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Yesterday — 28 September 2023UUA

Tennessee Bookstore Dedicates Reading Room to Elandria Williams

We remain heartbroken over the loss of the amazing UU leader, Elandria Williams. The Bottom, a nonprofit community center and Black-affirming bookstore in Knoxville, Tennessee, has dedicated a reading and research room to E.

Learn more about how The Bottom is honoring E’s legacy in this brief story summary from UU World:


The room at Knoxville nonprofit The Bottom features books, materials that focus on racial, gender, other social justice issues

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Because Unitarian Universalists believe in the dignity and worth of every person, we are called to demand that members of Congre...

Because Unitarian Universalists believe in the dignity and worth of every person, we are called to demand that members of Congress oppose any effort to criminalize trans people, their families, or communities.

Tell your representative today: https://bit.ly/3rtj8gz

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Three Wisconsin Congregations Collaborate for Shared Worship

20 September 2023 at 09:20
Rev. Jim Coakley preaching

Kat McKim

Small fellowships band together in just one example of the many ways the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted UU congregations to innovate and combine resources.

Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2023

28 September 2023 at 10:00
Four photos illustrating climate change-caused disasters: aftermath of a hurricane showing destroyed houses in top left, trees burning in a forest fire in top right, houses and trees almost submerged by flooding in bottom right, and crops bent and destroyed by drought in bottom left.

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! his month - Disaster Relief Fund, CER Skill Ups, Worship Resources for Small Congregations, CERSI workshop proposals and more!

Continue reading "Opportunities for Connection ~ October 2023"

Before yesterdayUUA

Threshold Conversations: Coming of Age

12 September 2023 at 15:15
Coming of Age Panel Word Cloud: Flame prominent words "Coming of Age" "Know" "Ritual" "Congregation" "Think"
Coming of Age Conversations from Threshold Project panels, writings, and more

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Liturgy of the People

25 September 2023 at 09:00
Illustration of different people along with colorful icons

Elaine McArdle

Lay people and religious professionals reflect on the magic of co-creating worship.

Threshold Conversations: Coming of Age

12 September 2023 at 15:15
Coming of Age Panel Word Cloud: Flame prominent words "Coming of Age" "Know" "Ritual" "Congregation" "Think"
Coming of Age Conversations from Threshold Project panels, writings, and more

Continue reading "Threshold Conversations: Coming of Age"

Our Bodies Already Know

27 September 2023 at 07:09
A woman sitting on a large tree branch, with the tree around her, holds her hands to her heart with closed eyes, as if meditating.

Julica Hermann de la Fuente

Our bodies are so wise, and they hold so much information.

Continue reading "Our Bodies Already Know"

Our Bodies Already Know

27 September 2023 at 07:09
A woman sitting on a large tree branch, with the tree around her, holds her hands to her heart with closed eyes, as if meditating.

Julica Hermann de la Fuente

Our bodies are so wise, and they hold so much information.

Continue reading "Our Bodies Already Know"

On Repentace and Repair UU Common Read Resources

Wishing everyone a peaceful and meaningful Yom Kippur and resharing this message from our UUA President, the Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD.


With On Repentance and Repair, UU Common Read groups can seek a Unitarian Universalist resonance with the writings of the 12th century Jewish physician ...

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Congregations Join Together for Banned Books Festival

25 September 2023 at 10:10
Image of books on a shelf, Unstoppable stories, a banned books festival

Central East Region of the UUA

Congregations don't need to take action alone - you can partner with your neighboring congregations to make events and social justice actions happen.

Continue reading "Congregations Join Together for Banned Books Festival"

Fall Equinox Meditation

As the Autumn Equinox approaches for those in the Northern Hemisphere, we offer a meditation from Rev. Lori Gorgas Hlaban, which includes, in part:

“Equinox.
The wheel of the year turns, and turns again.
The air cools, days shorten,
the sun seems to weaken,
barely clearing the horizon after rising
before beginning its descent.

This is our opportunity, now, to pause.
Balanced, breathing in, breathing out,
knowing this present moment.
This present moment is all we’re guaranteed.
Like the sun moving toward the shortest day,
each moment arises—and is gone before we know it.”

Read the full meditation from WorshipWeb:


Like the sun moving toward the shortest day, each moment arises—and is gone before we know it.

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Photos from Side with Love's post

Sharing the information below for any of our Atlanta-area folx or others living in or near Georgia. Can you help Side With Love and the community in Atlanta break through the City Council’s stalling tactics and take seriously the public’s opposition to Copy City – one of the largest militarized police training centers in the country? Check out Side With Love’s post for details, including contacts and scripts to support organizing.













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Covenant Calls Us In: The Why of Covenant

21 September 2023 at 18:17
a red felt heart, stitched back together up the center with blue thread and a needle
When you’re a member of a vibrant congregation, you hope for a deep and radical welcome there. You want to be able to bring your whole self, and feel called to be your best self, accountable to the vision of beloved community the community shares. In these congregations, when actions, words, or...

Continue reading "Covenant Calls Us In: The Why of Covenant"

Tennessee Bookstore Dedicates Reading Room to Elandria Williams

22 September 2023 at 11:00
UUA Co-Moderator Elandria Williams (who died September 23, 2020) addresses the 2018 General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri.

