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A UUA Breakthrough Congregation: First Parish in Bedford, MA

6 hours 49 min ago
UU World profiles First Parish in Bedford, MA which the UUA named as a “Breakthrough Congregation” this year for its sustained growth. Membership has doubled since the Rev. John Gibbons started there twenty-three years ago and is projected to break 400 this year. Read how they made real growth happen in their congregation.
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UUs Rally For Marriage Equality in Four States

6 hours 49 min ago
In Maine, Maryland, and Washington, there are measures on the ballot that would authorize same-sex marriage. In Minnesota, marriage equality advocates are working to get out a “No” vote next month on a legislative measure that was passed to prevent same-sex marriage. In all four states Unitarian Universalists are deeply engaged, hoping for outcomes that favor marriage equality. Learn more about their important work in this article from UU World .
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UU-UNO 50th Anniversary: Tickets Are On Sale Now

6 hours 49 min ago
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO)! For 50 years, the UU-UNO has worked to support international human rights, climate change policies, security and peace building for women, and many other issues. We invite you to attend our anniversary celebration in New York City on November 3rd, 2012. Tickets are on sale now through Oct 20th. Buy your ticket before Sept 30th and receive a discounted rate. Celebrate in your congregations and come celebrate with us!
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T-shirt Evangelism

Wed, 2014-07-09 01:00
Meg Riley, senior minister of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, shares how a t-shirt can be a tool for evangelism. She wrote, 'I put it on when I have something to say or do, to bring more love where love has been violated.
Wearing it grounds me when I’m afraid, helps me remember that I’m not
alone, and tells the world, including me, what I stand for.'
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Area Churches Pursue a Social Media Ministry

Wed, 2014-07-09 01:00
Offering curious 'nones' the chance to look inside a UU service, congregations are now turning to digital media to attract new visitors. In this story, the Rev. Ann Marie Alderman of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greensboro talks about how her congregation puts their mobile devices in worship mode.
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UUA President Deeply Concerned Over SCOTUS Decision

Mon, 2014-06-30 01:00
UUA President Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on the contraceptive mandate. He said, “This is yet another blow against reproductive rights. Removing the no-cost contraceptive coverage requirement in the Affordable Care Act dangerously diminishes the religious, moral, and legal rights of every American, but especially women.'
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UUA President Troubled Over SCOTUS Decision

Thu, 2014-06-26 01:00
UUA President Peter Morales issued a statement following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision on buffer zones. It begins, “Today, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down the use of protest buffer zones around Massachusetts abortion clinics in McCullen v. Coakley. This is a major defeat in the fight for reproductive rights and may put clinic workers and individuals seeking pregnancy-related care at great risk.'
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Love Has Everything To Do With It!

Wed, 2014-06-11 01:00
During General Assembly (GA) this month in Providence, RI, Standing on the Side of Love, the UUA's public advocacy campaign to counter oppression with love, will celebrate five successful years of standing up for justice by showing up with compassion. Connect with the campaign at GA or online to help commemorate this important anniversary.
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Into The Beyond

Wed, 2014-06-11 01:00
Terasa Cooley, UUA program and strategy officer, talks about the urgent need to respond to changes in American demographics regarding religious behavior and what that might mean for changing the way we do church as Unitarian Universalists. Cooley considers the questions we need to ask  to get started and points to some exciting new sources to find answers.  
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The Surprising Grace of Alzheimer's

Wed, 2014-06-11 01:00
Michael Leach reviews 'Where Two Worlds Touch: A Spiritual Journey Through Alzheimer's Disease' from UUA publisher Skinner House Books. While this was the best book Leach has ever read on the subject, he knows that any reader would benefit from its insights: 'It's one to keep on your nightstand and read for your own spiritual nourishment, just as you would a book on meditation. It's that beneficial,' writes Leach. Order your copy through the UUA Bookstore.
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Oregon Ends Same-sex Marriage Ban

Wed, 2014-06-04 01:00
As soon as Oregan's ban on same-sex marriage was lifted, Unitarian Universalist ministers throughout the state stood ready to perform marriage ceremonies. The Rev. Kate Lore of First Unitarian Church of Portland said of the day, 'The level of euphoria was like nothing I'd ever seen, so I was deeply moved.'
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Selling God

Wed, 2014-05-28 01:00
Boston magazine looks at how the Unitarian Universalist Association came to launch its current rebranding campaign. They interview Unitarian Universalist leaders the Rev. Peter Morales, the Rev. Terasa Cooley, Dan McKanan, and David Ruffin on how they hope to reach the growing number of people with similar values but little interest in going to church.
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Kairos, Engagement, and Marriage in Little Rock

Wed, 2014-05-28 01:00
When Arkansas's highest court struck down its ban on same sex marriage, one Unitarian Universalist minister wasted no time in performing wedding services at the county courthouse. The Rev. Jennie Ann Barrington is proud and grateful to have married twelve loving couples that day.
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Just In Time for Summer: A Long Time Blooming

Mon, 2014-05-26 01:00
Skinner House Books offers a fresh collection of poetry and prayers that reflect on the spiritual dimensions of Marta I. Valentin's intersecting identities as a Latina, lesbian, feminist, and God-worshipping Unitarian Universalist minister. With candor and insight, she probes what is universal in her own very particular history and what it means to strive for beloved community.
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New UUA Headquarters to Open Thursday, May 22

Mon, 2014-05-19 01:00
The new Boston offices of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), including Beacon Press, will open on Thursday morning, May 22. The Rev. Harlan Limpert, chief operating officer of the UUA, confirmed that the Boston Fire Department has issued a certificate of occupancy for the UUA offices allowing Boston-based staff to report for work at 24 Farnsworth St. on Thursday morning. Boston-based staff had been working from home since Monday due to the delay in receiving the occupancy certificate.
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Skinner House Books Publishes The Garden of Time

Tue, 2014-04-29 01:00
In this story based on ancient Jewish legend, Adam and Eve walk through the Garden of Eden, noticing what is happening around them and deciding what holidays they will celebrate based on what they see, smell, hear, and taste. Gorgeous text and art illuminate Judaism, the calendar, and the environment for both children and adults.
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Now Available: UUA Board Report for April 2014

Tue, 2014-04-29 01:00
During their April meeting in Boston, the trustees and senior Unitarian Universalist Association staff expressed their gratitude for the solid partnership that has allowed them to engage constructively with each other and with serious issues. Learn more about the important subjects the Board discussed and voted on in this April 2014 report. 
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Board Wants New Process for Handling Complaints about Clergy Misconduct

Mon, 2014-04-28 01:00
UU World reports that the UUA Board of Trustees discussed many important business items during its April meeting in Boston, including how to better handle clergy misconduct complaints, fossil fuel divestment, and supporting emerging Unitarian Universalist groups. 
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A New, Justice-Focused Green Sanctuary Program

Fri, 2014-04-18 01:00
Responding to the realities of the environmental crisis we are currently experiencing and the lived experiences and needs of Unitarian Universalists, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program has been revised and the new version is now available online. 
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A New, Justice-Focused Green Sanctuary Program

Fri, 2014-04-18 01:00
Responding to the realities of the environmental crisis we are currently experiencing and the lived experiences and needs of Unitarian Universalists, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Green Sanctuary Program has been revised and the new version is now available online. 
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