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  • Find Your Calling in 25 Hours

    Meadville Lombard Theological School invites you to discover your calling to ministry, March 26–27, 2014. Enjoy 25 hours of exploration:– Connect with current students – Sit in on class sessions – Meet powerhouse Unitarian Universalist faculty in ministry, teaching, academics,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2014
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  • Not your Parents' Generation Anymore

    Even If It Looks Like It This comparison from Barna Group Research comes to us as part of a resource-set dedicated to helping faith-based organizations better serve the needs of the faithful as their demographics evolve. One clear take-away is that for all the vaunted difference...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2014
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  • Faithful to Love

    Millennial Impact Findings from the recently released Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI) survey on the change in attitude toward same-sex marriage and LGBTQ issues amongst people of faith since 2003 show that fully one-third of Millennials who left their church over the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/26/2014
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  • Multicultural Leadership School, July 25–29, 2014

    Build a Multicultural Base The Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) is a training designed specifically for Unitarian Universalist (UU) Youth and Young Adults of Color. The goal of the training is to equip participants to be leaders in their UU congregation, district or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/25/2014
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  • The Interfaith Settled Minister

    We post excerpts of this interview from the Beacon Broadside, the blog of Beacon Press about interfaith leadership at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse (UUCGT). – Ed. Meet the First Rabbi to Lead a Unitarian Universalist Congregation by Susan Katz Miller...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/25/2014
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  • Meet the 2014 Youth Caucus Staff

    Staffed Up and Ready! After receiving an unprecedented number of applications to join the Youth Caucus Staff for 2014, we are excited to finally introduce you to those who were selected to serve this year. Your Youth Caucus Staff are those youth and adults responsible for the...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/24/2014
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  • Building the Millenial Base

    Engagement Mechanics 101 A strategy that faith-based organizations can use to engage – and keep engaged – the Millennial Generation. This Millennial Impact Report infographic shows how faith-based organizations that are active on social issues and causes can engage Millennials...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/21/2014
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  • Mass Incarceration Identifies Us

    Set against a backdrop of institutional and societal discrimination, the story of Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice initiative (EJI) encapsulates what is right about family, faith and mission, pointing the way forward. – Ed. Reaching Out To End Injustice Bryan...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2014
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  • Bias Through Association

    Implicit Association Tests Reveal Unconscious Biases "It may not be surprising to learn that most people in the United States — 80 percent of whites — harbor a pro-white bias. Perhaps more surprising is that a large minority of blacks — 40 percent — hold a pro-white bias." (From...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2014
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  • Takai Takes on Arizona

    Zero Exceptions George Takai , the popular meme -ist (and helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series) responds to Arizona Senate Bill 1062 permitting business owners to deny service to LGBTQ people on religious grounds, which passed the Arizona Senate . Likening it to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/19/2014
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  • Share the Love Sunday

    Day 30: Raise our voice in worship and love I love the annual 30 Days of Love Campaign because it gives makes me reflect upon how powerful love is as an agent of change. Every year this campaign provides thirty opportunities to witness how love changes lives by bringing the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/16/2014
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  • Love: The Simple Big Deal

    Day 29: Reflect on reaching out with love I don't know whether it's a coincidence or not, but it seems that lately I've been seeing love in the most surprising places. No, I'm not talking about couples smooching in the park! I'm talking about the kind (and kinds) of love that we...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/15/2014
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  • Happy Valentine's Day: A Love Letter to UUs Everywhere

    Dear Unitarian Universalists, I love you. I really do. We've been together now for 22 years, and we've had our ups and downs, but I know in my heart you're still the religious group for me. Now there’s been a lot of buzz about the new logo , and a lot of it has been not-so-...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/14/2014
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  • Reaching Out by Calling In

    Day 28: Making the Middle Way Together I was a relatively new employee at the UUA when the Standing on the Side of Love campaign was launched. Over the last 5+ years, I've had the opportunity to see the it grow and change and reach out in ways I don't think people could have...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/14/2014
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  • Reaching Out in Love

    A Sportcaster's Pastoral Message to us all Dallas-based sportscaster Dale Hansen reached out to Michael Sam, the Missouri University football player who announced he is gay weeks before the National Football League draft. Coming out now will likely negatively impact his chances...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Be Yourself on Facebook

    Re-posted from GLAAD .– Ed. Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are by Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications February 13, 2014 Facebook announced today that it will now offer a custom gender field for transgender...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Talking 'Bout Birds 'n Bees

    The future of faith will be determined as much by its ability to create fulfilling spiritual experience as it will by its usefulness and relevancy addressing real questions that people can't get answered elsewhere. We re-post this response by a Unitarian Universalist youth to an...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Give Smart with Heart and Change the World

    Philanthropy on a Middle-Class Budget People of reasonable means giving through small donations are the biggest source of charitable funds in the United States. In 2013 they give more than wealthy individuals, and more than corporations and foundations combined. Financial giving...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Dining on the Side of Love

    Day 27: It's a religious thing “What are you doing?” someone asked. He must have been curious to see a band of diverse people walking around Greenwich Village in Manhattan, carrying crosses and singing together on that cold and drizzly spring day in 2011. “We’re doing social...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/13/2014
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  • Many Ways to Celebrate

    Day 26: Celebrate everywhere to make change everywhere Faith as Fuel As people committed to working for social justice it might seem difficult to celebrate everywhere because as people committed to working for social justice we see, think about or feel the pain of injustice. It...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/12/2014
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  • Mass Incarceration = Mass Prejudice

    Learn how policy shapes our perception of race in this story from the Code Shift Segment of Morning Edition on National Public Radio .-Ed. We See What We Expect It is proven that Mass Incarceration unfairly targets and inordinately penalizes minorities and the poor . However, a...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2014
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  • Light A Fire!

