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The city of Baltimore recently saw violent clashes between communities of color and local police forces. Unitarian Universalists (UU) joined the community seeking stability and justice following the death of Freddie Gray by taking part in peaceful protests and vigils in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.
At at Fourth Universalist in Manhattan, young adults animate church life with deep connection, mutual support, community activism and more. This article in the Spotlight series tells their story.
By Rev. Christian Schmidt
For First Parish in Cambridge, a move to hosting a shelter for homeless youth and young adults wasn’t just a nice thing to do, it was a chance to fulfill its mission.
In a new collection of meditations, Vanessa Southern ponders life passages, ways of looking at the world, and the many possibilities for building a life of meaning. Part of the InSpirit series, previously known as the Meditation Manual series.
The local service project at the UUA's 2015 General Assembly is with Portland, Oregon's Reentry Transition Center (RTC), helping formerly incarcerated people transition back into the community.
Rev. Jan Taddeo: "Unitarian Universalists step out into the unknown all the time."
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following recent events and new developments in Baltimore, MD, following the death of Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr.: “Today the Baltimore Police Department handed over to prosecutors the results of its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody.
The minister of First Unitarian Church in Baltimore reflects on justice, protest, and what we can do in Baltimore.
On April 25, communities in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh suffered a devastating 7.8 magnitude earthquake. So far, reports reveal that more than 4,000 people have died and thousands more are injured or missing. Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) President Bill Schulz and Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President Rev. Peter Morales have issued this joint statement in response to this tragedy:
Unitarian Universalists around the world are turning their caring thoughts and prayers to the people impacted by the disaster unfolding in Nepal. The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee and the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) are considering options for effective response. And, the UUA’s Holdeen India Program Director, Derek Mitchell, is in direct communication with grassroots organizations – including the All India Disaster Mitigation Institute – as our global partners mobilize. In the midst of the crisis, let us begin in prayer and prepare for further response.
Unitarian Universalists (UUs) and other people of faith and conscience across the country are participating in Climate Justice Month from World Water Day (March 22) to Earth Day (April 22). The month is a time of reflection and spiritual grounding leading to commitment to long-term actions for climate justice.
The American philosopher, academic, activist, author, and public intellectual Dr. Cornel West will speak to thousands of Unitarian Universalists this summer at our annual meeting and convention, the UUA General Assembly.
Americans see water as abundant and cheap: we turn on the faucet and out it gushes, for less than a penny a gallon. We use more water than any other country in the world, rarely considering the consequences for our rivers, aquifers, and other freshwaters. Blue Revolution exposes the truth about the water crisis-driven by a tradition that has encouraged everyone, from homeowners to farmers to utilities, to tap more and more.
Sometimes it feels like there are a lot of broken things in the world. How can we help to heal our world and each other? Each month, the Church of the Larger Fellowship curates reflections, stories, prayers, and more on a spiritual theme that's close to our hearts. This month's "Quest for Meaning" theme is Healing and Forgiveness.
"What Unitarian Universalism Looks Like 20 Years from Now," by Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt
December 15, 2034
Thanks for the phone call, sweetie; your dad gave me a heads-up about your Coming of Age assignment. It’s a good question you asked—how being Unitarian Universalist is different now than it was for your dad or your grandfather, or your great-grandfather, for that matter.
There are no other earths that I know of.
There are no other skies that we have mapped.
This is our earth.
On March 27, Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), a thinly-veiled attack on the civil rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people. The bill was promoted as being necessary to preserve religious freedom in Indiana, but make no mistake: this bill was passed in order to legally permit blatant discrimination against the LGBT community.
Did you know that the UUA's annual meeting, General Assembly (GA), is one of the greenest events around? Did you know that GA 2015 in Portland, Oregon will engage UUs in working for climate justice?
The Rev. Lindi Ramsden, a Unitarian Universalist minister long at the forefront of work for human rights and environmental justice, wrote these blessings—"beatitudes"—for people who work for positive change. They are part of of our collection of readings, reflections, and prayers on WorshipWeb.
Blessed are you who can question your own assumptions and listen with an open mind; you will receive new insights beyond your imagining.
Blessed are you who suffer the attacks of others to stand up for what is right; you will not be alone, for your courage will inspire others to rise.
Blessed are you who build friendships as well as justice; even when you lose an issue, you will have strengthened the foundation of your community.
Blessed are you who take delight in people; you will not be bored in meetings.
Set against the backdrop of China’s ascendance to world dominance, Blood of the Tiger tells of a global fight to rein in the forces of greed on behalf of one of the world’s most treasured and endangered animals.