No More Water Everywhere

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 11th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments


Maybe soon not a drop to drink? More than 38 million people live in California, and California supplies the United States with more than half the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and as much of 90% of specialty nuts and fruits in the world.  All of this life is dependent upon water, and water is evermore scarce in the region. This article by Eric Holthaus, one from his series “Thirsty West” on the Future Tense page of examines the effect global warming has on snowpack – a major source of water for urban and agricultural use – and the prognosis of an increasingly dry region.   Find out about the UUA and Environmental Justice…

Faith Development Training from FDO

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 20th 2014 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments


RELIGIOUS EDUCATION FOR TODAY The Faith Development Office (FDO) of the Unitarian Universalist Association offers free monthly one-hour webinars for religious professionals and lay leaders who plan, lead, or support programs with a faith development component, especially Unitarian Universalist (UU) religious education (RE) for children, youth, adults, and/or multigenerational groups.     UPCOMING WEBINARS – For more information or to register for a specific date, contact Upon registration you will receive an email with login and call-in information. March: Outside In & Upside Down: Applying the “Flipped” Classroom Concept to Faith Development Tuesday, March 25 at 1 pm Eastern time or, Wednesday, March 26 at 9 pm Eastern time Explore possibilities sparked by the…

LGBTQ Myths Exposed

Written by T. Resnikoff // March 4th 2014 // Guides and Tools // no comments


Replace False Belief with Knowledge and Understanding “You Can Tell Just By Looking”, by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini  and Michael Amico, examines and debunks 20 common myths about “LGBT life and people”. By asking questions that are part of the national conversation on homosexuality, gender-identity and lifestyle, this book from Beacon Press answers questions, provokes re-examination of oneself and inspires transformative conversations. Is “gaydar” real? Are homosexuals born that way? Do all religions condemn homosexuality? Are Transgender people mentally ill? Do gay rights infringe on religious liberty? Are all transgender people gay? Do Hate Crime Laws prevent violence against gay people? These and other topics used by both sides in the pro/anti gay equality debate…

Bias Through Association

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 20th 2014 // Social Justice // no comments


Implicit Association Tests Reveal Unconscious Biases “It may not be surprising to learn that most people in the United States — 80 percent of whites — harbor a pro-white bias. Perhaps more surprising is that a large minority of blacks — 40 percent — hold a pro-white bias.” (From The Bay State Banner). Researchers at Harvard University‘s Project Implicit have have found that biases come from implicit associations we all hold, and that even when we are intentional in our relations with others our attitudes and behavior are driven by un- or subconcious ideas and associations we hold. Not surprisingly, some classes of people benefit from these biases, whereas others are penalized. (Read how Project…

Picture Yourself Here

Written by T. Resnikoff // February 3rd 2014 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments


The Unitarian Universalist Association Faith Development Office SEEKS PHOTOS of UU GIRL SCOUTS (in uniform or not!) for possible inclusion in the 4th edition of Religion in Life for Girl Scouts, which is the religious recognition UU Girls Scouts can earn. We are seeking images of girls diverse in age, race and ethnicity, body shape, and ability for this new edition, which will be presented as an on-line girl-friendly program, rather than as a booklet to purchase from the bookstore.     If you would like to share photos (or to take some to share), please email All images will require a parental release form, which the UUA will supply.  Thank you for your…

Open Minds and Open Hearts are Made

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 28th 2014 // Featured Youth, Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments


Determining, “Who am I?”, does not happen in  isolation. Jessica York, Director of Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) reminds us in her post originally appearing on Call and Response, the blog of the Office of Faith Formation at the UUA, reminds us that identity is formed in context with and relationship to others, sameness and difference. The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA has published a resource , Be the Change!, multiculturalism and anti-racism for youth.–Ed. Identity Formation, Faith Formation: Educating UU Youth by Jessica York The Indian philosopher, Chanakya (350-283 BCE), said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty…

Resources for Multiethinic Families

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 21st 2014 // Mosaic // no comments


    The Living Mosaic blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association presents identity development resources for multiethnic families:               Videos: Introduction to White Ethnic Identity Formation for Youth Discussion Guide Handout 1: Definitions (PDF) Handout 2: Four Stages of White Identity Formation Model (PDF) Handout 3: Cummings Identity Map and Worksheet (PDF)  Handout 4: Responsive Readings (PDF) Introduction to Racial and Ethnic Identity Caucusing for Youth Discussion Guide (PDF) TED Talk by Aaron Huey: America’s native prisoners of war   Cameron Russell admits she won “a genetic lottery”: she’s tall, pretty and an underwear model. But don’t judge her by her looks. In this fearless talk, she takes a…

Top Ten of ’13: Religion

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 1st 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


Looking back on 2013, we wonder what wonders the new year holds in store… – Ed.   Huffpost’s Count         Religion Newswriters Association Top Ten Stories of 2013     Patheos Top Religion Stories of 2013  

Emphasis on Empathy

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 19th 2013 // Guides and Tools, Stories and Voices // no comments


Practice of the Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism is rooted in our ability to empathize and connect with others. Dr. Brené Brown explains what empathy with animation by Katy Davis. Produced by the RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce). Re-posted from Failblog. –Ed.      

Blue Boat Newsletter

Written by T. Resnikoff // December 5th 2013 // Guides and Tools // no comments


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