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All UUA member congregations are required to log in and complete the annual Certification of Membership report by the deadline of Monday, February 2, 2015, at 5 p.m. PT. This is a requirement to have voting delegates at General Assembly 2015.
As the 50th anniversary of the historic march from Selma to Montgomery, AL, approaches, people are talking about how the events of the civil rights movement changed our nation. Unitarian Universalists emerged from those events profoundly changed as well. Mark Morrison-Reed's new book, The Selma Awakening: How the Civil Rights Movement Tested and Changed Unitarian Universalism , explores this pivotal time in our history.
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.
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 .
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!
UU World reports how the lay-led Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, KS, doubled its membership and was named a UUA Breakthrough Congregation. The article reads, ' The ministry part of the church’s success involved a little serendipity. Just when Lawrence was trying on a worship service, some of the nearby UU congregations in Kansas and Missouri began offering ministerial support to small and emerging congregations. '
The slate of nominees for the 2015 elections to be held at General Assembly in Portland, OR, is now available. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions and the process for running by petition. People interested in running by petition have until February 1 to submit a completed petition.
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the decision by a grand jury to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner that took place this summer on Staten Island, NY. It begins, 'The fact that the grand jury failed to indict New York City Police Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of Eric Garner would be a miscarriage of justice at any time.'
The Unitarian Universalist Association's offices will be closed from 2 p.m. Dec. 24 through Jan. 2. During this time, the UUA Stewardship and Development Office will be staffed 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET (except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1) to assist with your year-end giving needs. To reach the Stewardship and Development staff group, please dial 888-792-5885 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The Winter 2014 issue of UU World is now available online. Highlights include 'Selma's challenge' by Mark Morrison-Reed, a fellowship's membership breakthrough, competing over 'Jingle Bells,' and a special report on safe congregations.
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement reflecting on the indictment decision in Ferguson, MO. It begins, “Our fear that justice will not be served is now a reality. Regardless of the reasons why a grand jury decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, people are angry, frustrated, and outraged. We still have questions unanswered. We still seek justice.'
The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, issued a statement applauding President Obama’s immigration announcement. It begins, “Today we celebrate President Obama’s immigration plan that will improve the lives of millions of undocumented immigrants in the United States.”
The UUA is pleased to announce that it has received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum Certification for its new headquarters located at 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston's Innovation District. Platinum is the highest of the four possible LEED certifications.
The UUA Board of Trustees invites you to explore possibilities for re-imagining governance—from small-scale fixes to broad changes—and comment on them by completing the survey, “Re-Imagining UUA Governance.” For the future of our faith, please share your thoughts in this important dialogue.