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  • UUs in the Military – Conscience in a Hard Place

    Ending War – Honoring the Principled Warrior The relationship of Unitarian Universalism (UU) and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) to the military is complex and as lengthy as the history of the United States. While the UUA and Unitarian Universalism is generally...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/15/2014
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  • Religion By Affiliation

    The Mass in Religion has Always Been in the Street Elizabeth Drescher questions the wisdom of viewing the Internet as a cause of the disaffection with organized religion, pointing out that for the public "mass" media has always held greater allure than religious Mass itself, and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/13/2014
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  • Retiring Boomers a Boon for Congregations

    Watch Out Millenials 'cause Here Come the Boomers Carol Howard Merritt asks how an increase of Boomer Generation retirees can and will change congregations on the Christian Century blog. Her key findings: More people will be on a fixed income: giving will change. | More people...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/12/2014
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  • Visit a Shinto Shrine in Japan – Not on Your Dime

    Go When You Want, But APPLY by May 15. Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship for UU Seminarians at Non-UU Theological Schools The Tsubaki Grand Shrine Scholarship is available to Unitarian Universalist (UU) seminarians (in candidate status) attending non-UU theological schools who...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/5/2014
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  • Religions Move Toward Accepting LGBTQ

    Unitarian Universalists Welcome Them Unitarian Universalism has long been a welcoming faith , and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has a long history of fighting for the rights of the LGBTQ community. Finally, other religions are moving to accept LGBTQ members in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/2/2014
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  • Millenial Leaders: Develop Your Vision for Change

    Young Adult Spiritual Activists Sought Union Theological Seminary (Union) in New York, New York was founded in 1836 on the vision of centering theological education and ministerial training in an urban context so that academic excellence and personal faith might respond to the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/1/2014
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  • Power UP with Rev. Monica

    On-Air Thursdays, on-line any-time Power UP with Rev. Monica ( Rev. Dr. Monica L. Cummings ) is an internet radio show that informs, inspires and empowers the lives of listeners with music, inspirational readings, interviews and reflections. Power UP can be heard on WGTD HD3...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/30/2014
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  • Millennial Seeks Fulfilling Experience

    An Argument for What Works – Want to attract Millennials? John Wimberly suggests going back to the basics. John Wimberly, former pastor of Western Presbyterian Church in Washington, D.C. notes that if 14% of Millennials don't believe in religion that means 86% do. While working...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/29/2014
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  • "Friendly" Doesn't Cut It Anymore

    Pre-qualified by Social Media The Interconnections Blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) in its story, " Welcoming in the Age of Social Media " discusses the added importance of making genuine connection with new comers since most people have Googled congregations...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/16/2014
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  • What's Up With Millennials? Ask UUs.

    Looking for Answers The Pew Forum ’s March 7 report on the Millennial Generation (age 18-33) was yet another poll that highlighted the rising number of young people who are nonreligious. However, Pew’s report also made an important new connection, which is that the decline of...
    By Carey McDonald | 4/10/2014
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  • Most Religiously Diverse Countries

    Unitarian Universalism is a welcoming faith that encourages interfaith search for spiritual fulfillment and meaning, while – according to research from PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life – the United States is considered to be only "moderately" religiously diverse, and the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/8/2014
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  • Youth Dare to Make Change Happen Now

    On March 13 Boston Mobilization, YMORE, Unitarian Universalist Religious Professionals of Color and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) participated in an action of public witness for raisong the minimum wage in Massachusetts. The following is an eye-witness account of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/4/2014
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  • Millennial Mourning

    Evolving an ageless life event into the modern age The frequent focus of this blog and others on the Millennial generation rather than others might seem lopsided – after all, in terms of age and experience many argue this is when " Generation X " is in its prime and most...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/3/2014
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  • Faith Architects: Let's Build Spiritual Homes!

    This blogpost was written by Julie Brock, the Project Coordinator for Faith Architects to explain the purpose and direction of this exciting new endeavor!–Ed. Shape the Future of Faith Faith Architects is a program designed to empower Unitarian Universalist young adults to use...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 4/1/2014
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  • 2014 OPUS: Hands to Work, Hearts to Faith

    SUMMER PLANNING Get ready for the annual five-day, spiritual retreat of the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network , this year hosted by the Nuhop Experiential Learning Camp , August 13–17, near Perrysville, OH . For young adults ages 18 – 35 from around Canada...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/1/2014
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  • Who Knows How Many Campus Groups We Have?

