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Bless this house! The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) invites your religious education or faith community to share, in a creative photo, your blessings for the October 4 dedication of our new headquarters at 24 Farnsworth Street, Boston, MA. Deadline is September 8; find details on and on Facebook

Reclaiming Prophetic Witness (Skinner House, 2012) is the 2014-15 UUA Common Read. A Discussion Guide will be available free, online in October. A Common Read may be the ideal adult faith development program for your congregation. Read why and how to do this year's Common Read. Book author Paul Rasor is director of the Center for the Study of Relgious Freedom and a professor of religious studies at Virginia Wesleyan University.

Do you facilitate Our Whole Lives (OWL) for grades 7-9? A free, 90-minute webinar from the Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ will orient you to new material on bullying, social media, and other topics in the 2014 edition of OWL for Grades 7-9. Register by emailing to attend Tues. Sept. 16 (1 pm Eastern), Wed. Sept. 17 (8 pm Eastern), or Tues. Sept. 30 (8 pm Eastern). (Pre-order the new edition from the UUA Bookstore website or calling 800-215-9076.)

Unitarian Universalist (UU) Girl Scouts now have a religious recognition program to access online, at no charge, in a user-friendly, interactive format. Religion in Life includes a version for younger girls and one for older girls, plus a user guide for Girl Scout leaders, religious professionals, and parents. Activities and projects invite grade 4 through 12 girls to explore intersections of UU Principles and Girl Scout values. 

Exploring military ministry can be a structured, engaging process for your Unitarian Universalist (UU) community with a NEW, free, six-workshop adult religious education (RE) curriculum: The Military Ministry Toolkit for Congregations (PDF) and companion 23-minute video. 

If you missed General Assembly, catch up with a recording of the Faith Development Office webinar "Live! from Providence, RI: What's at GA 2014 for Religious Educators?" Visit our webinar archives.

Let rocks introduce the 1st UU Source. Foster a sense of wonder and awe in your home family or your faith family, through encounters with rocks from our Earth. Browse the Fall 2014 UU World Families pages and read Kari Kopnick's blog post, "A Rock, the Earth, the Universe, and a Child's Biggest Questions."

Virtual gatherings for UUs of Color are convened monthly, online, by Jessica York, UUA Faith Development Director, and emerging lay leaders. Adults, young adults, and youth of Color are invited to create community within our faith. Email for more information.

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Last updated on Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

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The 2013 Multicultural Leadership School, the annual summer training program for Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults of Color led by Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings and Jessica York of UUA staff, met virtually with UUA President Peter Morales.

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