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Today โ€” 7 August 2022UUA on Facebook

4 current and ex-LMPD officers face federal charges in Breonna Taylor shooting

We hold #BreonnaTaylor and her loved ones in love and light. This action by the U.S. Attorney General is a small but hopeful indication that our legal system knows that #BlackLivesMatter. https://bit.ly/3vFEUfW


Joshua Jaynes and Brett Hankison were arrested Thursday morning by the FBI, according to attorneys for the former Louisville Metro Police officers.

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Loving with a Broken Heart

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

Read her full reflection and prayer from Braver Wiser: https://bit.ly/3zrCzGK


We must choose each other again and again, though conflict and through plenty.

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

"Little Did I Know" is an inclusive and diverse anthology that includes all kinds of families: chosen and biological, extended families, single parents, divorced parents, and moreโ€”a beautiful spectrum of people reflecting on the role children and young people have played in their lives and in their larger search for meaning. "Little Did I Know" goes well beyond the sentimental to an honest reckoning with the vulnerability and beauty of parenting and caregiving.

https://bit.ly/3SmdMfJ



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10 ways to make your worship space less ableist

Unitarian Universalists are committed to affirming and welcoming disabled people. Thereโ€™s no one-size-fits-all approach to ending ableism, but disability activists spoke with Religion News Service about where religious communities can start.

Read these activists' suggestions about how to make religious places more accessible: https://bit.ly/3Qf33C1

Looking for more resources? Check out EqUUal Access, the UU affinity organization that promotes equality and access for UUs with disabilities.
https://bit.ly/3bujeg8


(RNS) โ€” Thereโ€™s no one-size-fits-all approach to ending ableism, but disability activists spoke with RNS about where religious communities can start.

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August is National Black Business Month - Project Pneuma

August is #NationalBlackBusinessMonth, created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. to bring attention to the needs of more than two million Black-owned businesses operating across America.

Project Pneuma compiled a list of ways everyday consumers and funders can support Black-owned businesses during the month of August and beyond.

Read and learn how you can support Black Business Month:
https://bit.ly/3JqdqAK.


August is #NationalBlackBusinessMonth, created in 2004 by historian John William Templeton and engineer Frederick E. Jordan Sr. to bring attention to the needs of more than two million Black-owned businesses operating across America. Did you know Black business owners account for about 10 percent of...

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The 'Juiciest Part': GA Discusses Article II Changes

UUA Co-Moderator Rev. Meg Riley calls the review and potential revision of the portion of the UU bylaws that includes the Seven Principles, Six Sources, and statements on inclusion and freedom of belief, โ€œthe juiciest part of what is going on in our faith today.โ€ We think so too.

Are you part of this conversation yet? Join us as we work together to reconsider our faith fundamentals in the coming year. Learn more from UU World: https://bit.ly/3zYE0xX


Attendees discussed the future of the UUA's Principles, Purposes, and Sources.

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UU faith is enriched by Earth-based spiritual traditions, such as the marking of Lammas, harvest of the grain, which begins today August 1st. There are many variations and beautiful tales about the origins of this great festival. Lammas is the first of three celebrations of the harvest. The next is Mabon, the harvest of the fruit, and later Samhain, the harvest of the nuts and berries.

Today marks the beginning of upcoming cycles, seasons, and the inevitability of change. Now is the time to make an inner turn as nature makes a turn of her own.

Photo: George Cole, Harvest Rest, Public Domain



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The Rising Threat of Minority Rule

In the June Dobbs ruling, SCOTUS discarded a half-century of precedent because the U.S. Constitutionโ€™s authors failed to affirm reproductive choice. According to SCOTUS, reproductive choice is not โ€œdeeply rooted in this Nationโ€™s history and tradition.โ€

Constitutional conveners were wealthy white men who shut out women, people of color, and the working class from participating. Despite the expansion of rights over the last two centuries to populations previously excluded, minority rule remains in force today.

The current escalation of minority rule undermines virtually all core UU principles. In order to save reproductive choice and preserve previous civil rights advances, we all need to recognize the need for structural change.

Take a minute to understand how the rising threat of minority rule impacts us in this recent UU World Article.

https://bit.ly/3ONSdSe


To save reproductive choice and preserve previous civil rights advances, itโ€™s essential to recognize the need for structural change.

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Join me to change that with UU the Vote

Join UU the Vote and the Environmental Voter Project on Monday, Aug 1, 2022, at 7 pm ET to call voters in Arizona ahead of their Primary Election on August 2nd.

This will be the first national phone bank of the 2022 campaign year. Novemberโ€™s midterms will set the tone for the next two years of climate change policy. The Arizona election will have massive ramifications on their state and on the nation.

The stakes are too high to be complacent. Let's help make sure climate voters get to the polls and join us on Monday, August 1st at 7 pm ET.

Sign up here: https://bit.ly/3PJ2G2E



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Have you seen the colorful emoji-like characters from the childrenโ€™s book series, Mr. Men, all over social media? People have been posting the characters with alternate captions detailing possible traits that might represent them. We hope you enjoy the UU take on this trend.









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Another world is possible, it can be more than a dream. Prepare yourself for the times of triumph and times of trial that are ahead. Let us all prepare for a path of justice and equality. We need grounding to find a more beautiful world.

How can UU's take a stance and continue reimagining the future? How is your congregation or community connecting to this work?

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Sinkford Receives UUAโ€™s Highest Honor

At General Assembly last month, former UUA President and Senior Minister at First Unitarian Church in Portland, Rev. Bill Sinkford received a standing ovation and the Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism. His commitment to justice and service, and his enduring spiritual courage, exemplifies for all of us what it really means to be a religious leader. Congratulations Rev. Sinkford!

Read the full article in UU World: https://bit.ly/3czttzI


Former UUA President William G. Sinkford recognized for decades of distinguished service to the faith.

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In memory of Rev. Rob Eller-Isaacs co-minister of Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minnesota we share with you "We forgive ourselves and each other and begin again in love," from A Litany of Atonement, by Rev. Robert Eller-Isaacs, #637 in Singing the Living Tradition.

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32 years ago today the Americans with Disabilities Act was signed into law, giving civil rights protections to individuals with disabilities similar to those provided on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion.

While the ADA has made the United States ๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ accessible, itโ€™s important to note that more still needs to be done. People with disabilities still face difficulties such as finding jobs, accessible affordable housing, and ways to access support. People with disabilities are forced to adapt to a world that was not designed with their needs in mind. We have a lot of work to do.

The UUA is deeply committed to working to create a more welcoming world for people of all abilities. Get to know some amazing authors writing in this area through our historic publisher,Beacon Press.

https://bit.ly/3zbzcDs



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Worried About Grooming? Teaching Kids Comprehensive Sex Ed Could Help.