Elaine McArdle

The room at Knoxville nonprofit The Bottom features books, materials that focus on racial, gender, other social justice issues

Five Questions, Climate Justice, & the US 2023 Federal Farm Bill! | Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

In honor of #ClimateWeekNYC happening in alignment in the UN General Assembly in New York City, we are sharing this interview with DC-based UU activist Pablo DeJesus about the ways that agricultural policy and specifically the 2023 Farm Bill impacts us all:

“The farm bill sets the funding and rules for a considerable portion of our agricultural activity and food systems. It informs what we eat, what our animals eat, and how we produce and distribute all foodstuffs. It frames our approach to anti-hunger programs as well as the science and financing behind the farming upon which we all depend.”

Get the full story and learn how you can make an impact: https://bit.ly/44WSVoh


A powerful interview with Pablo De Jesus, Executive Director of Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, about the 2023 Federal Farm Bill!

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On so many fronts—locally, organizationally, nationally, and globally—we are all living on the threshold of change. Together, we...

On so many fronts—locally, organizationally, nationally, and globally—we are all living on the threshold of change. Together, we are experiencing great and necessary shifts that can amplify the changes reverberating in our personal lives. The first skill we need to develop for this threshold moment is learning to let go—of what we had or knew, of what had been before but now no longer is. If we want to learn to let go, we have no further to search than the rim of our own bodies, where in a most literal sense we are not wearing the same skin we were housed in just one month before.

Read more from Karen Hering in UU World: https://bit.ly/3rkqaEk

PC: ISTOCK/LVCANDY



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The Journey of Forgiveness

20 September 2023 at 06:38
From above, the back of a person's head as they sit in meditation and use a Tibetan singing bowl.

Lynette Yetter

I have struggled forgiving myself for not knowing how to create appropriate boundaries.

Continue reading "The Journey of Forgiveness"

The Journey of Forgiveness

20 September 2023 at 06:38
From above, the back of a person's head as they sit in meditation and use a Tibetan singing bowl.

Lynette Yetter

I have struggled forgiving myself for not knowing how to create appropriate boundaries.

Continue reading "The Journey of Forgiveness"

Welcome to the New Church Year!

17 September 2023 at 10:32
headshot of Megan Foley

Central East Region of the UUA

Welcome to the New Church Year! Here are some resources mentioned in the video that might help you!

Continue reading "Welcome to the New Church Year!"

On this Rosh Hashanah, we wish the Jewish community, including Jewish Unitarian Universalists, a celebration filled with meaning...

On this Rosh Hashanah, we wish the Jewish community, including Jewish Unitarian Universalists, a celebration filled with meaning and tradition, and care for family, community, and loved ones.



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Ask your Elected Officials: Declare a Climate Emergency Now!

In New York this September, the United Nations Secretary-General is hosting a first-of-its-kind Climate Ambition Summit to demand that nations stop the fossil fuel expansion that is driving the climate emergency,” said the Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association.

In August, in advance of the summit, UUA President Sofía called on Unitarian Universalists to urge their elected officials to demand that President Biden take bold action to End Fossil Fuels.

#ClimateWeekNYC begins with a march on Sunday, September 17th – if you are in the New York City area, we hope you can join. Learn more about the march, #ClimateWeekNYC, and Side With Love’s Climate Justice efforts:


In New York this September, the United Nations Secretary-General is hosting a first-of-its-kind Climate Ambition Summit to demand that nations stop the fossil fuel…

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We are holding close to our hearts two Unitarian Universalist ministers - Rev. Dave Dunn and Rev. Jeff Jones – who were among 5 ...

We are holding close to our hearts two Unitarian Universalist ministers - Rev. Dave Dunn and Rev. Jeff Jones – who were among 5 people arrested and released last week in Georgia after joining a non-violent direct action to protest the construction of the Cop City site near Atlanta. Their moral witness, as part of the grassroots movement to Stop Cop City, represents UU commitments to promote democratic action, climate and environmental justice, and racial justice; build power for justice through mutual aid; and resist the criminalization of our neighbors and communities. You can learn more about their work and what you can do to support the effort to Stop Cop City at Side With Love:


Yesterday morning, two Unitarian Universalist ministers, Rev. Dave Dunn and Rev. Jeff Jones, joined a non-violent direct action to protest the escalating anti-democratic actions of the Georgia Attorney General and the Atlanta City Council. Over the past year, these two tax-funded institutions have waged an ongoing campaign of disinformation, intimidation, and criminalization to repress the grassroots movement to Stop Cop City.

Revs. Dunn and Jones, along with three additional community leaders, were arrested yesterday after halting construction on the site. Side With Love and the UUSC: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee honor the courageous moral witness of these leaders and remain committed to showing up in solidarity with them and the movement to Stop Cop City.

Read the entire blog post: https://sidewithlove.org/ourstories/2023/9/8/democracyisnotacrime. See the comments for our links to learn more and take action to support our local leaders.

[Image description: Upper left-hand corner has a black background, with white text that reads: “Democracy is not a crime.” Below it is a photo of two people chained to a construction vehicle holding a banner. Next to it is a photo of police officers dragging a person away, held by their feet and arms. Below is white text on a black background that reads “Photos by ATL Press Collective.” Next is a photo of another person being dragged away by police officers. Above it is white text on a black background that reads, “Join the movement to stop Cop City.”]

