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  • How Move Got in the Movement

    Unitarian Universalism: Principled Past – Progressive Future The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) of today remains very much influenced by the choice of Unitarian Universalists (UU) to answer Dr. Martin Luther King 's call and put UU beliefs and Principles on the front...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/25/2014
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  • Level the Paying Field

    Some labor for too little, others labor too little for too much Gender-based income disparity (the "Gender Pay-gap") and a minimum wage lower than a living wage are antithetical to the Principles and sources of Unitarian Universalism . The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/24/2014
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  • Spotlight: UU Young Adults of Oakland, CA

    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. “ Bishop Yvette Flunder says her approach to church membership is ‘...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 4/23/2014
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  • UU Young Adult Leads on Reproductive Choice

    Reproductive Choice is not an option The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) has led on the issue of reproductive rights since 1963 – ten years before abortions were legal in this country. In this interview Jessica Halperin who was just was elected to a two-year term as...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/18/2014
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  • The Future is in Color

    Rainbow America By Amanda Froelich on the True Activist blog: With the increasing trend of interracial partnerships, it’s much more common for an individual to belong to a variety of hereditary backgrounds. As PolicyMic bluntly summarized, “in a matter of years we’ll have...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/17/2014
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  • India Recognizes Rights of Transgendered

    Equal in India The Supreme Court of India handed down its decision mandating a third gender category and full legal and civil-rights for the transgendered population of India on April 15, 2014. Learn how the Unitarian Universalist Association supports equality and fairness for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/16/2014
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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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  • There's No Snoozebar on this Clock

    Climate Change: 5 Minutes to Midnight , 15 Years and Counting Down The United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has released a report showing that the effects of global warming have not yet become irreversible, but that they will in 15 years should action...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/15/2014
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  • No More Holding it In

    Ivan E. Coyote writes about difficulties experienced by the transgendered in an intolerant world. The provocatively titled essay, " Fear and Loathing in Public Bathrooms, or How I Learned to Hold My Pee ," from her book Gender Failure , reminds us that things we take for granted...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/14/2014
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  • No More Water Everywhere

    Maybe soon not a drop to drink? More than 38 million people live in California, and California supplies the United States with more than half the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables, and as much of 90% of specialty nuts and fruits in the world. All of this life is dependent...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/11/2014
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  • Not K–8: K to Life

    From Cradle to Incarceration The road to prison and exclusion from society begins for many as soon as they start school. Sonali Kolhatkar in her post, " Studies Confirm the Dehumanization of Black Children and the ‘Preschool-to-Prison Pipeline ’ ", first published on TruthDig....
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/9/2014
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  • Confronting Intolerance with Love

    Celebrating All Families Responding to criticism for supporting diverse models of family, and in a way that would seem right at home at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), Honey Maid literally turned the words of their critics against them to remind them of a deeper...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/4/2014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stronger than Hate

    Rev. Erik Wikstrom serves as Settled Minister at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist, Charlotsville, VA . The Blue Boat occasionally re-posts from his blog, A Minister's Musings . Here are Rev. Wickstrom's reflections on the death of Fred Phelps ,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/24/2014
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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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  • Get Grant: Go to GA

    Apply for Financial Aid to attend GA from the UUA before March 31 DEADLINE: MARCH 31! The Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Program from the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is a grant to assist individual youth and young adults for whom attendance to GA is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/19/2014
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  • High School Youth Summer Programs

    Justice Training for Youth from The College of Social Justice by Laura Lubin, Associate for Youth & Young Adult Programs This summer the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) is running a wide variety of justice trainings and trips for high school aged...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/18/2014
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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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  • Solitary Confinement is Inhumane

    The Head of the Colorado Prison System was locked up in solitary confinement to know the experience of thousands of inmates ( the exact number is unknown ). We re-post excerpts from the article of his experience from the New York Times . Learn what the Unitarian Universalist...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/17/2014
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  • Teens and Their Social Media

    Connecting, Despite Everything The increasing diversity in family life-style, advent of two-income families, limited public resources, shortened school days and paring instruction down to core subjects crete the impetus to place youth in structured after-school activities. The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/13/2014
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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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  • Bust Injustice with Us

    Defeat Racial and Multicultural Injustice Youth are coming of age in an America that is increasingly diverse. Be The Change! (BTC) gives Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth a starting place for discussions about the role of race, identity and justice in living out their faith. The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/7/2014
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  • Go to GA for Less Dough

    The Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries offers scholarships and grants to attend General Assembly. Registration is free for volunteers. The application deadline is March 31, 2014. Applicants will be notified of award decision by April 23. Don't delay – click here !
    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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  • To Not Look Away

    We repost Rev. Meg Riley's piece, originally appearing in the Huffington Post , describing her visceral reaction to being confronted by the reality of America's racist past and its ongoing expression through policies like Mass Incarceration and the discriminatory deportation of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/5/2014
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  • Where to Stay at GA?