    Transform Your Smoldering Interest: Be a Social Justice Catalyst The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice has added programs to better train the next generation of leaders on issues of social justice Check out opportunities in experiential learning, youth justice...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2014
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  • Two Q's about Nones

    Who are these "nones", anyway? More research into the Future of Faith.–Ed. According to research from the Public Religion Institute, while a large majority of nones are secular or athiest/agnostic, a significant percentage of them believe in the existence of God in some form....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2014
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  • Show How You Stand

    It wasn't long after we were first married that my husband August and I went to visit my brother and his family. August was a bit nervous about my nieces and nephew liking him - they ranged in age from around 9 to 14, so he was probably sensible to be concerned. Despite having a...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/11/2014
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  • Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Golden, CO

    Welcome to the Spotlight Series! Each month we feature a different Unitarian Universalist congregation or community that is doing effective, innovative or otherwise interesting ministry with young adults– Ed. Making their place “My daughter was 19 and she said, ‘there’s nothing...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/10/2014
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  • Take a Breath

    Day 24: Employ the Sacred Pause Once upon a time I lived in New York City, and, stereotypically enough, I had a therapist and I was always running late for everything. “I’m SO sorry,” I said, coming into her cozy office on the upper west side. “The trains! They stopped the "2"...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/10/2014
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  • Reach and Transform

    Day 23: Do More than Stand on the Side of Love Love Reaches Out. That's the theme for our General Assembly this year in Providence, Rhode Island. As a staff member who spends much of his time supporting the Youth Caucus Staff at each GA, I'm looking forward to what we will...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/9/2014
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  • Interfaith Strong

    DAY 22: Stand with Those Who Face Religious Discrimination Not long ago I read an article written by a young Muslim-American man who described the types of bias and discrimination that Muslim-American individuals experience on a regular basis. I figured as much - I saw how...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/8/2014
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  • How Do We Love Concretely?

    DAY 21: Radically Reintegrate the Formerly Incarcerated When I sat down to think about what it meant to reach out with radical love to formerly incarcerated people, I realized I didn't have many personal experiences to draw on. But I did immediately think of a friend of mine,...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/7/2014
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  • Religious Affiliation and Age

    Decreasing – or Increasing – Religious Affiliation Ahead! The Public Religion Research Institute finding on religious affiliation by age-group suggests either the continuing growth as a segment of population of people of faith who don't profess a religious affiliation, or that...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2014
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  • Embrace Everyone

    DAY 20: Radical Inclusion Today, 30 Days of Love invites us to consider the ways we engage all people, regardless of physical, cognitive, sensory, or psychological ability. I've found myself thinking about this quite a bit recently, as one of the courses I'm taking opens each...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/6/2014
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  • Challenge Your Bias

    DAY 19: Practice Radical Love for our Troops Seek the stories you don't usually hear I can count on one hand the number of people I know who are veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can count them on one hand and still have three fingers left over. One is the...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/5/2014
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  • An Immigrant's Contemporary Experience

    The story this post tells was submitted as part of Day 18 of the Thirty Days of Love . It is so powerful and disturbing it stands on its own.–Ed. By Leila Pine, Volunteer Sandra Lopez, age 22, a lifelong Tucson resident who was brought to the U.S. as a three-week-old infant by...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/4/2014
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  • Bridge the Divide

    DAY 18: For Immigration Reform At the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA we think often about bridging divides, and in particular the multi-generational divide between Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults and other UUs, so it has become a reflex for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/4/2014
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  • Picture Yourself Here

    The Unitarian Universalist Association Faith Development Office seeks photos of UU Girl Scouts (in uniform or not!) for possible inclusion in the 4th edition of Religion in Life for Girl Scouts, which is the religious recognition UU Girls Scouts can earn. We are seeking images...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/3/2014
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  • Radical Love in Action

    DAY 17: Put Love into Practice Doin' Good - A Labor of Love Yesterday I hung out with the Youth Group at First Parish in Milton to talk about what it means to do good in the world. This great group of teens is raising money for an organization jn the Boston area called Bridge...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/3/2014
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  • Push Beyond

    DAY 16: Practicing Radical Love Open Heart In our denomination we talk a lot about love. Lately, we’ve been using the term “radical love.” Sounds like it’s right up our UU alley, but what does it actually mean? Today's 30 Days of Love post describes it as encouraging each other...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/2/2014
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  • Oral History to Vibrant Reality

    DAY 15: Keeping the Story Alive Flat World Story My family arrived in America from Eastern Europe during anti-Jewish Pogroms at the end of the 19th century. My grand-parents on both sides of the family were born here, but their parents, and any family members older than they,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/1/2014
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