The Unitarian Universalist Association has been a long-time advocate of comprehensive, age-appropriate sexual education. Through the program we have developed with United Church of Christ, Our Whole Lives, we are bringing honest, accurate, life-changing information about sexuality to congregations across the country.

Our Whole Lives provides developmentally appropriate information about topics that include relationships, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, sexual health, and cultural influences on sexuality. It dismantles stereotypes and assumptions while building self-acceptance and self-esteem. It helps children learn what healthy behaviors are and that they have a right to say no. And it teaches people of all ages to foster healthy relationships and improve their decision-making โ€“ it is the kind of sexual education that can save lives. We are proud of our commitment and partnership with United Church of Christ regarding the Our Whole Lives program.

#SexEdSavesLives

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Educators who teach sex ed have been called "groomers" by political pundits on the right. But comprehensive sex ed can help kids identify predatory behaviors.

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Justice today demands courageous action. Unitarian Universalism calls us to move out of comfort and into authentic solidarity with communities targeted for oppression. Grounded in our deeply held values, we find courage in one another to work for the liberation of all people.



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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-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.

art by Nerdy Brown Kid
https://bit.ly/3PsNxSW



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Beacon Press Authors Reflect on the 30th Anniversary of the ADA

As we come up on the 32nd anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) we share with you this past reflection from Beacon Press.

The UUA is deeply committed to working to create a more welcoming world for people of all abilities.

https://bit.ly/3ckHa5s


This year, the Americans with Disabilities Act has a thirtieth candle to blow out on its birthday cake. The ADA is the widest-ranging and most comprehensive piece of civil rights legislation ever passed in the United States, and it has become the model for disability-based laws around the world. We....

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It is good that resources to support mental health and suicide prevention are growing across the United States, like this 988 call service that connects people to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. If only we could de-couple the support services for those understood to be at imminent risk of self-harm from law enforcement. We know that police do not represent help or safety for all people.

In this time of tremendous upheaval and trauma and change, we need more mental health support.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3ce6lXh


We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States.

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These days we could all set aside time to catch up on reading. Check out offerings from Skinner House and Beacon Press.

Skinner House is unafraid to tackle the thorniest issues, they bring insightful writing for every age and stage.

Are you looking to change your thoughts about fundamental issues? Beacon Press
promotes values such as freedom of speech and thought; diversity, religious pluralism, anti-racism; and respect for diversity in all areas of life.

Both publishers offer books on a wide range of topics and resources to help individuals and communities engage with what they are reading. You can purchase Skinner House and Beacon Press books at inSpirit, the UU Book, and Gift Shop.

https://bit.ly/3ME46t1



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Bringing Justice to Law Enforcement Requires Relentless Pressure

The case of Jayland Walker reminds us that, despite modest reforms at some departments, killings by police remain pervasive. These horrific trends of police violence disregard the humanity of the people they have sworn to protect. And so there will be more victims like Jayland Walker, Brett Rosenau, and all who love them next weekโ€”and every weekโ€”until we turn moments of outrage into change.

Transforming racist structures demands that all of us, as Unitarian Universalists, families, and communities, continue to apply relentless pressure to uproot this deadly policing system.

Read the UU World article on the nationwide police violence epidemic.

https://bit.ly/3uY39FQ


The case of Jayland Walker reminds us that, despite modest reforms at some departments, killings by police remain pervasive.

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How do we end the deadly "Title 42" policy and restore access to asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border? Even months after the CDC tried to revoke it, the courts have kept it in place. There is a risk of Title 42 becoming permanent law if we donโ€™t stop legislators from attaching it to essential funding bills and COVID relief.

Join this multi-faith event Side with Love, UUSC, and the Interfaith Immigration to get critical updates on asylum access in the US, particularly on the status and impact on Title 42.

Will you join the people of faith committed to restoring asylum at #HealNotHarm Teach-in today at 4 pm ET?

https://bit.ly/3o8vbuF



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Join me for this great Skill Up!

While there are some important limitations on what congregations can do in elections, thereโ€™s also a broad range of activities that are totally legal and highly effective ways to educate and engage voters. This skill-up will review the basic dos and donโ€™ts, with a focus on the areas that tend to raise the most questions.

Join UU The Vote this Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 4 pm ET.

https://bit.ly/3ciH0eN


Our Squad Skill Ups are a monthly series of trainings on organizing skills to help build our Squads and help YOU build stronger teams in your congregation and community.

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โ€œI Am Filled with Holy Fury!โ€

Like millions of people across the country, many Unitarian Universalists were outraged on the morning of June 24 when the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it was overturning the federal right to abortion that had been enshrined for nearly fifty years.

The announcement in Dobbs v. Jacksonโ€™s Women Health Organization came as UUs gathered for the third day of General Assembly 2022. Unitarian Universalist Association President Susan Frederick-Gray took the stage at GA and said, โ€œThis anti-choice decision by the Supreme Court infringes on our deeply held religious beliefs. Access to abortion and the right to choose is an issue of gender equality, bodily autonomy, religious liberty, and access to healthcare, all of which are long-held Unitarian Universalist religious teachings.โ€

Read UU World article on UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray's speech at a rally in defense of reproductive freedom in downtown Portland here: https://bit.ly/3uPVMAr


UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray leads a rally in Portland, Oregon, and vows to keep fighting for abortion rights (VIDEO)

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This Thoughtful Thursday we bring you a quote by bell hooks. "The moment we choose to love, we begin to move against domination, against oppression. The moment we choose to love, we begin to move toward freedom, to act in ways that liberate ourselves and others."



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Onondaga Nation will regain 1,000 acres of New York forest in historic agreement | CNN

The Onondaga Nation is set to regain over 1,000 acres of ancestral land in central New York, one of the largest returns of land to an Indigenous nation by a state. โ€œThis historic agreement represents a unique opportunity to return traditional homelands back to Indigenous people to steward for the benefit of their community. "

This land that we call home is Indigenous Peoplesโ€™ land. This land is a part of who they are. Itโ€™s a mixture of their blood, their past, their current, and their future. Unitarian Universalists remain in committed solidarity with Indigenous people. We send our love to the Onondaga Nation as they regain their acres of ancestral land.

https://cnn.it/3ANEJm6


The Onondaga Nation is set to regain over 1,000 acres of ancestral land in central New York in what the Department of Interior calls "one of the largest returns of land to an Indigenous nation by a state."

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Watch Sr. Simone receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom - NETWORK Lobby

Congratulations to Sister Simone!

