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  • 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...
    By Anya Drew Johnston | 6/30/2017
  • 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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