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  • Let's Not All Be SO Mature About It

    The Rev. Tandi Rogers wonders how we can reach people when we can't even reach them? We re-post her observation from the Growing Unitarian Universalism blog on the frustration of not being able to connect electronically in the electronic age, and a solution for the problem. –Ed...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/2/2013
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  • Rising Waters of Faith

    Changing demographics and lifestyles present a challenge to the relevancy and health of faith organizations as we have known them for the past half-century, however Carol Howard Merritt, in this post from the Alban Institute , encourages us to see the opportunity for growth and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 10/1/2013
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  • Like an Imaginary Friend – only Better

    Maybe the best way to pass faith on is to love playing with it first. We re-post this article which is part of a special Patheos Symposium, " Passing on the Faith: Teaching the Next Generation ".–Ed. Why Passing on the Faith Isn't Good Enough What if, instead of passing on the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/26/2013
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  • A Seminarian in Japan

    We re-post this story from the UUA International blog. – Ed. A Seminarian’s Experience at Tsubaki Grand Shrine Sarah E. Gillespie is a UU seminarian & 2014 M.Div candidate at Andover Newton Theological School. In July 2013 she was the recipient of the UUA’s Tsubaki Grand...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/25/2013
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  • The Theology of Unitarian Universalists

    This post comes to us from the Faith/Spirituality page on Living Mosaic . Read more from the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell here .– Ed. By Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell "How many times have I heard people remark, “You can believe anything and be a Unitarian Universalist.” Or someone might...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/11/2013
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  • Surveying the Unitarian Universalist World

    Give Voice to Your Beliefs with the UU World Survey It may mean the world to you. You may read every issue, leave it out on your coffee table as a conversation starter, or donate your copy to a doctor’s office or library as a way of sharing Unitarian Universalism with others. Or...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/9/2013
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  • Serving Up UUism – One Cup at a Time

    As part of inquiry into new and innovative ways to bring the values, principles and faith of Unitarian Universalism into the larger world, we post and excerpt of this article from the current issue of UU World . – Ed. Forget the Cream – I'll Take Mine with Love Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/6/2013
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  • Gini, in Her Own Words

    We post an excerpt of the interview of Gini Courter in the current issue of UU World on the occasion of the end of her service as Moderator of the UUA. Read the full interview on uuworld.org here . – Ed. On Volunteering UU World : You have served more than eighteen years in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 9/5/2013
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  • Continental Gathering of UU Seminarians

    Share What's Special! Join the inaugural Continental Gathering of Unitarian Universalist Seminarians , the first assembly of its kind. The gathering will take place October 11-13 in historic Boston, and is open to all UU seminarians, interns, etc. who have not yet been ordained...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/5/2013
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  • Summer Seminary Reflection - Jaimie Dingus

    A Weekend of Communion and Exploration Two years ago I was finishing up a conference call for a youth leadership program at the UUA when Jeremie Bateman asked if I thought there would be any youth interested in a weekend program for youth considering ministry. I was incredibly...
    By Carey McDonald | 8/27/2013
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  • Setting Hearts Aflame

    The 2013 Life on Fire un-conference for missional Unitarian Universalists is happening September 13-15 at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. If you don't know the word " missional , " then you may not know about this community of forward...
    By Carey McDonald | 8/26/2013
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  • Summer Seminary Was Awesome

    The weekend of August 9-11, sixteen incredible Unitarian Universalist high school students came from across the country to explore a calling to professional ministry in our faith. Summer Seminary , the first of what we hope will become a fixture of UU youth ministry for years to...
    By Carey McDonald | 8/14/2013
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  • Age as a State of Mind

    We re-post an excerpt of this story by Christine from her blog Seattleite From Syracuse . – Ed. When do you cease to be a “young adult”? At the Super Bowl, some of us were having conversations about what constitutes becoming “middle age”. It was mostly folks from my church’s...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 8/9/2013
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  • 360º Vision

    A Different Kind of Storytelling in Our New Home Dear friend, Our current headquarters at 25 Beacon Street is steeped in rich history and fond memories. We will take those memories with us to our new headquarters at 24 Farnsworth, but we must do more than merely remember our...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 8/8/2013
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  • Tattooed Under the Skin

    We re-post an excerpt from Elissa McDavid's blog Skies Will Follow the story of her decision to get a chalice tattoo. – Ed. Tattoo or should I say TattUU: Understanding my faith Originally I wrote this post almost a year ago. I edited it to fit how I grew this past year. And...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 8/6/2013
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  • Why Military Chaplaincy Calls to Me

    We re-post an excerpt of this reflection by Sarah Caine from Le Flame .– Ed. I grew up in a non-political, liberal-ish, secular house that followed the major Christian holidays in the way that department stores do–we put up decorations but didn’t strive to ask questions or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/30/2013
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  • Where's the Interfaith Love?

