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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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  • The New Jim Crow – Common Read '13 Review

    Overcoming Colorblindness to Defeat Racial Caste America Michelle Alexander 's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness is a well researched, convincingly documented argument that the result of the War on Drugs and growth of mass incarceration during the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 3/13/2013
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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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  • Reflections from a UU College Chaplain

    Rev. Pamela Barz is the Unitarian Universalist (UU) Chaplain at Wellesley , a Womens' College outside of Boston. Below is an edited portion of a sermon she delivered at The Eliot Church of South Natick on January 20, 2013. – Ed. Students at Wellesley come to talk to me for a...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/28/2013
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  • Merit for All Scouts: GSA Edition

    The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) plans to review its policy banning LGBTQ membership or participation in May of this year stands in contrast to the Girl Scouts of America (GSA) policy of not discriminating against LGBTQ membership. GSA policy with regard to the sexual orientation...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • True Fraternal Love

    This story is re-posted from Boston.com . – Ed. Emerson College fraternity members raise money for one brother’s gender reassignment surgery By Martin Finucane, Boston Globe Staff Members of an Emerson College fraternity are raising money so one of the fraternity brothers who is...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/27/2013
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  • For Same-Sex Marriage

    The United States Supreme Court is set to hear a challenges to California State Proposition 8 and the Federal Defense of Marriage Act – both of which restrict the definition of marriage as a union between one woman and one man – toward the end of March, 2013, with a decision...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/26/2013
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  • Healing Justice

    In support of Common Read 2013 of The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , by Michelle Alexander , Blue Boat brings you news and information on the inequities of the burgeoning penal system in the United States and some lesser-known consequences of...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/25/2013
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  • UU Military: Equality Under Fire

    “ The military is widely understood to be the most racially, ethnically, and religiously diverse institution in the U.S .", notes The Rev. Sarah Lammert, director of Ministries and Faith Development for the Unitarian Universalist Association, and president-elect of the National...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/22/2013
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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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  • Vassar vs Westboro Baptist Church

    Some of you may have heard that the Westboro Baptist Church is coming to Vassar . You also might have heard about all the great organizing current Vassar students and alums are doing. What you likely didn't hear about is how the Unitarian Universalist Campus Ministry Group at...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/20/2013
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  • UU-UNO Led Talk on Sexual Orientation Change

    Sexual Orientation Change Efforts (SOCE) is the innocent enough sounding term for practices that are designed to force people to give-up same sex orientation. The techniques employed to force individuals to renounce their freely chosen sexual identity can be psychological or...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/20/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 29/30

    As 30 Days of Love draws to a close, I'm reflecting on all the different ways we've explored love and justice in the past month. For me, justice is rooted in the recognizing the flame that burns within each of us, and its goal is to make the world a place in which our flames can...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/16/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 28/30

    Okay, okay, so "You Light My Chalice" (from UU Media Collaborative Works ) isn't exactly setting the world on fire with its message of social justice... But artwork - a song, a drawing, a video, even a work of prose - can resonate in deeper ways that any other form of protest...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/15/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 27/30

    I want you ALL to be my Valentine this year – would you, please? Today everybody hopes be somebody's Valentine, and having someone to call your own on this day is what we understand Valentine's Day to be all about. It is such a big deal that Valentine's Day is the second most...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/14/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 26/30

    Most people don't realize that there is a different minimum wage for employees who work for tips. $2.13/hr is the federal tipped minimum wage , and has been since 1991. Anything else they make during the course of their shifts comes from tips. Until I worked in a restaurant over...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/13/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 25/30

    Two years ago, I attended a workshop at General Assembly with a panel people who had ancestors that had owned slaves. It was a moving experience to hear these folks grapple with the notion of the terrible deeds of their kin from centuries past. The moment that most sticks in my...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/12/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 24/30

    It seems I have a tendency to offer to blog on the day when 30 Days of Love asks for a prayer. Last year, I offered this prayer , which drew inspiration from my high school years. I struggled to write it, as I often struggle to pray. You see, I grew up in a tradition where there...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 2/11/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 23/30

