Tag Archives | values

Having Hope in Hope

Destruction and chaos are simpler, faster, than coordination and creation. It takes moments to tear something apart compared to what it takes to build it. One person can do a tremendous amount of damage. But, for every person intent on doing that kind of harm, there are hundreds preparing to mitigate it; to control the […]

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Memorial Day: A Sacred, Secular Holiday

In the United States, our military is commanded by civilian leadership, with the elected President as the Commander and Chief of all our armed forces. All of our military operations are under the collective (if indirect) control of the citizenry; all service members carry out orders with our implied consent. We are, collectively, responsible for […]

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Who is a Unitarian Universalist?

As a religious professional and an aspiring religious educator (how far I am from that goal varies wildly depending on who is asked), I talk a lot about what Unitarian Universalism means to me and what it is at it’s best. And I get a LOT of disagreement. I get a lot of people who […]

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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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If We Want Justice, We Must Build It, Together

“Charity is commendable; everyone should be charitable. But justice aims to create a social order in which, if individuals choose not to be charitable, people still don’t go hungry, unschooled or sick without care. Charity depends on the vicissitudes of whim and personal wealth; justice depends on commitment instead of circumstance.”  ~ Bill Moyers Unitarian […]

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…and Happy Always

Every day can be a new beginning. Every day, you can choose to be your best self. In fact, that is the only way to be your best; you must choose repeatedly throughout each day. Whether you feel that you got it right yesterday or not, you can choose better each day, or even minute […]

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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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