    Barbarians at the Gates( ±) Skinner House Calls it Right A recent interview on Fox News has gained notoriety for the apparent religious intolerance of the interviewer who had difficulty accepting that a Muslim could write a scholarly book about Jesus. Reza Aslan, author of " No...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/30/2013
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  • Trayvon Martin: Family, Leaders, Entertainers React

    Responses from the parents of Trayvon Martin, President Obama, Dr. Alveda King, Stephen Colbert, Stevie Wonder and others Sybrina Fulton and Tracy Martin : "I have no clue if I should tell him to run or walk, if I should tell him to defend himself or just lay there. I have to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/19/2013
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  • What to Think About Trayvon?

    I don't know if I have much to add to the heart-breaking tragedy that has unfolded around the Zimmerman case, and has wrapped up in it the life of one innocent young American named Trayvon. In fact, the entire story, from Trayvon Martin's senseless death eighteen months ago to...
    By Carey McDonald | 7/15/2013
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  • Comment on the Zimmerman Verdict from the UUA

    Standing Against Racism and Oppression The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement on the George Zimmerman trial verdict. July 15, 2013 A Florida jury has acquitted George Zimmerman in the killing of Trayvon Martin, an...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/15/2013
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  • 96 Hours of GA'13 In 3:03 – With a Beat

    " Soozarty " produced this impressive three minute video from still shots and videos she took attending General Assembly this year in Louisville, KY. If you were there you might see yourself here, and if you couldn't be at GA this year you are likely to see a friend who was....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/9/2013
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  • OPUS 2013

    Fragile Strands, Strong Web. An annual spiritual retreat for adults age 18-35, Opus 2013 will be held from August 7-11 at Unicamp in Honeywood, Ontario. Hosted by the Continental Unitarian Universalist Young Adult Network ( C*UUYAN ) since 1986, Opus has offered: five days of...
    By Carey McDonald | 7/2/2013
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  • Derrick's GA Adventure

    We repost the second installment in Derrick Christopher's account of his experience as a member of the Young Adult Caucus at General Assembly 2013 in Louisville, Ky. You can follow Derrick on his blog, " Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Miami ". – Ed. Derrick's General...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 7/1/2013
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  • Transition in Campus Ministry

    It has been such an honor to work with all of you in my nearly three years serving as Campus Ministry Associate at the Unitarian Universalist Association. I look forward to continuing in this position until my last day on July 12th. I have appreciated getting to know many of you...
    By Kayla Parker | 6/17/2013
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  • Moved by the Movement for Civil Rights

    This story is re-posted from the Orlando Sentinel and originally appeared in its June 10, 2013 online edition. The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) offers "Civil Rights Justice Journeys" - click here to learn more. -Ed. Unitarian teens tour civil rights...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/13/2013
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  • Moral Mondays

    This story is re-posted from UU World Online and first appeared on May 20, 2013. - Ed. Sometimes words aren't enough North Carolinians jailed for protesting conservative legislation; Texas UUs detained, deported after visiting factory in Mexico. By Michelle Bates Deakin The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/13/2013
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  • Campus Ministry @ GA

    So Much to Do In Just Enough Time! General Assembly is the annual conference of Unitarian Universalists. This year it will be held in Louisville, KY from June 19th - June 23rd. If you'll be attending and are involved or interested in being involved in campus ministry, there are...
    By Kayla Parker | 6/12/2013
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  • Welcome to the New Blue Boat!

    You may have noticed some changes around our blogsite recently. Welcome to Blue Boat 2.0! We have reorganized, retooled and revamped our site to better serve youth and young adult Unitarian Universalists across the country. Here's a quick tour of what you can expect from our new...
    By Carey McDonald | 6/5/2013
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  • Campus Ministry Conference

    This July the National Campus Ministry Association (NCMA) is hosting it's annual conference . This conference is for professional campus ministry leaders, those who hope to become one, and dedicated lay campus ministry leaders. It will give us as Unitarian Universalists (UUs) an...
    By Kayla Parker | 5/14/2013
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  • Youth Caucus is a Spiritual Community