Watch her 2014 GA Lecture here:https://bit.ly/3yH4S3D


Watch Sr. Simone receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom 10 Replies Watch Sister Simone receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom Mary J. Novak July 7, 2022 On July 7, 2022, President Joe Biden awarded Sister Simone Campbell, SSS and 16 other extraordinary Americans with our countryโ€™s highest ci...

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A GA Business Experience Like No Other

Last month we concluded with our first fully multiplatform General Assembly as they voted on two business resolutions and a rules clarification, and two newly elected members for the Board of Trustees. Learn more about General Assembly 2022 in this summary from UU World.

https://bit.ly/3Ivfffc


As the organizers of the 2022 UUA General Assembly had promised, the reimagined multiplatform event in Portland was no business as usual.

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First Parish in Portland receives social justice award

The Unitarian Universalist Association has awarded the Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action to First Parish Portland. The Bennett Award, instituted in 1999 by Dr. James R. Bennett to honor a Unitarian Universalist congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice, is accompanied by a $1,000 cash award.

"This congregationโ€™s ministry with the Wabanaki peoples and several of their community organizations is a powerful example of how UU communities can engage in both the internal and external work to support indigenous liberation and sovereignty. The depth of their relationship that is enhanced by the honest self-learning and acknowledgment of historical harms caused by the congregation, has contributed to an ongoing truth-telling and healing process that creates an accountable and shared foundation for mutual liberation. "

We are proud of the ways that Unitarian Universalists are continuing to show up in the fight for social justice.

https://bit.ly/3uI5fJO


The Unitarian Universalist Association has awarded the Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action to First Parish

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Article II Study Commission Conversation Prompts

The Article II Study Commission invites you into their study. Try using these slides as conversation prompts for coffee hour, an interactive element of your worship service, or as a part of regular small group meetings. Use one slide each week or a set of them together.

Though the conversations will be rich all on their own, for anyone who would like to share their thoughts with the commission, each slide will direct participants to a google form where they can send their answers to us.

https://bit.ly/3RsweD3


These slides can be used as conversation prompts for coffee hour, an interactive element of your worship service, or as a part of regular small group meeti

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UUA President Application Process is open

The application form for a new Unitarian Universalist Association President
is currently live. The Presidential Search Committee is accepting applications now through this Friday, July 15, 2022. Nominees will be announced on November 15, 2022. Please share this important leadership opportunity widely.

A new Unitarian Universalist Association president will be elected at General Assembly 2023, for a six-year term.

https://bit.ly/3LPLExm


Associationโ€™s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

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The Pentagon Papers: bringing them to the public

51 years ago, Beacon Press published the Pentagon Papers, exposing White House secret cables and official lies. The Pentagon Papers remain a warning that every generation must protect its own constitutional liberties. They also established an important precedent for the pressโ€”that unless documents represent an immediate danger to national security, reporters can bring them to the publicโ€™s attention. The effects of publishing the Pentagon Papers are timely.

The UUA remains proud of our relationship with Beacon Press all these years later. Weโ€™re proud that the books Beacon Press publishes continue to change the way readers think about fundamental issues and continue to promote freedom of speech and thought.

Learn more about how Beacon Press brought the Pentagon Papers to the public: https://bit.ly/3dWrlQo


It occurred 50 years ago this month, a story known primarily by people now dead but one that is vital for our times, and for all time.

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JUUst Breathe Live - YouTube

Youth and young adults -- have you listened to the UU youth ministry podcast? Tune into JUUst Breathe Live as Eric Bliss and Shannon Harper interview special guests on topics that are central to youth ministry such as climate justice, spiritual direction, and life after bridging/circling.

You can listen to episodes anywhere you get your podcasts or watch them at https://bit.ly/3MOLh6Z.


And now for something completely different! Eric Bliss Yms and I are trying a new tactic for bringing UU youth and emerging adult ministry to the people. JUU...

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Women are not exclusively affected by the Dobbs decision. Not all people with uteruses are women and abortion is not just a women's issue.

Photo credits: Blair Imani



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We could all use some joy. We offer you this message from the UUA's Faith Innovation Specialist Rev. Marisol Caballero.

"To play is to pretendโ€ฆ and honestly, sometimes the world seems too heavy to leave the house, let alone inspire moments of joy. But the more I watch the news these days, the more I'm coming to view playing โ€” intentionally seeking joy โ€” as a means of radical resistance. And Iโ€™ll continue to laugh with my friends at songs that deliver terrible emotional advice.โ€
https://bit.ly/3AtKFRf



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Following the SCOTUS ruling on abortion, as supporters and advocates of reproductive justice, we know that organizing for justice is intersectional.

Join Side with Love for a three-part Reproductive Justice Congregational Organizing series. Learn how to be a part of organizing a team in your congregation and how to organize the congregation's specific actions in support of abortion access and Reproductive Justice in your community. Participation in all 3 sessions is required. Session one starts July 21, 8 pm ET/5 pm PT.

Learn more and sign up here: https://bit.ly/3P2ixbK



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Live updates: Highland Park, July 4th parade shooting in Illinois

We are holding the victims, their families, and all of Highland Park, Illinois in love and light during this heartbreaking time. We are lifting up those who lost friends, family members, and neighbors, and their community, who will live with the consequences of yesterdayโ€™s mass shooting forever in their lives and in their hearts. The horrendous toll of this gun violence during a holiday parade is beyond comprehension. As we pray for the victims and their families โ€“ and provide support and comfort to their community โ€“ we continue to demand action on reasonable gun safety regulations, even while acknowledging the recent passage of new federal gun safety laws.

There have now been more than 300 mass shootings in this country in less than 200 days. A recent decision by the Supreme Court has made it even more difficult for states to pass reasonable gun regulations. We cannot accept living under these conditions of mass violence, especially actions inspired by harmful ideologies.

Our hearts heavy with grief, we offer words of support: You are not alone. Together, we are strong. Together, we will make change.

https://cnn.it/3P4p31Y


A suspect is in custody, police say, after at least six people were killed in a shooting in downtown Highland Park, Illinois, in the area of a July Fourth parade. Follow here for the latest live news updates.

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General Session III, #UUAGA 2022

We're resharing this video including transcription of General Session III during last week's General Assembly.

Rewatch Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray reflect her remarks about the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

https://bit.ly/3yciweT


On-demand video: Response to SCOTUS ruling overturning Roe v. Wade; Article II Study Commission: Values and Sources of Inspiration; Bylaw Amendments

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Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first Black woman on the Supreme Court

Yesterday Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as the newest Justice to the U.S. Supreme Court. Jackson โ€“ the first Black woman to sit on the Court - is a former public defender and federal appeals court judge with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law.

