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  • 30 Days of Love: 26/30

    Most people don't realize that there is a different minimum wage for employees who work for tips. $2.13/hr is the federal tipped minimum wage , and has been since 1991. Anything else they make during the course of their shifts comes from tips. Until I worked in a restaurant over...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/13/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 25/30

    Two years ago, I attended a workshop at General Assembly with a panel people who had ancestors that had owned slaves. It was a moving experience to hear these folks grapple with the notion of the terrible deeds of their kin from centuries past. The moment that most sticks in my...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/12/2013
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  • UUA: Merit For All Scouts

    The following statement was issued by Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales following the Boy Scouts of America decision during their board meeting last week to put off consideration of ending their ban on LGBTQ membership. - Ed. “The Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 24/30

    It seems I have a tendency to offer to blog on the day when 30 Days of Love asks for a prayer. Last year, I offered this prayer , which drew inspiration from my high school years. I struggled to write it, as I often struggle to pray. You see, I grew up in a tradition where there...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/11/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 23/30

    Let’s face it: NOBODY likes Valentine’s Day. It really sucks. It’s so commercial and that’s hard if you’re broke. It’s forced affection - what if you’ve just started dating someone new? Or are in a relationship that isn’t going well – do you break up before and be the evil ex...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/10/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 22/30

    On Sunday, February 3, I attended the First Parish in Cambridge , in Cambridge, MA, to hear Intern Minister Kenny Wiley preach a sermon titled "Two Black Kids: A Unitarian Universalist Story." I went primarily because I know both of the "Black Kids" in the sermon. I knew Raziq...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/9/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 21/30

    If you're like me, this sounds a little scary. But this week's Thirty Days of Love posts are all about "Move Beyond Borders," and one of those borders is my own comfort-zone. The unspoken boundaries that were my "borders" I learned as a child don't always work best for me as an...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/8/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 20/30

    Standing with thousands of my fellow Unitarian Universalists on the warm pavement in Phoenix outside Sheriff Joe Arapaio's "Tent City" detention center , I felt we had found the perfect symbol for what is wrong with our immigration system: a complex that is poorly designed, ad...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/7/2013
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  • Merit for All – Scouts On Hold.

    Boy Scouts of America Defer Policy Change Decision to May. At their meeting today in Dallas, The National BSA Board (which is composed of more than 70 members) decided to put off voting on ending the Boy Scouts of America's practice of discriminating against the LGBTQ community...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 19/30

    As Unitarian Universalists, social justice issues related to immigration reform are some of the most prominent that we are facing today in the United States. Our General Assembly in 2012 was focused on our commitments to justice and service. It culminated in a protest against...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/6/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts – "Yes."

    The Boy Scouts of America Honorary President speaks. In a pre-Super Bowl interview, when asked whether the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) should modify its policy to admit gay members, President Obama gave a one word answer, "Yes." He continued, "My attitude is that gays and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/6/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 18/30

    "Currently, American citizens who are gay or lesbian cannot sponsor their foreign born partners for immigration – no matter how long they have been together or how committed their relationship." This is how the Immigration Equality Action Fund (IEAF) explains the inequity of the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/5/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 17/30

    When I volunteered to write a blog post about transgender issues, I realized that I didn't know enough about transgender issues in order to write about them successfully. I started exploring links, decided that there are people who explain and advocate for transgender issues...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/4/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 16/30

    There are so many borders in my own life that deeply affect me. I'll stick to writing about one I've been thinking about recently: thoughts on how the borders of the gender binary affect my life. I used to go to work every day in dresses or skirts and come home to change into...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/3/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 15/30

    This week the 30 Days of Love Campaign has encouraged us to think in terms of interfaith, highlighting the connection we share in the common goal of creating a more just and loving world, inclusive of people of different religious faith and spiritual practice. Today, the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/2/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 14/30

    How many times do you hear in the media about hateful or bigoted speech or actions and think, “I wish there was something I could do!” It happens to me all the time. Rarely do I have any “bright ideas” of safe, effective, positive responses that are so easy even I, my friends,...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/1/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts – Maybe

    "They're going to allow people to discriminate." The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) announced that it is considering changing its longstanding policy against allowing people who identify as LGBTQ to become scouts. A story on Huffington Post states,"NBC News cites a number of '...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/31/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 13/30