    Worship by youth, for all Worship is a central part of the General Assembly experience and it’s not different for those who participate in Youth Caucus. From fully developed worship services to small moments of reflection, the Youth Caucus staff aims to infuse the youth...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 5/14/2013
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  • Running for Someone Else's Life

    We re-post an excerpt of this story from the Standing on the Side of Love blog, reminding us how much stronger are the bonds of love than of hate. – Ed. May 07, 2013. This post was written by Helene Newberg. Helene is an avid runner and a member of First Parish Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/7/2013
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  • Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage July 6–13

    Summer trip, spring deadline The UU College of Social Justice has teamed up with the UU Living Legacy Project to offer this special social justice pilgrimage for high school youths. This experience begins and ends in Atlanta, Ga., taking us to the key civil rights cities of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/2/2013
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  • Leadership Con

    Earlier this month, from Friday, April 12th to Sunday, April 14th young adult leaders from across the country gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY for a leadership conference. Many were from the greater Metro NY area, with some...
    By Kayla Parker | 5/2/2013
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  • Youth Civil Rights Pilgrimage July 6–13

    Summer trip, spring deadline The UU College of Social Justice has teamed up with the UU Living Legacy Project to offer this special social justice pilgrimage for high school youths. This experience begins and ends in Atlanta, Ga., taking us to the key civil rights cities of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/1/2013
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  • Leadership Con

    Earlier this month, from Friday, April 12th to Sunday, April 14th young adult leaders from across the country gathered at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, NY for a leadership conference. Many were from the greater Metro NY area, with some...
    By Kayla Parker | 4/30/2013
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  • Bidder 70 Speaks for the Earth

    This story is re-posted from Democracy Now . - Ed. UU Tim DeChristopher, Bidder 70 In a Democracy Now! exclusive on Earth Day, climate change activist Tim DeChristopher joins us for his first interview since being released from federal custody after serving 21 months in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/23/2013
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  • A Shelter in the Storm

    On Tuesday night I, like the rest of this city and the country, was struggling with what do in the wake of the tragic bombings of the Boston Marathon. Boston is my adopted hometown for now, and I felt a very strong connection to Monday's events, even though I did not personally...
    By Carey McDonald | 4/19/2013
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  • The Ascending Spirit of Unitarian Universalism

    UUism on CBS News CBS News spoke with UUA President Peter Morales, the Rev. Fred Small of First Parish Cambridge, and Boston area UUs about Unitarian Universalism for " Religion and Spirituality in a Changing Society ". The program airs on CBS affiliates at various dates and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/18/2013
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  • NEW: Summer Seminary for Youth!

    Examine your Call We're excited to announce a new program for youth who have considered becoming a minister or religious professional! Summer Seminary is a three-day, affordable experience for high school students (in grades 10-12 or equivalent for the 2012-13 school year),...
    By Carey McDonald | 4/2/2013
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  • A Move for the Millennial Generation

    As you have probably heard, the Unitarian Universalist Association is planning a big move of its HQ offices from historic Beacon Hill to the up-and-coming Fort Point neighborhood in Boston. If you ask me, I'm super excited about this move. It feels like a true recognition from...
    By Carey McDonald | 3/27/2013
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  • For Survival of the Best in Us

    Hello Family, I have not written a Pastoral Message in a few months for a number of reasons, primarily because I have not had a burning desire to write. However, something has happened recently that has compelled me to communicate with you this month. On Sunday, March 17, two...
    By Monica L Cummings | 3/21/2013
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  • Moving Into Our Future

    Sometime in the next year the Headquarters of the Unitarian Universalist Association will move from its historic address at 25 Beacon Street, on Beacon Hill , to 24 Farnsworth Street, in the heart of the " Innovation District " of Boston, and into its future. Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/20/2013
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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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  • Strawberries for the Soul

    Meditations by and for Unitarian Universalists Citing a Zen parable Abhimanyu Janamanchi , former Youth Observer to the UUA Board of Trustees, and the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi , Minister at Unitarian Universalists of Clearwater, Florida , write that as Unitarian Universalsits it is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/28/2013
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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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  • PCD YA Climate Justice Workshop

    The UU young adult network of UU Ministry for Earth is hosting our first PCD regional young adult gathering on climate justice this March 1-2 in Berkeley, at the Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists . Join other UU young adults for this mini climate justice training...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/19/2013
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  • Religiously Congregating (or Not)

    In response to Katherine Ozment's article "Losing Our Religion", KJ Dell'Antonia presents an argument for what is gained by not fostering connection with religious community: parents having the opportunity to support their children's freedom to define their religious identity....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/16/2013
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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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  • 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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  • 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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