Southern Region News Archive
Southern Region News Archive
  • We Are Grieving

    I have come to realize in the last few weeks that, in many ways, we as a nation are grieving. As liberal religious people, we are grieving. We are seeing many of our values and the ideals of our democracy challenged in ways we might never have imagined happening in our lifetime...
    By Kathy McGowan | 3/6/2017
  • The Power of Language

    For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world-rulers of this darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places . —Ephesians 6:12 Through thinning ozone, Waves fall on wrinkled...
    By Carlton Elliott Smith | 2/16/2017
  • Sustaining Ourselves

    The other day, when thanking my spouse for handling some mundane household chore, I burst into tears. Out of nowhere. Today, I find myself unable to focus – my attention is being demanded by one crisis after another. Friends, I am tired. I am tired, and I am scared. I am angry...
    By Dawn Skjei Cooley | 2/2/2017
  • Bearing Witness — Unitarian Universalists Go Forward

    “We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. … Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. … This may well be mankind’s (sic) last chance to choose between chaos or community.” ---...
    By Kenneth Hurto | 1/18/2017
  • At the Edge

    If we start fighting amongst ourselves, we are doomed. - Remus Lupin (Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling) I will add that if we keep fighting amongst ourselves, we are doomed. If we cannot get clear on the big picture and stop fighting over the irrelevant and the petty, we are...
    By Connie Goodbread | 1/5/2017
  • When Hope is Hard to Find

    The mission of the Southern Region Field Staff is, “More Hope, More Love, More Courage, More Justice, More Joy. Now.” In every program, consultation, and coaching call we have with a congregation or emerging ministry, your staff judges its work upon that standard: does this...
    By Natalie Briscoe | 12/19/2016
  • What Congregations Can Learn from Pantsuit Nation

    A week or so before the presidential election, an elder of our faith added me to Pantsuit Nation, a secret Facebook group with 3.8 million members, most of whom supported Secretary Clinton for President. What a resource! The stories! The hope! I can’t estimate how much time I’ve...
    By Christine Purcell | 11/30/2016
  • Equity and Justice for ALL

    For the last couple of years, I have been going around the Southern Region talking about culture. As I work with congregations which are doing mission and vision work or are in transition with their professional staff, I explain that before you can think about the future, it is...
    By Kathy McGowan | 11/17/2016
  • Rev. Dawn Cooley Joins Our Team!

    One of my favorite things during seminary was the pulpit supply I did to earn a little extra cash. I traveled up and down the Prairie Star District (now part of the MidAmerica Region) visiting Unitarian Universalist congregations: small, medium and even a few large; lay-led and...
    By Dawn Skjei Cooley | 11/2/2016


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