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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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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  • Weapons of the Spirit

    Malcolm Gladwell discusses the power of faith and explains his reawakening to it in these excepts from his post about researching and writing his latest book, David and Goliath. His post, How I Rediscovered Faith , appears on the Relevant Magazine blogsite. Read Malcolm Gladwell...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2014
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  • Sunday Assembly: Schism and Debate

    Sunday Assemblies? Faith > Practice > Religious Institution The recent Blue Boat blog post of observations made after attending the recent Boston-based Sunday Assembly generated a healthy response and lively debate on the merits and limits of the Sunday Assembly model....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2014
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  • Editable Church

    What if the meaning and value of faith movements were built and changed by their users – a "Wikipedia faith"? Question posed by Landon Whitsitt on the Alban Institute blog. Read Whitsitt's pot on the Alban Institute here .– Ed. Church as Wikipedia by Landon Whitsitt At some...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/14/2014
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  • Faith and Atheism

    Alain de Botton discusses the idea of religiously enlightened atheism in this TED Talk, originally produced in July, 2011.–Ed. Faith is the province of us all [ted id=1327] Alain de Botton speaks about the value religious movements have for the committed atheist in their...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/13/2014
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  • Go International

    KUJENGA MADARAJA – Spanning Cultures: ICUU Conference & Council Meeting The International Council of Unitarians and Universalists (ICUU) will hold its biannual Conference and Council Meeting January 28-31, 2014 at the beautiful and inspiring campus of the UU congregation at...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/9/2014
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  • Food for the Soul

    By feeding others, a congregation in New York nourishes its soul – and makes a difference in its community. We repost this story by Serena Solomon that originally appears on DNAinfo New York . – Ed. Soul Food Truck Serves Free Meals to Homeless in Tompkins Sq. Park By Serena...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/7/2014
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  • Sunday Assembly Has It Backwards

    I, like many UUs, was both excited and curious to learn about The Sunday Assembly , the latest trend among atheists and agnostics. Have you heard about these British hipster high priests of nonbelief? They've been growing a "congregation" in London that combines popular music...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/6/2014
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  • Sunday Morning Springboard

    The value of religious leaders of congregation is unquestioned, how they can be most valuable may be evolving. We re-post this commentary by Tom Ehrich , which appears on the Religion News Service (RNS)blog, observing that Sunday worship service is but one aspect of successful...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/3/2014
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  • Top Ten of '13: Religion

    Looking back on 2013, we wonder what wonders the new year holds in store... – Ed. Huffpost's Count Religion Newswriters Association Top Ten Stories of 2013 Patheos Top Religion Stories of 2013
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/1/2014
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  • Grace and Reflection

    Zach Wahls shares what a year of ups-and-downs has taught him in his opinion piece originally appearing in the Daily Iowan . – Ed. With Grace Comes Power - and Responsibility by Zach Wahls I’ve been thinking about grace a lot lately. I think you’re supposed to think about grace...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/1/2014
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  • Virtual Advent Calendar

    We bring you this virtual advent calendar, and wonder – what if we tried to live as mindfully every day? -Ed. Visit the calendar here .
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/16/2013
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  • Mixed Faith

    While PEW quizzes" Are You a Millennial ", Susan Katz Miller, in her book Being Both - Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family from Beacon Press , explores how Millennials understand mixing faith traditions differently than others and what that means for the future of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/12/2013
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  • A Unitarian Universalist Holiday Story

    A video message about what love is and what love does, with best wishes for the holidays from Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association . View in Spanish [youtube eIa1y-1JPEA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUcfE-wN-Fk6xsLDrOZicPcg] View in English...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 12/11/2013
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  • Gratitude and Grief: Holidays are complicated

    Faith Helps When I was a kid my Thanksgiving holidays looked a lot like the seasonal TV commercials. We would gather at my maternal grandparents’ house, all the aunts, uncles and cousins. The food was delicious and plentiful, the family squabbles were bearable and the grown-ups...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/30/2013
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  • It's complicated

    It feels like a math equation that I just can't solve: your family's traditions + my family's traditions – our budget x are we adults yet = ??? On Monday, my mom texted me about pie, or rather, she group texted me and my two brothers. She was making a list of the types of pie...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 11/29/2013
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  • A Super Opportunity for Interfaith Sensitivity

    A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity ... In More Ways Than One! One of the characteristics of being in the minority is that one is seen by society not for what one actually is, but through the lens of the dominant culture. It takes practice for us to see something that is non-...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 11/28/2013
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  • A Fine Mix

