Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • Ready to Learn from New Orleans

    Our first task in approaching another people, another culture, another religion is to take off our shoes, for the place we are approaching is holy. Else we find ourselves treading on [another's dream]. More serious still, we may forget that God was there before our arrival. —...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/24/2017
  • A Time to Act and a Time to Learn

    The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King was murdered when I was in eighth grade. I remember so clearly watching the news on my family’s small black-and-white television, shocked at what I saw. They replayed news clips of the march on Washington and the “I have a dream” speech, of...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 2/19/2017
  • Reading for Solidarity: A Common Read for GA 2017

    The 2017 UUA General Assembly (GA) will affirm solidarity with movements for racial, economic, and environmental justice. When we gather, June 21 through 25, we will invite the people, culture, geography, and history of New Orleans to be our teachers. Whether we will be an in-...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 10/20/2016
  • A White Privilege Wake-Up Call

    A wake-up call, according to the Urban Dictionary, is “when you've been doing something self-destructive for some time (perhaps without realizing it) before something serious happens that forces you to come to terms with what you've been doing and that you need to stop.” ...
    By Pat Kahn | 2/2/2016
  • Bedtime Stories

    As parents and caregivers, we sometimes have to hold difficult conversations with children. I have had a few of those while raising my daughter. One that I will never forget happened in January, 1998. My daughter was seven and a serious book lover. Though she could read for...
    By Jessica York | 8/18/2015
  • Talking About Race: Start the Conversation

    I have found that many Unitarian Universalist parents are very proud of how open and honest they are when they talk to their children. However, the eagerness for clear and explicit conversation comes to a screeching halt with regard to race. No, not for every parent, but for an...
    By Aisha Hauser | 2/19/2015
  • Multicultural RE Training Offers a Transformative 15 Hours

    [Editors' note: Through the Renaissance program, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) offers continuing education for UU religious educators, including musicians, ministers, seminarians, and lay leaders. Each 15-hour module provides basic training in a topic area useful...
    By Pat Kahn | 10/27/2014
  • Identity Formation, Faith Formation: Educating UU Youth

    The Indian philosopher, Chanakya (350-283 BCE), said, “Education is the best friend. An educated person is respected everywhere. Education beats the beauty and the youth.” As the Faith Development Director at the UUA, I often ask myself, “What sort of education is available for...
    By Jessica York | 2/5/2014

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