Former Justice Stephen Breyer, her mentor, shared that the Court gained โ€œa colleague who is empathetic, thoughtful, and collegial. I am glad for America. Ketanji will interpret the law wisely and fairly, helping that law to work better for the American people, whom it serves."

As UUs, we are so proud and joyful about this historic moment. And we are thrilled to celebrate this important milestone.

https://nbcnews.to/3I4WGhL


Jackson, a former public defender and federal appeals court judge, replaces Justice Stephen Breyer, who has officially retired from the high court.

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So far we've collectively raised just over $135,000 in support of four special collections for Side with Love, Living Tradition ...

So far we've collectively raised just over $135,000 in support of four special collections for Side with Love, Living Tradition Fund, the Katie Tyson Fund for Youth and Young Adult Ministries, and our community beneficiary, East County Rising Community Projects.

If you haven't completed all of your intended collection contributions, please make any final gifts by today, today is the last day to donate.

You can still opt to donate to all four collections with a single contribution using Express Donate.https://bit.ly/3Oy4uLp



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We're resharing this video including transcription of our President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray speaking at June 24thโ€™s rally in P...

We're resharing this video including transcription of our President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray speaking at June 24thโ€™s rally in Portland, OR, in support of abortion access.

โ€œAbortion is healthcare. We will not be silent. We will break the law. We will win.โ€ Read the full transcription and watch the speech about the Supreme Court ruling overturning Roe v. Wade.

And as Unitarian Universalists, we will not stop fighting. We must use this moment as an opportunity for profound reflection and awakening, not just in a momentary outcry, but as a basis for lasting change.

https://bit.ly/3yvWtko



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From Juneteenth to Reparations: Reclaiming Our Stolen Stories

The narratives and stories that Black people, journalists, and media-makers create and share in community-led newspapers, visual art spaces, libraries, and other physical and digital Black gathering spaces can be useful in helping to make the world around us more loving, more easeful, more liberated, more Black. Media reparations are about saying: no more.

โ€œNoโ€ to journalism and media written with the blood of Black lives. Instead, cultural organizer Diamond K. Hardiman shares with us the practice of an invitation to collectively dream of reparative policies, interventions, and futures that will radically transform who has the capital to tell their own stories.

Learn more about how media reparations are an invitation to reclaim black stories from ideation to distribution: https://bit.ly/3ytYu0z


In order to achieve full reparations, we need to reconstruct media systems built on violence, specifically anti-Black violence.

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The Trans History You Werenโ€™t Taught in Schools

Trans, non-binary, and gender-queer people have long been absent from the mainstream stories of history despite always being present. Fortunately, historians are now beginning to look more carefully to find and amplify their important stories. We are committed to widening our own circle of history as we use our platforms to lift up the trans and non-binary folks in Unitarian Universalist communities today. #Pride

https://bit.ly/3I1wHru


Often erased from history, scholars are now realizing that transgender and nonbinary people have existed in most human societies across time.

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Photos from Unitarian Universalist Association's post

When Unitarian Universalists come together - whether in person or online - we make a powerful impact. Each year, our annual General Assembly gives us an opportunity to amplify our experience in worship, grow our personal and professional networks, and share our love for one another and for this faith in deeply meaningful ways.

Another GA has come and gone. Last week we concluded our multi-platform General Assembly. Enjoy these photos from various events during GA.





















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We are proud that Unitarian Universalists are connected to so many historic moments of courage and liberation. As we mark the 53...

We are proud that Unitarian Universalists are connected to so many historic moments of courage and liberation. As we mark the 53rd anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, read reflections from LGBTQ elders who came of age during this transformative time.

Get your copy of this award-winning book from UUA publisher Skinner House in our Inspirit book store and your money supports this faith tradition we all love.
https://bit.ly/3NoCisV

Image credit: The second annual Stonewall anniversary march in New York City, June 21, 1971. 1971 Fred W. McDarrah/Getty Images



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Sharing some of UUA LGBTQ and Multicultural Programs Director, Rev. Michael J. Crumpler's recent message via UPLIFT:

"I know the days are heavy and the nights are long, but now more than ever we must find the strength to celebrate Pride.
I know the attacks seem relentless and the tide of death seems to be drowning us all, but now more that ever we must find the strength to celebrate Pride...

And by Pride I donโ€™t just mean a parade, a Tea dance, or even a march. What I mean is now more than ever we must find the strength to live our truth unapologetically. We must find the force of will to fight like hell."
May we give strength to each other during this season of #Pride to find joy and continue the work of justice.

Read the full message here: https://bit.ly/39UwDgH



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UUA President Application Process is open

A new Unitarian Universalist Association presidentโ€”the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staffโ€”will be elected at General Assembly 2023, for a six-year term.

The Presidential Search Committee (PSC), which the General Assembly created in 2010, is tasked with evaluating applications for president and selecting at least two nominees.

The application form is now live online and the PSC will accept applications through July 15, 2022. Nominees will be announced on November 15, 2022. Please share this important leadership opportunity widely.

https://bit.ly/3LPLExm


Associationโ€™s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

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General Session IV, #UUAGA 2022

General Session 4 at General Assembly 2022 starts now, including discussion of actions of immediate witness, responsive resolutions
, theological reflection, and more.

Watch it live-streamed here: https://bit.ly/3u1alkf


Live-streaming video: June 25, 12:30pm EDT / 11:30am CDT / 10:30am MDT / 9:30am PDT.

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"How do we move forward? Is togetherโ€ฆ And seeing all of our issues are interconnected," said Drew Frantz, a reverend with the Un...

"How do we move forward? Is togetherโ€ฆ And seeing all of our issues are interconnected," said Drew Frantz, a reverend with the Unitarian Universalist Church. "This is about the rights of trans people, the rights of Black and brown people. The rights of poor people. So we move forward together with coalitions โ€ฆ and political action โ€ฆ grounded in morality and values โ€” thatโ€™s how we move forward."

Grateful for the witness of UUs and so many others in Portland and across the country yesterday in prophetic response and resistance to the Dobbs decision overturning Roe v. Wade.

#UUAGA #AbortionIsHealthcare

https://www.kgw.com/article/news/local/thousands-gather-portland-protest-overturning-roe/283-bcbacf83-f104-45c0-a190-61cea875b8b1

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UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Unitarian Universalists onsite at General Assembly are joining local organizers and ...

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray and Unitarian Universalists onsite at General Assembly are joining local organizers and activists in Portland, OR for a rally for reproductive justice. Watch the livestream now via @SideWithLove.
#AbortionIsHealthcare #UUAGA



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Synergy Bridging Worship: Replanting Interdependence, #UUAGA 2022

This yearโ€™s Synergy Bridging Worship service looks at transformative multigenerational worship. Be inspired and illuminated at a celebration of treasured worship elements, rites of passage, and brilliant contemporary music.

