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…

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…

The Hardest Thing I Ever Did Was…

Written by jennicadavishockett // September 24th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // 4 comments

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At the end of the week of Summer Seminary 2014, students participated in a “preach off.” Each student was given a prompt and instructed to write a two minute sermon on the topic.  Students practiced their sermons in front of one another, late Saturday night, high in the pulpit of the main sanctuary of First Unitarian Church of Chicago. First Unitarian Church of Chicago is one of the oldest churches in Chicago, founded in 1836. Senior Kara Marler, from outside Seattle, WA, was one of five students voted to preach her sermon on Sunday morning. Here is her account of that experience. – Ed. Adults Said She Had Potential, Witness What She Did With It By Kara…

UUs Support Hunger Strike for Immigration Reform

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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This story of Unitarian Universalist beliefs and principles in action come from the Standing on the Side of Love facebook feed.–Ed. Standing on the Side of Love and Justice UU’s from around Puget Sound supported Veronica Noriega as she engaged in a fast to draw attention to the suffering of her family and the millions of others caused by our cruel immigration practices. She camped outside the Northwest Detention Center, risking arrest and deportation, and fasted from Sept. 2 through 9, prior to the deportation hearing for her partner, Ramon Mendoza Pascual. Mr. Mendoza Pascual, who hasn’t been able to hug their three children for a full year, was one of the key leaders in…

Youthful Ambassadors for Peace

Written by T. Resnikoff // August 11th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices // no comments

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To Transform Atomic Legacy On the 69th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki that ended Japanese involvement in the Second World War, we re-post excepts from this story by members of  All Souls Church, Unitarian youth group (Washington, DC) who are participating on the Heiwa Peace Pilgrimage originally appearing on UUA International, the blog of international program office of the Unitarian Universalist Association.     Hiroshima: Reflections on Reconciliation & Friendship “Obama will say, ‘I’m sorry.’ This I hope. I hope…” These were the words of a Hiroshima resident who approached a member of our group last night… Sadly, at the top levels of our government no such words have been spoken, no…

Host a Scaffold Series Conference

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Young Adults, young adults // no comments

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Young Adults Building Faith from the Ground up This fall Faith Architects kicks off with three to six regional leadership conferences called the Scaffold Series. We are currently seeking congregations or organizations to host these conferences. Some conferences may be hosted in spring of 2015. The Scaffold Series invites young adults to examine their Unitarian Universalist identities and to think about why they’ve chosen this religion, what Unitarian Universalism gives them, and what they can commit to giving back. Conference attendees will be trained in multi-generational worship, community building and justice organization, with an emphasis on bringing what they learn at Scaffold Series back to congregations and organizations in the wider denomination.   Won’t it…

Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 27th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Mosaic // no comments

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August 2014 at the UBarU Retreat and Conference Center Create multiracial congregation with other Unitarian Universalists: strengthen bonds of identity while living the commitment of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association to multiracial/multicultural, multigenerational, welcoming congregations. From the UUMF website: Welcome to UUMF! Camp’s inaugural year! Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families (UUMF!) Camp is a place to meet other UU families whose members also don’t appear to “match” each other. We hope to come together each summer to celebrate our Unitarian Universalist faith with others who share common experiences that often follow multiracial families. We will have a great time building this beloved community during this weekend in the scenic Central Texas Hill Country. Come…

Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 23rd 2014 // On Campus, Spotlight, Stories and Voices // one comment

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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. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida Gulf Coast University (FGCU) are a great example of how a small UU campus ministry can make a big difference to an entire community. By holding open drop-in hours on campus, networking with other student organizations and engaging with other campus ministries this group and their fabulous leader, Katie Romano-Griffin are making themselves known to students, administration and faculty alike. The Eagle UUs are a new group, less than a year old, having started in July of…

A Season of Camp

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 16th 2014 // Events and Opportunities // no comments

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Everyone Welcome @ Unirondack – find your tribe and go Unirondack is known for creating a camp experience where people, “live the values that are inherent in Unitarian Universalist principles – acceptance, compassion and decision-making through the democratic process.” The result is that each camp experience is built around the unique community formed by the people who are there. Check out the Unirondack Spring, Summer and Fall Camp Schedule   Information on upcoming camps:   Men’s Gathering, June 6-8 Young Adult Reunion, June 15-18 Summer Youth Camp (several sessions, click to check dates) High Peaks Adventure, July 27- August 2 (Teen trip camp) Family Camp, August 17-23 Members Weekend, October 10-13 (free for Unirondack members)(Become…

UUs in the Military – Conscience in a Hard Place

Written by T. Resnikoff // May 15th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Guides and Tools // no comments

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Ending War – Honoring the Principled Warrior The relationship of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to the military is complex and as lengthy as the history of the United States. While the UUA and Unitarian Universalism is generally pacifist, UUs have  and do serve in the military. The UUA has supported wars in the past. On  Memorial Day we remember UUs in uniform who perished, and honor UUs present and past for their contribution by bringing UU Principles and Sources to bear in one of the least humane theaters on earth – that of armed conflict, potential or engaged. Learn About the UUA and the Military – Watch this module from…