 13th 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices // one comment

A Seat at the Table: The Transformative Practice of Being Together by Lauren Hulse   Early this year, the congregation I am a part of in Knoxville, Tennessee, Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church (TVUUC), helped bring an Interfaith program called A Seat at the Table (ASATT) to our hometown. The premise is very simple: once a month people from a diversity of faith traditions sit down to share a meal and a conversation. Last week, I got to attend one of these dinners – despite the apparent simplicity of the concept, it was a profound and transformative experience. A Seat at the Table dinners move from place to place each month, landing wherever they can find…

LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 21st 2016 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends, Social Justice // 2 comments

by Rev. Evin Carvill-Ziemer LGBTQ+ Youth Survival Guide: Trump Edition Dear beautiful, fabulous gender creative and sexually non-conforming youth and teens–all those who are queer, trans, non-binary, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and a hundred other wonderful self-proclaimed identities, My heart breaks for you. This is not the future I wanted for you. This is not the future I have been fighting for. But I also know you are strong and I want you to have the information you need to survive. Because I need you to survive! I haven’t seen a “this shit is real” missive to you yet, so here’s what I’ve got. I don’t think it’s helpful to sugar coat this. Yes, you and…

Standing Rock – Issue Primer

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 4th 2016 // Guides and Tools, Issues and Trends // no comments

Learn more about protest against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) The Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, answered the call of protest leaders for clergy of all denominations to join peaceful interfaith witness with the indigenous peoples who are protecting the water and land at Standing Rock. Learn more about this here. ________________________________________ The call for peaceful public witness follows acts of violence and intimidation committed against protestors, and the infringement of First Amendment rights of assembly and free speech of both protestors and the Press. Protestors have been subjected to the use of private security firms with attack dogs unleashed against them, the arrest and unusually harsh treatment of protestors by…

Losing Our Chains

Posted by Elizabeth Nguyen // October 21st 2016 // Featured Young Adults, Mosaic, Stories and Voices // one comment

Aisha participated in this summer’s Thrive Young Adult leadership school for Unitarian Universalist young adults of color. – ed. by Aisha Ansano The five days I spent with my Thrive Young Adult cohort were vibrant and life-giving. So many parts of it stand out, moments that were uplifting, and challenging, and heart-breaking. New friends who I knew would be beside me every step of the way as I moved forward in my life. And new practices that I could engage with to deepen my own life. Every morning, a different member of our cohort led us in a short spiritual practice. It was the best way to start the day: all gathered in the chapel, bellies…

Stretching Resources for Campus Ministry

Posted by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // August 10th 2016 // Future of Faith, On Campus, young adults // no comments

Smart Strategy + Limited Resources = Vibrant Campus Ministry by Carlene Gardner Three years ago, the Unitarian Church of Montreal (UCM) hired me as the Campus Ministry Coordinator on a contract of just 3 hours a week, from September to May. The purpose was to set up a group for Montreal students to connect with each other, the UCM and the Unitarian movement at large. Targeting ‘students’ was an ambitious goal, given that Montreal has four major universities and 14 junior colleges, totaling nearly a quarter million post-secondary students. This puts Montreal on the map as having one of the largest student populations in the world, and the highest proportion of any city in North…

Send a Mamas Day Card!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // May 3rd 2016 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

Dear Reader of this message, People have been creating and sending cards for generations because it’s a simple and powerful way to maintain connection and sustain our families. But too often, the Mamas Day cards we see in stores don’t reflect the mamas in our lives, or the struggles they face. It’s a distraction from the true kind of love we should be expressing on Mamas Day: The love that happens when our world is just, and when all our mamas are supported, cared for, and nurtured. It’s the kind of love I see when I look at Strong Families’ newest Mamas Day ecards. This Mamas Day, honor the mamas in your life – the…

Diminish the Pain of Unjust Detention

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 26th 2016 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

Strengthen bonds of love by Elissa McDavid Back in September, Warsan Shire’s (a Kenyan-born Somali poet) poem “Home,” flooded the internet: no one leaves home until home is a sweaty voice in your ear saying – leave. run away from me now i don’t know what i’ve become but i know that anywhere is safer than here “Home,” references in particular the on-going European refugee crisis, but also the larger forces of migration, across the globe and across borders. Shire points to the humanness of migration. In the United States, our media, our politics, and our society often forgets this. In particular, we forget the mothers, fathers, children, and families who have no option, but…

Multicultural Support Team Moves Toward Justice

Posted by jennicadavishockett // February 12th 2016 // 30 Days of Love, Issues and Trends // no comments

In honor of the Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2016 campaign, Steven Ballesteros speaks up about the important work of supporting Youth of Color.  As a Unitarian Universalist young adult of color I have at times lacked a sense of belonging and of being in right relationship in this faith. I know I am not alone in this feeling. Luckily, there are places in which I can feel safe and ways in which I can apply myself. I currently live near Seattle, Washington, which places me in the Pacific North West District of the Unitarian Universalist Association. There I have helped create and serve on the PNWD Multicultural Support Team for…