Call and Response Archive
Faith Development
  • The Courage to Hold Up a Mirror

    Dear Keepers of the Faith, It takes a lot of courage to witness to injustice . Some of our brave colleagues, notably Aisha Hauser and Christina Rivera, have held up a mirror before the UUA and named what they see. I do not think it is necessary for us to agree on what the mirror...
    By Jessica York | 3/29/2017
  • For a Child's UU Identity: Love and Help

    What promises are made in my family about how we treat one another? How am I like my friends and how I am I different? What are some Unitarian Universalist things I know by heart? The second edition of Love and Help , a UU identity activity book and program for 7- to 11-year-...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 3/7/2017
  • Beyond the Cliff and the Bridge: Keeping UU Youth Connected

    by Rev. Annie Gonzalez Milliken “Where have you been all my life?” and “You were here all my life, now where are you?” are two common questions I hear asked about Unitarian Universalism. The first is asked by adult seekers who wish they’d found us sooner. The second is asked by...
  • Reading in Common and "Reclaiming Prophetic Witness"

    The selection committee met this summer. We thoughtfully considered the 14 books nominated for the 2014-15 Common Read. There were beautifully written books that addressed social justice issues—immigration, voting rights, racial justice, and climate change—and several that...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 8/5/2014
  • Where Are We Now... in UU History?

    I am taking a UU history class with the Starr King School for the Ministry. But to you, my colleagues and friends, I’ll admit a secret: I’ve never been fond of history. In high school, history seemed to be a long list of dates and monarchs and wars. Classes improved in college...
    By Jessica York | 4/28/2014
  • Preventable Suffering: A UU with Autism Confronts "Coffee Hour"

    Ramon Selove and his wife, Shellie Selove, are Our Whole Lives sexuality education facilitator trainers. They are members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Shenandoah Valley (VA). by Ramon Selove Meeting people, touching people, and general noise levels during and...
  • 30 Powerful, Family-Friendly Ways to Love

    Many parents and educators would say “love” is the most important value to demonstrate and to teach the children in our care. Some of us might say "justice." The annual 30 Days of Love campaign from Standing on the Side of Love , which closes next week, offers reflections and...
    By Susan Lawrence | 2/12/2014
  • Beginning at the End of the Last Ice Age

    About five years ago, I began a sabbatical with a compelling charge from the congregation I served: “Go and find stories and bring them back to us!” I took that charge seriously. I traveled by car the length of the Mississippi River and around Lakes Huron and Superior. I wanted...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 1/7/2014
  • RDO at GA 2013!

    At the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) 2013 General Assembly (GA) in Louisville, KY last month, the Resource Development Office (RDO) kicked off our programming with a workshop, Journey to Commitment, on how congregations put the UUA’s Tapestry of Faith programs into...
    By Pat Kahn | 7/10/2013
  • Making Peace with Faith Traditions

    I was the religious educator at a historically Universalist church. Fifteen years earlier, I had left the Christian faith of my childhood to embrace a Unitarian Universalism that had no room for the traditions and beliefs of my growing up years. One day, not long before Easter,...
    By Gail Forsyth-Vail | 5/17/2013
  • Are You a Religious Educator? Then, Welcome!

    Faith development happens all the time. From a young age and continuing over a lifetime, our moral, ethical, spiritual, and religious self is shaped by encounters we experience, and our own responses. Religious education, however, is something different. It is intentional faith...
    By Susan Lawrence | 4/16/2013

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