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Odd Twitter Campaign

The Twitter campaign revealed here is apparently not something that Unitarian Universalists (UUs) are doing, yet deserves some exposure here. This WWUUD site has an automated collection system that pulls in UU-related information into the Stream. As an automated system, it often gets information that is not really of interest to UUs, or is even …

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Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, The First Woman to Ever Win the ‘Nobel Prize of Math’

When Dr. Uhlenbeck found out she’d won, she was leaving her Unitarian Universalist Church when she received a text message from a colleague telling her to look out for a call from Norway. “I pressed the button and called [the Abel committee] back and they told me I’d won—and I had to sit down,” Dr. …

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Change does happen…

A poem, title unknown, by Rev. Lindi Ramsden, from her 2014 Berry Street Essay Change does happen; sometimes so slowly we can’t see it. So we foster friendships beyond the familiar, organize for the long haul, invest ourselves in the daily tasks of change, building networks of trust. AND THEN, When public assumptions start to …

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Newbury, SC, UU Congregation becomes a Sanctuary Church

Clayton Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church in Newbury, South Carolina, joins a growing list of UU congregations making the commitment to offer sanctuary to immigrants who have not received full consideration of their plight and life here in the United States. News article from The State newspaper Fox Carolina article See more sanctuary-related posts in the WWUUD …

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Success from 1972

At our 1972 General Assembly, we passed a General Resolution calling for “the banning of smoking from all closed places of public meeting.”1 We were out front on this issue, as this was one year before Arizona became the first state to have some smoke-free public places.2 It was a small social justice issue, yet …

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Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta move from Cliff Valley

What UUCA is doing… Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta: A Tribute to Cliff Valley on Facebook from @1911CliffValleyWayMemories on Twitter from@terrykearns: 2018-09-13 the Unitarian Universalist Congratulation church buildings at 1911 Cliff Valley Atlanta are almost gone. Think this was the 4th building for the congregation, the latest was the West Peachtree home of the Abbey …

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Leaving Sanctuary

Sandra Lopez sought sanctuary last year. Now she is leaving. “Sandra is leaving the sanctuary of our congregation and goes into the larger sanctuary of our community,” the Rev. Shawna Foster, minister at Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist, said in the statement. “This valley wants to keep families together and is committed to the unity of …

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Coffee, Coffee, Coffee

Original Lyrics Coffee, Coffee, Coffee (sung to the tune of Holy, Holy, Holy) by Christopher Raible Coffee, Coffee, Coffee, Praise the strength of coffee. Early in the morn we rise with thoughts of only thee. Served fresh or reheated, Dark by thee defeated, Brewed black by perk or drip or instantly. Though all else we scoff, we come …

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Allergic to “God”

During a video meeting with the UU Mystics, one of the participants mentioned people who are “allergic to the mention of God.” We in the UU world are all too frequently places of woundedness, whereas our mission is to become places of healing.1 We do this by approaching others on an “affect” level, to connect …

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Seeking Sanctuary

It is a sad day when people who are otherwise good human beings are in fear of our government due to arbitrary laws that are designed to protect the privilege of one group of people over the welfare of others. Are the controls in place reasonable? Who gets to decide what immigration laws are reasonable? …

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Local minister tended to Charlottesville victims

Deane Oliva and other clergy members, there as part of the Charlottesville Clergy Congregate initiative, immediately formed human walls Aug. 12 around the victims of a speeding car that had plowed into them until help arrived. “We formed screens around the injured people – they couldn’t breathe,” said Oliva, an affiliate minister at the Unitarian …

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“…spread love in our community”

“It’s time for us to spread love in our community,” said the Rev. Michelle LaGrave, a pastor at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur. Read the full article: Macon County residents gather to ‘spread love,’ show solidarity with Charlottesville

Christina Branum-Martin ConEd

Unitarian Univeralist MDiv student Christina Branum-Martin reflects on her Contextual Education I experience at Congregational Ministries with Refugees during the 2016-2017 academic year. Original post

Keeping up with History…

Both of our main root traditions, Unitarian and Universalist, have long histories that merged when the denominations merged in 1961. We have several well-known historical repositories, in the Unitarian Universalist History and Heritage Society and the Harvard Square Library. Here are a few lesser-know gems that are available, some, online…

Affect Theology: A Roadmap for The Continental Gathering of Unitarian Universalist Seminarians

by Dr. Rev. Thandeka             (from archive.org* – also as a PDF) This essay serves as a formal introduction to affect theology for the Continental Gathering of Unitarian Universalist Seminarians.[i] I will highlight the history of affect theology as an academic field and show how a foundational deficiency in liberal theology can …

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