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Blue Boat: Youth and Young Adult Blog

Stories and Voices

  • By Elizabeth Nguyen
    This homily was delivered by intern minister and UU young adult Joseph Boyd after the murder of Terence Crutcher at All Souls Unitarian...

Guides and Tools

Call and Response: Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development

  • By Jessica York
    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...
  • How would your congregation respond if a bomb threat forced you to shorten the post-service reception welcoming new members and re-locate...
  • By Pat Kahn
    A fine way to celebrate August 2, the birthday of Sophia Fahs, is to take a look at her classic story collection, From Long Ago and Many Lands: Stories for Children Told Anew. It is now available on the Unitarian Universalist Association website, at no charge (PDF, 288 pages). ...
  • By Pat Kahn
    In a previous Call and Response post (Parents and “Fellow Laborers,” July 2013), we shared advice for parents from the famous Sunday School Address by William Ellery Channing (1780-1842). The Unitarian minister also had lots to say for those who teach in our religious...
  • By Pat Kahn
    The first completely online Renaissance module, UU History, has now been offered four times, including the field test in 2013. Participants have given glowing reports on the online learning format as well as the breadth and depth of the module’s content. It seems that using technology to explore...
  • By Judith A. Frediani [Editors' note: Reverend Dr. Roberta (Bobbie) Nelson died on January 2, 2015.] In 1997, the UUA’s pioneering...
  • By Liz Strong [Editors' note: The Rev. Eugene Barnett Navias , who died August 17, 2014, served the UUA as a religious education (RE) field...
  • By Jessica York
    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’...
  • By Gail Forsyth-Vail
    Many of us like to point out our UU connections with well-loved Christmas music and rituals. Charles Follen introduced the first Christmas...
  • By Pat Kahn
    In her 2013 Minns lecture, Sticking with Stories: Unitarianism and the Creation of Children’s Literature, Rev. Andrea Greenwood described the emergence of books for children as a genre separate from mainstream literature. One unintended consequence of this separation, which I find intriguing, is...
  • By Pat Kahn
    Many UUs, if not most, are familiar with William Ellery Channing and what he said about “the great end in religious instruction” because they are familiar with the responsive reading of that name, Reading 652 in the Unitarian Universalist hymnbook, Singing the Living Tradition. The...

Central East Regional Group

Better Together

  • By Amy Kent
    Last March, I began a journey to learn the history of the Movement (the Civil Rights Movement) in Alabama. Growing up in the 70’s and 80’s I had been taught about Rosa Parks in Montgomery; the March from Selma to Montgomery; and the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham that killed 4 young girls.
  • Some of you have asked questions about the history of anti-racism in the UUA. There are three videos we highly recommend to help you understand the history and some of the context in which our current conversations are taking place....
  • Many churches celebrate important anniversaries, but it’s rare that congregational historians take a wider view. But when Bill Parke, the Church Historian of the UU Church of Buffalo noted this anniversary, he researched the topic and came up with this lovely display and story....
  • By Joan Van Becelaere
    “Although churches be distinct, and….equal and therefore have not dominion one over another; yet all the churches ought to preserve church communion one with another…The communion of churches is exercised in sundry ways. ( 1). By way of mutual care, in taking thought for one another’s...

inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop

InterConnections: Articles for UU Leaders

  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta created a new volunteer/community building program called Spirit in Service ,...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q: We’re doing some housecleaning at church and we have a question about how long we should be keeping our legal and financial records. Is...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    The archives of First Universalist Church, Denver (609 members), used to be one of its best-kept secrets. Tucked away in boxes in a basement room, few knew the historical documents were there. ...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When a congregation adds to its space by building or remodeling, it has cause for celebration. But there are right and wrong ways to...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    When the congregation of the First Unitarian Universalist (UU) Church of Duluth, MN (190 members), made the decision this past winter to...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Jean McCormick continues to be amazed at what comes out of the mouths–and hearts–of people she thought she knew. For four years she has...
  • By Donald E. Skinner
    Q. We are preparing position descriptions for many staff and committee positions at our church and wonder if anyone has anything on a...

LeaderLab

  • By Sarah Movius Schurr
    The History of the Unitarian Fellowship Movement
  • By Kathleen Parker, Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society, Inc.
    Church members generally agree that saving church records is a good thing – but the reality of doing that raises a number of questions. Which items should be saved, and by extension, is it okay to throw some items out?
  • By UUA Congregational Life Staff Group
    A shared history is a powerful bond and an awareness of history can foster a sense of pride and a feeling of connectedness. The telling of this history, whether in oral or written form, is one of the most important ways that newer members of a family are welcomed into the group. ...
  • An overview of how UU governance developed over time.

MidAmerica Events

  • By Nancy Heege, Tim Hirsch
    Webinar video: Strategies for doing historical work in your congregation.

Press Releases

  • Boston, MA – A story of historic courage will be told this fall on PBS (September 20 at 9 p.m., check local listings), in a new Ken Burns film about Martha and Waitstill Sharp. The Sharps were two young Unitarians who stood up against injustice to defy the Nazis and rescue dissidents, Jews and...

Skinner House Books