Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • Signs of Resistance, January 2017

    By UUA Ministries and Faith Development: Faith Development Office | 2/7/2017
  • Where Do #WokeBabies Come From?

    The weekend of the Inauguration, millions took to the streets in cities all over this nation and all over the world. It was a show of resistance to the looming threat of tyranny. We needed to reassure ourselves that this country’s great experiment in democracy has a fighting...
    By Marisol Caballero | 1/31/2017
  • Empathy Carries Us to Standing Rock

    You may be aware that Chief Arvol Looking Horse, spiritual leader of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations, invited clergy of all faiths from every nation to come to the Oceti Sakowin camp at Standing Rock on Sunday, December 4th, 2016. In his appeal, sent far and wide, he said...
    By Harlan Limpert | 12/7/2016
  • 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
  • When the Phone Rings, Will You Answer the Call for Justice?

    This fall, Unitarian Universalists have a rare and profound opportunity for faith development when Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War airs on PBS on September 20, 2016. The 90-min. film tells the story of two WWII Unitarians who went into Nazi-occupied Europe to help hundreds...
    By Carey McDonald | 9/6/2016
  • Reclaiming the Heart of Humanity

    A UU, two Hindus, and a Baha’i walk into a Christian Ethiopian restaurant. The opening line to a culturally insensitive joke? No, my last dinner at the Parliament of the World’s Religions. In October, I attended the fifth Parliament in Salt Lake City. This one followed two...
    By Jessica York | 11/23/2015
  • Southern Witness: Inspiration from Our History

    How would your congregation respond if a bomb threat forced you to shorten the post-service reception welcoming new members and re-locate child care for the stewardship dinner that evening? In March of 1965 Unitarian Universalists in Birmingham, Alabama, responded to such a...
  • Both Relationships and Ramps

    How intentionally does your faith community include people who have disabilities? I would guess that leadership meetings about buildings and budgets are where the intentions show up: Can we build a ramp to the front door? How much will it cost? Of course, physical accommodations...
    By Susan Lawrence | 10/26/2015
  • We Read Together: Just Mercy

    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 stories and circumstances of people who have been sentenced to die at the hands of the state or to live out their lives in...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 10/1/2015
  • Thanksgiving—Not a Religious Buffet

    A couple of decades ago, many of our Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrated a Thanksgiving “seder,” a ritual patterned after the Jewish Passover seder. In my congregation, we retold the story of the “First Thanksgiving.” Tables were decorated with white cloth,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 11/4/2014
  • From This House to the World

    by Sandy Weir “From this House” is a joyous, South African-style song by composer Ben Allaway . It evokes the image of people walking out into the world after finding power and a sense of purpose at their house of peace, their community space to celebrate, learn, and work out...
  • Dancing with Mandela

    In 1990, the year of Nelson Mandela's release from Robben Island, I was a great enthusiast of world music. Specifically, the sounds of southern Africa captivated me, the rhythms of that particular, different drummer. I could not get enough of the jazz group Sakhile; the...
    By Susan Lawrence | 1/19/2014
  • Protested. Arrested. Not a hero.

    I am not anxious to be the loudest voice or the most popular. But I would like to think that at a crucial moment, I was an effective voice of the voiceless, an effective hope of the hopeless. — Whitney Young by Kathleen Carpenter During the summer, I was one of the almost one...

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