This service is open to the public watch it live-streamed now: https://bit.ly/3HTCYFx


Live-streaming video: June 24, 7:00pm EDT / 6:00pm CDT / 5:00pm MDT / 4:00pm PDT. This is a transformative multigenerational worship.

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A time to grieve, a time to re-commit โ€” Side With Love

We are heartbroken and outraged by today's anti-choice Supreme Court decision, but we remain committed to reproductive justice. Whether you are in a state where abortion will be criminalized, or a state in which people will come seeking abortion care, there is a role for all of usโ€“and all our congregationsโ€“to play, starting right now. The fight is far from over, but weโ€™re grateful to be in it for the long haul.

Here are three things you can do right now to support both today:

1. Donate to your local abortion fund, and/or the National Network of Abortion Funds.

2.Make a plan to host a(nother) Reproductive Justice Sunday in your congregation.

3.Join Side With Loveโ€™s UPLIFT Action campaign for our upcoming three-part Reproductive Justice Congregational Organizing series

Read more from our friends at Side with Love: https://bit.ly/3ndKOQL "


Earlier today, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down its decision in the Dobbs v. Jackson case. The final opinion effectively overturned Roe v. Wade and eliminated federal protections for abortion. Each state will now be able to independently regulate abortion, with at least 26 states p

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General Session III, #UUAGA 2022

General Session III at GA 2022 starts now, including theological framing, business resolution 1 and 2, article II study commission, and more.

Watch it live-streamed here: https://bit.ly/3yciweT


Live-streaming video: June 24, 12:30pm EDT / 11:30am CDT / 10:30am MDT / 9:30am PDT.

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Service of the Living Tradition, #UUAGA 2022

Starting now, watch the Service of the Living Tradition live-streaming from General Assembly 2022!

The sermon will be delivered by Pastor Jacqueline Duhart. This year's music director is Francisco Ruiz. This service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders; remembering those who have died, recognizing those who have completed active service, and welcoming those who have received fellowship or credentialed status in the past year.

Livestream here: https://www.uua.org/ga/off-site/2022/slt

This service includes a collection to benefit the Living Tradition Fund. These proceeds are used for grants to reduce the burden of seminary student loans, grants to seminary students, and general aid to religious professionals and other congregational staff in need.

#UUAGA

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Live-streaming video: June 23, 7:00pm EDT / 6:00pm CDT / 5:00pm MDT / 4:00pm PDT. This service honors fellowshipped and credentialed religious leaders.

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Join UU the Vote's General Assembly multi-platform rally during General Assembly 2022 today at 7:30 pm PST. Whether you join in-person in Portland or online with our UU the Vote community across the country, this will be a time of shared inspiration, motivation, strategy, and grounding.

Join UU The Vote today and register here: https://bit.ly/3ydKIPE



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This Trans Herbalist Is Sharing the Secrets of Gender-Affirming Herbalism

We love this article from Them offering a more inclusive holistic perspective on mainstream medicine.

Herbalism is a practice that reconnects people to the land, to their bodies, and to each other โ€” truths that can be especially meaningful for trans people, who too often face a slate of indignities when seeking care within mainstream medicine.

While herbalism does not replace access to emergency medical treatment, surgery, and pharmaceuticals, it offers a vital supplement to conventional healthcare for trans and queer communities. Herbal medicine helps trans people to claim agency of their own bodies and to bypass institutional gatekeeping over who has access to comprehensive healthcare.

As gender-affirming care grows increasingly hard to access, learn how fifth-generation herbalist Yaya Vallis is using natural remedies to help heal their community.

https://bit.ly/3HNDOUv


Yaya Vallis, a fifth generation Black, trans herbalist, knows how plants can be allies in transition.

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General Session II, #UUAGA 2022

General Session II at General Assembly 2022 starts now! Today's agenda includes UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray's president's report, Rules Review, and Voting Process Video, Article II Study Commission, and more.

Watch it live-streamed here:https://bit.ly/3HK0ZPt


Live-streaming video: June 23, 12:30pm EDT / 11:30am CDT / 10:30am MDT / 9:30am PDT.

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General Session I, #UUAGA 2022

General Assembly 2022 in Portland, OR starts now! We welcome you to join us from around the world.

Watch the Opening Celebration and General Session I live-streamed here: https://bit.ly/3NidMcW


Live-streaming video: June 22 at approximately 7:45pm EDT / 6:45pm CDT / 5:45pm MDT / 4:45pm PDT.

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The inSpirt Book Shop will be offering free shipping for online orders of $50 or more shipped within the U.S. during this year's General Assembly, from June 20th to June 26th. Take advantage to do all your summer book shopping now, you don't have to be at GA to take advantage of this free shipping! Browse great books and more at https://bit.ly/3znlpso

#UUAGA



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Today marks the first day of our annual General Assembly! We are so grateful for our democratic tradition.

This time of year is a reminder that Unitarian Universalists and UU congregations determine the path forward in this faith. Your belief in justice, equity, and compassion and your work building beloved community has brought us to where we are today.

Here are some tips for navigating this year's multiplatform #UUAGA experience.



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Rev. Mykal Slack, Black Lives of UU Community Minister for Worship and Spiritual Care, will be giving the Berry Street Lecture today. We are excited to cheer Rev. Mykal on as he gives the Berry Street Lecture today during the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Associationโ€™s annual Ministry Days gathering.

You can tune in to the Berry Street Lecture by going to the UUMAโ€™s Facebook today at 4:30 p.m. EST. https://bit.ly/3ndFX1W



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June 11, 2022 โ€“ Faith in the Culture Wars

Last week on State of Belief, Interfaith Allianceโ€™s weekly radio show and podcast, our President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray was joined by Rabbi Jack Moline to discuss her recent column on religious freedom in Religion Dispatches.

Tune in to hear Rev. Frederick-Gray connect religious freedom to reproductive freedom and trans inclusion. We are proud of all that UUโ€™s do individually and collectively to create inclusive religious communities.

https://bit.ly/3tU07lp


SegmentsA direct threat to religious freedomPiety, Power, & Pence#saynotoreligioushomophobiaThere is a common misconception that all Christians are on one side in the culture wars being waged in this country. Of course, this obscures the fact that a majority of Americans โ€“ including those of faith...

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Join UU the Vote for this special multi-platform event during General Assembly 2022 on Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 pm. Featuring a live performance by Emmaโ€™s Revolution and special guests, the UU the Vote team is excited to share this time of inspiration, strategy, and grounding.