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Climate Week in New York City - September 17-23, 2023 | Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth

Unitarian Universalists are committed to working to address climate disruption and holding elected officials accountable for taking action on the world’s climate emergency.

#ClimateWeekNYC is an important opportunity to support frontline Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities - who are disproportionately impacted by the escalating climate crisis - as they confront the forces of white supremacy, colonialism, and extractive industry. Like Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD, we are also inspired by the work of Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, Side With Love, and other UU partners, who will participate in several events during #ClimateWeekNYC, September 17-23, 2023.

Learn more about how you can get involved: https://bit.ly/3EwrPty


Climate Week in New York City includes many events for climate justice. Here are a few highlights: Pregame Climate week End the Era of Fossil Fuels Summer Bridge: Elected Officials Pledge  Before the actual NYC gathering, we are working with Side with Love and other UU partners to support the Peo...

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Approaching Conflict Like a Poem

13 September 2023 at 06:35
A colorful, simple painting of two people's heads facing one another, with brighly colored sparks or energy radiating off of them.

Tania Márquez

May we remember to slow down when we find ourselves having difficult conversations.

Continue reading "Approaching Conflict Like a Poem"

Earlier today, we received a number of comments on the post we made which offered a prayer paired with an unrelated illustration...

Earlier today, we received a number of comments on the post we made which offered a prayer paired with an unrelated illustration of an individual holding a transgender pride flag with the text “how has living authentically benefitted you?” This post did not live up to our standards for attribution, or thematic relationship that honors both the author of the quote and the creator of the image. We take responsibility for this error and have removed the post from our social media platforms.

The UUA Communications team would like to share we are initiating a review of our internal policies on the use, attribution and links to the creators’ accounts for images and illustrations shared on our social media posts. Our goal is to make sure that our polices meet best practices for respecting the work of artists and creators and to live out our values in our messages. This is especially important for our most marginalized and impacted communities. We will share our policies once they are updated.

Thank you to the commenters who provided feedback. The community’s feedback helps us to better serve Unitarian Universalism, UU congregations across the country, and all of you. We appreciate your thoughtful efforts to work with Communications staff as we live out our shared values and principles.



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UUA Communications would like to lift up President Sofía’s message about yesterday’s Facebook post that initially said that the ...

UUA Communications would like to lift up President Sofía’s message about yesterday’s Facebook post that initially said that the we honor all people “regardless of their actions and decisions” and takes full responsibility for the impact that it has caused. It is so important that we express the values of our UU faith tradition clearly and with mindful intention. Thank you again for the community feedback and for your thoughtful care of our UU values.


Unitarian Universalism is a progressive religious movement in the midst of deep work around accountability, covenant, and the ethics by which we hold one another’s relative safety and wellbeing. Yesterday, our main Facebook page posted language stating that we honor all people “regardless of their actions.” This is simply untrue, and I apologize on behalf of the UUA for the distress raised by this language. I want to take the space here to explain why this language was rightly such a cause for concern.

To imply that any and all actions are honored here is not only incorrect, but it conflicts with the theological center of our tradition. Universalism is about personhood, not behavior — in other words, our faith makes the radical claim that everyone is born beloved, that no person is beyond the reach of Love’s embrace, and there is always the possibility of redemption and repair. But because our faith is communal and covenantal, it also calls us to directly address harm, both interpersonal and systemic.

We are called to hold one another in love across a range of past mistakes, across a range of beliefs, across a range of identities and perspectives and a great many other things. We teach that there is always a path back into beloved community. But the covenant that lives at the center of our faith is grounded in love itself. And that love requires that we hold one another accountable for our actions, and that we do the work of repair when we have caused harm. Thank you, Beloveds, for your feedback and your depth of care for our values in the public square.

Photo: Copyright: © 2023 Nancy Pierce/UUA

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Approaching Conflict Like a Poem

13 September 2023 at 06:35
A colorful, simple painting of two people's heads facing one another, with brighly colored sparks or energy radiating off of them.

Tania Márquez

May we remember to slow down when we find ourselves having difficult conversations.

Continue reading "Approaching Conflict Like a Poem"

How is your congregation preparing to welcome newcomers at the start of the church year? You’ll feel at home in a UU congregati...

How is your congregation preparing to welcome newcomers at the start of the church year?

You’ll feel at home in a UU congregation if you’re looking for a space in which you can be open and be your true self in alignment with the inherent worth and dignity of all people. We welcome all people who share our values. To many people, our faith feels like coming home.



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Finding Unexpected Joy

11 September 2023 at 12:48
image of a brown and orange butterfly on a yellow flower in a garden

Beth Casebolt

Are you looking for the unexpected joy in your community?

Continue reading "Finding Unexpected Joy"

Black Lives of UU is having their annual worship in September to prepare for the start of a new church year, a meaningful time f...

Black Lives of UU is having their annual worship in September to prepare for the start of a new church year, a meaningful time for reconnection and rededication to faith for Black UUs.

BLUU's online worship services are Black Sacred Space in their entirety— by and for Black people, with the words and voices of Black folx across the diaspora— and we hope Black UUs and Black UU-adjacent folx with shared values will join!

For non-Black siblings in faith, please DO share this invitation with Black folx in your life and community. Getting the word out about BLUU’s gatherings and other programming is one powerful way of lending your support, and it is deeply appreciated!

