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  • Marriage Equality in Delaware

    From the Human Rights Campaign Blog. - Ed. April 11, 2013 by Dan Rafter, Online Campaigns Manager Lawmakers Introduce Marriage Equality Bill in Delaware Delaware lawmakers, religious and civil rights leaders gathered in Wilmington earlier today to introduce a landmark civil...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/12/2013
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  • Out for Equality in the NFL

    NFL Meets With Gay Rights Groups (Huffington Post) WASHINGTON -- The National Football League met with LGBT rights groups last week about the push to end homophobia in sports, at a time when speculation increases over whether the first gay player will soon come out in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/12/2013
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  • Discussing Sex, Love, and Violence at the UU-UNO

    LGBT in Religious Communities: A Faith and Human Rights Discussion The panel discussion on LGBT in Religious Communities , organized as part of the UU-UNO 2013 Spring Seminar, "Sex, Love and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World" can be viewed...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/11/2013
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  • Deafening Silence

    Deafen voices of hate or intolerance with a silent message of love The Day of Silence is the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network 's (GLSEN) annual day of action to protest the bullying and harassment of lesbian , gay , bisexual , and transgender ( LGBT ) students and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/10/2013
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  • Marriage Equality Supreme Court Potential Outcomes

    The American Foundation for Equal Rights (AFER) has published as a graphic potential outcomes of the United States Supreme Court on Prop 8 and Marriage Equality . A decision is expected from the Court by the end of June. (Click on the image to view it on the AFER website.)
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/8/2013
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  • Summer Opportunities Going Somewhere

    Yo, Don't let it be "away": Get going! Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice programs for youth are filling up, although spots are still available. The problem is the deadline for applying or registering is nigh ! What, are you waitin' for it to be nighEST ? July 2013...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/8/2013
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  • Taking Action: Young Adults & Social Justice

    For Young Adults, July 3-7, 2013 This event is an opportunity to explore social justice issues in our world today, as well as some serious discussion about faith and what its practice means to us. The group may take a field trip into Portland or work with some younger campers...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/1/2013
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  • Let the BSA Know You Stand For Equality

    The following is an invitation from Zach Wahls to participate in a survey conducted by the Boy Scouts of America on the question of equality in Scouting. You can participate whether or not you are a scout – read Zach's appeal to find out how. – Ed. Scouting was an integral part...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/21/2013
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  • The New Jim Crow – Common Read '13 Review

    Overcoming Colorblindness to Defeat Racial Caste America Michelle Alexander 's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a well researched, convincingly documented argument that the result of the War on Drugs and growth of mass incarceration during the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/13/2013
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  • Ignorant to Inspired – Mass Incarceration and Me

    Last week, I got to see Professor and Human Rights Activist Michelle Alexander speak about the racist caste system being created by mass incarceration and the war on drugs. She was speaking specifically about her book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Color-...
    By Kayla Parker | 3/13/2013
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  • Colorado Joins the Union

    Continuing the trend of legislative and electoral victories, Colorado has become the 10th state to approve legislation equalizing the rights of couples joined in same-sex civil union to married couples. The United States Supreme Court hears argument on California Proposition 8...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/13/2013
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  • Social Justice Opportunities for Youth

    The Unitarian Universalist College for Social Justice, a collaboration between the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, offers service learning trips and programs for youth, young adults, and spiritual leaders to live out UU faith...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/11/2013
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  • After Being Protested by Westboro Baptist Church

    This insightful reflection is from Katie Carpenter, co-president of the Unitarian Universalist campus ministry group at Vassar about their visit from Westboro Baptist Church on February 28th. -Kayla The Westboro Baptist Church protested Vassar College February 28th, for...
    By Kayla Parker | 3/11/2013
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  • Global Justice Summer Internships for Young Adults

    Opportunities from the College of Social Justice With its partner organizations UUCSJ offers summer field placements for UU young adults to deepen their engagement with social justice and discover new ways to put faith into action. UUCSJ summer internships require some...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/5/2013
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  • Violence Against Women Act Renewed

    Protections extended to Native American, LGBT and immigrant women. Re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), which expired in October, 2011, passed after a lengthy political fight over protecting more women in cases of domestic abuse or rape. Read the full story...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts: GSA Edition

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) plans to review its policy banning LGBTQ membership or participation in May of this year stands in contrast to the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) policy of not discriminating against LGBTQ membership. GSA policy with regard to the sexual orientation...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • True Fraternal Love

    This story is re-posted from Boston.com . – Ed. Emerson College fraternity members raise money for one brother’s gender reassignment surgery By Martin Finucane, Boston Globe Staff Members of an Emerson College fraternity are raising money so one of the fraternity brothers who is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • For Same-Sex Marriage

    The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a challenges to California State Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act – both of which restrict the definition of marriage as a union between one woman and one man – toward the end of March, 2013, with a decision...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/26/2013
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  • Healing Justice

    In support of Common Read 2013 of The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , by Michelle Alexander , Blue Boat brings you news and information on the inequities of the burgeoning penal system in the United States and some lesser-known consequences of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/25/2013
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  • UU Military: Equality Under Fire

    “ The military is widely understood to be the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institution in the U.S .", notes The Rev. Sarah Lammert, director of Ministries and Faith Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and president-elect of the National...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/22/2013
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  • Promoting Equality

    The recent liberalization of military policy toward greater equality for all service members is example of what happens when people speak out against inequity. After Barack Obama's re-election, Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta moved to end discrimination against women in the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/22/2013
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  • Defying Unreason of Westboro Baptist

    Westboro Baptist Church plans to picket Vassar College on Thursday, February 28. Students at Vassar are mounting a response (read how you can help them here ). – Ed. Illogic of Westboro Church Teachings provokes defections Earlier this month, Megan Phelps-Roper , grand-daughter...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/21/2013
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  • UU-UNO Spring Seminar '13: Sex, Love, and Violence

    Sex, Love, and Violence: Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in a Globalized World "Everyone has a sexual orientation and a gender identity. When someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity does not conform to the majority, they are often seen as a legitimate target for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/21/2013
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  • Vassar vs Westboro Baptist Church

    Some of you may have heard that the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Vassar . You also might have heard about all the great organizing current Vassar students and alums are doing. What you likely didn't hear about is how the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry Group at...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/20/2013
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  • UU-UNO Led Talk on Sexual Orientation Change

    Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is the innocent enough sounding term for practices that are designed to force people to give-up same sex orientation. The techniques employed to force individuals to renounce their freely chosen sexual identity can be psychological or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 29/30

    As 30 Days of Love draws to a close, I'm reflecting on all the different ways we've explored love and justice in the past month. For me, justice is rooted in the recognizing the flame that burns within each of us, and its goal is to make the world a place in which our flames can...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/16/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 28/30

    Okay, okay, so "You Light My Chalice" (from UU Media Collaborative Works ) isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its message of social justice... But artwork - a song, a drawing, a video, even a work of prose - can resonate in deeper ways that any other form of protest...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/15/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 27/30

    I want you ALL to be my Valentine this year – would you, please? Today everybody hopes be somebody's Valentine, and having someone to call your own on this day is what we understand Valentine's Day to be all about. It is such a big deal that Valentine's Day is the second most...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/14/2013
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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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  • 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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