Register to join in person or virtually!

https://bit.ly/3HUUPMB



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Poor Peopleโ€™s Campaign holds major DC rally to combat poverty

So grateful for the witness of Rev. Amanda Weatherspoon and River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation RRUUC at the Poor Peoples' Campaign rally in DC over the weekend. What an amazing turnout of a wide array of progressive religious voices in support of living wages, universal health care, sustainable energy and so much more.

Together, we are powerful! https://bit.ly/39CkQU7


(RNS) โ€” The Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the Poor People's Campaign, called legislation that hurts the poor 'forms of policy murder.'

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Juneteenth is a collective opportunity for all of us to honor this historic celebration of the end of slavery in America - an institution that laid the basis for anti-Black racism and oppression that persists today.

And while we celebrate, may we also reflect of slavery's long legacy and reaffirm our commitments to disrupting and dismantling the capitalist, racist and, malicious systems of oppression still woven tightly into so many institutions we depend on.

Our work continues, as people of faith and conscience, to repair the harms caused by racism, restore the dignity and power of Black people, and reimagine our world in a way where racism, bigotry, and hatred are obliterated.



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"On Fatherโ€™s Day we honor those people who have been teachers, confidants, and friends.
We acknowledge that it is not biology that makes a parent,
But love and attentionโ€ฆ
May all of us, no matter what our place in the cycle of life, experience nurture and love,
And may we pass on that love to those we encounter on our own paths.โ€

Read the full prayer by Carol Allman-Morton.
https://bit.ly/3zPlR60



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Nicole A. Taylor shares her Juneteenth recipes for Black celebrations

Unlike most other holidays in this country, there has never been a cookbook dedicated solely to its foods and customs. With โ€œWatermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations,โ€ author Nicole A. Taylor has done just that.

Spread throughout the book are history lessons of Black creators, inventors, and writers who have contributed to the culture Juneteenth celebrates.

Learn about the trove of invaluable resources and wonderful recipes here: https://lat.ms/3xZlbtn


Cookbook author Nicole A. Taylor charts a joyful journey through the history of foods inspired by Juneteenth.

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Dwyane Wade Fears for Daughter Zaya Amid Rash of Anti-Trans Laws

NBA legend Dwyane Wade unconditionally loves and supports his daughter Zaya. Unfortunately, he knows that the rest of the world wonโ€™t be so kind to her. Zaya, who is 15-years-old, came out as transgender in 2019. As anti-trans sports bans sweep through Republican controlled states, Wade speaks out about the real-world consequences of anti-LGBTQ+ legislation.

We welcome and love our trans siblings. We recognize the strength and resiliency of the trans community. As Unitarian Universalists, we are called to fight for the dignity of all lives. We know it is not just our call, but our call to action.

https://bit.ly/3O2Ec3u


โ€˜As sad as it is, as blessed as my daughter is to have parents who can support her, Iโ€™m still afraid every moment she leaves the house,โ€™ Wade said.

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General Assembly Registration

Unitarian Universalist Ministry for Earth is excited to collaborate with the Synergy Worship Service, Public Witness event, UU Animal Ministry, and other UU groups and local partners to continue the tradition of Procession of Species at GA this year on Friday June 24th following the Synergy Bridging worship service. If you are attending GA, you are invited in body or spirit!

UU the Vote staff and volunteers will be hosting events throughout General Assembly at the Side With Love โ€˜Hubโ€™ onsite in Portland, OR. Stop by to say โ€˜Hiโ€™, grab your Side With Love Bingo card, make a sign for the public witness, enjoy a moment of reflection at our altar, and more!

Note: General Assembly registration is required for entry to the room.

Register for GA to be part of the movement! https://bit.ly/2CQ6l8M


In-person registration for GA 2022 in Portland, Oregon is open. Registration for Virtual participation will open March 1.

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Nudging Us Toward Life

During this #Pride season we offer you this prayer by Li Kynvi:

"God of All the Names and No Name At All, help me live in gratitude for the LGBTQ+ ancestors who paved this road we walk and roll on. Stay with me when Iโ€™m feeling scared and doing brave, nudging us forward."

https://bit.ly/3zF4aG8


Help me live in gratitude for the LGBTQ+ ancestors who paved this road we walk and roll on.

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October 2022 Pilgrimage Announcement

The pandemic required the Living Legacy Project to put their Civil Rights pilgrimage journeys on hold, but they are now back - COVID permitting in October. In this video, LLP leader Reggie Harris shares details on this powerful opportunity to travel to historic landmarks of the American Civil Rights movement in the south.

https://bit.ly/3tyuoWQ

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3xQUneC


A special announcement from Reggie Harris about our upcoming October 19-23, 2022, Living Legacy Pilgrimage.

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Every Story Begins with a Word

"Every story begins with a word: a daunting word, a word that mars the blank white page or inks the air."

Read the excerpt from "Swinging on the Garden Gate: A Memoir of Bisexuality and Spirit," 2nd edition (Skinner House, 2022). This book is the Justice and Spirit: Unitarian Universalist Book Club selection for June.

https://bit.ly/3QmlDZD


Words come alive when we claim what is sacred.

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Striving for racial unity through prayer

This past Sunday the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship gathered at dawn for a prayer service for racial unity at the gazebo in Liberty Park in Citrus County Florida.

Donald Wright, president of the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, reminds us, โ€œThe first of Unitarian Universalistsโ€™ seven principles is that we โ€˜Affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.โ€™ Unitarian Universalists celebrate diversity and believe it to be a defining strength of our nation.โ€

Learn how the Nature Coast Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is striving for racial unity through prayer: https://bit.ly/3xuaTjf


Come greet the sun and your spiritually oriented brothers and sisters Sunday, June 12, at 7 a.m. for a dawn prayer service for racial unity at the gazebo in Liberty

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Action Needed After Federal Court Deals Death-Blow to Asylum Rights - Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

Title 42 has been used nearly 2 million times to expel people to danger in violation of international law. Some states and politicians are working to extend it. Hear from people of faith and conscience around the country about why our communities are #thruwith42.
https://bit.ly/3xrj8N5


A district court order forcing the government to retain Title 42 must not be the last word.

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Leading from the Edge

The leadership at First Universalist Church of Minneapolis is the future of the Beloved Community in the Unitarian Universalist movement.

With a multigenerational, multiracial, multicultural leadership team, they are breaking new ground in the Upper Midwest.

Read the First Universalist Church of Minneapolis reflection in this @UU World article: https://bit.ly/3Hmgf4Y


We can build on our traditions to keep pushing our boundaries.

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Great to see the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Bennington uplifting a new vision of policing, inspired in part by our most recent UU Common Read "Defund Fear"

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The Jan 6th Committee hearings last night were historic for this country and traumatic for many of us watching. Please take care of yourselves and your loved ones and know that love is great enough to hold us all. And when there is energy, we must pick up the tools we have and continue our work to build Beloved Community. Everyone has a role to play - join us.

