Discernment

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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Issues and Trends

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Some labor for too little, others labor too little for too much Gender-based income disparity (the "Gender Pay-gap") and a minimum wage...
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    Set against a backdrop of institutional and societal discrimination, the story of Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice initiative...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Learn how policy shapes our perception of race in this story from the Code Shift Segment of Morning Edition on National Public Radio .-Ed...
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    Rev. Frank Schaefer will likely lose his ministry and be defrocked by the United Methodist Church this week. We re-post Rev. Schaefer's...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Too Many Run-On Sentences Mass incarceration policy includes mandatory sentences for certain offenses despite mitigating factors of the...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    When private companies provide incarceration facilities and services, government often finds that the more people incarcerated, the cheaper...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    In response to the use of chemical weapons by the government of Syria, President Obama is asking for Congressional approval for U.S...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The 4th Amendment vs Mass-Incarceration U.S. District Court Rules Police Racially Profiled Targets, Moves to Reform "Stop and Frisk" U.S...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Today the barrier against openly identifying as LGBTQ in professional sports in the United States fell when a current player, twelve-year...

Stories and Voices

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Rev. Erik Wikstrom serves as Settled Minister at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church - Unitarian Universalist, Charlotsville, VA . The...
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    We repost Rev. Meg Riley's piece, originally appearing in the Huffington Post , describing her visceral reaction to being confronted by the...
  • By Annie Gonzalez Milliken
    Dear Unitarian Universalists, I love you. I really do. We've been together now for 22 years, and we've had our ups and downs, but I know in...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    A video message about what love is and what love does, with best wishes for the holidays from Rev. Peter Morales, President of the...
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    Can it be detrimental to the principles of Unitarian Universalist faith when the people who witness for a cause overshadow the cause itself...
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    We re-post this piece by the Rev. Carl Gregg, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Frederick , Maryland, as an...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We share this reflection on the value of openness and trust in the face of uncertainty borne upon past experience by the Rev. Erik Wikstrom...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Spanning the Gap by Kim Paquette I’m bridging this week. Well, kinda, but not really. This week I become a “real adult” or an “old adult”...
  • By Carey McDonald
    This pastoral message is from Rev. Peter Morales, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association, on the tragic events in Boston...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, I have not written a Pastoral Message in a few months for a number of reasons, primarily because I have not had a burning...
  • By Kayla Parker
    Last week, I got to see Professor and Human Rights Activist Michelle Alexander speak about the racist caste system being created by mass...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    In support of Common Read 2013 of The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness , by Michelle Alexander , Blue Boat...
  • By Carey McDonald
    The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued the following statement on Friday, December 14, 2012,...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This story by the Rev.Eric Cherry is reposted from the Faith Without Borders blog, originally posted in International News , Philippines on...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This story originally appeared on September 4, and is reposted from the Seattleite From Syracuse blog. Read Christine's original post here...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Michelle Boorstein's article on the growing population of non-affiliated people of faith originally appears in the October 8 edition of the...
  • By Carey McDonald
    This reflection is contributed by Unitarian Universalist Minister Erik Resly. - Ed. I write not as an expert but as an explorer. Many years...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    UUA President Responds to Shooting at Sikh Temple August 6, 2012 BOSTON – In response to the tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Oak Creek...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    A message from Unitarian Universalist President Peter Morales: Over the past week, several wildfires have been raging throughout Colorado,...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Re-posted from the Standing on the Side of Love blog .–Ed. This post was written by Jesse Jaeger, the Executive Director of UU Mass Action...
  • By Kayla Parker
    The National Campus Ministry Association is a good resource for anyone interested in Campus Ministry. Here we repost an article by Teresa...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, When you read or hear someone mention our first Unitarian Universalist Principle, that calls us to affirm and promote the...

Social Justice

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Head of the Colorado Prison System was locked up in solitary confinement to know the experience of thousands of inmates ( the exact...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    DAY 2: Honoring the Ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King By Michelle Alexander Jan 19, 2014 “In some ways, these tactics are not Jim Crow...
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    The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) Common Read enters its fourth year of intentional group read and discussion on topics central...
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    DoJ vs Mass Incarceration Department of Justice Announces "Smart on Crime" program to reduce Mass Incarceration. From the Huffington Post...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The New Jim Crow : Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness by Michelle Alexander (The New Press) has been selected as the 2012-13...

Guides and Tools

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Check-out these fun videos and use the wealth of resources offered by the Unitarian Universalist Association and the Unitarian Universalist...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    Reading Makes Doing Happen Since the inaugural Unitarian Universalist Association Common Read in 2010, the program has focused on big...
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    Overcoming Colorblindness to Defeat Racial Caste America Michelle Alexander 's The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of...

Youth and Young Adults of Color

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    This post comes to us from the Faith/Spirituality page on Living Mosaic . Read more from the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell here .– Ed. By Rev. Dr...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person Hi Family, It has been two days since George Zimmerman was found not...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hi Family, I am sitting in my home office reflecting on the incredible month I have had thus far. The first weekend of this month I served...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hi Family, On September 17, Rosh Hashanah began which is the Jewish New Year. On September 25 at sundown, Yom Kippur or the Day of...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Dear Family, The airwaves and internet are flooded with news of the horrific mass shooting that occurred during the midnight showing of the...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    "The Chief End of Human Existence" Hi Family, Happy June! For those of you graduating, reporting for active duty in one of the armed...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, Growing up, I was afraid of vampires. As the youngest sibling of four, I usually had to watch TV shows my older siblings...
  • By Monica L Cummings
    Hello Family, My head is spinning from all that has happened since my February newsletter column. I attended retreats for UU Military...

General Assembly

  • By Ted Resnikoff
    The Covenant of Unitarian Universalism Watch the video that opened Plenary sessions at General Assembly 2013 in Louisville, Kentucky here...

On Campus

  • By Kayla Parker
    I found this "Finals Poem" through a google search online , and just had to share. I am hoping it is as humorous and helpful to you in your...
  • By Ted Resnikoff
    We repost this article with appreciation from Giving and Generosity E-News, produced by Stewardship and Development at the Unitarian...