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 // 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…

A Unitarian Universalist Holiday Story

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 11th 2013 // Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments

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A video message about what love is and what love does, with best wishes for the holidays from Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association.   View in Spanish View in English       http://www.uua.org/news/pressroom/pressreleases/292414.shtml

Principles and Person

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 9th 2013 // Social Justice, Stories and Voices // no comments

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Can it be detrimental to the principles of Unitarian Universalist faith when the people who witness for a cause overshadow the cause itself? Pursuing this line of thought, the Rev. Andrew L. Weber suggests we not to lose focus on the issues at hand.–Ed.   Getting Arrested like a Minister Yesterday the Unitarian Universliast Association’s President, Rev. Peter Morales, was arrested “along with 200 other faith leaders, members of Congress, union leaders, and immigration activists.”  This is big news for Unitarian Universalists – we tend to exalt people who get arrested.  Just look at some articles from our national magazine: UUWorld.  I was going to list some individually, but a search for the term “arrested”…

An Active Search for Lasting Theology

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2013 // Featured Young Adults, Stories and Voices, UUA, young adults // no comments

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We re-post this piece by the Rev. Carl Gregg, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick, Maryland, as an opportunity for reflection and example of the Fourth Principle of Unitarian Universalism in action. – Ed. Building Your Own Theology September 10, 2013 By Carl Gregg My last post on “Unitarian Universalism in 30 Seconds: Developing Your UU Elevator Speech” ended with the lyrics of the hymn, “As Tranquil Streams.” The text of this hymn was written in 1933 to celebrate “the growing closeness of the Unitarian and Universalist denominations for approximately a century.” A few decades later in 1960 later that song was chosen as the processional hymn at the worship service held in…

The Theology of Unitarian Universalists

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 11th 2013 // Mosaic // 2 comments

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This post comes to us from the Faith/Spirituality page on Living Mosaic.  Read more from the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell here.– Ed. By Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell “How many times have I heard people remark, “You can believe anything and be a Unitarian Universalist.” Or someone might say, with no trace of irony, “I go to the Unitarian Universalist church because I don’t believe in organized religion.” Incredulous, I say to myself, “Gee, I try to be organized. And we do have a choir. And choir robes. And ministers. And a building.” Unitarian Universalism is a religion — and one with a long and noble history. Why are we so often misunderstood? One problem is our…

UUA President’s Statement on Syria

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 6th 2013 // Issues and Trends, UUA // no comments

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In response to the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria, President Obama is asking for Congressional approval for U.S. military intervention against the Assad regime. I join all people of conscience in condemning the use of these weapons and grieve for the appalling loss of life. I urge the Obama administration to explore and then exhaust all peaceful diplomatic efforts to bring an end to the ongoing violence in Syria. Not enough has yet been done to rally international support for non-violent response to the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict. The Unitarian Universalist Association joins with many other faith groups in urging our government to refrain from the use…