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Each of Us Is a Minister

Each of us is a minister. Each of us has a message that can only be shared by one person. Your voice matters in Unitarian Universalism, because a central point of our theology is that there is one tapestry of Humanity, and each of us is a vital thread in telling the story. Our religion […]

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We know a church has to grow to survive and thrive. But this is actually the side benefit of fulfilling our purpose which is to increase love and justice in the world.

Growing Unitarian Universalism?

Every congregation talks about growth. There are Facebook groups, websites, blogs, and even offices in the UUA devoted to the topic. Growth is important to the health of a congregation and of a religious movement. If we aren’t growing, at least a little, then we will fade beyond obscurity and into irrelevance. The thing that […]

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Why do bad things happen?

Yesterday on the Facebook page, we shared a link about how expecting the world to be fair in a way we can understand can lead to a mindset that we should recognize as unhealthy. It leads to blaming victims for their misfortune (because why else would they be suffering and not me?) Today, I want […]

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Freedom isn’t Free, Even In Religion

It is often said that ours is a free faith. Every adult sitting in a Unitarian Universalist church has come there of their own choosing. Even those born to UU parents grow up expected to examine their faith and the commitments that come with being part of a UU congregation. And there are commitments which […]

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Sybols from "Star Trek", "Star Wars", "Battlestar Galactica", and "Firefly" around a flaming chalice.

Unitarian Universalism: A Religion of Nerds?

“So, there’s going to be a thing in your life that you love… The way you love that, and the way that you find other people who love it the way you do, is what makes being a nerd awesome… The defining characteristic that ties all together is that we love things.” ~ Wil Wheaton, […]

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Goals and Resolutions: Plans for 2015

The following are resolutions for the I Am UU project for the year 2015. They will be broken down into 3 categories: Goals (concrete things we have some control over and expect to make happen), Aspirations (ongoing things we have some control over and hope to change), and Hopes (things we don’t really have control […]

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Saying you love someone is a good thing. ~Esther Earl

Esther Day: Love out Loud

It is not a secret to anyone who knows of the I Am UU project AND the brothers John and Hank Green that the guy in charge of I Am UU, namely me, is a Nerdfighter. In short, Nerdfighters are fans of the work the Greens do through their art, their Vlogbrothers YouTube channel, and […]

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Coming of Age & Unitarian Universalist Milestones

For the past four years, along with my erstwhile co-teacher Meara Christopher and for two of those years, our Youth Programs Coordinator Libby McDonald, I have taught the Coming of Age class. This is a school semester-long course designed to serve like Confirmation in the Catholic Church, or a Bat/Bar Mitzvah in the Jewish faith. Each year […]

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