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  • It's ALL Connected

    DAY 13: Intersectional Justice Making When I was a little girl I wanted to save the planet. At four years old my concept of saving the planet involved recycling, stopping pollution by singing songs about how much I loved the earth, and being really nice to animals. Sixteen years...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/30/2014
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  • GA Youth Caucus Staff Selected

    The Youth Caucus Staff for General Assembly 2014 has been selected! We'll have a post to introduce you to them soon – in the meantime Check-out the Youth Caucus Dean's videos ... Join the Youth Caucus Facebook group ... Remember, Youth Caucus at General Assembly is comin' at you...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/29/2014
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  • The Changing Reality

    DAY 12: Same Place, New Times My cousin is a high school junior. My 10 year high school reunion was a few months ago. When I go home for family gatherings, sometimes we chat about teachers we have in common, or a classmate of mine who is now working at the school. We talk about...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/29/2014
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  • Pete Seeger: Activism and Spiritual Search

    Pete Seeger, who died on January 27 at the age of 94, was a voice for a justice and equity through-out the 20th century. He was also affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Community Church on 35th Street, in New York, first joining it for rehearsal space (because his mother...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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  • Growing Leaders for Peace

    Recognize Peacemakers Apply for the prize or nominate a deserving Unitarian Universalist youth or young adult. The 2014 Peace First Prize is an opportunity to lift-up the powerful contributions of youth peacemakers. The Prize recognizes 5-10 young people between the ages of 8-22...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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  • Open Minds and Open Hearts are Made

    Determining, "Who am I?", does not happen in isolation. Jessica York, Director of Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) reminds us in her post originally appearing on Call and Response , the blog of the Office of Faith Formation at the UUA, reminds us...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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  • Sharing Stories in Covenant

    DAY 11: Living Out Your Story Stories are about life, whether real or imagined, and when we read, hear or learn a story we place ourselves in relation to it. It is our nature to tell stories to transmit the narrative of an experience, real or imagined. Narratives typically...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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  • The Power of Stories

    DAY 10: Sharing Stories The truly very important matter So a couple months ago, something happened to me that I imagine you might be able to relate to. I got really upset about something a stranger said on the internet. Now you probably know how this goes. First Random...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/27/2014
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  • Speaking Out

    DAY 9: Making the narrative public It can be hard to express the fullness of your identity in public when who you are or what you know to be right is different from others, but when it comes to witnessing inequity and injustice it is necessary to speak out – even when its hard....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/26/2014
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  • Building On Our Base

    DAY 8: Suppress Voter Suppression Many of the freedoms we take for granted required tremendous struggle and sacrifice on the part of committed individuals and communities. One struggle involved gaining full voting rights for all people – women, people of color, workers, and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/25/2014
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  • We Move Forward Together

    Day 7: Moral Movement for Redemption Resist Oppression Oppression is an unjust exercise of power or authority. It exists in many forms. Sometimes we oppress others without realizing. Other times oppression is intentional. In a free society oppression happens when and because we...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/24/2014
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  • Introducing Your YA@GA Staff!

    Your Young Adults at General Assembly ( YA@GA ) co-facilitators and your Youth and Young Adult Ministries Office staff are pleased to introduce our volunteer staff for YA@GA 2014! These folks are already working hard to plan workshops, events and worship services that minister...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/24/2014
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  • Renewed Urgency for Spiritual Substance

    Faith institutions are in trouble, unless they are spiritually nurturing – and informative . We re-post an excerpt of this article by the Barna Group , focusing on the trend they see in Faith in during the coming year.– Ed. Three Major Faith and Culture Trends for 2014 January...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/23/2014
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  • Challenge the Challenge to the Right to Vote

    DAY 6: Dismantling the "New Poll Tax" End Voter Suppression When Poll Taxes were ruled unconstitutional in 1964 many thought that the 5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism , "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/23/2014
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  • Unitarian Universalists: Hiding in Plain Sight