    Let’s face it: NOBODY likes Valentine’s Day. It really sucks. It’s so commercial and that’s hard if you’re broke. It’s forced affection - what if you’ve just started dating someone new? Or are in a relationship that isn’t going well – do you break up before and be the evil ex...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/10/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 21/30

    If you're like me, this sounds a little scary. But this week's Thirty Days of Love posts are all about "Move Beyond Borders," and one of those borders is my own comfort-zone. The unspoken boundaries that were my "borders" I learned as a child don't always work best for me as an...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/8/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 20/30

    Standing with thousands of my fellow Unitarian Universalists on the warm pavement in Phoenix outside Sheriff Joe Arapaio's "Tent City" detention center , I felt we had found the perfect symbol for what is wrong with our immigration system: a complex that is poorly designed, ad...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/7/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 19/30

    As Unitarian Universalists, social justice issues related to immigration reform are some of the most prominent that we are facing today in the United States. Our General Assembly in 2012 was focused on our commitments to justice and service. It culminated in a protest against...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/6/2013
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  • Spotlight - YAs @ First Unitarian Philly

    A congregation of young adult-ly love While in Philadelphia for the January UUA Board meeting, I had the true pleasure of meeting a group of young adults from the First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia . In fact, the entire UUA Board came down to First Church for discussion and...
    By Carey McDonald | 2/5/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 18/30

    "Currently, American citizens who are gay or lesbian cannot sponsor their foreign born partners for immigration – no matter how long they have been together or how committed their relationship." This is how the Immigration Equality Action Fund (IEAF) explains the inequity of the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/5/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 17/30

    When I volunteered to write a blog post about transgender issues, I realized that I didn't know enough about transgender issues in order to write about them successfully. I started exploring links, decided that there are people who explain and advocate for transgender issues...
    By Shane Montoya | 2/4/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 16/30

    There are so many borders in my own life that deeply affect me. I'll stick to writing about one I've been thinking about recently: thoughts on how the borders of the gender binary affect my life. I used to go to work every day in dresses or skirts and come home to change into...
    By Kayla Parker | 2/3/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 15/30

    This week the 30 Days of Love Campaign has encouraged us to think in terms of interfaith, highlighting the connection we share in the common goal of creating a more just and loving world, inclusive of people of different religious faith and spiritual practice. Today, the...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/2/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 14/30

    How many times do you hear in the media about hateful or bigoted speech or actions and think, “I wish there was something I could do!” It happens to me all the time. Rarely do I have any “bright ideas” of safe, effective, positive responses that are so easy even I, my friends,...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 2/1/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 13/30

    I really wasn't sure what to expect when I attended an Interfaith Youth Core ( IFYC ) conference in 2009. My big interfaith experiences had been in divinity school, where they mostly took the shape of conversations about doctrinal differences, polity, and hot-button social...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/31/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 12/30

    According to an article recently picked up by Salon , originally published by The Southern Poverty Law Center using statistics compiled by the Federal Bureau of Investigation , hate crimes against perceived Muslims increased 50% in 2010, and have not statistically dropped. The...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/30/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 11/30

    When I attended Justice General Assembly in June 2012 in Phoenix, AZ, one of the most impressive things was the depth of relationship between the local Unitarian Universalist groups planning Justice GA and the Phoenix-area partner groups, whose roots run deep in the immigrant...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/29/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 10/30

    An important part of my making sense of myself and the world has always been to travel. Sometimes my travel only took me city blocks away to a world that seemed far removed, other times I was able to board planes that took me to Muslim countries such as Morocco and Malaysia. The...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/28/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 9/30

    The ways in which we can easily share our views have exploded over the past several years. Between Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, Google+ and services that exist that I don't know about, we have numerous ways to share messages in both text and image. One of the...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/27/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 8/30

    Learning about Unitarian Universalists of past who were committed to social justice and did awe inspiring work gives me strength. It helps me know I am not doing this work alone, but rather part of a long legacy that stretches before and will continue after me. The figures of...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/26/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 7/30