    Rabbi David Kudan asks, Are We Right to Blend Hanukkah and Thanksgiving This Year? . His answer demonstrates the power of adopting an interfaith approach to finding meaning in mixed traditions. Re-posted from ReformJudiasm.org –Ed. As you’ve undoubtedly heard, the Jewish...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/27/2013
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  • A Once in a 77,798 Year Celebration

    Guest post by Stephanie Carey-Marron. – Ed. Yes, It's Kinda a Big Deal You may have already guessed that Thanksgiving is a pretty big deal in Massachusetts, where the holiday began. That first meal between the pilgrims and the indigenous people? That happened not too far from my...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/27/2013
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  • Sunday Afternoon in the Congregation

    From UU World we re-post an excerpt of Doug Muder 's thoughts on attending a Sunday Assembly that in some ways resembles Unitarian Universalism and in other ways does not. – Ed. Live better, help often, wonder more Sunday Assembly was coming to Boston. You could read about it in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/25/2013
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  • Weekend Challenge Three

    We Started It All What happened on November 18, 2003 making this an auspicious date for civil rights? Bonus (or clue, as the case may be): As of the weekend of November 22–23, in how many states are these rights now recognized? Add your answer to the comments selection below....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/22/2013
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  • Trial By Faith

    Re-posted from the Huffington Post . Read the original story on Huffington Post here . –Ed. Frank Schaefer, Methodist Pastor, Convicted By Jury For Officiating Son's Same-Sex Marriage By MICHAEL RUBINKAM SPRING CITY, Pa. (AP) — A United Methodist minister was convicted Monday in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/19/2013
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  • How Am I, Anyway?

    Find out in 14 Questions. The PEW Research Center created a quiz to answer the burning question "Am I a Millennial?" See how your point-of-view aligns with that of the Millennial Generation. (Might be a good thing to do as Millennials are all the rage right now.) Are you a...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/18/2013
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  • Vital Young Adults Vital to Congregational Growth

    Determined Young Adults are frequently an underused, ore even unused resource to spark growth. We re-post this article from Duke University 's Faith and Leadership blog by Michael O'Loughlin . –Ed. Investing young adults with leadership would be a "win-win," says a 20-something...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/17/2013
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  • Love the Player

    Young Adult and Multigenerational Ministry Director Kimberly Paquette provides us the opportunity to discern the difference between opposing war and accepting those who serve in the military with open hearts and minds. Re-posted from UU World On-line. – Ed. The only time I was...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/15/2013
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  • Houses of Worship Are More Welcoming

    Duke University recently completed its National Congregations Study (also conducted in 1998 and 2007). From the report, the joint meeting of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion and the Religious Research Association revealed that churches of all types are...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/14/2013
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  • What Millennials Want

    Trendspotting. As the #FoF Future of Faith series has explored the need to connect with younger generations, we start to ask "what are Millennials looking for?" Two in-depth reports, based on interviews with spiritually inclined Millennials in liberal religious communities,...
    By Carey McDonald | 11/13/2013
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  • Imbibe in the Spirit

    Church and beer? Motivation matters! This past Sunday the minister at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland opened his sermon with an anecdote about Lutherans who were combining beer with church. He joked about being desperate for growth and the congregation laughed. Later that...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 11/6/2013
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  • A Bridge to Nowhere - Part B #FoF

    Continuity... and Growth We know that part of the problem has been the segregation of youth programs in the past few decades, a dynamic identified in the 2007 UUA Youth Consultation . [ 1 ] Left to our own devices in the name of “youth empowerment,” generations of active UU...
    By Carey McDonald | 11/5/2013
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  • Remembering to End the Repetition

    11/20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance Transgender Day of Remembrance (November 20 annually) is an important part of the life of transgender communities around the world. It is also increasingly being recognized by allies in LGBT organizations, faith communities, and other...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 11/4/2013
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  • Examining the Millennial Effect

    Whither Goes Faith and Religious Practice? The Takeaway series " Young Nation Under God " discusses the impact Millennials are having on religion in America. Follow the link to find three articles and five podcasts, including a discussion with Krista Tippett, exploring the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/31/2013
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  • The Changing Landscape of Religion

    Information and data to better understand where religion, religious identification and practice are headed in the future. – Ed. INFOGRAPHIC: Millennials & Religion . About 28 percent of American adults have left the faith in which they were raised in favor of another...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/31/2013
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  • Young Adult – Big Screen

    Greta Gerwig – writer, director, actress - Unitarian Universalist young adult. Re-posted from our friends at UU World . –Ed. Actress Greta Gerwig has emerged as one of the brightest lights of the independent film scene, establishing herself as a writer, director, and actress to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/30/2013
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  • A Bridge to Nowhere - Part A #FoF

