UURISE Gives Radical Hospitality to Immigrants

UU World profiles a nonprofit group providing immigrant advocacy and education with a Unitarian Universalist voice. Founded in 2007 by Unitarian Universalist and retired immigration law attorney Daniel Stracka, UURISE is modeled after the faith-based groups certified by the U.S. State Department to resettle refugees. Stracka hopes his organization will one day represent Unitarian Universalists at that table.  Read More

Standing on the Side of Love: Send Love to the Sikh Community

The tragic Sikh Temple shooting in Oak Creek, WI evokes for many Unitarian Universalists memories of July 2008, when the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, TN, was attacked by a lone gunman with hate in his heart, killing two. The Standing on the Side of Love Campaign—borne out of that terrible event—is now collecting words of prayer and compassion to send as an outpouring of love to the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin. Read More

Skinner House Publishes New Title on Language of Reverence

Discussion of using traditional religious language in the Unitarian Universalist community began in 2002, following a sermon by the Rev. William G. Sinkford, then president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, in which he called for a “language of reverence.” In her forthcoming Skinner House Book, Fluent in Faith: A Unitarian Universalist Embrace of Religious Language , Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar argues that Unitarian Universalists should embrace religious language in all its diversity. Read More

Youth ‘Pilgrimage’ to GA Opens Eyes and Hearts

A Minnesota youth group took a winding spiritual journey to Phoenix to prepare for the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Justice General Assembly (GA) in June. After traveling through national parks in the Western United States, the youth attended GA youth events, workshops, worship, and were among the 2,500 UUs who took part in a candlelight vigil at the Maricopa County sheriff’s “Tent City” jail. Read More

UUA, UUSC Collaborate on Social Justice 'College'

The newly-created UU College of Social Justice will offer international service trips and social justice education. A joint initiative of the Unitarian Universalist Association and Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC), the college is based at the UUSC in Cambridge, MA and is led by the Rev. Kathleen McTigue, who previously served the The Unitarian Society of New Haven in Hamden, CT.  Read More

Webinar, July 25: "Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program"

On July 25, at 8pm EST, Standing on the Side of Love will host an online training titled, “Breaking the Isolation of Immigration Detention: Starting a Visitation Program.” This webinar will be led by Bob Libal of Grassroots Leadership, an organization that works with communities across the country to abolish for-profit prisons, jails, and detention centers and strives to reduce criminalization and incarceration. Read More