Gail Forsyth-Vail

Gail Forsyth-Vail

Gail Forsyth-Vail is a Credentialed Religious Educator, Master Level, who served congregations for twenty-two years before serving on the UUA Ministries and Faith Development staff from 2008-2019. She is the author of a number of faith development curricula and resources. She was the 2007 recipient of the Angus MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education.

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Let the Ceremony of Light Begin

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Two weeks ago, I was part of an interfaith gathering where we asked one another, “What is weighing on you? What signs of hope are you finding?...
We Read Together: Just Mercy

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Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson is the 2015-16 UUA Common Read. This beautifully written book looks closely at the life...
Tashlich and the River

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Fifteen years ago, when I was the religious educator in North Andover, Massachusetts, we held a tashlich ritual as part of marking the Jewish Days of Awe.
Let Us Worship Barefoot

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Let us worship with our eyes and ears and fingertips; let us love the world through heart and mind and body....
The Place I Am From

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When I was six years old, my family moved to a town along the Merrimack River in northeastern Massachusetts. In those days, we talked about living...
Sharing a Deep Gladness and a Gift

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This winter, I met with a florist to talk about flowers for my daughter’s wedding. I entered the shop on a cold, windy morning with no idea that when I...
Transformative Stories: UUs and 12 Step Recovery Programs

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Addiction touches many Unitarian Universalist families, congregations, and communities....
Peace, War, and Christmas Bells

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I heard the bells on Christmas day Their old familiar carols play And wild and sweet The words repeat Of peace on earth, good-will to men....
Thanksgiving—Not a Religious Buffet

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A couple of decades ago, many of our Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrated a Thanksgiving “seder,” a ritual patterned after the Jewish...
Teaching About Ferguson: Not "Optional" for White People

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[Editor's Update, Nov. 18, 2014—As the nation awaits a Grand Jury decision on whether Office Darren Wilson will be indicted for shooting Michael Brown,...

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