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Archive of UU Voices: Stories from the Movement
Archive of UU Voices: Stories from the Movement
  • Supporting UU Religious Professionals of Color—What Does it Take?

    One of the most urgent issues we’re facing as Unitarian Universalists (UUs) is the rising number of difficulties experienced by our religious professionals of color in their ministries. As our faith works hard to challenge its historic white-centered practices, we know that...
    By Carey McDonald | 6/8/2018
  • Black History of Unitarian Universalism: We Shape Our Faith Together

    In February, Americans say the names and retell the stories of African Americans whose achievements and contributions helped to shape us as a nation. When we investigate unfamiliar corners of our shared past, we learn more about who we are today.
    By Susan Lawrence | 2/8/2018
  • Reflection on #MeToo

    Over the past several weeks, I have been listening to and reading the many #MeToo stories unfolding in the news, in social media, in private conversations and in public ones. The conversations have been happening nationally, but also within Unitarian Universalism. I have been...
    By Susan Frederick-Gray | 10/26/2017
  • Arrested As An Act of Moral Obedience

    The Rev. Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ, joined the Revs. William Barber, Traci Blackmon, Jennifer Butler and others outside of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office to protest the deep cuts to Medicaid...
    By Robin Tanner | 7/14/2017
  • Find your onramp to the UU conversation on white supremacy

    Right now, Unitarian Universalism is having a big, important conversation about institutional racism and white supremacy inside and outside our faith. It’s a big, important conversation, and it’s different for different people with different experiences and identities, different...
    6/22/2017
  • UUA.org Gets Fresh

    UUA.org, the website of the Unitarian Universalist Association, has just received a major refresher. With over 1.8 million visitors per year, UUA.org is the virtual front door to 1000+ Unitarian Universalist congregations and communities, and offers a critical way for individual...
    5/22/2017
  • UUA Supports #UUWhiteSupremacyTeachIn

    In the past few weeks, over 550 of 1000+ Unitarian Universalist congregations have joined the independently-organized UU White Supremacy Teach-In on April 30 - May 7, 2017. It is a chance to look critically within our faith communities - for the ways racism, sexism and...
    4/21/2017
  • UUA Staff Receive Award for Supporting Employees in the Military

    On Tuesday, January 10, six staff members of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) were awarded with the United States Secretary of Defense’s office of Employer Support to the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award, an award given to individuals who have shown...
    By Lauren Walleser | 1/13/2017
  • Religious Activism: Political, Not Partisan

    Unitarian Universalists have a long history of political activism and public witness on a wide variety of social justice issues. Are you or your congregation interested in becoming more politically active? Do you have questions on what is and isn’t allowed especially as it...
    By Rachel Walden | 1/11/2017
  • 500 Clergy Join Peaceful Witness at Standing Rock

    On Thursday, November 3, over 500 clergy – including over 50 Unitarian Universalist clergy – answered the call to come to Standing Rock in solidarity, prayer, and action with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the water protectors. The goal of the peaceful interfaith witness...
    By Jill Goddard | 11/7/2016
  • Defying the Nazis and Beyond

    Broadcast Recap On September 20, 2016, millions of Americans tuned in to watch Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War on PBS. The film by Ken Burns and Artemis Joukowsky tells the courageous story of two Unitarians who helped hundreds escape from Nazi-occupied...
    By UUA Program and Strategy: Outreach Office | 10/12/2016
  • Love Wins

    Debbie Cenziper is a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative reporter at The Washington Post. Over 20 years, Debbie's stories have sent people to prison, changed laws, prompted federal investigations and produced more funding for affordable housing, mental health care and...
    8/9/2016
  • What Does Pride Mean in 2016? LGBTQ UUs Reflect

    June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Pride Month, a time when cities across the U.S. celebrate and affirm the diversity of sexual orientations and gender identities with pride festivals and parades of all varieties. Since last year’s victory for...
    By Lauren Walleser | 5/25/2016
  • Wise Words for Your Ministry

    The Service of the Living Tradition (SLT) at General Assembly has been described by some as a solemn opportunity to honor generations of Unitarian Universalist ministers and by others as a raucous celebration of clergy milestones. Whether solemn or raucous, formal or...
    By Rachel Walden | 5/17/2016
  • How the Children Feel When Their Church is Wounded

    The Rev. Jamil Scott, International Order of Buddhist Ministers, is Acting Director of Religious Exploration at First Unitarian Society of Denver, CO. In November 2015, the congregation’s Black Lives Matter banner was defaced with red paint. This is his story of what happened...
    5/3/2016
  • The Radical Roots of Mother's Day

    Long before Mother’s Day was celebrated with brunches and flower bouquets, Unitarian Julia Ward Howe wrote her Mother’s Day Proclamation to urge women across the world to join the cause of peacebuilding. Her words held a radical call to create peace that still resonates today...
    By Rachel Walden | 4/20/2016
  • Vote Your Values

    From our founding fathers to women’s suffrage to voter registration across all 50 states, Unitarian Universalists have a long history of supporting our democracy.
    By Jill Goddard | 4/15/2016
  • Celebrating UU Women in History

    March is Women’s History Month, a time to reflect on the incredible and often overlooked contributions women have made throughout history. Many Unitarian, Universalist, and Unitarian Universalist (UU) women have not only shaped and led the UU faith, but they’ve also left an...
    By Lauren Walleser | 2/16/2016

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