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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!
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.
Beacon Press author and Assistant Humanist Chaplain at Harvard University, Chris Stedman, interviews the new Director of Development & Communication for the Unitarian Universalist Humanist Association and gets her thoughts on, among other things, the future of Humanism in Unitarian Universalism and feeling comfortable in UU churches.
UU World reports on a number of experimental UU communities that your UUA is working with to explore alternative models for joining in religious community together. Learn more about these innovate groups and their big plans for the future of our faith.
The New York Times profiles the rise of limestone mining in the Khasi Hills of India and the efforts of one Unitarian minister, the Rev. Helpme Mohrmen, to organize opposition to the mining which pollutes local rivers and drinking water.
The UUA has completed the sale of 25 Beacon Street and the Pickett and Eliot Houses for $23.6 million. Proceeds of the sale will finance the purchase of 24 Farnsworth Street, the UUA's new headquarters building.
An active member of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Conn. gathers youth aged 8 through 14 to help them engage in justice work in a way that is meaningful for them. The children love living out the group's motto of 'having fun while doing good.'
UUA President Rev. Peter Morales announces the most recent development in our effort to help Unitarian Universalist voices to break through the competing noise of our high-tech society. 'Today,' says Rev. Morales, 'I am excited to share with you one of the tools in an ongoing process of improved communication strategies, the UUA’s new logo.'
UU World reports on the UUA's new logo. The article begins, 'A new logo for the Unitarian Universalist Association is only part of an initiative to help congregations reach out to the millennial generation and others who are unchurched. The Rev. Dr. Terasa Cooley, the UUA’s Program and Strategy Officer, said the new initiative developed out of a growing realization that the UUA and its congregations have been sending 'inconsistent' messages about Unitarian Universalism into the larger world.'
On behalf of the UUA Board of Trustees, UUA Moderator Jim Key has written a letter to congregational leaders regarding a $100 registration rebate for congregational presidents who attend General Assembly 2014 in Providence, RI. He writes, “…The major impetus for this special invitation is the Board's desire to have a conversation at this GA about how we can transform the work of the delegates at future GAs such that it will have real impact on the future of our faith and our Association...'
This year, at General Assembly in Providence, RI, there will be elections for the Financial Advisor and four Trustees-at-Large. The Nominating Committee has nominated five people for these elective offices. Our elections of people to s erve the members and congregations of the Association are at the heart of the fifth principle of our faith and our trust in the democratic process. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions, who is nominated, and the process for running by petition. Those interested in running by petition have until Feb. 1 to submit a completed petition.
UU World reports that more than a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, volunteers are still needed. 'We're not getting media coverage of the continuing needs for survivors of Sandy and so many people think that the recovery is complete,' said the Rev. Susan Karlson. 'But it will
take years to restore these areas.' There are lots of opportunities for
groups of UU volunteers to help with the recovery.
UU World reports that between the end of DOMA and 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell,' Unitarian Universalist military chaplains are responding by openly affirming Unitarian Universalism's acceptance of lesbian, gay, and bisexual people. Many other chaplains, however, are challenging the military's new openness, including Southern Baptists.