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Tolerance and the Quest for Justice

We must not forget that, even while we aspire to accept and encourage every person who enters a UU space, whether online or in person, we are a covenantal religion; covenant means that responsibility and respect must go both ways. While we affirm the worth and dignity of every person, we do not need to […]

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Listening as a form of Love

I’ve spent years in customer service, and I’ve more recently started learning about pastoral care. I admit that I was scared to take on this new skill. I’ve since learned that there is a lot of overlap with my existing experience. One of the main parts of both is being present and listening to what […]

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The World is Hungry for Liberal Religion

I’ve seen a lot of new posts here at the end/start of the year about religion in America. People aren’t going to church. “Paganism” is on the rise. I’ve seen the word “cafeteria” more than a few times already. It seems that we do this every year, but this year has a different feel. I’ve […]

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What is Beloved Community & How Do We Get There From Here?

My fellow Unitarian Universalists, ours is a communal religion. The covenantal nature means that community is foundational. Our Principles make it also our hope for the future. Community is vital to Unitarian Universalism; how we form them, govern them, how we are a part of them, and who is included. Community, the Beloved Community, is our […]

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Why Unitarian Universalism?

I know there are several other forms of Liberal Religion. The UUA and our individual congregations work with a lot of churches on specific projects and we share goals for the world with those churches. So, why am I UU? What is it about Unitarian Universalism that has earned my fervent support? Firstly, let me […]

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…and Encouragement to Spiritual Growth…

Unitarian Universalism is not really about making each of us feel good about ourselves. It is about encouraging each of us to make good of ourselves. It is about growth, at whatever pace, and being aware of when we hold still for too long. The I Am UU page posts things that make people uncomfortable. […]

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Religious Education: Invest in Our Future!

Stewardship, according to Merriam-Webster, means 1: the office, duties, and obligations of a steward 2: the conducting, supervising, or managing of something; especially : the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care So, by taking responsibility for the heritage of Unitarianism and Universalism, by claiming to be UUs, we become stewards and […]

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The Power of Love (and Fear)

I spent last week teaching mindfulness, community, and The Force to middle schoolers at a UU family summer camp. The reception was mixed, but it definitely had an influence on my thinking this weekend. There are two emotions that are the most primal, the most essential, and the most powerful in humans: love and fear. […]

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A Meditation on Being Overwhelmed

I have so much worry. I have so much trepidation and anxiety. I have so much hope. I have so much love. I have no idea how to turn those feelings, that energy, into solutions to the problems that we face. I know where I want us all to get to, but I have no […]

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