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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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The Seeger Saga Continues

    The passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger has offered a chance to revisit the themes the 1950’s and ‘60’s when Seeger made his mark on American culture. Practically every news outlet ( including this blog! ) has paid homage to this remarkable man, and I’ve heard of dozens of UU...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/31/2014
  • Prisms

    DAY 14: Interfaith Perspective For me, stories are an absolutely essential part of my faith. As has come up each year during 30 Days of Love , I grew up Roman Catholic and spent much of my high school and college years around Franciscans . When I think about stories that have...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/31/2014
  • Einstein, the Spiritual and Faith

    The Laws of the Universe Albert Einstein's response in 1936 to a letter from a 6-year old asking if one could believe in both science and religion shows that the two are not mutually exclusive. As the "nones", movements like Sunday Assembly, and and others challenge the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/31/2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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