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Unitarian Universalism

The Evangelical Christian Church and the LGBT Community: 'Winning the Battle but Losing the War'

Janet Mason | Posted 04.29.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

As a member of the LGBT community, I have a history of being intolerant of intolerance. But I am a compassionate person by nature, and a believer and a practitioner of mindfulness. I was raised by a secular parents, something that I am grateful for.

Our World: An Interdependent Web

KidSpirit | Posted 04.14.2015 | Religion
KidSpirit

Becoming a Green Sanctuary is how my church chose to uphold the values of our green principle.

A New World Needs a New Paradigm

Rev. Peggy Clarke | Posted 05.17.2015 | Green
Rev. Peggy Clarke

The fight for justice is the fight for life in every form. It's time to rewrite the narrative. One planet. One fight. And we're all in it together.

Coming Home: Selma, Int'l Women's Day, LGBT Rights and Unitarian Universalism

Janet Mason | Posted 05.06.2015 | Religion
Janet Mason

In reflecting on what Selma meant to me personally (as a white child, watching the Civil Rights movement from the safety of my living room -- as a child who would grow up to be a feminist and a lesbian), I realized that I grew up in an era that taught me that injustice is intolerable.

Selma: Commemoration and Commitment

Rev. Peter Morales | Posted 05.02.2015 | Religion
Rev. Peter Morales

I will be among the thousands of people traveling to Selma to commemorate the sacrifices of 50 years ago and to recommit to the struggle for equal rights today. For it would be a grave mistake to believe that the struggle is over.

A Prayer From the Mall of America

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 02.20.2015 | Religion
Rev. Meg Riley

I thank you for the Bloomington Police Department, and the Mall of America Security Force, for their willingness to keep things calm and peaceful. May their humanity continue to shine in the difficult months ahead, as we work towards systemic change when police are accountable to the same laws as other citizens.

It's Time to Change Everything

Rev. Peggy Clarke | Posted 12.09.2014 | Religion
Rev. Peggy Clarke

We could hear the Jews blowing their Shofars and the Pagans banging their drums and we all cheered and chanted, calling all of Earth's people to Wake Up!

Daily Meditation: Survivors

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Prodigal Gay Uncle

Domenick Scudera | Posted 07.21.2014 | Gay Voices
Domenick Scudera

Catholic doctrine states that homosexual acts are "intrinsically disordered." As I came to a more mature awareness of my homosexuality, there were always people claiming that they learned love from Christ, yet they built a wall between gays and Jesus.

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 06.17.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

What is this death? The Cross returns to us again and again in our lives. When we bear witness to the child or the teen shot dead because of the wrong time, or the wrong place, or the wrong color, or the wrong class.

The Nature of Evil

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.31.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

One of the oldest surviving stories in human history is about the birth of murder. In Hebrew (and later Christian) scriptures, the story of two brothers, Cain and Abel, teaches us about the mythic first atrocity: brother killing brother.

A Meditation on Life and Death, Intoxication, Sobering Up and Saving the World

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.24.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Not long ago, Meredith Garman, an old friend and colleague currently serving as minister of our congregation in White Plains, New York, and I found ou...

Dear Karma, I Have a List of People You Missed

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.13.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Karma is one of those words that have launched into our English language with a vengeance. Mostly people take it in a new age sense, as cosmic payback.

Daily Meditation: Blessing Our Food

Posted 03.12.2014 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these daily meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

Q&A With Rabbi Set to Lead a Unitarian-Universalist Congregation

Susan Katz Miller | Posted 04.13.2014 | Religion
Susan Katz Miller

Last month, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbi...

To Be Thankful in the Face of It All

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 01.24.2014 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

However we Americans have tied that harvest festival to a semi-historical event that happened up at Plymouth colony. Those who decided to tie our harvest festival to this particular story were trying, I really believe, mostly to show the power of cooperation, of mutuality.

Helplessness: Lessons From Childhood

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 01.23.2014 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

We can learn that helplessness isn't inherently a trauma. We are each born into it, and someday each will return to it, but it's a natural state of living and being alive. Do we approach helplessness as the infant?

Two Hundred, Ninety Eight Words on the Affordable Care Act

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 12.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

I believe some basic sort of access to health care is a human right. Each society has to figure out how to provide it, and how much is enough.

The Word for the Day is Privilege

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 10.27.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

There's a new survey out showing how people feel about being of color in our contemporary culture. Not to put too fine a point on it, it suggests a lot about white privilege. And gender, while we're at it, let's not forget gender

Contemporary Racial Inequity: A Statement of Faith

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 10.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

It is time that our communities of faith formed partnerships to do the work of affirming and promoting our first and fifth principles -- our understanding of the inherent worth and dignity of every person and our commitment to the democratic process in our society.

Pretend-Argue

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.15.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When I heard the news of the Zimmerman verdict, I was shaking with rage and hopelessness.

Faith as a Way

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 09.14.2013 | Religion
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

Faith is about finding ourselves again; helping our neighbor do the same; and trying to figure out how together we might heal the places of brokenness in our lives and the world around us. Faith demands that we keep a place for hope and meaning at our center.

Unitarianism: Universalism Unlimited

KidSpirit | Posted 09.11.2013 | Religion
KidSpirit

Unitarian Universalism parallels some of the most important trends in American society, both politically and socially.

A Very Short Introduction To Unitarian Universalism

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.22.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

In the eighteenth century when Europeans and North Americans noticed they could take the same skills that were revealing the secrets of the natural world to the workings of the mind and heart and even to their religions.

There Are Only Hands And Eyes: Zen Buddhism As Universalism

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 07.14.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

Yunyan asked Daowu, "How does the Bodhisattva Guanyin use those many hands and eyes?" Daowu answered, "It is like someone in the middle of the night reaching behind her head for the pillow."