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Lessons from 30 Days of Love 2016

UUA Top Stories - Wed, 2016-02-17 01:00
For Thirty Days of Love: Towards Racial Justice (January 16 - February 14, 2016), Unitarian Universalists and all who stand on the side of love have heard from partner organizations at the frontlines of social justice, focusing on the people most affected by discrimination. Today, a mass movement towards racial justice is growing across the country. It recognizes that some communities are being systematically left behind. It invites each of us to center the experiences of Black people- across class, age, gender identity, sexual orientation, ability- as we work to transform ourselves, our communities and our culture towards greater freedom and fairness. This work also happens within Unitarian Universalism today through organizations like DRUUMM and Black Lives of UU that organize, lead and push our faith movement towards racial justice. Here are some of the lessons from this year's Thirty Days of Love, with more information available for each of this year's partner organizations: REJECT FEAR and SCARCITY: In 2016, it’s time to bring it all together.  To not allow the fear of criminalization to decide how we fight for better immigration policies. To hold up those who are seen as unimportant.  To say that everyone deserves to be loved no matter where they’re from, who they love, AND no matter what record they may have. Read more from #Not1More. OUR WHOLE SELVES ARE NEEDED & WELCOME: Poet and visionary Audre Lorde wrote “There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not lead single issue lives.”  This is how we develop campaigns, build partnership and make change. When and where we enter, matters. The Ohio Students Association knows that each of us are living at an intersection of different identities. Read more from OSA. OUR FAITH CALLS US TO ACT: Taking on the US prison system can feel overwhelming, and it can be difficult to know where to start. Creating a world free from police and prisons can feel like an utopia that is impossible to reach, but holding up that dream can help us see new possibilities. As Unitarian Universalists who have made a commitment to support the Black Lives Matter movement, we must build connections with those who are most directly affected by the violence of the prison system. Read more from Black and Pink. RELATIONSHIPS MATTER: We are building transformative, long-term coalition relationships rooted in a clear agenda that measures success by more than only electoral outcomes. We must learn how our issues intersect in a big-picture moral agenda so that everyone can find new ways to live in justice and compassion. Read more from NC NAACP. Send your ideas and comments on the lessons you’ve learned about organizing for racial justice during Thirty Days of Love and beyond to love [at] uua [dot] org (love [at] uua [dot] org). May we be honest, bold and committed as we continue to work towards racial justice. Onward!
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Hearing the right voices

UU World - Mon, 2016-02-15 12:02

I always heard the negative messages about my body; finally I listened to the positive ones.

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Renew your spirit

UU World - Sun, 2016-02-14 22:09

I urge you to make some space to reflect on what your spirit needs right now.

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Save the Date

UUA Top Stories - Wed, 2016-02-10 01:00
Save the date for General Assembly, the annual largest gathering of Unitarian Universalists, happening from June 22 to 26 in Columbus, OH. Come, listen and learn with people all across our faith movement and beyond. 
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Black History Month

UUA Top Stories - Tue, 2016-02-09 01:00
"Black History Month can be a recitation of forgettable facts, or it can be the beginning—or continuation—of a period of unlearning and reclaiming." UU Kenny Wiley shares his experiences. Read more in UU World.
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Andover Newton Theological School to sell campus, end residential program

UU World - Sun, 2016-02-07 23:05

Boston-area seminary, a leading training program for Unitarian Universalist clergy, hopes pared-down program and sale of campus will cut down on student debt.

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The still point and the work of Christmas

UU World - Mon, 2016-02-01 11:37

Joy and celebration are worthy of the time we spend on them. The small moment of the candle being lit while singing ‘Silent Night’ is that important.

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Fires damage Denton UU Fellowship

UU World - Mon, 2016-02-01 05:33

Arson damaged the Denton, Texas, Unitarian Universalist Fellowship; church responds with compassion and community.

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Unitarian Universalist congregations sponsor Syrian refugees

UU World - Mon, 2016-01-25 04:35

At least three U.S. congregations and 25 Canadian congregations are already sponsoring refugee families from Syria.

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Come Sit By Our Fire

UUA Top Stories - Thu, 2016-01-21 01:00
...and let us share stories. Let me hear your tales of far off lands, wanderer, and I will tell you of my travels. Share your experience of the holy with me, worshipper, and I will tell you of that which I find divine. —Jennifer Kitchen
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New Name for the UUA Bookstore

UUA Top Stories - Tue, 2016-01-19 01:00
In order to reach a broader audience, we have renamed the UUA Bookstore inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop. As inSpirit, we will continue to offer books and gifts that reflect UU values, including titles from Skinner House Books and Beacon Press.
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30 Days of Love - Hearts and Hands for Racial Justice

UUA Top Stories - Tue, 2016-01-19 01:00
From January 16 through February 14, 2016, Unitarian Universalists are marking 30 Days of Love by showing up for Black Lives Matter and racial justice across the country. Weekly stories and actions from partner organizations and local events help you connect with campaigns that fill the world with more peace and compassion. 
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Join the Moral Movement for Justice

UUA Top Stories - Tue, 2016-01-19 01:00
In the new Beacon Press book, The Third Reconstruction: Moral Mondays, Fusion Politics, and the Rise of a New Justice Movement, Rev. Dr. William J. Barber offers an inspiring blueprint for community activism. Get Rev. Barber's 14 steps for building a movement in this Beacon Broadside post.
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Nominees for UUA President Announced

UUA Top Stories - Tue, 2016-01-19 01:00
UU World reports that the UUA Presidential Search Committee announced two nominees for the 2017 election of a new president of the Unitarian Universalist Association: the Rev. Alison Miller (right) and the Rev. Sue Phillips (left).
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A story of light and darkness

UU World - Mon, 2016-01-18 09:43

The light and the dark are like twins.

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What to do about Christmas?

UU World - Sun, 2016-01-17 14:11

A Unitarian Universalist family rejects, then embraces, holiday season rituals and traditions.

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New WordPress theme helps congregational websites impress

UU World - Sun, 2016-01-17 00:53

Unitarian Universalist Association introduces church website template, with sample content for local congregations to adapt.

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