Renewed Urgency for Spiritual Substance

Written by T. Resnikoff // January 23rd 2014 // Future of Faith, Issues and Trends // no comments

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Faith institutions are in trouble, unless they are spiritually nurturing – and informative .  We re-post an excerpt of this article by the Barna Group, focusing on the trend they see in Faith in during the coming year.– Ed.   Three Major Faith and Culture Trends for 2014 January 21, 2014 – In the not-so distant past, institutions were trusted and valued as important parts of a functioning society—from government, corporations and schools to marriage and even organized religion. Yet trust in institutions is quickly giving way to a nation of cynics. New Barna research reports that Americans are ranking their confidence in institutions at abysmal levels. And this institutional skepticism comprises a significant backdrop for…

Small and Deep

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 10th 2013 // Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Go Deep into Unitarian Universalism in congregation or community, as many or as one – the UUA Bookstore has what you need. –Ed.   Resources for Small Group Ministry from the Skinner House Books Skinner House has selected five books full of spiritual inspiration, reflection, activities and guides for creating vibrant and meaningful small group ministry experiences:                                         Deepen your relationship with Unitarian Universalism  

Team Leadership

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 3rd 2013 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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Rev. Erik Wikstrom argues that the head of the congregation could be the “Chief Faith Formation Officer,” and solicits  your opinion or dissent… – Ed.   What If The DRE Ran The Church? Of all the things I’ve done in my career perhaps the thing with the best title was when I was hired by the Canadian Unitarian Council to be a “provocateur” for one of their annual conferences.  Professional Provocateur — arguably the role I was born to play. So I’d like to be clear that what I’m doing in this post today is being provocative. Intentionally. Consciously. I’m not saying that I don’t believe what I’m writing, but only that my goal is…

Puttin’ a Smile on Grumpy Cat’s Face

Written by T. Resnikoff // October 1st 2013 // Events and Opportunities, UUA // no comments

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In the Roman Catholic tradition, October 4 is the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis (1182-1226) was a monk who founded the contemporary order of Franciscans. He was known for his vow of poverty and his special connection to animals, among many other things. Many Unitarian Universalists have picked up on the Catholic tradition of blessing animals, particularly pets, on the Sunday closest to October 4. – Ed.   Celebrating animals in our lives By Michelle Richards, on September 30th, 2013 St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of animals, and his feast day of October 4 is celebrated worldwide by holding pet blessings and similar events throughout the autumn. While Unitarian…

Read, Ye, Read, Ye! Assembled General Assemblys

Written by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2013 // GA, General Assembly 2013, Guides and Tools, UUA // no comments

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Can’t Get Enough? Neither Can We. For the second year running, Skinner House Books has produced an e-book selection of sermons and lectures from General Assembly. Available through the UUA Bookstore, click on the cover and make them yours…

Summer Seminary Was Awesome

Written by Carey McDonald // August 14th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Featured Youth // 5 comments

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The weekend of August 9-11, sixteen incredible Unitarian Universalist high school students came from across the country to explore a calling to professional ministry in our faith. Summer Seminary, the first of what we hope will become a fixture of UU youth ministry for years to come, offered these youth an opportunity to ponder their own sense of calling and mission, learn about the process for applying and attending theological school, and meet with ministers, religious educators and activists to hear about their lives as religious professionals.   Highlights of the weekend included: discussion on personal call and discernment, led by Robin Bartlett, preaching workshop (“homiletics,” as we learned), led by Rev. Gary Smith, visit…

Welcoming “Lived Religion” at Tufts

Written by T. Resnikoff // July 29th 2013 // Stories and Voices // no comments

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We re-post this article from Tufts Now. –Ed. Tapping into Tufts’ Spiritual Heritage Rev. Gregory McGonigle, a Unitarian minister with a focus on “lived religion,” begins July 1 as the new university chaplain “When I think about Tufts’ Universalist heritage, I think about Tufts’ commitments around internationalism, peace and justice work, diversity, environmentalism and a strong intellectual tradition that is also very much engaged with the world,” says Gregory McGonigle.   By Helene Ragovin Goddard Chapel, one of the first buildings at Tufts and the hub of the university’s chaplaincy program, stands at the heart of the Medford/Somerville campus, a reminder of the centrality of religious and spiritual life and of the school’s Universalist founders….

“Cobalt and the Hired Guns” Play Synergy

Written by T. Resnikoff // April 23rd 2013 // Events and Opportunities, GA, General Assembly 2013, young adults, youth // no comments

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  Mix it Up(∞) With Some Pulsating(•) Hard Alloy(*)! Cobalt and the Hired Guns is a durable rock band that originated among some friends, Unitarian Universalist youth who attended youth con. They’ll be making a team effort (okay, enough with the puns), playing the Synergy Worship at General Assembly this year on Friday, June 21, between 8:30–10PM. (Check the GA schedule here.) Their music is described as enthusiastic, “shout-it-out” and fun – and how can you beat that?   From their website: Cobalt & the Hired Guns is about love and guts, energy and enthusiasm – refusing to pretend they aren’t having fun. Friends since they were just little buckaroos, the boys of Cobalt &…