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…

Wait Like the World is About to Turn

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // December 4th 2014 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // one comment

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For those of us who follow the Christian tradition, now is the season of Advent, a time of waiting.  And whether we are Christian or not, I believe that Unitarian Universalists and progressives of any or no faith have something to learn from this Christian season of Advent this year. Because we are waiting. Oh how we long for a day when no more unarmed black boys or men are killed by police. Oh how we long for a day when the police who do kill unarmed black men and boys are held accountable for their actions. Oh how we long for a day when every single American would rise up and say “enough is enough; we must end…

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…

Complete the Holiday Experience #GivingTuesday

Written by Bart Frost // November 28th 2014 // Events and Opportunities, Social Justice, UUA // one comment

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Take a side order of giving with your thanking Are you (Fill in the blank: burnt out/tired/neutral/excited/wired/does not apply)  _______________ from an extended weekend of (party and play/ family and food/solitude and reflection/sleeping and jelling/does not apply) ____________? Did you brave (cold/heat/rain/snow/sleet/ boredom/does not apply)  __________ to stand in lines on this Black Friday? Cyber Monday have you feeling (sad & blue/green with envy/ in the red on your budget/tickled pink over the deal you got/does not apply) ________________________________ ? Are you already tired of the endless  (commercials/requests/lists/whining/does not apply) ________________________________  for stuff? Well, we’ve got the (antidote/cure/feel-good solution/opportunity of a lifetime) ________ :  GENEROSITY! Participate in #GivingTuesday! Make a donation to Unitarian Universalist youth and young…

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…