    How many campus ministry groups DO we have? You hold the answer! Are campus groups growing? Shrinking? Doing interfaith work? Who supports them? Are they reaching new UUs? Are they helping our recently bridged youth stay connected? These are just a few of the questions I hear...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 3/31/2014
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  • Spotlight: UU young adults of Brooklyn, NY

    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. “A gateway to being involved in the larger congregation,” “a bridge to...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 3/28/2014
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  • Hermione is a Universalist

    Emma Watson, interviewed about her role in " Noah ", directed by Darren Aronofsky , discusses her spiritual faith and describes much of what animates Unitarian Universalist belief and practice. Watch the video on Telegraph.UK/video at between minutes 1:31 – 2:00 for her remarks...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/28/2014
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  • A Broader Basis for Faith

    Same Beliefs – Many Practices The expanding breadth and diversity of Unitarian Universalist congregation and practice is developing a solid base for the growth of Unitarian Universalism in the future. Does it also show a way to the growth of spiritual fulfillment or faith for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/28/2014
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  • The Confused Millennial (?)

    Faithful of the Future Favor Rational Religion The Atlantic Monthly analyzed poll results of the recent PEW Research Study, "New Findings on Millennials" , then published, " Study: Millennials Deeply Confused About Their Politics, Finances, and Culture ", focusing on apparent...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/26/2014
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  • A Millennial P.O.V. on Millennials

    Stephanie Mann takes issue with the media's take on the Millennial Generation. We re-post her commentary on the commentary about the Millennial Generation which originally appears on the Beacon Broadside .–Ed. It's rebuttal, bub, not narcissism The Fast Future Generation: When...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/21/2014
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  • More Americans Say Religion Not Important

    Fewer Believe in the Supernatural, More in the Rational More Americans describe themselves as "non-religious" or not religiously affiliated than at any other time in history, and recently this trend has picked-up speed. New findings suggest that the problem is not one of faith...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/19/2014
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  • Rational Faith in the Multiverse

    Faith and Science During a period of great change and upheaval in the role of organized religion and faith, Mary-Jane Rubenstein in her book "Worlds without End" asks whether examining existence through the lens of multiverse theory points the way to a closer relationship...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/17/2014
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  • Summer Seminary 2014 – DEADLINE EXTENDED

    Space limited demand is high Apply now to attend Summer Seminary July 30-August 4, 2014 in Chicago, IL. Application deadline APRIL 1, 2014 . This program allows Unitarian Universalist youth to explore their call to ministry in all its forms. Summer Seminary focuses on ordained...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/17/2014
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  • Love, Principle and Action

    AZ State Bill 1062 , permitting businesses to refuse service on the basis of religious belief – passed by the Arizona legislature and ultimately vetoed by the Governor Jan Brewer – is the latest example of efforts to legalize discrimination against the LGBTQ community in Arizona...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/13/2014
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  • Millennial Seekers Seek Each Other

    Trust In People New research from the PEW Research Social and Demographic Trends report on Millennials in Adulthood deepens and adds context to the identity of Millennials as non-religiously affiliated, spiritually seeking people. The research reveals that Millennials prefer...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/12/2014
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  • Tumbl Through Lent

    47 ◊ Days of Practice and Reflection Join Unitarian Universalists (UUs) expressing their Lenten wishes on tumblr at " practicinglent.tumblr.com " Beginning on Wednesday March 5, 2014, and for each of the next 40 days, UUs add the day’s word and a related quote to the main...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/6/2014
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  • Wisdom From Behind the Bars

    We post excerpts of a letter written by a death-row inmate which reflect the wisdom of understanding the inhumane motivations of mass incarceration and capital punishment. This letter reminds us of the debate about the role of the penal system in the United States which has...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/5/2014
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  • Religious Survey of a None

    52 Weeks of Exploring Faith Chad, a young adult based in Ogden, Utah, a self-described " None " having, "no religion and no dogmatic beliefs", has undertaken to visit a different congregation or different faith every week for one year. His blog, " 52 Weeks in 52 Faiths: My...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/3/2014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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