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Pandemic Reckoning

17 May 2021 at 08:10
Illustration including a map of the USA with a black and white US flag superimposed, with an orange background of Covid viruses.

Joshua Eaton

Six experts in public health, racial injustice, economic inequality, extremism, and Unitarian Universalist theology talk about the deep fissures the past year has revealedβ€”and how we can move forward.

In Tulsa, Faith Leaders Call for Massacre Reparations

28 May 2021 at 14:35
Rev. Dr. Robert Turner prays on a street painting of Black Lives Matter in the Greenwood District of Tulsa, Oklahoma, August 4, 2020

Elaine McArdle

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

Excitement Builds for 2021 β€˜Circle ’Round’ General Assembly

10 June 2021 at 13:00
Illustration of a computer with the 2021 UUA General Assembly logo

Staff Writer

UUA’s second all-virtual General Assembly is focused on improving user experience and providing more opportunities for interaction.

Q&A: Saunder Choi, GA Music Coordinator

23 June 2021 at 11:00
Saunder Choi, GA Music Coordinator

Elaine McArdle

Filipino composer and music director at UU Community Church of Santa Monica, California, provides creative direction for UUA General Assembly 2021.

More than 4,200 UUs β€˜Circle ’Round’ virtually for 2021 General Assembly

28 June 2021 at 14:00
A screen shot of UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray speaking during the Service of the Living Tradition, June 24, during the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Virtual General Assembly 2021.

Elaine McArdle, Sonja L. Cohen

UUA’s second online-only General Assembly focuses on dismantling white supremacy and systemic racism.

General Assembly Special Collections Recipients Thrive and Grow

15 July 2021 at 10:00
FFLIC Youth Leader, Kaliyah Isis Watson, speaks at a β€˜#NoMorePrisons Campaign’ press conference in front of the Louisiana State Capitol

Elaine McArdle

Financial contributions from GA participants make significant change possible: a look at the work of three recent recipients.

UUA President’s Report, General Assembly 2021

2 August 2021 at 08:00
A screen shot of UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray presenting her annual report, June 24, during the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Virtual General Assembly 2021.

Susan Frederick-Gray

Three core priorities will continue to guide our work.

Widening the Circle of Concern, Together, to Upend White Supremacy

23 August 2021 at 16:00
Image of a group of people in an audience with the text "Widening the circle of concern", and the UUA logo.

Heather Beasley Doyle

Five central Illinois congregations collaborate, aided by a new UUA study/action guide.

An Ingathering Greeting from UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray

2 September 2021 at 12:00
Screen Shot of Susan Frederick-Gray giving an Ingathering greeting Fall 2021.

Susan Frederick-Gray

There is great healing and sustaining power in our faith, even if the ways we gather look different than before.Β Β Β 

Congregations adapt to evolving COVID guidance

13 September 2021 at 16:00
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia, participate in a Flower Communion in the congregation's memorial garden in May 2021.

Kat McKim

As the Delta variant complicates plans for a return to in-person worship, congregations continue to explore a variety of models for being in community.

I Am Called to Show Up for Climate Justice

3 November 2021 at 11:00
Selfie of ZoΓ« Johnston in Washington, D.C., with the Capitol building in the background, October 15, 2021, to join in protest and arrest to demand climate action.

I am a college student, but more urgently, I am a young Unitarian Universalist working to save my future.

Following Indigenous Leadership, UUs Join Major Climate Action in D.C.

3 November 2021 at 11:00
Photo of a group of  UU clergy and congregational leaders holding banners participating in the multifaith delegation at the White House, 2021.

Elaine McArdle

People v. Fossil Fuels Demands Biden Stop New Projects

Practicing Gratitude This Holiday Season: A Message from UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray

23 November 2021 at 15:30
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray, a smiling white woman with straight dark hair cut just above her shoulders, seated in front of a quilt and sideboard with a flowers and chalices.

Susan Frederick-Gray

However you celebrate, holidays and rituals are an invitation for reflection. They remind us of our past, and they also invite us to be attentive to the present moment.