    Rebecca Brinson celebrates the unrecognized ubiquity of Unitarian Universalists, pointing out that in a very real sense Unitarian Universalists are to be found wherever UU values are practiced.
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/22/2014
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  • Exercise the 5th Principle

    Vote or run for elective office at the UUA At General Assembly (GA) 2014 in Providence, RI, we will be holding elections for the following positions: Financial Advisor Four Trustees-at-Large The Nominating Committee has nominated five people for these elective offices. You may...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/22/2014
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  • Complete Congregation

    DAY 5: Building Multicultural Congregations - My generation is the most diverse in American history, yet still we struggle with the legacies of racism, segregation and injustice that we have inherited from our ancestors. Fewer and fewer schools, businesses and neighborhoods are...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/22/2014
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  • Resources for Multiethinic Families

    The Living Mosaic blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association presents identity development resources for multiethnic families: Videos: Introduction to White Ethnic Identity Formation for Youth [youtube lBA2cRYyvc4] Discussion Guide Handout 1: Definitions (PDF) Handout 2:...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/21/2014
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  • Nones: Hurt, Angry or Bored

    An interview with Dr. Elizabeth Drescher from the blog Confirm Not Conform about what makes the "Nones" tick. Drescher comments that, “Catholics who become Nones are hurt. Evangelicals that become Nones are angry. Mainline Protestants who become Nones are just bored," explaining...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/21/2014
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  • Bending the Arc

    DAY 4: The Race Story Re-Writing Project Rewriting History One of the reasons I have always loved history is because I love stories – and history is all about stories. I find the closer these stories get to the truth, the more compelling they are. In an anti-oppression workshop...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 1/21/2014
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  • Toward Democracy and Freedom

    DAY 3: Envisioning the Racial Justice Work We Need to do Today The Civil Rights victory 50 years ago was a great step forward toward equal rights. It was not the end of the struggle to create a truly equitable society in which all people are in fact treated as equal. With this...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/20/2014
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  • Our Common Path

    DAY 2: Honoring the Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King By Michelle Alexander Jan 19, 2014 “In some ways, these tactics are not Jim Crow. They do not feature Night Riders and sheets…This is in fact, James Crow, Esq. Jim Crow used blunt tools. James Crow, Esq. uses surgical tools...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/19/2014
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  • We Travel Together

    DAY 1: Our Shared Spiritual Journey We travel together, to our victory or peril. Some would say we are condemned to travel together, yet for others it is the opportunity to rise up to be the best we can be as humans. Whereas we might endeavor in our own ways for the goals that...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/18/2014
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  • Weapons of the Spirit

    Malcolm Gladwell discusses the power of faith and explains his reawakening to it in these excepts from his post about researching and writing his latest book, David and Goliath. His post, How I Rediscovered Faith , appears on the Relevant Magazine blogsite. Read Malcolm Gladwell...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2014
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  • Sunday Assembly: Schism and Debate

    Sunday Assemblies? Faith > Practice > Religious Institution The recent Blue Boat blog post of observations made after attending the recent Boston-based Sunday Assembly generated a healthy response and lively debate on the merits and limits of the Sunday Assembly model....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2014
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  • 30 Days of Love 3.0

    Reach Out With Us The annual 30 Days of Love Campaign from Standing on the Side of Love starts tomorrow, and again the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries will blog daily updates in concert with 30 Days of Love, this year from a special section running on the front page...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2014
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  • First Hand from Selma

    Read history from Selma. Make history in Raleigh. Reverend Richard Leonard marched by his side when Dr. Martin Luther King called him and other clergy to join the struggle for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. More than 200 Unitarian Universalists responded. It was 1965. That...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/15/2014
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  • January 18 – February 16, 2014

    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/15/2014
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  • Editable Church

    What if the meaning and value of faith movements were built and changed by their users – a "Wikipedia faith"? Question posed by Landon Whitsitt on the Alban Institute blog. Read Whitsitt's pot on the Alban Institute here .– Ed. Church as Wikipedia by Landon Whitsitt At some...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/14/2014
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  • Be Massively Moral With Us

