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  • Let the Ceremony of Light Begin

    Two weeks ago, I was part of an interfaith gathering where we asked one another, “What is weighing on you? What signs of hope are you finding? How do you see God’s spirit moving in the world?” One by one, people named the troubles that swirl around our communities and our world...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 12/21/2015
  • Multigenerational Faith Community: Everyone Included!

    Overwhelmingly, Unitarian Universalist faith communities want to be more inclusive of all ages, but aren’t sure how to do it. Creating intentional multigenerational communities means doing things differently. It means thinking creatively and constantly asking, are we considering...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/15/2015
  • Tashlich and the River

    Fifteen years ago, when I was the religious educator in North Andover, Massachusetts, we held a tashlich ritual as part of marking the Jewish Days of Awe. People of all ages put bread crumbs in bowls of water to recognize the actions they were sorry for and to...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 9/22/2015
  • Let Us Worship Barefoot

    Let us worship with our eyes and ears and fingertips; let us love the world through heart and mind and body. —Reverend Kenneth Patton In May, my daughter was married in an outdoor ceremony in Vermont. She and her new husband walked barefoot over a grassy pathway marked...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 7/11/2015
  • Beyond the Cliff and the Bridge: Keeping UU Youth Connected

    by Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken “Where have you been all my life?” and “You were here all my life, now where are you?” are two common questions I hear asked about Unitarian Universalism. The first is asked by adult seekers who wish they’d found us sooner. The second is asked...
    2/7/2015
  • Deepening in Faith Together, with Theme-Based Ministry

    Theme-based ministry is happening in more and more congregations throughout our movement. What is theme-based ministry? According to Rev. Scott Tayler, the UUA’s Director of Congregational Life, theme-based ministry “is a powerfully engaging way of focusing the life of a...
    By Pat Kahn | 8/20/2014

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