A Theology of Darkness

13 December 2021 at 09:00
Stock photo of a figure silhouetted against a galaxy night sky.

Kristen L. Harper

We need a new theology of darknessβ€”a new way to relate to the darkness, blackness, and brownness that surrounds us.

β€œDemocracy cannot wait.”

17 December 2021 at 15:30
The Rev. David Carl Olson, the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, the Rev. Abhi Janamanchi, and UUA partnerships and coalitions manager Susan Leslie and others at the Moral March in Washington DC in December 2021

Staff Writer

VIDEO |Β Over 120 Unitarian Universalists participate in Poor People’s Campaign Moral March

Exhaling in Community

20 December 2021 at 09:00
illustration of two people facing each other. Background is red, their bodies are silhouetted except for face masks.

Christine Slocum

The safety I once perceived was because I did not have the complete perspective.

The Riot Concluded, the Threats to Democracy Grow

6 January 2022 at 12:00
Stock photo of United States Capitol Building east facade - Washington DC United States

Statement by the Unitarian Universalist Association on the anniversary of the January 6, 2021, insurrection at the United States Capitol

Sowing Justice

14 January 2022 at 12:00
Jeff Milchen kayaking on the Middle Fork Salmon River in Idaho

Roger Santodomingo, Jeff Milchen

This week, we introduce Jeff Milchen: kayaker, democracy activist, and new UU World columnist.

Sowing Justice: The Finishing Sprint in a Race to Protect Our Votes

14 January 2022 at 12:10
Voting rights march, August 28, 2021, Washington, D.C.

Jeff Milchen

Voting rights bills being brought to a vote in the Senate.

Sowing Justice: A Wake-up Call for Reproductive Justice Advocates

21 January 2022 at 12:00
L to R: Maggie Clayton, The Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, Elizabeth Fogarty at a Reproductive Justice Rally.

Jeff Milchen

Because opposition to reproductive rights is so often presented as religious, UUs have a special opportunity to present faith-based arguments for reproductive justice.

Sowing Justice: Why Corporations Love the Filibuster

27 January 2022 at 12:00
photo illustration of one arrow pointing right with "democracy" written on it and a larger arrow pointing left with "corporate political spending" written on it.

Jeff Milchen

While many corporations offer feel-good commercials promoting multiculturalism and equality, their political arms (like the Chamber of Commerce) and political investments perpetuate the dominance of wealth over our elections and the public interest.

Honoring Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh

31 January 2022 at 11:00
Thich Nhat Hanh listening deeply to his students in Hong Kong, 2013.

Marianne Schnall

We humans have lost the wisdom of genuinely resting. In an interview with Marianne Schnall the master explained how meditation can help us.

Sowing Justice: Let’s Purge Hate from Immigration Debate

4 February 2022 at 10:30
Banner hanging from a tree that says "Hate has no home here".

Jeff Milchen

Reasonable people disagree on appropriate levels of immigration, but to have substantive debate, we must refute racist scapegoating and tactics of dehumanization.Β 

Fighting Supremacy in the Global Arena

8 February 2022 at 08:00
Bruce Knotts, executive director of UU-UNO

Roger Santodomingo, Bruce Knotts

An interview with Bruce Knotts, director of the Unitarian Universalist Office at the United Nations and new UU World columnist.

UU Nations: Authoritarianism on the Rise Again

8 February 2022 at 12:00
Stock photo of a burning book engulfed in brilliant flames

Bruce Knotts

We see a historical pattern that puts everyone in the world in danger. To obtain a safe and dignified life, we need to foster trust, mutual support, and reliance on science.

Defund Fear: How Can We Make Each Other Safer?

11 February 2022 at 08:00
 book titled "Defund Fear" by Zach Norris is held in the hands of someone whose hands are light brown; only their torso is showing.

Susan Lawrence

Zach Norris, the author of this year's UU common read, challenges our notions of safety, promoting a culture of care.

Sowing Justice: Slam the Brakes on Plan for USPS Fleet of Gas-Guzzlers

10 February 2022 at 10:20
US postal truck driving quickly

Jeff Milchen

Our personal transportation choices matter, but significant emission reductions must also involve large-scale institutional change.

