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  • Help Create Intentional UU Community!

    UU Community Cooperatives are creating a second living community Imagine a place where a diverse group of folks commit to living intentionally together based on Unitarian Universalist values . Imagine cooking together, singing together, honoring the interdependent web, using the...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 6/18/2014
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  • Love Reaches Out Now

    Current Theme, Ageless Idea Faith experience in America is changing, and the theme of General Assembly 2014 (GA), "Love Reaches Out" , responds to current studies of faith in America showing a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/16/2014
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  • Love Reaches Out From this Faith

    UU: Challenging the Propensity for Polar Thinking " Not for Ourselves Alone – Theological Essays on Relationship " explains that Unitarian Universalists reach out in love not because they must yet are compelled to it by faith. Edited by Burton D. Carley and Laurel Hallman ,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 6/12/2014
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  • Camp for Unitarian Universalist Multiracial Families

    August 2014 at the UBarU Retreat and Conference Center Create multiracial congregation with other Unitarian Universalists: strengthen bonds of identity while living the commitment of Unitarian Universalism and the Unitarian Universalist Association to multiracial/multicultural...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/27/2014
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  • Spotlight: UUs of Florida Gulf Coast University

    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. Small Group, Big Success The Eagle Unitarian Universalists of Florida...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 5/23/2014
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  • A Season of Camp

    Everyone Welcome @ Unirondack – find your tribe and go Unirondack is known for creating a camp experience where people, "live the values that are inherent in Unitarian Universalist principles – acceptance, compassion and decision-making through the democratic process." The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/16/2014
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  • Multicultural Leadership School: Register by June 1

    Only a Few Spots Remain for Summer 2014 session! Several places remain in the Summer 2014 Unitarian Universalist Association Multicultural Leadership School (MLS) in Boston, MA, Friday, July 25 through Tuesday, July 29 . This training is designed specifically for Unitarian...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 5/15/2014
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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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  • Racism is the Enemy

    Ending It Isn't a Game Racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling have excited outrage from all quarters, including the most expensive fine the National Basketball Association (NBA) can levy, banning Sterling from attending any NBA events or facilities and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 4/30/2014
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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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  • Remembering Viola Liuzzo

    Ultimate Courageous Love Viola Liuzzo joined the fight for civil rights when it was at its most dangerous juncture – after the " Bloody Sunday " beatings of peaceful marchers on March 7 by specially deputized Alabama State Police (all white men). She was murdered three weeks...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/25/2014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Opening Our Closets

    Why Wait for Spring to let the light shine? Ash Bechkam reminds us that we all keep truths about ourselves hidden away from others, and that learning to liberate oneself from the fear of those truths being exposed is a key for living authentically, in direct communication with...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/3/2014
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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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  • Share the Love Sunday

    Day 30: Raise our voice in worship and love I love the annual 30 Days of Love Campaign because it gives makes me reflect upon how powerful love is as an agent of change. Every year this campaign provides thirty opportunities to witness how love changes lives by bringing the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/16/2014
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  • Love: The Simple Big Deal

    Day 29: Reflect on reaching out with love I don't know whether it's a coincidence or not, but it seems that lately I've been seeing love in the most surprising places. No, I'm not talking about couples smooching in the park! I'm talking about the kind (and kinds) of love that we...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/15/2014
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  • Reaching Out by Calling In

    Day 28: Making the Middle Way Together I was a relatively new employee at the UUA when the Standing on the Side of Love campaign was launched. Over the last 5+ years, I've had the opportunity to see the it grow and change and reach out in ways I don't think people could have...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/14/2014
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Show How You Stand

    It wasn't long after we were first married that my husband August and I went to visit my brother and his family. August was a bit nervous about my nieces and nephew liking him - they ranged in age from around 9 to 14, so he was probably sensible to be concerned. Despite having a...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 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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  • Reach and Transform

