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This is the last issue of InterConnections. The newsletter that began in 1998 as an effort by the Unitarian Universalist Association to present very practical information to congregational leaders is coming to an end as a result of the Association’s current financial shortfall. Read more.
How to Respond to Intruders in Worship
Would you know what to do if your congregation’s Sunday morning service was disrupted by people who despised your beliefs? It happened July 20 to the congregation at First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans.
In the middle of a service—during a period of meditation—activists from the anti-abortion fundamentalist Christian group Operation Save America began speaking about “abominations” and shouting that the church was “not a true faith,” said the Rev. Deanna Vandiver, who was leading the service. She is executive director of the Center for Ethical Living and Social Justice Renewal, a group affiliated with UU congregations in New Orleans. Read more.
How to Create Vital Young Adult Ministries
There was a time when it was a bit of a challenge to identify Unitarian Universalist congregations with thriving young adult ministries—but not anymore. More and more congregations are getting the hang of young adult ministries, and they have lots to teach the rest of us.
The Rev. Annie Gonzalez, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Young Adult and Campus Ministry Associate, has been collecting stories from congregations with thriving young adult ministries and posting them on the Blue Boat blog of the UUA’s Youth and Young Adult Ministries staff group. She writes about a different congregation each month.
If you’re looking for inspiration or simply for helpful tips about starting or strengthening a young adult ministry, this is a place to start. “It’s been very inspiring to collect these stories,” said Gonzalez. “It also reminds us there is no one formula for engaging young adults.” Read more.
New Toolkit Advises Congregations on Military Ministry
Ministering to the military just got easier, with the release in June of the Military Ministry Toolkit from the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Ministries and Faith Development staff group. The 54-page kit, available free online, is designed to help congregations and other groups become more inviting to and inclusive of military members, veterans, and their families.
The kit includes a 23-minute video, “Welcoming the Unitarian Universalist Behind the Uniform,” and a series of six one-hour workshops that provide a process for learning about issues related to military service, respectfully discussing issues of war and peace, and being welcoming and supporting. Read more.
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Last updated on Wednesday, August 20, 2014.
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