Sign up for worship here: https://bit.ly/3wYfnjb.



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Through the celebration of International Literacy Day, we all have an opportunity to re-think the role of literacy. This day she...

Through the celebration of International Literacy Day, we all have an opportunity to re-think the role of literacy. This day sheds light on eradicating poverty and attaining gender equality. It reminds us of the joys of reading and is the perfect excuse to unplug and get lost in a good book.

Looking for a good read to enjoy this #LiteracyDay? Pick up book from our inSpirit UU Book & Gift Shop: https://bit.ly/3ME46t1



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In true UU fashion, we try to be true and live out our values. Perhaps, there are bumps you might stumble upon. We can continue...

In true UU fashion, we try to be true and live out our values. Perhaps, there are bumps you might stumble upon. We can continue to push through, trying to do better. We are only human and as long as we act out of care and kindness, it'll all work out.

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Enoughness

6 September 2023 at 06:33
In a spring garden, dark purple peony shoots rise from a flower bed while a person in gardening gloves works.

DanaLee Simon

Self-compassion was one of the best gifts I gave myself.

Continue reading "Enoughness"

Enoughness

6 September 2023 at 06:33
In a spring garden, dark purple peony shoots rise from a flower bed while a person in gardening gloves works.

DanaLee Simon

Self-compassion was one of the best gifts I gave myself.

Continue reading "Enoughness"

5 Black Leaders that Shaped the Labor Movement | NEA

In honor of Labor Day we chose to share this piece on 5 black leaders. Racial justice and economic justice are intrinsically intertwined. However, far too often in our nation’s history, those who benefit from the existing order have used race and class to divide us. These Black leaders strengthened both the labor and civil rights movements by fighting discrimination in unions and building strong coalitions for the welfare of all.


These Black leaders had strong visions for the future of the labor movement, uniting broad coalitions for racial justice, worker rights, and the welfare of all.

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Labor Day gives us another opportunity as a faith community to unequivocally side with the inspiring labor resurgence happening ...

Labor Day gives us another opportunity as a faith community to unequivocally side with the inspiring labor resurgence happening in workplaces across the country. As Unitarian Universalists, we have long believed that challenging inequity locally and globally for workers is a moral imperative.



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CER Leader Skill Ups Scheduled for 2023-24

4 September 2023 at 13:37
CER Leader Skill Up. CER Leadership Skill Ups for changing times monthly calls start with Worship to Center and ground your yeaer. Spetember 7th, 7-9 pm ET

Central East Region of the UUA

The Central East Region team is excited to announce our monthly Leadership Skill Ups for Changing Times series next year! These are drop-in calls for all congregational leaders where you can learn a new skill - or fine tune an old one.

Continue reading "CER Leader Skill Ups Scheduled for 2023-24"

Earlier this summer we joined Instagram, have you followed us on Instagram yet?

Earlier this summer we joined Instagram, have you followed us on Instagram yet?



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Welcome, in this Season of Return

The Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD, offers a welcome message at the start of a new congregational year for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Dr. Betancourt also invites all UUs into a shared ministry together to reimagine the workings and expressions of Unitarian Universalist faith, while holding onto the traditions, theology, and commitments that have made us who we are.



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We echo Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD's message.

We echo Rev. Sofía Betancourt, PhD's message.


I am holding UUs and all of our extended communities close in my heart as we work to find our way amid the immense struggles and suffering of recent weeks.

I am sitting with photos of intense flooding in FL and reflecting on how each day brings new challenges and a profound need to be in community. We are living into the impacts of climate disruption in all of its forms – heat, floods, fires, tornadoes, and more. The moral call for a faithful and committed response could not be clearer. This is work we will continue to live into together as a movement.

I also find myself both grieving and determined in response to the renewed wake of violence in this nation – in the threats to our congregations and the devastation in our streets. Racialized violence, resistance to gun control, legislative violence, and the use of fear to promote controlling ideologies are just some of the ways people are being targeted in these heartbreaking times.

I know that I need to remain connected to all of you when the days are difficult. I know that the impact of our response is greater when we ground ourselves in our values and show up together to proclaim that another way is possible. Beloveds, I believe in us. I believe that we can renew the moral witness and prophetic action of the progressive religious left as we join together for all that is to come. The time for us to live the values of our faith every day is right now.

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Worship Themes, Holy Days, and Holidays

The new 2023-2024 worship calendar has become available! With monthly worship themes used in four popular theme-based ministry programs, the calendar helps congregations create multigenerational connections as people of all ages explore common themes and extend faith development beyond Sunday morning.


Faith-based and secular holidays that UU congregations often celebrate, including monthly worship themes.

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New from Beacon Press No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating by Alicia Kennedy—A culin...

New from Beacon Press No Meat Required: The Cultural History and Culinary Future of Plant-Based Eating by Alicia Kennedy—A culinary and cultural history of plant-based eating in the United States. https://bit.ly/3OS57ks



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Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2023

CER Leader Skill Up. CER Leadership Skill Ups for changing times monthly calls start with Worship to Center and ground your yeaer. Spetember 7th, 7-9 pm ET

Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! his month - Welcome from Rev. Sofía Betancourt, CER Skill Ups, Worship Resources, leadership trainings, CERSI workshop proposals and more!

