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5 Years In, and So Much Left to Do.

The I Am UU project is coming up on its 5th anniversary.So much has changed in that time, both for me personally and for the project. As it has grown, I have seen myself move from being just a blogger and passionate UU evangelist to more of a religious educator and community leader. I have […]

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"I love being part of a covenantal community. We make promises of how to interact with each other and the world and if we happen to break those promises we haven't sinned and we aren't going to hell, but instead there are people there to forgive us, help us right our wrongs, and continue on the path of love and acceptance" ~ Erin McGee, Unitarian Universalist

What is a “Unitarian Universalist”?

On our Facebook page we have started every day this week with some quote that tries to explain what is great, what is different, and what is compelling about Unitarian Universalism. We’ve seen some mixed reactions to these posts, but they do give people some help in forming their personal answer, which is always going […]

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"This is what an evangelist believes: that there is a wonderful idea that should be shared, because it is likely to be [a] gift to others; because it has the power to transform people and lives for the better; because it is an idea that can save something worth saving. Do we believe that Unitarian Universalism is such an idea?" ~ D. Audette Fulbright, Roanoke VA.

UU Evangelism: Beyond Welcoming

After a post about Unitarian Universalist Evangelism last week, about how it changes lives for some people, Layne Richard-Hammock shared her story. She says that she is happy to tell people about Unitarian Universalist Principles and what her inclusion in her church means to her. These are her own words: In 1992-3 I first came […]

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Looking Back on Young Adulthood

I was born at the tail end of Generation X. This weekend, I age out of the UUA’s “Young Adult” designation.¬†I have had a long, strange trip from “pagan looking for community” to “born-again UU evangelist” over the 16 years that I’ve been familiar with the fellowship where my soon-to-be wife and I are about […]

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Eighth Principle: Learning From Our Past to Prepare For Our Future

So my Mid-Hi students at First Unitarian Church of Albuquerque are leading our delegation to the local Pride Parade in May. It is a challenging endeavor for them, as they range from sixth-to-eighth-graders- which can be a giant gap as far as maturity and¬†leadership qualities are concerned. As part of this project, they decided to […]

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We’re not leaving Facebook

…but there are facts behind the post. Facebook has chosen a model where they are charging pages to put their message in front of people. That is fine. It worked great for television for a long time. The thing is that people are used to interacting with those pages, now, and they don’t realize what […]

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Evangelism in 3 Not-So-Easy Steps.

I read a lot of non-fiction books. Or (since many of them are about religion) books that the author and I agree to call nonfiction in spite of certain declarations by others. Recently, I’ve been reading up on missionalism and evangelism. I found some new resources, and I figured I should learn as much as […]

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Unitarian Universalist Evangelism: Sharing, not shoving.

Every so often the I Am UU team gets some push-back about our use of the word “Evangelism.” It has developed a bad connotation for a lot of people who think of “Evangelize” as synonymous with “Proselytize.” The words are related, but prosthelization is about trying to convince someone and convert them to your way […]

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