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  • Addressing Stigma on National Black HIV AIDS Awareness Day

    February 7, 2018 is National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. #NBHAAD was founded in 1999 as a national response to the growing HIV and AIDS epidemic in African American communities. The four key focus areas encourage people to get educated about HIV/AIDS, get involved in community...
  • Keeping the Welcome in our Congregations: World HIV/AIDS Day Prayer 2017

    “Come, come, whoever you are.  Wanderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.  Ours is no caravan of despair.  Come, yet again, come”.  These famous words of the prophet Jalal al-Din Rumi, – may he be forever remembered, often ring throughout our Unitarian...
    By Rev. Chris Long | 12/1/2017
  • December 1st is World AIDS Day

    December 1st is World AIDS Day! World AIDS Day is a day of mourning. We mourn the 35 million lives lost to the HIV and AIDS pandemic since 1984. We mourn the staggering rates of preventable HIV and AIDS infections. We mourn that 40% of those living with HIV and AIDS do not...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 11/30/2017
  • Reflection on Transgender Remembrance Day

    This is a day of remembrance—to recall those who’s very being was not seen as a divine gift but seen instead as different and dangerous. We mourn their loss. Their contribution to this world cut short.   And in these times, when all we have worked...
    By Paul Langston-Daley | 11/18/2017
  • Nov. 20th 2017 Is the 18th Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance or #TDOR

    Mesha Caldwell  Sean Hake Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow  JoJo Striker  Tiara Richmond (Keke Collier)  Chyna Gibson  Ciara McElveen Jaquarrius Holland  Alphonza Watson  Chay Reed  Kenneth Bostick Sherrell Faulkner...
    By B Herbert | 11/18/2017
  • Cautious Optimism on Transgender Day of Remebrance

    As another Transgender Day of Remembrance approaches, the recent election to public offices around the country of eight members of the trans and non-binary community is a reason for cautious optimism. It seems that in the modern history of America, or the world for that...
    By Terry Cummings | 11/18/2017
  • On Transgender Day of Remembrance, an Invitation

    Transgender Day of Remembrance was set aside to annually memorialize those who were killed due to transphobic hatred or prejudice. Originally, it was to honor the life of Rita Hester, a transgender African-American woman who was murdered in Allston, MA in 1998. Today...
    By Barb Greve | 11/18/2017
  • Congratulations Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF)

    On August 31, 2017, the Pagosa Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (PUUF) in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, reached a milestone in its history, when it received official approval as a Welcoming Congregation through the UUA. The congregation applied for this designation following...
  • LGBTQ Arrests at Vintage Hotel in Lagos, Nigeria

    Last month, in Lagos, Nigeria, 42 young men and teenagers were arrested, detained, and arraigned in court for the allegation for being gay, which is illegal under the Nigerian constitution and for which one could face a prison term of 14 years in Prison. Some young men...
  • Divided

    I was born in Appalachian East Tennessee.  My father is from Connecticut.  My mother is also from Tennessee.   The first place I remember living was a small town in Connecticut.  When I was 8, we moved to Kentucky. I joke I am the product of a mixed...
    By Keith Kron | 9/29/2017
  • UUA Statement Condemning the Nashville Statement

    The UUA condemns the recently published Nashville Statement in the strongest terms. The Nashville Statement is not only historically and theologically flawed, but spiritually damaging and culturally oppressive to all people, namely those who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/29/2017
  • Thank You, Edie!

    On June 26, 2015, I remember not fully realizing what was happening. I knew it was important…and would impact my life, but how and why we were at this moment in history on this day in history, was confusing. Had someone asked me, I would have surely credited President Obama,...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/29/2017
  • Times of Transition

    Editor's Note: Tim Byrne returned to the UUA in early September from medical leave after suffering a brutal attack in downtown New Orleans during 2017 General Assembly. Tim’s healing and recovery is emblematic of the resiliency we all seek during these turbulent times. May...
    By Tim Byrne | 9/28/2017
  • #BlackTransMagick Prayer Book: To Be Black, Trans & Magickal

    In 2017, across the U.S., we have seen a rise in unapologetic white supremacy, hate crimes and the usage of violent theologies to further cause harm against already targeted populations. As we know, faith spirituality is an important part of resiliency. In a world steeped in...
  • I Wish I Knew How to Quit You: One Bisexual Catholic’s Relationship to the Church