Continue reading "Opportunities for Connection ~ September 2023"

Welcome, in this Season of Return

The Rev. Sofía Betancourt, Ph.D, elected UUA President at General Assembly in June 2023, offers a message of welcome at the start of a new congregational year for Unitarian Universalists. Rev. Dr. Betancourt also invites all UUs into a shared ministry together to reimagine the workings and expressions of Unitarian Universalist faith, while holding onto the traditions, theology, and commitments that have made us who we are.

https://bit.ly/3swdiLG


The Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt, elected UUA President at General Assembly in June 2023, offers a message of welcome at the start of a new congregational year...

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CER Hiring Congregational Life Staff

Central East Region UUA Logo

Central East Region of the UUA

The transition of Evin Carvill-Ziemer to the New England Region leaves an opening on our fabulous Central East staff team that is ready and waiting for someone new to bring their unique story and experience to the work of companioning and championing congregations.

Continue reading "CER Hiring Congregational Life Staff"

As the 60th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, we honor this foundational moment. Yet, we know that the fig...

As the 60th anniversary of the 1963 March on Washington approaches, we honor this foundational moment. Yet, we know that the fight for full equity and civil rights is far from over. While we recognize the dedication and courage of those who came before, we also recognize that this history, especially for UUs, is complex. In his well-known speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. shared a vision of Beloved Community. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to continue working in solidarity with Black-led movements for justice.

We recommit to this essential work in the face of rising authoritarianism and attacks on civil liberties, including voting rights. UU the Vote has focused UU organizing not only on voter mobilization, but on democracy as a whole beyond election cycles. We continue to deepen our work in collaboration with congregations, UU State Action Networks, and Movements led by frontline communities.

Learn more about UU the Vote and how you can get involved: https://bit.ly/3tp1HeU



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Reflecting Upon the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington

25 August 2023 at 12:22
Marchers from Providence, Rhode Island, and Kalamazoo, Michigan, gather on the steps of All Souls, D.C.

Staff Writer

Editor’s Note: On August 28, 1963, an estimated 1,500 Unitarian Universalists joined the 250,000 Americans who gathered in Washington, D.C., for the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. The Unitarian Universalist Association recognizes this seminal history with the following message, and UU World magazine shares its commitment.

The 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington Through Photos

A group of marchers, including UUA President Dana McLean Greeley, make their way along the Lincoln Memorial reflecting pool.

Elaine McArdle

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Horizon S.

A collection of photos of Unitarian Universalists from around the country who joined the call for civil rights.

Upon the 60th Anniversary of the March on Washington

Rev. Robert West (far left) and Rev. O. Eugene Pickett (second from right) representing the Deep South at the March on Washington in 1963 with Rev. Robert Palmer (middle).

Robert Nelson West

The 1963 sermon Rev. Robert Nelson West presented to his congregation on an event “of profound significance in the history of our nation and in our own lives.”

The divine in us, sees the divine in you. You are loved, no matter your identity. Stay true to yourself. pc: @‌UUYARN

The divine in us, sees the divine in you. You are loved, no matter your identity. Stay true to yourself.

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“UUs are speaking out, paying out and praying out more and more each day. Our message of inclusivity is not just a set of words....

“UUs are speaking out, paying out and praying out more and more each day. Our message of inclusivity is not just a set of words. For Us, inclusivity is at the foundational core of this Church.”

-Rev. Garrison Hammondtree

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Photos from Unitarian Universalist Association's post

From Alaska to Louisiana, Native communities stand at the forefront of the climate crisis, battling rising seas and human rights violations. Discover their stories in part 1 of 3 in UUSC: Unitarian Universalist Service Committee photo essay series, "Indigenous Lives and The Climate Crisis."

https://bit.ly/44lNTRW









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Read Side With Love Field & Programs Director Nicole Pressley shares this powerful reflection about the grassroots organizing ha...

Read Side With Love Field & Programs Director Nicole Pressley shares this powerful reflection about the grassroots organizing happening to #StopCopCity!


"It feels good to be working on such a deeply meaningful campaign. Here in Southwest Atlanta, the Cop City Vote referendum campaign operates from the American Friends Service Committee office. The walls are covered with posters from past campaigns emblazoned with powerful messages that proclaim the dignity of workers, the right to housing, and the end to war. Also on this wall is a wood turtle with a painting of Tortuguita, the climate activist killed by police on January 18th of this year in the Weelaunee forest. Tortuguita was protesting the harm and environmental degradation caused by the planned development of this vast, militarized law enforcement training compound.

In this room, each poster, each weathered clipboard, and boxes of t-shirts are quiet reminders of the life, love, and legacy that make this space powerful."

Side With Love Field & Programs Director Nicole Pressley shares this powerful reflection about the grassroots organizing happening to #StopCopCity
https://sidewithlove.org/ourstories/2023/8/11/stopcopycity-is-part-of-the-legacy-of-justice-won-and-lost-on-southern-soil

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Evin's Next Chapter

21 August 2023 at 09:00
headshot of Evin Carvill-Ziemer

Evin Carvill Ziemer

This summer, I switched regions beginning as the New England Region Developmental Lead. This has meant saying good bye to the Central East Region. Not really goodbye, I’m still UUA staff and I’ll still surely see you at various online programs. But, still, it is a goodbye of sorts.