    Don't Panic, Do Act Fast! Housing at General Assembly (GA) this year is under pressure – because this is shaping up to be one of the best attended meetings in years, and also because of unforeseen labor disputes at two of the major hotels in Providence. The Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/4/2014
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  • LGBTQ Myths Exposed

    Replace False Belief with Knowledge and Understanding "You Can Tell Just By Looking", by Michael Bronski, Ann Pellegrini and Michael Amico, examines and debunks 20 common myths about "LGBT life and people". By asking questions that are part of the national conversation on...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/4/2014
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  • Clowns to the Left of Me...

    Jokers to the Right* Heeding the call of the UUA and others, The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) modified its discriminatory policy, allowing gay scouts to join but maintaining the ban on gay adult scout leaders. At the time UUA President Peter Morales stated, "...it is abhorrent to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/4/2014
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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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  • Meet the 2014 Youth Caucus Staff

    Staffed Up and Ready! After receiving an unprecedented number of applications to join the Youth Caucus Staff for 2014, we are excited to finally introduce you to those who were selected to serve this year. Your Youth Caucus Staff are those youth and adults responsible for the...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/24/2014
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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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  • Bias Through Association

    Implicit Association Tests Reveal Unconscious Biases "It may not be surprising to learn that most people in the United States — 80 percent of whites — harbor a pro-white bias. Perhaps more surprising is that a large minority of blacks — 40 percent — hold a pro-white bias." (From...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2014
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  • Takai Takes on Arizona

    Zero Exceptions George Takai , the popular meme -ist (and helmsman Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek series) responds to Arizona Senate Bill 1062 permitting business owners to deny service to LGBTQ people on religious grounds, which passed the Arizona Senate . Likening it to...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/19/2014
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  • Reaching Out in Love

    A Sportcaster's Pastoral Message to us all Dallas-based sportscaster Dale Hansen reached out to Michael Sam, the Missouri University football player who announced he is gay weeks before the National Football League draft. Coming out now will likely negatively impact his chances...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Be Yourself on Facebook

    Re-posted from GLAAD .– Ed. Facebook introduces custom gender field to allow users to more accurately reflect who they are by Rich Ferraro, Vice President of Communications February 13, 2014 Facebook announced today that it will now offer a custom gender field for transgender...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Give Smart with Heart and Change the World

    Philanthropy on a Middle-Class Budget People of reasonable means giving through small donations are the biggest source of charitable funds in the United States. In 2013 they give more than wealthy individuals, and more than corporations and foundations combined. Financial giving...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/13/2014
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  • Dining on the Side of Love

    Day 27: It's a religious thing “What are you doing?” someone asked. He must have been curious to see a band of diverse people walking around Greenwich Village in Manhattan, carrying crosses and singing together on that cold and drizzly spring day in 2011. “We’re doing social...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/13/2014
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  • Mass Incarceration = Mass Prejudice

    Learn how policy shapes our perception of race in this story from the Code Shift Segment of Morning Edition on National Public Radio .-Ed. We See What We Expect It is proven that Mass Incarceration unfairly targets and inordinately penalizes minorities and the poor . However, a...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2014
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  • Light A Fire!

    Transform Your Smoldering Interest: Be a Social Justice Catalyst The Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice has added programs to better train the next generation of leaders on issues of social justice Check out opportunities in experiential learning, youth justice...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/11/2014
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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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  • Challenge Your Bias

    DAY 19: Practice Radical Love for our Troops Seek the stories you don't usually hear I can count on one hand the number of people I know who are veterans of the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. I can count them on one hand and still have three fingers left over. One is the...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 2/5/2014
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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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  • Picture Yourself Here

    The Unitarian Universalist Association Faith Development Office seeks photos of UU Girl Scouts (in uniform or not!) for possible inclusion in the 4th edition of Religion in Life for Girl Scouts, which is the religious recognition UU Girls Scouts can earn. We are seeking images...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/3/2014
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  • The Seeger Saga Continues

    The passing of folk music icon Pete Seeger has offered a chance to revisit the themes the 1950’s and ‘60’s when Seeger made his mark on American culture. Practically every news outlet ( including this blog! ) has paid homage to this remarkable man, and I’ve heard of dozens of UU...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/31/2014
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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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