    Editor’s Note: Many of us love our faith tradition for what it tells us about ourselves, but just as often, our faith can wound us. This reflection comes from the Catholic spouse of a UU, who has experienced welcome in UU spaces in relation to his bisexuality, while feeling...
    By George Grattan | 9/25/2017
  • Living in Dualities

    I want to think the community I’m surrounded by is LGBTQIAN supportive, but I’ve seen otherwise. I go to a mid sized high school right outside of Milwaukee, Wisconsin and also attend a Unitarian Universalist congregation in  Milwaukee, two very different places, shaping me...
    By Ehlona Walker | 9/22/2017
  • Lines Can’t Save You

    Living in the conservative midwest, I’m no stranger to bigotry. I’ve been fired from jobs I’ve loved, driven from the dorms I called home, and had my life threatened just because I’m queer. Preparing to take on abuse all of the time is exhausting. It’s usually the first instinct...
    By Stanley Petkus | 9/22/2017
  • It’s Not About Me

    There’s been some news coverage of my recent call to the First Parish in Malden, and I’ve been pleasantly surprised that many of the local publications in Malden and the surrounding area have focused broadly on my call to this congregation. However, this piece that aired on on...
  • The Cloaking Device

    “No one is outside the circle of love,” declares UUA president Susan Frederick-Gray. It is a call to draw the circle ever wider, to look beyond that which we know and ensure all are seen and validated. And so we sing “we are gay and straight together.” We recite “If you are...
    By Kimberley Debus | 9/21/2017
    Filed in: Social Justice
  • BSA Jamboree Unfriendly to the “Friendly Cafe”

    In July, the UUA joined the United Church of Christ (UCC) and Scouts for Equality (SFE) at the 2017 National Boy Scouts of America (BSA) Jamboree to host the Friendly Cafe exhibit at the Duty to God and Country tent. The early days of the Friendly...
    By Michael J. Crumpler | 9/21/2017
  • Congratulations - Welcoming Congregations of 2017

    Michelle Robinson’s, pastor of Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church, leadership statement on “Welcome": The word “Welcome” comes from the Old English and means “one whose coming is pleasant.”  I love that we begin with a welcome because as Unitarian...
    Filed in: Social Justice, UUA
  • Welcome Without Limits: A Welcoming Congregation Profile of the Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

    The Midcoast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship (MUUF) is a small congregation in rural coastal Maine. Founded in 1982 and initially lay-led, MUUF now has a half-time minister and 49 members. MUUF has always been the spiritual home to people with a passionate commitment to social...
  • "Gay Purge" In Chechnya

    Recently, Russian officials have begun to look into claims being made that there is a “purge of gay men” in Chechnya. There have been multiple reports claiming that gay men in the region being held in detention centers and even being tortured. These abuses are all part of a...
    By Hanna Skinner | 6/30/2017
  • Learning to TRUUsT

    It’s not hard to find places to feel unwelcome. I knew that even when I didn’t know all the reasons that I was different from how the world expected me to be.  Once I accepted that I’m transgender I had an explanation for many of the unwelcoming experiences I’d had in life...
  • Praise the Lorde!

    Praise the Lorde! That is never a typo for me, nor a bad pun meant to be tongue in cheek. On the altar in my office at Starr King School for the Ministry rests one of those tall multi-day votive candles with a photo of Audre Lorde on the front. It proclaims, “Praise the Lorde!”...
    By Sofia Betancourt | 6/12/2017
  • Remembering Pulse: We Go On!

    I woke to some of the worst news I’d ever received. The Pulse Nightclub tragedy was plastered all over social media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram. News articles were everywhere and I clicked them all, slowly piecing the story together. My friends, queer or not, uploaded...
    By Cody Blattner | 6/12/2017
  • PRESS RELEASE: Largest-Ever Gathering of Trans UU Religious Professionals

    Last month saw the largest-ever gathering of transgender Unitarian Universalist religious professionals. Twenty-seven trans and non-binary UU leaders and two allied UUA staff gathered in Palm Harbor, Florida, for the second membership retreat of TRUUsT, Transgender Religious...
    By Alex Kapitan | 6/6/2017

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