Continue reading "Evin's Next Chapter"

https://bit.ly/2rLDAqh

https://bit.ly/2rLDAqh



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“Feel the love of the universe flowing through this community, into you, and out into the universe again. Let the love of all th...

“Feel the love of the universe flowing through this community, into you, and out into the universe again. Let the love of all the universe—your love—flow outward, to its height, its depth, its broad extent. You are more than you know, and more beloved than you know. Take up what power is yours to create safe haven, to make of earth a heaven.”
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How can we center justice in all of the clean energy funding opportunities? How can people of faith take these opportunities int...

How can we center justice in all of the clean energy funding opportunities? How can people of faith take these opportunities into our communities to ensure that those most impacted by climate change benefit the most from clean energy funding?

Join Sylvia Chi from Just Solutions, Sonia Kikeri from Emerald Cities Collaborative, Jamal Lewis from Rewiring America, and Miguel Yanez from Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) on Tuesday, August 29 at 1pm ET / 10am PT to learn how your congregation can put your faith into action to advance visionary approaches to clean energy funding with justice at the center.

This event is co-sponsored by Side With Love, Interfaith Power & Light, Blessed Tomorrow, Unitarian Universalists for a Just Economic Community, Unitarian Universalists for Social Justice, Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth, and the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice.



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We are heartbroken by the wildfires that have devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui and we hold all of those who are impacted i...

We are heartbroken by the wildfires that have devastated the Hawaiian island of Maui and we hold all of those who are impacted in our hearts and our prayers. Given these impacts, we want to share that the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) has postponed the Stories and Songs of the People event that had been scheduled for August. The new date for in-person and virtual attendance will be September 23.



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Reading This Can’t Be a Priority

12 August 2023 at 08:44
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Megan Foley

It’s AUGUST. It’s HOT. Here in Washington DC, the air is like sticky soup. August is when people get out of town or they hibernate in the air conditioning or by the pool.

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Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INI...

Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) has been creating spaces to hear the voices of Original Nations and Peoples every year. We invite friends, allies and relatives to work together in a shared endeavor for bringing ONP voices to the conversation of our relationships with each other and Grandmother Earth.

Learn how you and your congregation can participate in the annual Stories and Songs of the People event that will be hosted this year by Kanaka Maoli relatives in the Kingdom of Hawaii. https://bit.ly/478c6Oa



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"Kindness isn’t always easy. But kindness matters." Valuing being kind and prophetic over ‘being nice’ would help Unitarian Uni...

"Kindness isn’t always easy. But kindness matters."

Valuing being kind and prophetic over ‘being nice’ would help Unitarian Universalists speak more powerfully to the present times.



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"May you choose your people, and be chosen by them, again and again and again." ~Rev. Abbey Tennis

"May you choose your people, and be chosen by them, again and again and again." ~Rev. Abbey Tennis



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As we prepare for our children to head back to school, make time for one more summer read. The new UU Common Read, On Repentanc...

As we prepare for our children to head back to school, make time for one more summer read.

The new UU Common Read, On Repentance and Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. This Common Read offers a glimpse into one of our faith’s foundational sources, Judaism. On Repentance and Repair invites readers of any faith to explore practices for accountability that can bring us into wholeness and really make a difference in our personal, community, and national relationships.

Purchase On Repentance and Repair from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop.https://bit.ly/3s76x2H



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Did you know...The new Barbie movie was co-written and directed by a Unitarian Universalist? Greta Gerwig is a talented filmmaker and also a proud UU!

Back in 2013 she told UU World “Unitarianism is the most complete expression of my multiple and, at times, contradictory thoughts about the spiritual life. I think the openness of the community allows for a greater variety of personal faith and ideas. It isn’t oppressively open, but generously so.I think I keep returning to a UU church again and again because it resonates with something deep inside of me that feels that all I really know is that I don’t know. Unitarian Universalism is the best place for me to experience the fullness of that sentiment of not knowing.”


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In July we marked ten years of the Black Lives Matter movement, we know there is still much work ahead. Enjoy looking back on Black Lives Matter through pictures.

Unitarian Universalist values are grounded in the eradications of violence, systemic racism, and white supremacy culture. Since the inception of Black Lives Matter, UU World has reflected those values through numerous articles and essays about the movement and broader cultural shifts.

Take a look at the entire selection of UU World work from a decade of Black Lives Matter reflecting Unitarian Universalists’ connection to the movement.

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© BARBARA GADON

COURTESY SECOND UNITARIAN CHURCH OF CHICAGO

© JERRY HOLT / STAR TRIBUNE / MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL 2015

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Defeating Fascism

26 July 2023 at 12:00
© 2023 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Jeff Milchen

The 2023 Berry Street Essay urges UUs to recognize and confront an imminent threat.

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DRUUMM Gathering Scheduled for September

7 August 2023 at 12:48
Embracing the Flow Family Retreat. Sept 16, 2023, Murray Grove Center, Lanoka Harbor, NJ. RSVP: druumm.org/events. Images of groups of people of color together

Sana Saeed

A collective of DRUUMM (Diverse Revolutionary Unitarian Universalist Multicultural Ministries) members in the Central East Region have been organizing a wonderful day long program on the theme of "Embracing the Flow" at the historic Universalist Murray Grove retreat center in Lanoka Harbor, NJ

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Virtual Hymnal: a new UU virtual hymnal is under construction

2 August 2023 at 08:50
A Black woman wearing headphones smiles and sings, holding a tablet or iPad.
Imagine web access to UU hymns that you can search for and confidently use in multiplatform events....

