Social Justice
Social Justice
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Bridge the Divide

    DAY 18: For Immigration Reform At the Office of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the UUA we think often about bridging divides, and in particular the multi-generational divide between Unitarian Universalist youth and young adults and other UUs, so it has become a reflex for...
    By Ted Resnikoff | 2/4/2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • Prisms

    DAY 14: Interfaith Perspective For me, stories are an absolutely essential part of my faith. As has come up each year during 30 Days of Love , I grew up Roman Catholic and spent much of my high school and college years around Franciscans . When I think about stories that have...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/31/2014
  • It's ALL Connected

    DAY 13: Intersectional Justice Making When I was a little girl I wanted to save the planet. At four years old my concept of saving the planet involved recycling, stopping pollution by singing songs about how much I loved the earth, and being really nice to animals. Sixteen years...
    By Annie Gonzalez Milliken | 1/30/2014
  • The Changing Reality

    DAY 12: Same Place, New Times My cousin is a high school junior. My 10 year high school reunion was a few months ago. When I go home for family gatherings, sometimes we chat about teachers we have in common, or a classmate of mine who is now working at the school. We talk about...
    By Jeremie Bateman | 1/29/2014
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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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