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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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  • Hampton Roads UU Revival

    This blog has been reposted from Life's Too Short To Sing The Melody , with permission from The Rev. Andrew Millard . It describes an exciting UU revival taking place at Christopher Newport University in Newport News, VA. How great would it be if other campus-based revivals...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/7/2013
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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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  • 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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  • February Call: Spreading the Love

    As part of Standing on the Side of Love's 30 Days of Love campaign, and the Young Adult and Campus Ministry guide to the 30 Days, we'll reflect on what we can do to spread the love. Join us on this month's campus ministry community call on Sunday, February 10th at 8:30pm Eastern...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/5/2013
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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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  • #futureofga Storify

    Follow – and add to – the conversation on the Fifth Principle Task Force reports discussed at the UUA Board of Directors recent Philadelphia meeting. This storify gives you the direct Twitter conversation "#futureofga#. It's not too late to add your opinion - Tweet at us at...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/1/2013
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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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  • 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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  • Create a Camp @ GA'13

    Covenant Children’s Camp @ GA'13: RFP To create an integrated religious experience for our children at our largest gathering as a faith community, the General Assembly Planning Committee seeks applications to provide the content and implementation of a day camp that engages...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/25/2013
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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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  • 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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  • Introducing the YA Caucus Staff Part 2: Andrew Edition

    Previously we met Sarah Napoline , the Young Adult Caucus Community Chaplain. Today, We'll meet Andrew Coate, Worship Coordinator. – Ed. What's your backg round in Unitarian Universalism? Aside from skirting the edges of Unitarian Universalism and liberal religion in general for...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/16/2013
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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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  • Spiritual Support

    This brief excerpt from Katherine Ozment's article, "Losing Our Religion" in the January 2013 edition of Boston Magazine lifts up the value of the Unitarian Universalist youth ministry at First Parish in Arlington, MA . Read the full article here . – Ed. The religious group that...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/10/2013
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  • Introducing the YA Caucus Staff

    The office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries and the Co-Moderators of the Young Adult Caucus for the 2013 General Assembly are pleased to announce the Young Adult Caucus Staff. Sarah Napoline will serve as Community Chaplain, while Andrew Coate will serve as Worship...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/10/2013
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  • Spotlight: First UU Church of Columbus

    I was recently back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and wanted to share some of the great ideas for young adult ministry that I saw at the church I grew up in: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus . The Basics - FUUCC is a large church with more than 600 members and...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/8/2013
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  • The Future of GA

    Tweet in on the discussion on Twitter at #futureofga Do you know about the 5th Principle Task Force which was commissioned to examine how to restructure the Unitarian Universalist Association's annual business meeting General Assembly (GA)? In 2009, this group issued a report...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/7/2013
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  • January Call: Working the System

    Our first campus ministry community call of 2013 is this Sunday, January 6th at 9pm Eastern time . We will discuss how our campus ministry groups can most effectively operate within the academic institutions and Unitarian Universalist communities they operate within. Whether you...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/3/2013
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  • Leadership Conference

    Young Adult and Campus Ministry Leadership Conference This conference is for Unitarian Universalist young adult and campus ministry group leaders in the Greater Metro NY area, and all else who would like to travel and join. It will be held at the Unitarian Universalist...
    By Kayla Parker | 12/20/2012
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  • Pres. Morales on School Shooting Tragedy

    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued the following statement on Friday, December 14, 2012, in response to the day's tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut: “I am shocked and profoundly saddened by the news of the massacre at a school...
    By Carey McDonald | 12/14/2012
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  • Sending Love

    Many congregations around the continent send care packages to young adults connected to their congregation, such as their former youth who have completed Bridging Program and are now young adults. Some might be living in another town for service, work or school. Others might...
    By Kayla Parker | 12/14/2012
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  • "Twas the night before finals" Poem

    I found this "Finals Poem" through a google search online , and just had to share. I am hoping it is as humorous and helpful to you in your finals as it has been to me in mine! - Ed. Twas the night before finals, And all through the college, The students were praying For last...
    By Kayla Parker | 12/7/2012
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  • Typhoon Pablo Hits UU Church of the Philippines

    This story by the Rev.Eric Cherry is reposted from the Faith Without Borders blog, originally posted in International News , Philippines on December 6th, 2012 by the Rev. Eric Cherry. Read the story on Faith Without Borders to see more pictures and sign up to help! - Ed....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/7/2012
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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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  • HEY, YOU: Apply for Youth Caucus Staff!

    We want YOU to apply for Youth Caucus Staff! We are seeking passionate, enthusiastic, creative youth and adults to be part of the team that makes Youth Caucus a success at General Assembly 2013. All UU youth and adults are invited and encouraged to apply. We want YOU to apply...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 12/3/2012
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  • A Thankful Thanksgiving

    Hi Family, I am sitting in my home office reflecting on the incredible month I have had thus far. The first weekend of this month I served as chaplain at the Central Midwest Fall Young Adult con that was held in Brookfield WI. I thoroughly enjoyed the meals, worship, workshops...
    By Monica L Cummings | 11/20/2012
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  • Youth Group in a Busy World

    -A dispatch from 21st Century Faith Formation Training - I often hear from youth advisors who ask "how do I get my youth to attend youth group every week? They're so busy with all their other extracurricular activities." As I'm sitting here at a training on 21st Century Faith...
    By Carey McDonald | 11/20/2012
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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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  • Be a Leading Young Adult at GA'13

    Apply for Young Adult Caucus Staff! Young Adult Caucus is looking for two more excited, enthusiastic young adults to bring their gifts and talents to the team for General Assembly 2013 in Louisville, KY . Joining the Young Adult Caucus staff is a great way to serve the young...
    By Shane Montoya | 10/18/2012
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  • Be a Presenter at General Assembly 2013

    Have a topic or program that you want to share with other Unitarian Universalists at General Assembly 2013? This year's topic is "From Promise to Commitment", and we all have the opportunity to make sure t hat our voices and multigenerational, youth and young adult ministries...
    By Kayla Parker | 10/4/2012
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  • Your Meditation Desired

    Contribute to an Anthology of Meditations for Congregational Leaders An Anthology Edited By Kay Montgomery Skinner House Books, the imprint of the Unitarian Universalist Association, invites members of UU congregations to submit original poems, prayers, or short prose pieces for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/1/2012
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  • Put Your Spiritual Guidance in Every YA Pocket

    A wealth of YA experience in every YA pocket : Skinner House Books wants your help to make YA ministry at 24/7/365 experience! -Ed. Make it Portable and Take it Everywhere There's an exciting new publication in the works for UU young adults: a pocket-sized guide offering...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/28/2012
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  • Got a UU Social Life?

    Fellowship is a critical step in building the meaningful spiritual communities for which our young adults are searching. It's that open time for getting to know one another, joking around, and relaxing, away from the stresses of everyday life. Here are a few popular, tried-and-...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/20/2012
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