    Join with UUs in North Carolina on a march for Moral Justice On February 8 march and rally in Raleigh, NC in what the NAACP , local UU congregations and others are organizing to be the largest moral rally in the South since Selma . Learn more about how to participate or register...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/13/2014
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  • Faith and Atheism

    Alain de Botton discusses the idea of religiously enlightened atheism in this TED Talk, originally produced in July, 2011.–Ed. Faith is the province of us all [ted id=1327] Alain de Botton speaks about the value religious movements have for the committed atheist in their...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/13/2014
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  • Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Des Moines

    Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we’ll feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults. –Ed. Marisa Williams is a new parent in Des Moines, Iowa. When her...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/13/2014
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  • Our Human Intelligence

    The recent Royal pardon of Alan Turing for - what was at the time - the criminal offense of homosexuality reveals the struggle for equality of treatment before the law of the LGBTQ community is not over – not in Great Britain, nor the United States, nor elsewhere in the world. –...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/9/2014
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  • Wear Your Love on Your Sleeve

    Gotta Love Lookin' Good Save 20% on Standing on the Side of Love gear – from stickers through shirts, all the way to the famous hoodie – all this month in support of the third annual Standing on the Side of Love 30 Days of Love 2014 campaign , "A Spiritual Journey for Social...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/9/2014
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  • Go International

    KUJENGA MADARAJA – Spanning Cultures: ICUU Conference & Council Meeting The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) will hold its biannual Conference and Council Meeting January 28-31, 2014 at the beautiful and inspiring campus of the UU congregation at...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/9/2014
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  • Challenging Assumptions

    Confounding gender stereotypes with brush and lens. Lorenzo Triburgo is an artist whose work plays with common assumptions of identity and artistry. With his series "Portraits of Transgender Men" Triburgo's aim is to remind us that the limit of gender identity is determined by...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/8/2014
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  • Build Faith by Plan

    Put Your Design on the Future of Faith C*UUYAN creates and supports events catering to Young Adults (YAs) as an identity group, and allowing YAs to get together to celebrate and practice forms of Unitarian Universalism that feed them. These gatherings, however, left YA’s...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/8/2014
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  • Food for the Soul

    By feeding others, a congregation in New York nourishes its soul – and makes a difference in its community. We repost this story by Serena Solomon that originally appears on DNAinfo New York . – Ed. Soul Food Truck Serves Free Meals to Homeless in Tompkins Sq. Park By Serena...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/7/2014
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  • Men Who Fight for Reproductive Justice

    Join the Fight – By Phone The " Reproductive Justice Ministry with UU Men " webinar, January 13 at 3:30pm EST, highlights male-identified issue experts from across the racial and sexual orientation spectrum discussing why men should be involved in reproductive justice work, how...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/7/2014
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  • Sunday Assembly Has It Backwards

    I, like many UUs, was both excited and curious to learn about The Sunday Assembly , the latest trend among atheists and agnostics. Have you heard about these British hipster high priests of nonbelief? They've been growing a "congregation" in London that combines popular music...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/6/2014
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  • Sunday Morning Springboard

    The value of religious leaders of congregation is unquestioned, how they can be most valuable may be evolving. We re-post this commentary by Tom Ehrich , which appears on the Religion News Service (RNS)blog, observing that Sunday worship service is but one aspect of successful...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/3/2014
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  • Top Ten of '13: Religion

    Looking back on 2013, we wonder what wonders the new year holds in store... – Ed. Huffpost's Count Religion Newswriters Association Top Ten Stories of 2013 Patheos Top Religion Stories of 2013
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/1/2014
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  • Grace and Reflection

    Zach Wahls shares what a year of ups-and-downs has taught him in his opinion piece originally appearing in the Daily Iowan . – Ed. With Grace Comes Power - and Responsibility by Zach Wahls I’ve been thinking about grace a lot lately. I think you’re supposed to think about grace...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/1/2014
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