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  • A White Privilege Wake-Up Call

    A wake-up call, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “when you've been doing something self-destructive for some time (perhaps without realizing it) before something serious happens that forces you to come to terms with what you've been doing and that you need to stop.” “...
    By Pat Kahn | 2/2/2016
  • Encouraging UU "Spiritual Osmosis"

    By Richard S. Gilbert Liberal religious educators have for centuries sought to help people grow, spiritually and morally. How do we do that? That is one of those questions that empty the room. No one really knows. However, I believe what happens is “spiritual osmosis...
    4/7/2015
  • Peace, War, and Christmas Bells

    I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men. The 19th-century carol "Christmas Bells," Hymn 240 in Singing the Living Tradition, speaks to us across the ages about...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/21/2014
  • Resources for Families...So Faith Can Grow, Part II

    “…parents are continually asking how they can better understand and interpret UU values during the week. They feel under pressure to respond to such questions as: What is the Bible? What do UU’s believe about God, or about heaven and hell? Parents want to know how they can...
    By Pat Kahn | 5/26/2014
  • Resources for Families: Enriching the Ground So Faith Can Grow

    The family is a huge factor in a child's faith development. Reverend Makanah Morris has likened family life to a ground in which seeds of a child's faith are planted. She writes, "The seeds are planted in the early environment, but the ground can also be prepared for spreading...
    By Pat Kahn | 4/18/2014
  • Spring and Rejoice!

    An 18-inch blanket of snow surrounds my house and it is far too early to put the winter clothes into storage. Yet, the birds are singing every morning, the days are longer, and grocery store conversation has turned to spring. Springtime...a time of delight for the human spirit...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/30/2014
  • Between the Logs, Spaces for Collaboration: Report from 2013 LREDA Fall Conference

    What makes a fire burn? Mark Hicks, Angus MacLean Professor of Religious Education at Meadville Lombard Theological School, reminds us that it is the spaces between the logs. If you pile the wood too densely, it will not burn. For most religious educators, autumn is a dense...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 10/23/2013
  • 'More Yet,' in the Northern Lights

    It was an August night at Ferry Beach, a UU camp in Maine, and many had already gone to bed. Those of us on the youth crew lingered on the beach enjoying the rhythmic sound of the ocean, the feel of the sand, and the gentle night breeze. Something was happening in the night...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 8/21/2013
  • Break Out the S’mores!

    I was a Girl Scout leader for many years, at one point leading a troop that ranged in age from nine to fourteen. They loved to go camping. Together they planned the trip, including food, equipment, and the shared labor of set-up, cooking, clean-up, and breaking camp. Wonderful,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 7/20/2013

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