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The Need for Institutional Goodness

One of the foundational ideas for the I Am UU project is that all of us have to make good things happen in this world. Unitarian Universalist theologian James Luther Adams told us to “deny the immaculate conception of virtue and affirm the necessity of social incarnation”; goodness doesn’t exist in the world separately from […]

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Love Moves Us: An Impetus for Progress

We are the Universe exploring itself; the remains of dead stars being reminded of their glory and living on into the future. We have reached a seemingly singular level of awareness and capacity for wonder, but that alone does not explain our success as a species. Humanity is part of something which is bigger than […]

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Uncomfortable Truths and Crucial Transformations

In his Ware lecture, Bryan Stevenson warned us that we could not have the impact on the world that we aspire to unless we were willing to be uncomfortable. We must get close to the people who are suffering, we must change how we think and talk about the circumstances and conditions that create injustice, […]

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Tolerance Must Not Become Silence

We must take sides. Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented. – Elie Wiesel Silence encourages the tormentor. If we allow bigotry to go unrebuked, then we are emboldening the bigot. It is not enough to be tolerant and open-minded yourself if our goal is to make the […]

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A Big Announcement (Of Very Small Changes)

The I Am UU project has always been a lay ministry; a grassroots effort not tied directly to any one congregation, not overseen by the UUA, not even curated by an ordained minister. That much is very unlikely to change. Something exciting has changed, though. The UUA is moving to recognize ministry as something more […]

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