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  • A is for Africa: Using African-centric Material with Preschoolers

    By Andrea Arrington As a professor of African history, one of the first things I do with my classes is assess what they know—or think they know—about Africa. We discuss images in mainstream Western media and pop culture and identify problems in those presentations of Africa...
    2/22/2016
  • 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
  • Reclaiming the Heart of Humanity

    A UU, two Hindus, and a Baha’i walk into a Christian Ethiopian restaurant. The opening line to a culturally insensitive joke? No, my last dinner at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. In October, I attended the fifth Parliament in Salt Lake City. This one followed...
    By Jessica York | 11/23/2015
  • From Long Ago and Many Lands….to Here and Now!

    A fine way to celebrate August 2, the birthday of Sophia Fahs, is to take a look at her classic story collection, From Long Ago and Many Lands: Stories for Children Told Anew. It is now available on the Unitarian Universalist Association website, at no charge (PDF...
    By Pat Kahn | 8/4/2015
  • Learning and Affirmation, When UUs of Color Convene

    By Shannon Harper Working in youth ministry, supporting young people in their search for identity, voice, and calling, is at best incredibly gratifying. It can also be heartbreakingly challenging. Raising two multi-racial young women of my own is equal parts of...
    4/17/2015
  • Is Children's Literature Too White?

    I was a child with curiosity about the whole world. I made my first explorations through books. Among my early discoveries were these: (1) the world is alive with different people and cultures, and (2) the world of books is created by,...
    By Susan Lawrence | 3/25/2015
  • Multicultural RE Training Offers a Transformative 15 Hours

    [Editors' note: Through the Renaissance program, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers continuing education for UU religious educators, including musicians, ministers, seminarians, and lay leaders. Each 15-hour module provides basic training in a topic...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/27/2014
  • Teaching About Ferguson: Not "Optional" for White People

    [Editor's Update, Nov. 18, 2014—As the nation awaits a Grand Jury decision on whether Office Darren Wilson will be indicted for shooting Michael Brown, many UUs are preparing to respond to the decision by "showing up" in a faithful way. The Ferguson Response Team of the UU...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 9/30/2014
  • Preventable Suffering: A UU with Autism Confronts "Coffee Hour"

    Ramon Selove and his wife, Shellie Selove, are Our Whole Lives sexuality education facilitator trainers. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (VA). by Ramon Selove Meeting people, touching people, and general noise levels ...
    4/8/2014
  • Of Lions and Lambs

    We know that the Universe's one constant is change. Systems are full of chaos. We've seen that in our weather systems this month, when March came in like a lion. Northern parts of our country are preparing for another big snow storm. Here in the South the beginning of March...
    By Jessica York | 3/20/2014
  • From This House to the World

    by Sandy Weir “From this House” is a joyous, South African-style song by composer Ben Allaway. It evokes the image of people walking out into the world after finding power and a sense of purpose at their house of peace, their community space to celebrate, learn, and work out...
    3/12/2014
  • Identity Formation, Faith Formation: Educating UU Youth

    The Indian philosopher, Chanakya (350-283 BCE), said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” As the Faith Development Director at the UUA, I often ask myself, “What sort of education is available...
    By Jessica York | 2/5/2014
  • Let the "Gratitude" Season Last All Year

    Thanksgiving can be a difficult holiday. Not all family gatherings are harmonious. There might be pressure to prepare “the perfect meal” just like a parent used to make. Then there is that business with Europeans spreading their empire and claiming new lands—even though those...
    By Jessica York | 12/16/2013
  • A Deeper Discovery

    Edward Wemytewa is a storyteller, and so am I. We worked together with several others this spring to plan the religion/spirituality track for the International Dismantling the Doctrine of Discovery Conference, hosted in Phoenix, AZ by Tonatierra, one of the UUA’s 2012 Justice...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 6/11/2013
  • Many Cultures, One Humanity: Do One Thing!

    May 21 is the World Day for Cultural Diversity Dialogue & Development, established by the United Nations to support the 2001 Universal Declaration of Cultural Diversity. The day gives an opportunity to deepen our understanding of the values of cultural diversity and to...
    By Jessica York | 5/21/2013
  • The Mom in the Mirror

    [This post appears by courtesy of the 2013 Mama's Day Our Way campaign of Strong Families, a national initiative for policy and culture change in support of all families, for which the post was originally written. -- Editor] In January 1990, after giving birth to my...
    By Jessica York | 5/12/2013
  • Spring Is Here!

    Spring is here. Life may be blooming all around you, or perhaps just starting to bud. In Alabama, spring brings the dread of tornadoes, but I also have something to look forward to: the pear tree in my backyard. Pears will not appear until summer, but spring is when I start...
    By Jessica York | 5/1/2013
  • Natalia, Sana, and Steven and a Cast of Thousands

    I remember reading that Natalia Averett would be representing the Joseph Priestly district on the UUA Board of Trustees. I first met Natalia at the UUA’s Multicultural Leadership School in 2010. Recently, I worked with Sana Saeed, a co-author of Building Beloved...
    By Jessica York | 4/25/2013

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