    Choosing religious affiliation matters Having looked at Unitarian Universalism’s role among American faiths, one aspect to address carefully is how our identity as a religion of converts relates to the youth that grow up in our churches. I have heard UU’s criticize our churches...
    By Carey McDonald | 10/29/2013
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  • Silenced Admissions

    Tallahassee Unitarian Universalist asks a probing question that enables us to examine how Unitarian Universalist congregations can become more welcoming. Read more at tallahasseeuu.blogspot.com . –Ed. What are you afraid to admit at a UU church? By Lee Walton Young Adult...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/24/2013
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  • Definition by Choice

    Alex Kapitan reflects on the fundamental role choice plays in defining oneself, and the necessity choosing on the route to fulfillment. Reposted with permission from Alex's blog, " www.rootsgrowthetree.com " -Ed. Alex I want to talk about choice. I want to talk about the fact...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/23/2013
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  • Beauty and Play as a Growth Strategy

    Rev. Tandi Rogers explores how the creative act of play promotes one's personal relationship to faith. Re-posted from the Growing Unitarian Universalism blog. –Ed. If you are friends with a religious educator who went to the Liberal Religious Educator’s Association Fall...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/22/2013
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  • Totally Normal but Extra Special #FoF

    Are We Moving Beyond Religion? How have the shifts of the last few decades in the American religious landscape, described in our previous two posts, affected the Unitarian Universalist corner of the world? We are not a Christian faith, but we are culturally similar to Mainline...
    By Carey McDonald | 10/22/2013
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  • Eleven Keys

    Carey Nieuwhof argues for eleven things he sees as defining the successful faith organization of tomorrow in this post from his blog . – Ed. 11 Traits of Churches That Will Impact the Future Almost every leader I talk to acknowledges that our culture is shifting. To reach a...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/17/2013
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  • Why Care About Healthcare

    By Jonah Eller-Isaac from his blog " Groinstrong " (Gro'in'Strong-er Every Day). The author describes Groinstrong as a place for updates about his own battle with cancer and a resource for those dealing with a diagnosis themselves as a patient, caregiver or family member. We...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/16/2013
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  • What's Wrong with Church, Anyways? #FoF

    In a changing world, faith and spiritual search remain ...
    By Carey McDonald | 10/15/2013
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  • Our Sacred Journeys

    This poem was submitted by Katie Romano-Griffin, lay campus minister for the Eagle Unitarian Universalists in Fort Myers, FL. The poem was written by one of the student members of the group, Allie Carville. Allie was inspired to write this poem from her experience of sharing her...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 10/11/2013
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  • Intergenerational Connection Strengthens Faith

    Excerpt re-posted from USA Today . Read the full story here . What do Millennials really seek from religion? Dana Sand, USA TODAY, October 2, 2013 A recent report found that Millennials crave depth in spirituality and recommended five ways for faith communities to build...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/9/2013
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  • The Big Shift #FoF

    The Landscape of Faith Does Not Look as it Used To Over the past few years, the national conversation [1] on the changing nature of religiosity in the United States has built to a crescendo. This transformation in religious practices, assumptions and institutions is being felt...
    By Carey McDonald | 10/8/2013
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  • Makin' it Real in the Etherspace

    Here is a good way to bring people to congregation by reaching beyond the congregation's walls from right where you are by Rev. Tandi Rogers from the Growing Unitarian Universalism blog. –Ed. How to Yelp, Foursquare, Rate, and Be Mayor My friends, today we are going to Yelp and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/7/2013
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  • Seven Principles Overcome Nine Ifs

    The Godless in Dixie blog identifies 9 ways " Your Religion May be Harmful If... " Unitarian Universalism overcomes those 9 "ifs" with only Seven Principles . We publish an excerpt which comes to us by way of Patheos.com –Ed. Your Religion May Be Harmful… If it inspires...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/7/2013
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  • NEW Future of Faith Series #FoF

    I am often asked how we can reshape our faith to become a home for the Millennial Generation , and it is a huge and important question that isn’t easy to get into a quick sound bite or bumper-sticker slogan. In my role as Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministries for the...
    By Carey McDonald | 10/4/2013
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  • Team Leadership

    Rev. Erik Wikstrom argues that the head of the congregation could be the "Chief Faith Formation Officer," and solicits your opinion or dissent... – Ed. What If The DRE Ran The Church? Of all the things I've done in my career perhaps the thing with the best title was when I was...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/3/2013
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