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UU World

  • By Kris Willcox
    An atheist reckons with God, kids, and the Unitarian Universalist church.
    Image credit: © 2016 Jen Corace
  • By Heather Beasley Doyle
    Clemmons looks back on his music career and his groundbreaking role on ‘Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.’
    Image credit: © Marni Willms
  • By Kris Willcox
    In my religious journey, I’m glad to be free, but I am still hungry.
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    The UUA is seeking short videos about your General Assembly experiences. One person’s entry will win free GA registration.
  • By Jim Key
    It was precisely my emergent humanist belief that equipped me to face what seemed a death sentence.
    Image credit: © istockphoto/piovesempre
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    UU World asked readers to tell us about the most meaningful rite of passage they had experienced.
    Image credit: © EdStock/istockphoto
  • By Mykal Slack
    In finding my true voice, I also found my true gender.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce
  • By Karen Hyams
    Making an object that exists solely to be captured in a photograph then discarded is a study in the Buddhist teaching of impermanence.
    Image credit: © 2014 Karen Hyams
  • By Schuyler Vogel
    We can become a more spiritually resilient faith.
    Image credit: © (CC BY 2.0)
  • By Elaine McArdle
    When Ebola began ravaging West Africa, Dr. Patricia Ruze was determined to help.
    Image credit: Courtesy Patricia Ruze
  • By K. Elting Brock
    My garden teaches me to have faith.
    Image credit: © Ruth Hartnup (CC BY 2.0)
  • By Christine Organ
    Sharing our stories helps us connect with ourselves, our spirituality, and others.
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  • By Elaine McArdle
    Virginia Volker recalls a lifetime of working for a more just Alabama. 
    Image credit: © Pam Powell
  • Unitarian Universalist history is the story of gadflies and incurable heretics always inconveniently pushing the boundaries of convention.
  • By Cynthia Orange
    Where are the tangible memorials to what survivors have lost?
  • By Christopher L. Walton
    Everett Hoagland admires poets who 'distinguish themselves in the afterlife of their words.'
  • By Jeane Knapp
    Time is the most volatile and elusive element in our lives.
  • By Galen Guengerich
    We need a way to pull everything together and celebrate wholeness.
  • By Kate Gridley
    'Coming out is kind of like being reborn.'
    Image credit: © 2013 Kate Gridley
  • By Kate Gridley
    Raised Unitarian Universalist, I have 'no problem with things that feel religious.'
    Image credit: © 2013 Kate Gridley
  • By Kimberley Debus
    We affirm women's dignity, yet UUs still wrestle with the systemic undercurrents of misogyny.
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    When the Twelve Steps and Unitarian Universalism are practiced together, they can heal the broken.
    Image credit: © Bernardo Fuller
  • By William G Sinkford
    Truth be told, I don't think I ever took aging seriously or personally, until recent years.
  • By Lee Devoe
    May we remember our power to bless, ourselves, and others.
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  • By Kenny Wiley
    How the Black Lives Matter movement challenges Unitarian Universalists.
    Image credit: © Matthew Edwards
  • By Kenneth Sutton
    Michael Pollan's 'Omnivore's Dilemma' challenges our eating habits.
  • By Starita Smith
    The Rev. W.H.G. Carter's great-granddaughter shares a family's living tradition.
  • By Barbara Merritt
    A more vicious little creature you could hardly imagine.
  • By Barbara Gadon
    An interfaith gathering at Auschwitz bears witness to human evil—and the beauty of human diversity.
  • By Barbara Hamilton-Holway
    Grief and recovery transform the author's relationship with her mother.
  • By Mark Morrison-Reed
    Being an Afro-American is a diverse experience that resists simple characterizations.
  • By Mark L. Belletini
    Grief has often worn me out, while restoring me to myself at the same time.
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  • By Nicole Sweeney Etter
    New Jersey teen sets new world record for open-water swimming.
    Image credit: © Elizabeth Lara, North Jersey Media Group / The Record
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    I faced my fears and they faced me. It wasn't that big a deal.
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  • By Travis Tennessen
    I used to think my grandfather's worldview was limited and small-minded.
    Image credit: © Randen Pederson (CC BY 2.0)
  • By Kimberly French
    Can we reconcile moral certainties with Unitarian Universalist Principles?
    Image credit: “Walter” (detail), © 2006 Sally Muir, oil on board (Private Collection/The Bridgeman Art Library)
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    My faith is in science, but I try to keep an open mind.
    Image credit: © 2007 Wiliam A. Clark (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    More than 1,500 Unitarian Universalists took part in the People's Climate March. I was one of them.
    Image credit: © Larry Stritof
  • By Cynthia Landrum
    Meditative doodling as a Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice.
    Image credit: © Cynthia L. Landrum
  • By Jane Ranney Rzepka
    Some people seek balance and stability, but I like to be off-kilter.
    Image credit: © David Wong
  • By Jonah Eller-Isaacs
    I never considered myself a visual artist, but then, I never expected to have cancer.
    Image credit: © 2013 Jonah Eller-Isaacs
  • By Meg Barnhouse
    Do we try too hard to grasp joy when it comes?
    Image credit: © 2010 Daniel Feeser
  • By Daniel S. Schatz
    To be honest, I still want to grow up to be like Pete Seeger.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce/UUA
  • By Peter Morales
    Thriving congregations have leaders who seize the opportunities before them rather than cling to plans that are no longer viable.
    Image credit: © Nancy Pierce/UUA
  • By Larry Stritof
    Image credit: © 2013 Sonja L. Cohen
  • By Jaclyn Kottman
    Religious pluralism was as much a part of our lives as the Southern drawl that flavored our interactions.
    Image credit: Chalice Art
  • By Emma Whitford
    Looking back on my summers spent at a beloved Unitarian Universalist retreat.
    Image credit: © Jonathan Small
  • By Tim Kutzmark
    I went to Afghanistan and Iraq to learn something about hope.
    Image credit: © Tim Kutzmark
  • By Sonja L. Cohen
    Visiting Auschwitz, the imagination can only handle so much.
    Image credit: © 2013 Larry Stritof
  • By Jane Ranney Rzepka
    I remember the truth and the love and the social justice, but also the cartwheels and the donuts.
    Image credit: © 2006 Nicki Dugan Pogue (CC BY-SA 2.0)