Life, the Universe and… Everything

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 7th 2014 // Featured Youth, Stories and Voices, UUA, youth // no comments

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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 // no comments

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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…

Love Reaches Out From this Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // June 12th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments

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UU: Challenging the Propensity for Polar Thinking “Not for Ourselves Alone – Theological Essays on Relationship” explains that Unitarian Universalists reach out in love not because they must yet are compelled to it by faith. Edited by Burton D. Carley and Laurel Hallman, these essays provoke reflection on a seeming paradox of the Unitarian Universalist faith that is built upon a free and responsible search for truth and meaning  – for if each is free to search, where is the common ground upon which we meet to move forward in faith? The exploration of this seeming paradox reveals the deep value and lasting power of a movement of faith that celebrates communally embracing the individual. It…

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…

Power UP with Rev. Monica

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 30th 2014 // Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices, young adults, youth // no comments

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On-Air Thursdays, on-line any-time Power UP with Rev. Monica (Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings) is an internet radio show that informs, inspires and empowers the lives of listeners with music, inspirational readings, interviews and reflections. Power UP can be heard on WGTD HD3 radio every Thursday from 8:00-8:30 PM CST and at 9PM EST/7PM MST/6PM PST. You can you leave comments on this page or on the show’s facebook page. Listen to the Power UP promo Read the Unitarian Universalist Association Living Mosaic blog, by Rev. Monica. Learn about multicultural and multigenerational congregation of Unitarian Universalism, a welcoming faith. Listen to pre-recorded episodes of Power UP. Each episode addresses a different topic: ♦ PowerUP on…

Stronger than Hate

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 24th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Rev. Erik Wikstrom serves as Settled Minister at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church – Unitarian Universalist, Charlotsville, VA. The Blue Boat occasionally re-posts from his blog, A Minister’s Musings. Here are Rev. Wickstrom’s reflections on the death of Fred Phelps, founder of the Westboro Baptist Church.–Ed. A Time to Mourn   Fred Phelps, the leader of the Westboro Baptist Church — you know, the one that said “God hates fags!”and made a name for itself picketing so many funerals — died today. Many of my friends and colleagues are discussing whether or not they feel compelled to forgive, or to mourn and his passing. Some say they hope he will rot in the hell he seemed…

To Not Look Away

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 5th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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We repost Rev. Meg Riley’s piece, originally appearing in the Huffington Post, describing her visceral reaction to being confronted by the reality of America’s racist past and its ongoing expression through policies like Mass Incarceration and the discriminatory deportation of immigrants, today. The movie, 12 Years a Slave, which won the 2014 Academy Award Oscar for Best Picture, is based upon Solomon Northup’s 1853 memoir about being born free in New York, kidnapped and enslaved in Louisiana before escaping and regaining his freedom. – Ed. For White People Who Can’t Bear to See ’12 Years a Slave’ Yet another white person said to me yesterday, “I’m not sure I can go see 12 Years a Slave….

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

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

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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,…

Our Common Path

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 19th 2014 // 30 Days of Love // no comments

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DAY 2: Honoring the Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King By Michelle Alexander Jan 19, 2014 “In some ways, these tactics are not Jim Crow. They do not feature Night Riders and sheets…This is in fact, James Crow, Esq. Jim Crow used blunt tools. James Crow, Esq. uses surgical tools, consultants, high paid consultants and lawyers to cut out the heart of black political power.” – The Rev. William Barber, NAACP North Carolina president, speaking about the assault on voting rights     This week, as we honor the legacy and service of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and celebrate the movement that brought the old Jim Crow to its knees, we also recommit to…

Ministerially Outed

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 16th 2013 // Issues and Trends, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Rev. Frank Schaefer will likely lose his ministry and be defrocked by the United Methodist Church this week. We re-post Rev. Schaefer’s explanation of why he will not change his position on marriage equality or his calling or the LGBT community from the Reconciling Ministries Network. If you would like to send you support to Rev. Schaefer you can sign this petition of thanks or send him a personal message of thanks and support c/o yaya@uua.org (please include the title: “I support you, Rev. Schaefer” in the subject).– Ed. Rev. Frank Schaefer explains his penalty decision Rev. Frank Schaefer was found guilty by The United Methodist Church for officiating at his son’s same-sex wedding. Schaefer…