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Unitarian Universalism

The Meaning of Good Friday

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 04.17.2014 | 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 03.31.2014 | 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 03.25.2014 | 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 03.13.2014 | 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."

Dreaming Zion: A Liberal Religious Meditation On Passover

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.29.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

This dream manifests as a spiritual center, this place, this community, where we can look deep into our hearts, and from which, renewed and inspired, we can act in this world with more skill and grace than would otherwise be possible.

The Ego in Christianity

Rev. G. Jude Geiger | Posted 05.08.2013 | Gay Voices
Rev. G. Jude Geiger

When a Christian goes out of their way to say Jesus condemns you for your love, they are taking Jesus' name in vain. They are lifting up their own personal views above the Christian message.

How To Be Spiritual But Not Religious In A Way That Actually Helps

James Ishmael Ford | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
James Ishmael Ford

People appear to have all the old needs for some sense of certainty, for some sense of direction, but increasingly find the old ways unhelpful, or even harmful. We are at a time of crisis. And, as people sometimes notice at such moments, we are also at a time of opportunity.

The Surprising Thing I Miss After I Left My Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 05.07.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

There is one ritual, one sacred physical activity that I still miss from my inherited faith, and it surprises the hell out of me: Head bowed, eyes closed and knees pressed into the God's holy ground, so that I can surrender myself in prayer physically, mentally and soulfully.

Why We Need to Change The Way We Think About Religion

Christine Organ | Posted 02.12.2013 | Religion
Christine Organ

We must get past our outdated, limiting and formulaic associations with religion, spirituality and faith so that we can move forward with a renewed hope of spiritual and religious progress.

A Post-Christian Hindu Yogi In Communion

Chris Fici | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Chris Fici

Returning to communion for me is a chance to reclaim a part of my spiritual identity, to fully form and own an understanding of my development as a seeker and servant of God.

How I Explained To My Children The Reasons Our Family Goes To Church

Christine Organ | Posted 12.30.2012 | Religion
Christine Organ

Last Sunday morning began like most other mornings around our house. The mood was carefree, relaxed and lazy. Until, that is, I announced that it was time to get dressed so that we could leave for church.

Is This The Secular But Spiritual's Church?

USA Today | Bob Smietana | Posted 10.05.2012 | Religion

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (RNS) For Nathan De Lee, going to church as a kid was an ordeal. De Lee, a Unitarian Universalist, grew up in rural Kansas, where ...

91 Days Till Minnesota Votes On My family

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 10.07.2012 | Gay Voices
Rev. Meg Riley

Suddenly it became very clear to me: The people who are so upset by the mere existence of LGBT people are those who do not want anyone to upset the system of obedience to male authority.