    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I attended an Interfaith Youth Core ( IFYC ) conference in 2009. My big interfaith experiences had been in divinity school, where they mostly took the shape of conversations about doctrinal differences, polity, and hot-button social...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/31/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 12/30

    According to an article recently picked up by Salon , originally published by The Southern Poverty Law Center using statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , hate crimes against perceived Muslims increased 50% in 2010, and have not statistically dropped. The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/30/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 11/30

    When I attended Justice General Assembly in June 2012 in Phoenix, AZ, one of the most impressive things was the depth of relationship between the local Unitarian Universalist groups planning Justice GA and the Phoenix-area partner groups, whose roots run deep in the immigrant...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/29/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 10/30

    An important part of my making sense of myself and the world has always been to travel. Sometimes my travel only took me city blocks away to a world that seemed far removed, other times I was able to board planes that took me to Muslim countries such as Morocco and Malaysia. The...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/28/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 9/30

    The ways in which we can easily share our views have exploded over the past several years. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ and services that exist that I don't know about, we have numerous ways to share messages in both text and image. One of the...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/27/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 8/30

    Learning about Unitarian Universalists of past who were committed to social justice and did awe inspiring work gives me strength. It helps me know I am not doing this work alone, but rather part of a long legacy that stretches before and will continue after me. The figures of...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/26/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 7/30

    It can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how to live one's faith in the world. In my work, I hear people wrestling with that challenge, trying to figure out how best to respond. The question can sometimes come down to this: How can we take those values that we hold dear and...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/25/2013
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  • Roe v Wade: Primer

    On January 22, 1973 the U.S. Supreme Court issued an opinion on Roe v Wade establishing the link between a woman's fundamental right to privacy and her ability to obtain a safe and legal abortion. In a subsequent decision the Court determined that a woman has the right to an...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/24/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 6/30

    Today the 30 Days of Love honors the work of the farmworker movement. In honor of their legacy and solidarity with it's current iteration, we'd like to let you know about an opportunity to do your alternative spring break with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The invitation...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/24/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 5/30

    If I listed all the folks I think deserve a Courageous Love Award, it’d be a pretty long list. But what do they all have in common? They all have chosen to remain in situations or communities that aren’t “done yet” – that are steeped in power and privilege, that have learning...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 1/23/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 4/30

    On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion under most conditions, stating in the majority opinion on Roe v Wade that, "a woman, with her doctor cold choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without legal restriction, and with restrictions in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/22/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 3/30

    Growing up in North Carolina, the need for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., never seemed real. In the idyllic bubble that was Davidson, outside of Charlotte, the need for civil rights work and push for equality was distant. But as I aged the veils of unreality that clouded my view...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/21/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 2/30

    It used to seem that civil discourse was a matter of course, and one of the reasons for this was that before the era of the Internet most of the time when someone spoke it was to another living breathing person. Internet and communications technology has made it much easier for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/20/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 1/30

    This year Standing on the Side of Love dedicates its 30 Days of Love campaign to "A Spiritual Journey for Social Justice." Spiritual journey and Social Justice are hallmarks of Unitarian Universalist faith and tradition, and this is an opportunity for us to focus our collective...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/19/2013
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  • Your Guide to 30 Days of Love

    Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith advocacy campaign that is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This year they are hosting their 2nd annual 30 Days of Love , "a period for intentional action, service, education, and reflection running from January 19...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/15/2013
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  • Become a Pioneering Humanist Pathfinder

    The Pathfinders Project , a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America represents a rare opportunity – not only the chance to develop yourself and contribute to the communities you...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/15/2013
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  • Bridge Differences and Make a Difference Together

    Learn How to Lead the Conversation Interfaith Leadership Institutes (ILIs) are training events that equip undergraduate students, staff, faculty and administrators to be movement builders for interfaith action. You will return from the ILI with the tools to help transform your...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/3/2013
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  • Unite in Service

    Bringing Relief to New Orleans The Church of the Larger Fellowship (CLF), along with the Center for Ethical Living & Social Justice Renewal (CELSJR), is organizing a New Orleans relief effort , January 17 – 21, 2013 (Martin Luther King weekend). Here is what Rev. Meg Riley...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/19/2012
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  • Alternative Fair Food Spring Break