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Virtual Hymnal: a new UU virtual hymnal is under construction

2 August 2023 at 08:50
A Black woman wearing headphones smiles and sings, holding a tablet or iPad.
Imagine web access to UU hymns that you can search for and confidently use in multiplatform events....

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Congrats to the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson!

Congrats to the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson!


I am profoundly moved to congratulate my colleague the Rev. Dr. Karen Georgia Thompson who today takes on the mantle as the first woman - and the first Black woman - to lead the United Church of Christ. There is a significant calling in being first. Imagine my delight as a sister colleague with whom I share Jamaican ancestry begins her time as General Minister and President. I look forward to the ways we can mutually support one another as our Presidencies unfold.

The Unitarian Universalist Association and the United Church of Christ have a rich and important history of collaboration. May our continued connections to one another serve as a blessing to all. Congratulations, Rev. Dr. Thompson, and to all of my friends and loved ones in the UCC.

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While you can’t always control what comes through your social media feeds, you can curate your feed so that your primary exposur...

While you can’t always control what comes through your social media feeds, you can curate your feed so that your primary exposure to content is supportive. We can all do something to protect our well-being on social media.

This is a time to act with compassion toward one another, and also toward ourselves.

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Develop and Expand Your Leadership Skills

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Central East Region of the UUA

It's that time of year again! New leaders are starting on boards and committees and congregations have new volunteers who are interested in training for future leadership positions.

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Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INI...

Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) has been creating spaces to hear the voices of Original Nations and Peoples every year. We invite friends, allies and relatives to work together in a shared endeavor for bringing ONP voices to the conversation of our relationships with each other and Grandmother Earth.

Learn how you and your congregation can participate in the annual Stories and Songs of the People event that will be hosted this year by Kanaka Maoli relatives in the Kingdom of Hawaii. https://bit.ly/478c6Oa



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Defeating Fascism

Rev. Cecilia Kingman's Berry Street Essay challenges Unitarian Universalists examine our own lives and our faith to recognize tactics and unthinking attachment to antiquated power structures.

“Follow the leadership of those who have been struggling under historic oppression—those most under attack,” advised Rev. Kingman. “No one knows better how to see through the lies, how to resist, how to protect one another.”

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The 2023 Berry Street Essay urges UUs to recognize and confront an imminent threat.

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Opportunities for Connection ~ August 2023

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Central East Region of the UUA

Find out what's happening in the Central East Region! his month - Board Training Resources, CER Skill Ups, RE Trainings and more!

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Ten Years of Black Lives Matter: Looking Back and Moving Forward

27 July 2023 at 09:00
Artists at The Sanctuaries cut out stencils to spray paint posters for the Black Lives Matter movement.

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A selection of UU World Black Lives Matter stories from the past ten years.

Today and every day, we recommit ourselves to deepening our understanding of the intersectionality of disability and race, class...

Today and every day, we recommit ourselves to deepening our understanding of the intersectionality of disability and race, class, gender, and sexuality. And as a community that centers love and care for all, we seek new opportunities to express our gratitude for those who risk so much to move us closer to equity.

#DisabilityIndependenceDay #ADA33


On this #NationalDisabilityIndependenceDay I am appreciative that the landmark Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law over 30 years ago, even as I know that so many people with disabilities still experience painful exclusion and the everyday violation of their basic human rights.

Today also brings to my mind and heart the courage and dedication of so many disability rights activists, including the amazing #JudyHeumann who passed away earlier this year, who every day move us toward greater equity. May we all rededicate ourselves to disability justice within our communities and beyond.

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Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INI...

Working with UUs since Standing Rock Camp 2016/17, the InterNātional Indigenous Initiative for Transformative Collaboration (INITC) has been creating spaces to hear the voices of Original Nations and Peoples every year. We invite friends, allies and relatives to work together in a shared endeavor for bringing ONP voices to the conversation of our relationships with each other and Grandmother Earth.

Learn how you and your congregation can participate in the annual Stories and Songs of the People event that will be hosted this year by Kanaka Maoli relatives in the Kingdom of Hawaii. https://bit.ly/478c6Oa



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Defeating Fascism

26 July 2023 at 12:00
© 2023 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Jeff Milchen

The 2023 Berry Street Essay urges UUs to recognize and confront an imminent threat.

Continue reading "Defeating Fascism"

Defeating Fascism

26 July 2023 at 14:00
Rev. Cecilia Kingman delivers the Berry Street Essay at Ministry Days

Jeff Milchen

The 2023 Berry Street Essay urges UUs to recognize and confront an imminent threat.

The city of Atlanta will contribute nearly $70 million to the deletion of at least 13,070,000 square feet of the Weelaunee Fores...

The city of Atlanta will contribute nearly $70 million to the deletion of at least 13,070,000 square feet of the Weelaunee Forest—developing it into a training ground that militarizes and equips police forces—if we don't collect enough signatures.

You can contribute to this referendum from wherever you reside, when—and how—you feel called. This is what UUs do.