#UUTheVote

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Explore what's new at Skinner House!

Browse these reads and other titles:
Shelter in This Place: Meditations on 2020, edited by
Rev. Meg Riley
Breaking and Blessing by Rev. Sean Parker Dennison
Spilling the Light: Meditations on Hope and Resilience by Rev. Theresa I. Soto
Love Like Thunder by Jess Reynolds

For these books and more they are available at inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop at https://bit.ly/3xD8BzC



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From graduation parties to a mall, 13 mass shootings over the weekend leave more than a dozen dead and over 70 injured

The recent news of more than a dozen people being killed and more than 70 injured in at least 13 mass shootings this past weekend, today and every day we grieve the loss of life.

We offer words of support as our nation, our communities, and the most vulnerable among us face an uncertain future. You are not alone. Together we are strong. Together we can make a change.

Our hearts heavy with grief, we continue onward with you all.

https://cnn.it/3HcU4hw


They were at places that seem safe -- but nowhere in America is guaranteed safe anymore. Some of the shooting victims were at a graduation party, a nightclub, a popular entertainment district or a mall -- where a 14-year-old girl was killed.

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Commission Considers Changes to the Seven Principles

The Seven Principles of Unitarian Universalism have stood as a statement of fundamental faith values unaltered for nearly forty years, not meant to tell UUs what they have to believe, but as a guide for people who choose to participate in UU communities. They explain the heart of the UU faith.

They could be changing, though, as a six-member commission and the General Assembly consider possible revisions to the portion of the Unitarian Universalist Associationโ€™s bylaws that includes the Principles and Purposes, and the Six Sources of the faith.

Will there be eight Principles? Or three? Or some other statement defining Unitarian Universalism and its purpose in the twenty-first century?

The next three years will tell. Learn more in this UU World article:https://bit.ly/3tqq4Jl


Article II Study Commission undertaking a โ€˜deep examinationโ€™ of the UUAโ€™s Principles and Purposes.

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Intro to Article 2 Study Commission

Members of the Article II Study Commission introduce themselves and share why they feel called to do the work of reviewing and implementing changes to the language of the UUA's Principles and Purposes.
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This is part of an important conversation going on across our faith community right now - Learn more about how you can connect with this historic work at: https://bit.ly/39ECzqV


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Justine Lindsay is the first openly trans cheerleader in the NFL

The NFL season doesn't start until September, but Justine Lindsay is making history in the off-season as the league's first openly transgender cheerleader. This is a pivotal moment in history! A moment like this extends what's possible for LGBTQIA inclusion.

As Unitarian Universalists, there is more work for us to do to be the community that trans UUs deserve and need. Let us lean into trans resilience and support its blossoming. And let us celebrate the success of trans people!

https://n.pr/3Q9so0N


The 29-year-old announced joining the Carolina Panthers TopCats earlier this year. Lindsay says she will continue to "inspire and help my African American beautiful trans sisters."

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UUA President Application Process is open

A new Unitarian Universalist Association presidentโ€”the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staffโ€”will be elected at General Assembly 2023, for a six-year term.

The Presidential Search Committee (PSC), which the General Assembly created in 2010, is tasked with evaluating applications for president and selecting at least two nominees.

The application form is now live online and the PSC will accept applications through July 15, 2022. Nominees will be announced on November 15, 2022. Please share this important leadership opportunity widely.

https://bit.ly/3LPLExm


Associationโ€™s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

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Join us Sunday, June 26th at 9:30 PT for the largest annual gathering of UUs joining in worship at the Sunday Worship Service for GA 2022. The Rev. Gretchen Haley, Senior Minister of the Foothills Unitarian Universalist Church in Fort Collins, CO will lead the service. Additional worship team members include Rev. Sean Neil-Barron and Shari Halliday-Quan. We are excited to share in worship together again at GA and we hope you'll join us!
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Transphobic and Anti-Abortion Policies are a Direct Threat to My Religious Freedom

UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray calls out the false narratives of religious liberty in recent conservative policy measures and we couldn't be more proud:

โ€œReligious freedomโ€ as originally articulated by the Edict of Torda, an historic declaration of religious freedom and pluralism from which UUs draw our religious lineage, more than 450 years ago served as a protection for minority religious views. And those safeguards are certainly why the Founding Fathers included freedom of religion in the First Amendment.

But currently, the concept of religious freedom is being misused, especially by those on the Right, as an excuse for already powerful and privileged religious movements to exclude, oppress, and circumvent the civil and human rights of people with marginalized identities.

Read her full editorial in Religion Dispatches: https://bit.ly/3NuVKVI


The Public Religion Research Institute recently highlighted an important statistic: nearly all Unitarian Universalists (97 percent) support nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQIA+ people. Itโ€™s a similar story for reproductive rightsโ€”according to the Pew Research Center, 90 percent of Unitaria...

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A2SC Conversations with Satya Mamdani: The Eighth Principle Project

Article II Study Commissioner Satya Mamdani hosts a series of conversations about how Unitarian Universalists commit to being together in spiritual community. This first interview with Paula Cole Jones covers the history of the 8th Principle Project.

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A2SC (Article II Study Commission) Commissioner Satya Mamdani hosts a series of conversations about how Unitarian Universalists commit to being together. Thi...

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UU the Vote and UU College of Social Justice are excited to announce the UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship for UU Young Adults and/or Black, Indigenous, and people of color Unitarian Universalists. This Fellowship recognizes and supports leaders in our faith community who carry on the legacy of activism and organizing that embody our faith through justice organizing and activism.

The fellowship is a 6-month program (July-November) that will recognize 6 to 8 individuals to support your work and expand your skills and capacity. Fellows will be awarded $5,000 with an additional $1,500 project budget.

The success of UU the Vote was the result of leaders engaging in multiple strategies and tactics to support our UU and larger communities. The success was defined by partnerships with frontline communities and organizationsโ€“many of which are led by and organized by young adults and BIPOC communities. The UU the Vote Legacy Fellowship is an investment in that leadership.

Learn more at https://bit.ly/3t0rI3Y.

Join the Open House on June 7th at 7pm ET for an informational event where you will be able to meet the Fellowship Committee and ask questions about the program and application process. RSVP at https://bit.ly/FellowshipOpenHouse



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The UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee (ECPC) will sponsor a Candidates' Forum on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 8pm ET / 7pm CT / 6pm MT / 5pm PT, featuring the two candidates for Board Position #7, the Rev. Suzanne Fast and Rebecca Mattis, and the two candidates for Board Position #11, the Rev. Beverly Seese and the Rev. Justine Sullivan.

