Who We See Determines What We Believe

Written by T. Resnikoff // November 17th 2014 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments


What Gender is Your God? New research has found a strong correlation between the gender one ascribes to God and that person’s attitudes toward social or other issues. Researchers from Clemson University found that how people feel about issues such as marriage-equality, abortion or capital-punishment differs depending upon whether they believe God is masculine, or not. What Unitarian Universalism Believes About God   Excerpted from an article appearing on the Religion section of Huffington Post: Referring to God as ‘Father’, ‘Lord’ and ‘King’ may have wider implications than people think. Clemson University sociologist Andrew Whitehead has a new report out in the Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion demonstrating that people who believe in…

Summer Seminary Grad Seeks Answers

Written by jennicadavishockett // October 30th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Programs and Links, Stories and Voices, UUA // no comments


For some, Summer Seminary left them with even more questions about their path to ministry. Jennica Davis-Hockett, Leadership Development Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), paired a Summer Seminary graduate with a first year seminarian at Meadville Lombard Theological School to get some answers.–Ed. Emily Conger grew up in New Jersey in the Metro New York District, and is now in Boulder, Colorado in the Mountain Desert District. She is currently pursuing her Master of Divinity at Meadville Lombard Theological School in Chicago.   Carter Smith is currently a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Asheville where she is majoring in Religious Studies. This past summer, she was a participant of the…

Sunday Challenge #2 – Tuesday Answer

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 28th 2014 // Featured Young Adults, Featured Youth, Guides and Tools // no comments


Survey Says: Who Was Michael Servetus? Michael Servetus was a Spanish theologian, physician, and humanist. He espoused strongly held Unitarian beliefs, bringing upon himself the wrath of John Calvin (and many others) which led to his execution for heresy. Many label Servetus the first Unitarian martyr and his writings influenced those who later founded Unitarian churches in Poland and Transylvania. His belief in the freedom of conscience (which inform the 4th and 5th principles of Unitarian Universalism) created a backlash which led to a new and more humane understanding of the religious in daily life: Widespread aversion to Servetus’s death has been taken as signaling the birth in Europe of the idea of religious tolerance,…

7th Principle Moments

Written by Bart Frost // October 27th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


I recently finished a book edited by Dori Baker called Greenhouses of Hope: Congregations Growing Young Leaders Who Will Change the World. In it, one of the writers describes a congregation’s youth ministry through their awareness and verbally recognizing “God moments”. God moments are defined as “an instant of crystal clear knowing that God is present and active in the world”. The congregation is a United Methodist Church that spending a lot of time and money doing missionary work and a lot of energy listening for and sharing “God moments”. As I read about their interactions and how they felt the holy while on trips to Appalachia, or during a moment of laughter in the…

Help Create Intentional UU Community!

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // June 18th 2014 // Stories and Voices, young adults // 2 comments

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UU Community Cooperatives are creating a second living community Imagine a place where a diverse group of folks commit to living intentionally together based on Unitarian Universalist values. Imagine cooking together, singing together, honoring the interdependent web, using the democratic process…ok, and maybe grumbling about the dishes from time to time… Sound intriguing?  Well if you live in the Boston area you may already be familiar with Lucy Stone Cooperative, an intentional community living the values and tradition of Unitarian Universalism through cooperative home ownership. But did you know that their parent organization, Unitarian Universalist Community Cooperatives (UUCC) is ready to expand to a second house?   UUCC is looking to gather a core team of…

Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

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


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…

Best Practices at Original Blessing

Written by Annie Gonzalez Milliken // May 8th 2014 // Stories and Voices, young adults // 9 comments


Multigen and Mission Focused “Original Blessing is like a study in best practices for a congregation that wants to appeal to younger people as well as older folks” remarked Carey McDonald after a recent visit there. Having stopped into Sunday evening worship at this new UU congregation in Greenpoint, Brooklyn a couple weeks ago myself, I had to agree. The service followed traditional UU models: chalice lighting, singing, greeting one another, a sermon, a pastoral prayer where the community’s concerns were lifted up. And the service I attended did all of these elements in ways that felt engaging, authentic and spiritually alive. The musicians were excellent and the singing, done without having to look down…

Einstein, the Spiritual and Faith

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 31st 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments


The Laws of the Universe Albert Einstein’s response in 1936 to a letter from a 6-year old asking if one could believe in both science and religion shows that the two are not mutually exclusive. As the “nones”, movements like Sunday Assembly, and and others challenge the traditional structure and role of religious organizations Einstein’s words remind us that there is a higher power with which humans naturally seek to join. We reprint Einstien’s thoughts here. Read more on why he wrote this letter on Huffington Post here.   January 24, 1936 Dear Phyllis, I will attempt to reply to your question as simply as I can. Here is my answer: Scientists believe that every…

Weapons of the Spirit

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 16th 2014 // Stories and Voices // one comment


Malcolm Gladwell discusses the power of faith and explains his reawakening to it in these excepts from his post about researching and writing his latest book, David and Goliath. His post, How I Rediscovered Faith, appears on the Relevant Magazine blogsite. Read Malcolm Gladwell’s full post here.–Ed. Research Revelation By Malcolm Gladwell. When I was writing my book David and Goliath, I went to see a woman in Winnipeg by the name of Wilma Derksen. Thirty years before, her teenage daughter, Candace, had disappeared on her way home from school. The city had launched the largest manhunt in its history, and after a week, Candace’s body was found in a hut a quarter of a…

Meaningful Gifts

Written by Carey McDonald // December 4th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA, youth // no comments


Here is Your Invitation! Hello all, This year, the UUA is hosting a Holiday Exchange for the youth ministry professionals in our faith. Rather than trading trinkets, we will exchange messages of inspiration and gratitude. Here’s how it works: Reply to this email by Wednesday, December 18 to let me know if you want to participate. You’ll be given the contact info for another youth ministry professional in our network who is participating (it will be a secret who has your name!) By December 24, email your person with the following two messages (cc youth@uua.org so we can compile your success stories): ~Inspiration – An inspiring story of the youth in your own congregation. ~Gratitude…