Join #LetAtlantaBreathe: A UU contribution to the #StopCopCity & #DefendTheForest movement. https://bit.ly/3Drfqqc



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Sharing a pastoral message from UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt as we process the news that one of our member congregati...

Sharing a pastoral message from UUA President Rev. Dr. Sofía Betancourt as we process the news that one of our member congregations in Texas was victim of an arson attack yesterday.

We are holding the members, staff, and community of Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano in our hearts and prayers in this difficult time and we are so grateful that no individuals were hurt.


Beloveds, over the weekend one of our member congregations experienced a targeted attack on their building. It happened late at night, and blessedly no one was injured. We hold the members, staff, and community of the Community Unitarian Universalist Church of Plano, TX in our hearts and prayers today, as authorities investigate arson and a possible hate crime.

Acts of terror like this are meant to make us fear for our safety and question the lifesaving ministry and witness our faith inspires. I am proud of who we are and all that we do to promote love and justice in the world. In these days when the most vulnerable among us are subject to everyday acts of physical and legislative violence, let us turn to one another when despair for humanity might otherwise silence us. To our beloveds in Texas and everywhere that simply living as our full selves gets harder every day, we will not give up. We are with you. You always have a home among us.

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CER Chalice Lighters New and Improved!!!

24 July 2023 at 10:11
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Change can be challenging and disorienting but can move us to a better place. The Central East Regional Chalice Lighter Program Committee wants to share with you news of the exciting, transformative changes to the program.

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In light of Non-Binary Awareness last week it is important to remember to shift the focus from just empowering the trans and non...

In light of Non-Binary Awareness last week it is important to remember to shift the focus from just empowering the trans and non-binary community to disempowering cis supremacy + gender normativity.

We are committed to using our platforms to lift up the trans and non-binary folks in Unitarian Universalist communities today.

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We are grateful to share these words from CB Beal, to our beloved trans and nonbinary siblings.🤍

We are grateful to share these words from CB Beal, to our beloved trans and nonbinary siblings.🤍



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In times of change, loss and uncertainty, there is a risk that fear will hold us back. But let us remember: We are UU’s – a peop...

In times of change, loss and uncertainty, there is a risk that fear will hold us back. But let us remember: We are UU’s – a people of hope willing to make radical change!



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In the midst of it all, we wrap ourselves in the warm light of a familiar flame, a reminder of the strength that emerges when we...

In the midst of it all, we wrap ourselves in the warm light of a familiar flame, a reminder of the strength that emerges when we come together in community.
-Alice Anacheka-Nasemann



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Join this five-part workshop series that aims to deepen individual and collective understanding of how white women and white gen...

Join this five-part workshop series that aims to deepen individual and collective understanding of how white women and white gender-expansive people, are complicit with white supremacy, how we can make changes to live more deeply and consistently into our racial justice commitments, and how we can move ourselves and other people in our networks to join the fight for racial, economic and gender justice right now.

This series to UU community members who identify as white and female/nonbinary/genderqueer. Space is limited to 40 participants.

https://bit.ly/3XUjGrK



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Someone should tell Bernie that there’s too much to do right now to support disability rights and justice instead of just sittin...

Someone should tell Bernie that there’s too much to do right now to support disability rights and justice instead of just sitting around and waiting! 😊 We all can do something!

#DisabilityPrideMonth



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Equal rights advocacy does not always have to happen on a grand scale. As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to welcoming...

Equal rights advocacy does not always have to happen on a grand scale. As Unitarian Universalists, we are committed to welcoming, celebrating, and supporting all people - including people with disabilities and their families in our communities.

How will you show up during #DisabilityPrideMonth?

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“How do we Unitarian Universalists remain open and willing, willing to shine the light of our love, of our faith, in the midst o...

“How do we Unitarian Universalists remain open and willing, willing to shine the light of our love, of our faith, in the midst of ongoing experiences of change, loss, and uncertainty?” - Rev Manish Mishra-Marzetti, shared at GA 2023 Sunday Worship



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Updates, Updates, Updates!

17 July 2023 at 14:01
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We have two updates for you! Change of Address Due to changes in our staff, we are closing the CER office in Wilmington, DE in the coming months and forwarding the mail to a PO Box near our Administrator. Please update your records to mail all CER correspondence to: Central East Region PO Box 425...

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Unitarian Universalist Association

We echo Rev. Dr. Sofia Betancourt's messaging.


I am supporting the UUA to provide more resources to congregations, prepare UU leaders and advance our UU values. Join me by donating at giving.uua.org/friends

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Unitarian Universalist Association




I am supporting the UUA to provide more resources to congregations, prepare UU leaders and advance our UU values. Join me by donating at giving.uua.org/friends

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There are so many ways each of us can live out our values and take care of our community. As UU’s we find courage in one another...

There are so many ways each of us can live out our values and take care of our community. As UU’s we find courage in one another to work for the liberation of all people.

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Our commitment to love and justice, to inclusive ministry and prophetic action, is deep and life-affirming. We know that we cann...

Our commitment to love and justice, to inclusive ministry and prophetic action, is deep and life-affirming. We know that we cannot do this work alone. As UUs, we understand that we are part of the interdependent web of all creation. We belong to each other and this knowledge fuels our faithful commitment to unwaveringly fight for justice; to unwaveringly fight for each other.

“Knowledge is not a weapon it’s a tool of liberation.”-Blair Imani



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