Members of the ECPC will serve as moderators, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates in advance of the forum. Questions may be submitted to Matthew Johnson, a member of the ECPC, at minister@uurockford.org.

Pre-registration is required. Learn more at https://bit.ly/3yUYYxo



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So many Unitarian Universalist leaders have come together over the years to call on the UUA to engage deeply in the work of anti-racism, anti-oppression and multiculturalism. We are proud and grateful that, for decades, the Association's work has been guided by democratic processes and it continues to be.

We hope you'll learn more about and share our history widely in your congregations and communities: https://bit.ly/3z8UBia



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In Tulsa, Faith Leaders Call for Massacre Reparations

101 years ago today, the Tulsa Race Massacre caused the death of roughly 300 Black Tulsans and the destruction of 36 square blocks of homes and businesses in the Black community.

Learn how local faith leaders, including Unitarian Universalists, called for reparations to be paid to the survivors and descendants of the massacreโ€™s victims. As we take the time to remember this terrible event, we must also actively combat the continuing racism in this country and acknowledge that reparations are only the beginning of repair.

https://bit.ly/3miv5zn


One hundred years after the violent destruction of a prosperous Black neighborhood, a coalition of faith communities is building support for reparations.

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Learn More About the Contested Election for the UUA Board at GA 2022

The UUA Election Campaign Practices Committee will sponsor a Candidates' Forum on Wednesday, June 8, 2022, at 8pm ET featuring the two candidates for Board Position #7, the Rev. Suzanne Fast and Rebecca Mattis, and the two candidates for Board Position #11, the Rev. Beverly Seese and the Rev. Justine Sullivan.

Members of the ECPC will serve as moderators, and attendees are encouraged to submit questions for the candidates in advance of the forum. Questions may be submitted to Matthew Johnson, a member of the ECPC, at minister@uurockford.org. You are strongly encouraged to submit questions.

Pre-registration is required. Take a moment to register now:https://bit.ly/3Me1ceo

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Information about candidates competing for positions #7 and #11 on the UUA Board of Trustees

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What Is Critical Race Theory?

"Itโ€™s unfortunate that those in disagreement with the tenets of Critical Race Theory have chosen to misrepresent the arguments of and the audience for this school of legal thought instead of engaging directly with the premises, facts, and logic of its concepts." Author Sue E. Houchins, explains some of the oppositions most Americans have with the Critical Race Theory.

As Unitarian Universalists, we remain committed to dismantling racism within ourselves, our congregations, and our communities as we work to build a Beloved Community, where all people are free and can thrive.

Read UU Worlds's overview of the Critical Race Theory:https://bit.ly/3GHdPNM


Advertisement A legal textbook used as a teaching resource for Critical Race Theory. ยฉ 2022 Stacey Lantagne Many people wonder why โ€œCritical Race Theoryโ€ (CRT) has incited so much ire in the conservative media and irrational fear among the public. It's essential to recognize that CRT is a sophi...

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General Assembly Emcee Introduction

At General Assembly this month, emcees will enhance our multiplatform experience by connecting the virtual audience to whatโ€™s happening in person. Kari Gottfried and Gregory Boyd will provide daily updates, live interviews, virtual exhibit hall spotlights, and ongoing segments to keep you in the loop on everything happening at GA!

Check out this video to learn more about what you can expect from our new Emcee team.
https://bit.ly/3x9uKp2


Welcoming our new GA Emcees: Karishma (Kari) Gottfried and Gregory Boyd GA Emcees will enhance the multi-platform GA experience by connecting the virtual audienceโ€ฆ

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UUA President Application Process is open

A new Unitarian Universalist Association presidentโ€”the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staffโ€”will be elected at General Assembly 2023, for a six-year term.

The Presidential Search Committee (PSC), which the General Assembly created in 2010, is tasked with evaluating applications for president and selecting at least two nominees.

The application form is now live online and the PSC will accept applications through July 15, 2022. Nominees will be announced on November 15, 2022. Please share this important leadership opportunity widely.

https://bit.ly/3LPLExm


Associationโ€™s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

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In honor of the season of #Pride, we share an excerpt of a Blessing by HP Rivers: "Blessed Are the Queer."

Blessed are the queer
Disciples of Truth,
Living, breathing, sacred
Reflections of Divine Love.

Read the full text in WorshipWeb: https://bit.ly/3NdpExy



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We Must Riseโ€“June 2 Poor Peopleโ€™s Campaign Gathering

Join the UUA Poor People's Campaign Leadership Council and UU leaders from around the country on June 2nd at 12 PM ET for a Side with Love Facebook Livestream UU Gathering.

Come ready to mourn, to be inspired, to commit, and to organize. Weโ€™ll share details on the UU Meet Up at the March with JaZahn Hicks, UU the Vote Campaign Manager, UUA PPC Council members and UUs from around the country.

You can RSVP for our June 2nd rally here:https://bit.ly/3NaHa5L

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In the wake of the racially motivated hate crime in Buffalo, NY, and the school shooting in Uvalde, Texas it is clear that nothing less than a powerful, united fusion movement will be able to end systemic racism and enact lasting policies that protect our children. Prayers and solitary petitions are...

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How climate change โ€˜doomerismโ€™ fuels violent extremism

"...Instead of doom and societal collapse, people need to learn that concerted action can make a difference and that many steps are happening to counteract climate-related damage โ€“ and also how they can work with others in radical solidarity.โ€ Meg Ruttan Walker, a climate activist based near Toronto

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Finding that messages of alarm can lead to despair โ€“ and even violent extremism โ€“ climate activists are increasingly urging action grounded in hope.

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Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: "General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation" Webinar. After registering, you will re...

In this time when democratic institutions in our wider world are ever more under threat, it matters that we can show up faithfully for the democratic practices that make our faith tradition strong. To support broad participation and provide time for discernment about the important business decisions up for a vote at #UUAGA next month, our UUA Board of Trustees has been offering multiple online events to help UUs prepare.

The next event covers," General Assembly 2022 Business Orientation"
Members of the UUA Board of Trustees will provide an overview of GA 2022, along with information for delegates regarding the business sessions.

Tomorrow June 1st. 7 pm EST. Register here:https://bit.ly/3m4ipvS


Members of the UUA Board of Trustees will provide an overview of GA 2022, along with information for delegates regarding the business sessions.

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Embracing an Ethic of Love

Let us build with love a solid foundation for the work we do in our families, our faith communities, and our world. May we always enlarge our circle of concern to create inclusive communities of resilience and wholeness, of resistance and courage. May we live the bold, brave, loving theology that lives at the heart of our tradition

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Living into Beloved Community is spiritual work.

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