    It can sometimes be a challenge to figure out how to live one's faith in the world. In my work, I hear people wrestling with that challenge, trying to figure out how best to respond. The question can sometimes come down to this: How can we take those values that we hold dear and...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/25/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 6/30

    Today the 30 Days of Love honors the work of the farmworker movement. In honor of their legacy and solidarity with it's current iteration, we'd like to let you know about an opportunity to do your alternative spring break with the Coalition of Immokalee Workers. The invitation...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/24/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 5/30

    If I listed all the folks I think deserve a Courageous Love Award, it’d be a pretty long list. But what do they all have in common? They all have chosen to remain in situations or communities that aren’t “done yet” – that are steeped in power and privilege, that have learning...
    By Deborah Neisel-Sanders | 1/23/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 4/30

    On January 22, 1973 the United States Supreme Court legalized abortion under most conditions, stating in the majority opinion on Roe v Wade that, "a woman, with her doctor cold choose abortion in earlier months of pregnancy without legal restriction, and with restrictions in...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/22/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 3/30

    Growing up in North Carolina, the need for Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., never seemed real. In the idyllic bubble that was Davidson, outside of Charlotte, the need for civil rights work and push for equality was distant. But as I aged the veils of unreality that clouded my view...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/21/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 2/30

    It used to seem that civil discourse was a matter of course, and one of the reasons for this was that before the era of the Internet most of the time when someone spoke it was to another living breathing person. Internet and communications technology has made it much easier for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/20/2013
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  • 30 Days of Love: 1/30

    This year Standing on the Side of Love dedicates its 30 Days of Love campaign to "A Spiritual Journey for Social Justice." Spiritual journey and Social Justice are hallmarks of Unitarian Universalist faith and tradition, and this is an opportunity for us to focus our collective...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/19/2013
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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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  • Your Guide to 30 Days of Love

    Standing on the Side of Love is an interfaith advocacy campaign that is sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Association. This year they are hosting their 2nd annual 30 Days of Love , "a period for intentional action, service, education, and reflection running from January 19...
    By Kayla Parker | 1/15/2013
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  • Become a Pioneering Humanist Pathfinder

    The Pathfinders Project , a yearlong international service trip with clean water, education, sustainability, and advocacy projects in Asia, Africa, and Latin America represents a rare opportunity – not only the chance to develop yourself and contribute to the communities you...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 1/15/2013
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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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  • UU Taizé Worship – Online

    The Church of the Larger Fellowship hosts an online Taizé worship service this Wednesday, January 9th, at 8 PM ET . Wait - What's Taizé? Taizé style worship comes from the ecumenical Christian monastic community in Taizé, France . A Taizé style worship typically has periods of...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/9/2013
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  • Spotlight: First UU Church of Columbus

    I was recently back in my hometown of Columbus, Ohio, and wanted to share some of the great ideas for young adult ministry that I saw at the church I grew up in: First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus . The Basics - FUUCC is a large church with more than 600 members and...
    By Carey McDonald | 1/8/2013
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  • Humanism – with a Faith

    An atheist with faith – sounds like the punch line to a milquetoast joke... Actually, it is the hopeful message of Chris Stedman's memoir, Faitheist: How an Atheist Found Common Ground with the Religious – that making the world a more tolerant place is a s simple as keeping...
    By Shane Montoya | 1/3/2013
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  • New YA Community in DC

    Have you heard about what my friend Rev. Erik Martinez Resly is up to? He's heading up a new type of Unitarian Universalist space in the Washington, DC area called The Sanctuaries , geared towards younger and diverse individuals seeking a faithful community. Watch Erik's awesome...
    By Carey McDonald | 12/27/2012
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  • Ministers, Get to Know Your Youth!

    Youth ministry is all about relationships! Ministers often don’t know where to start with the youth in their congregation. But the minister sets the tone for building and maintaining a healthy multigenerational culture. Here are the three basic steps I recommend as a starting...
    By Carey McDonald | 12/26/2012
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