    Consciousness + Commitment = Change The MidAmerica Region of the UUA invites you to a unique alternative spring break experience in South West Florida. Unitarian Universalist youth, young adults, adults, clergy, religious educators, youth advisors, and social justice leaders are...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/4/2012
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  • Marriage Equality: Three Parts Make It So

    This is part two of our three-part interview with Zach Wahl's on the future of marriage equality after victories at the ballot box on Tuesday, November 6. Here we look at the political and judicial impact on the future of marriage equality in the United States. -Ed. "It doesn't...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/26/2012
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  • Activism is an act of faith

    An excerpt from this article is re-posted from the current issue of UUWorld . -Ed. Our interconnectedness makes the powerless powerful, says a young UU activist in prison for interrupting an oil and gas lease auction. By Tim DeChristopher Winter 2012 11.1.12 "It is very rare to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/22/2012
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  • Stand on the Side of Love to Remember

    Transgender Day of Rememberance Interfaith Virtual Vigil The Transgender Day of Remembrance is fast approaching. Many of us are seeking a space where we can gather, grieve, honor, and recommit to a better world, where gender non-conforming people are free from violence,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/14/2012
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  • Reproductive Justice CSAI Curriculum

    Play Your Leading Role on this Issue of Social Justice True to our legacy of leadership on these issues, the Unitarian Universalist Association once again made history among religious organizations when we endorsed "Reproductive Justice" at Justice GA 2012 and chose it as our...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/13/2012
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  • Zach Wahls on Marriage Equality, One Way: "Forward!"

    In an exclusive interview with Blue Boat, Zach Wahls discusses marriage-equality ballot victories in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota and Washington. This first post in a series from our interview with Zach examines how the conversation on marriage equality has changed and the turning...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/8/2012
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  • S. Colbert: Meet C. Rock

    Tongue in cheek or cheeky observation? Watch Chris Rock highlight how complicated race in America can be, a point with which UUs would surely agree. - Ed. Chris Rock's message for white voters: Obama is not-so-secretly caucasian Ever since the US elected its first mixed race...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/5/2012
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  • Voice Yourself

    Your Voice AND Your Vote Count In addition to deciding who serves as President of the United States for the next four years, the election tomorrow will decide ballot issues across the the country. If you think you aren't concerned you need to think again: some issues, such as...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/5/2012
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  • Mobilize Your Vote with Social Media

    This post comes from OnlineCollegeCourses.com . Check out their graphic demonstrating how valuable sharing that you will vote is, and let us know in the comment section of this post if you plan to vote tomorrow! –Ed. Facebooking for Office: How Social Media Inspires Voters...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/1/2012
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  • Vote on the Side of Love Winning Video

    This year the Standing on the Side of Love campaign, the UUA's interfaith social justice project to harness the power of love, sponsored a video contest which attracted some very powerful and meaningful expressions of love and courage. This year's winner is Elliot Cennamo, a...
    By Shane Montoya | 10/31/2012
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  • Every Day Should be National Coming Out Day

    We share Tandi Rogers' story of coming out in honor of National Coming Out Day. Tandi Rodgers currently serves as Growth Strategies Specialist at the Unitarian Universalist Association. [youtube mG_iiruPnvY]
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/15/2012
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  • What Presenting as Gay Taught a Straight Man

    Self-admittedly Bigoted Man Presents as Gay, Learns Empathy After experiencing the pain of a friend's coming out as a lesbian, Timothy Kurek decided to find out for himself what it is like when a person affirms a sexual or gender identity that is considered different from the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/15/2012
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  • UU Youth Group Fights Hunger

    Follow this inspiring story about how the Youth Group at First Unitarian Universalist of Fayatteville, Arkansas sprang into action when it learned the local food-bank was having trouble meeting the needs of the community. Watch the story here :
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/12/2012
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  • Life, Sex, and Other Daily Queries

    At this year’s General Assembly in Phoenix, we Unitarian Universalists voted to consider the profound issue of reproductive justice over the next three years. Chosen as our Congregational Study Action Issue, reproductive justice incorporates reproductive choice, parenting,...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/28/2012
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  • Show Us Your Vote!

    Video Contest: Help U.S. Voters Stand on the Side of Love Vote for the Side of Love Imagine, in this election season, if your simple, compelling video message changed the world! It could happen. And we want you to make it happen! You are the Director Make a short video (four...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/26/2012
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