    Day 23: Do More than Stand on the Side of Love Love Reaches Out. That's the theme for our General Assembly this year in Providence, Rhode Island. As a staff member who spends much of his time supporting the Youth Caucus Staff at each GA, I'm looking forward to what we will...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/9/2014
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  • Interfaith Strong

    DAY 22: Stand with Those Who Face Religious Discrimination Not long ago I read an article written by a young Muslim-American man who described the types of bias and discrimination that Muslim-American individuals experience on a regular basis. I figured as much - I saw how...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/8/2014
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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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  • Embrace Everyone

    DAY 20: Radical Inclusion Today, 30 Days of Love invites us to consider the ways we engage all people, regardless of physical, cognitive, sensory, or psychological ability. I've found myself thinking about this quite a bit recently, as one of the courses I'm taking opens each...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/6/2014
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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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  • Oral History to Vibrant Reality

    DAY 15: Keeping the Story Alive Flat World Story My family arrived in America from Eastern Europe during anti-Jewish Pogroms at the end of the 19th century. My grand-parents on both sides of the family were born here, but their parents, and any family members older than they,...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/1/2014
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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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  • Pete Seeger: Activism and Spiritual Search

    Pete Seeger, who died on January 27 at the age of 94, was a voice for a justice and equity through-out the 20th century. He was also affiliated with the Unitarian Universalist Community Church on 35th Street, in New York, first joining it for rehearsal space (because his mother...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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  • Open Minds and Open Hearts are Made

    Determining, "Who am I?", does not happen in isolation. Jessica York, Director of Faith Development at the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) reminds us in her post originally appearing on Call and Response , the blog of the Office of Faith Formation at the UUA, reminds us...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/28/2014
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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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  • The Power of Stories

    DAY 10: Sharing Stories The truly very important matter So a couple months ago, something happened to me that I imagine you might be able to relate to. I got really upset about something a stranger said on the internet. Now you probably know how this goes. First Random...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/27/2014
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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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  • Building On Our Base

    DAY 8: Suppress Voter Suppression Many of the freedoms we take for granted required tremendous struggle and sacrifice on the part of committed individuals and communities. One struggle involved gaining full voting rights for all people – women, people of color, workers, and...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/25/2014
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  • We Move Forward Together

    Day 7: Moral Movement for Redemption Resist Oppression Oppression is an unjust exercise of power or authority. It exists in many forms. Sometimes we oppress others without realizing. Other times oppression is intentional. In a free society oppression happens when and because we...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/24/2014
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  • Challenge the Challenge to the Right to Vote

    DAY 6: Dismantling the "New Poll Tax" End Voter Suppression When Poll Taxes were ruled unconstitutional in 1964 many thought that the 5th Principle of Unitarian Universalism , "The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/23/2014
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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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  • Resources for Multiethinic Families

    The Living Mosaic blog of the Unitarian Universalist Association presents identity development resources for multiethnic families: Videos: Introduction to White Ethnic Identity Formation for Youth [youtube lBA2cRYyvc4] Discussion Guide Handout 1: Definitions (PDF) Handout 2:...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/21/2014
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  • Bending the Arc

    DAY 4: The Race Story Re-Writing Project Rewriting History One of the reasons I have always loved history is because I love stories – and history is all about stories. I find the closer these stories get to the truth, the more compelling they are. In an anti-oppression workshop...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 1/21/2014
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  • Our Common Path

    DAY 2: Honoring the Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King By Michelle Alexander Jan 19, 2014 “In some ways, these tactics are not Jim Crow. They do not feature Night Riders and sheets…This is in fact, James Crow, Esq. Jim Crow used blunt tools. James Crow, Esq. uses surgical tools...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/19/2014
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  • We Travel Together

    DAY 1: Our Shared Spiritual Journey We travel together, to our victory or peril. Some would say we are condemned to travel together, yet for others it is the opportunity to rise up to be the best we can be as humans. Whereas we might endeavor in our own ways for the goals that...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/18/2014
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