UU World: Spiritual Connections to the Universe for Teens

Early adolescence is often a time when a child’s appreciation of the magic that younger children see everywhere in the world becomes squelched or outright ignored. Wide-eyed wonder about life and the universe isn’t “cool” and gaining the respect of their peers often becomes tantamount. By the time they have become teenagers, most children have already developed that ever-present internal critic that haunts adults. This can keep youth from being fully present in any moment, let alone experiencing the sacredness of life or a connection to the divine. Read More

UU Board and the Doctrine of Discovery: Accountability in Action

When our Association’s Arizona Immigration Ministry met with our social justice partners there, we received one clear request for an agenda item at GA 2012. Our partners said that the single most important piece of business we could do at GA 2012 was to study and repudiate the Doctrine of Discovery and support the full implementation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. Further, they asked us to have our congregations study this issue and how it is related to the ongoing oppression of indigenous peoples whose lands straddle the US-Mexico border. Read More

Congregations Encouraged to Study Doctrine of Discovery

Many people didn’t learn about the Doctrine of Discovery in school. But those who attend Justice General Assembly in June will learn about it there. In brief, the Doctrine of Discovery is the premise that European Christian explorers who “discovered” other lands had the authority to claim those lands and subdue, even enslave, peoples of those lands simply because they were not Christian. Read More

UU World: For Love and Justice

Unitarian Universalists mobilize in response to laws that tear families apart and abuse immigrants. Immigration justice has become a flash point for Unitarian Universalists, especially as we approach the UUA’s “Justice General Assembly” in Phoenix, Arizona—where one of the most aggressive state laws on local immigration enforcement has been enacted. Read More

Pedaling for Hope

Bicycling ministers turn long-distance rides into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes. They describe their rides – one as long as 3,300 miles – as powerful experiences, both physically and spiritually, beyond their ability … Read More

UUA Looking Beyond Traditional Congregations

Whom does your Unitarian Universalist congregation serve? Is it focused only on those who become members? Or does your congregation also serve other people who might have less obvious connections to the congregation? These questions and others are being asked in conversations among UU leaders this winter and spring about how to broaden Unitarian Universalism’s reach. Read More

How My Testimony Went Viral

Zach Wahls’s testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about his two-mom family become an internet sensation. From Zach: ‘As I approached the microphone to testify, I saw for the first time just how many people were in this massive room. I would have whistled if my mouth had had any moisture in it. ‘My name is Zach Wahls,’ I began. ‘I’m a sixth-generation Iowan, an engineering student at the University of Iowa, and I was raised by two women.” Read More