UUA 50th Anniversary Memories and Stories
What have been the biggest changes in Unitarian Universalism over the past 50 years and what has remained the same?
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"The main motive for consolidation—to join two religious traditions that had so much in common into a single religious family—has worked better than expected…. [We are] far more than the sum [our]…original components." —Warren Ross, White Plains, New York
"Thirty years ago there were very few women in ministry; now more than 50% of our ministers are women as are 72% of those preparing for ministry." —Bill Hamilton-Holway, Berkeley, California
"Our commitment to breaking down forms of institutional oppression has helped us prepare for the multicultural future." —Anonymous
"I think one of the biggest changes in Unitarian Universalism has to be the opening of ministerial opportunities to those who are not only heterosexual, mostly white, men. The presence of women ministers, GLBT ministers and ministers of color has expanded our definition of who is called to serve and who is worthy of religious leadership. Creating a ministry that looks more like the wholeness of our congregations has enriched our faith tradition, and as one of the first denominations to welcome female ministers and GLBT ministers, we are walking the talk of our liberal religious values and serving as an example to mainline Protestant faiths." —Marcia Stanard
"I think that the incorporation of the 7 Principles and the Fellowship System into our Faith have been the biggest changes in Unitarian Universalism in the last 50 years." —John Frendberg Durr
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Last updated on Tuesday, January 17, 2012.