Tag Archives | social justice

Heaven, If We Can Build It

“Religious liberalism affirms the moral obligation to direct one’s effort toward the establishment of a just and loving community.” ~ James Luther Adams While many UUs believe that there might be, even must be, life after death, the heaven we all commit to is here on Earth. The name we’ve been calling that heaven for […]

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Failure is Essential

“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” It is an old saying. Put more simply, if we aren’t risking anything, we aren’t likely to see much in the way of results. You can’t be great at everything the first time you try; you have to be willing to risk failure. You learn from failure. You get better. A […]

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"If we desire a society without discrimination, then we must not discriminate against anyone in the process of building this society. If we desire a society that is democratic, then democracy must become a means as well as an end." ~ Bayard Rustin

Peace Cannot Come in Pieces

Today, you will hear a lot about the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. It was the setting for the most celebrated words of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., what has become know as the “I Have a Dream” speech. He was not the only speaker, nor were the speeches intended as […]

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Justice Can Be Built

I see it all the time online: Someone wanting a little peace, or empathy, or respect is told that they’re asking too much. I’ve read over and over some variation of “grow up”. It gets tiresome reading “The world isn’t fair.” The world isn’t fair; not on a scale that humans can understand. Children who […]

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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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Liberal Religion is Resistance to Authoritarianism

Here at the I Am UU project, we believe that the best way to ensure things like compassion, justice, and the democratic process are affirmed and promoted in the world is to build up institutions to make it happen. Those institutions pool the resources of many and put them to their best use (we hope), […]

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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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You’ve Got to Do.

Roughly 100 years ago, in his book “Which way? A study of Universalists and Universalism”, Rev. Lewis B. Fisher tried to answer the question “What do Universalists stand for?” in a clever way. The only true answer to give to this question is that we do not stand at all, we move… We are not […]

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