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  • Ready to Learn from New Orleans

    Our first task in approaching another people, another culture is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we find ourselves treading on another's dream. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival. — Marjorie...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/24/2017
  • A Time to Act and a Time to Learn

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered when I was in eighth grade. I remember so clearly watching the news on my family’s small black-and-white television, shocked at what I saw. They replayed news clips of the march on Washington and the “I have a dream” speech, of...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 2/19/2017
  • Reading for Solidarity: A Common Read for GA 2017

    The 2017 UUA General Assembly (GA) will affirm solidarity with movements for racial, economic, and environmental justice. When we gather, June 21 through 25, we will invite the people, culture, geography, and history of New Orleans to be our teachers. Whether we will be an...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 10/20/2016
  • Turning Wine into Water

    By Bart Frost My first congregational event as a brand new Director of Religious Education was an ordination. I was greeted with smiles, handshakes, and a keg sitting in a bucket of ice. This was my first professional gig and I had no idea about what the expectation was...
    1/25/2016
  • Transformative Stories: UUs and 12 Step Recovery Programs

    Addiction touches many Unitarian Universalist families, congregations, and communities. We know the pain addiction can cause, not only for an individual, but for those around them. We have seen the tenacity required to sustain recovery. Many of us have heard—or...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 1/6/2015
  • Reading in Common and "Reclaiming Prophetic Witness"

    The selection committee met this summer. We thoughtfully considered the 14 books nominated for the 2014-15 Common Read. There were beautifully written books that addressed social justice issues—immigration, voting rights, racial justice, and climate change—and several that...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 8/5/2014
  • One UUA Common Read, Many Strong Contenders

    Members of the UUA Common Read selection committee read a lot of fabulous books to prepare for our mid-summer selection meeting. While we ultimately came to consensus on the 2013-14 selection, Behind the Kitchen Door, you might consider this year's other,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/28/2013

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