UU Nations: Reprisals Against Human Rights Defenders at the UN

15 February 2022 at 12:00
Photo of protesters behind jail bars holding yellow signs with black bars with white text #freerightsdefenders

Bruce Knotts

Human rights defendersβ€”especially women and LGBTQ+ peopleβ€”can suffer harsh consequences in their home countries for working with the United Nations.

Sowing Justice: β€˜Voter Fraud’ Conspiracists Reveal Their Hypocrisy

17 February 2022 at 12:00
Stock image depicting a hand moving through a maze to get to a ballot box, symbolizing voting challenges, election problems, and voter suppression.

Jeff Milchen

An effective tool exists to minimize the chance of illegitimate votesβ€”those who fail to embrace it show professed concerns about voter fraud are false.

UU Nations: Ukraine and Our Commitment to Peace

23 February 2022 at 13:00
Stock photo of the Ukrainian Flag blowing in the wind over the city of Kharkov.

Bruce Knotts

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine reminds us that peace, justice, and human rights are linked and interdependent.

UUA: Texas Governor is Weaponizing Right of Care for Trans Families

26 February 2022 at 12:55
twitter timeline governor Albott

Implementing unsafe standards in communities is harmful to trans and non-binary youth and encourages prejudice and violence.

UU Nations: Why Was Russia Allowed to Veto the UN Resolution on Ukraine?

1 March 2022 at 12:30
UN Security Council Votes on Draft Resolution on Ukraine, 2/25/2022

Bruce Knotts

If Russia abstainedβ€”as Article 27 of the UN Charter requiresβ€”the resolution would have passed.

Ohio Rally Demands Urgent Action on Immigration

2 March 2022 at 18:00
Protesters holding sign: "Enough is enough! It is time! Immigration reform now" at a Moral Monday rally in Raleigh NC, February 2014

Dayton gathering callsΒ for Biden Administration to shut down detention centers, end deportations, and release all people in immigration detention.

Sowing Justice: Justice Jackson Nomination Deserves Celebration

3 March 2022 at 12:00
Official portrait of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson

Jeff Milchen

We often miss how far we’ve progressed unless we stop to look back and count our blessings.

Azuucar! Stop the Burn Campaign in Florida

3 March 2022 at 12:00
Sugar cane field burning, Australia, 2010

Jim Smith

Florida'sΒ Agricultural Department routinely grants burning permits when the wind blows toward the poor but does not allow burning when the wind blows toward the affluent communities.

Government Targeting Transgender Youth in Texas

4 March 2022 at 12:00
photo of a young person running along a street holding a transgender pride flag behind them. They are looking back at the camera and smiling.

Adriel Wilson

Now more than ever it is important for UUs to live their values by supporting the trans community.

UU Nations: Ukrainians Need More Than Our Prayers

10 March 2022 at 12:00
Grayscale photo of people standing outside the United nations building listening to a speaker during an interfaith prayer service for Ukraine, March 2022

Bruce Knotts

Resources and compassion are needed to expand our care not just to those in Ukraine but in other parts of the world.

Supporting Those Impacted by the Crisis in Ukraine

10 March 2022 at 12:25
Ukraine flag

In response to the outpouring of concern, the UUA shares the most up-to-date information on how UUs in this country and around the world are responding and amplify the ways that we can all help.

UUA President Application Process is open

4 April 2022 at 08:00
The Presidential Search Commitee process

Elaine McArdle

Association’s next chief executive and spiritual leader to be elected at General Assembly 2023

UUA Launches UU the Vote for 2022 Elections

15 April 2022 at 09:00
casting a vote with an American flag in the background

Nonpartisan Civic Engagement Initiative Will Focus on Strengthening Democracy, Organizing for Justice and Accountability

Sowing Justice: UU the Vote Rises Again

21 April 2022 at 10:00
UU leaders march in a Count Every Vote demonstration.

Jeff Milchen

As threats to democracy grow, we’re determined to make 2022 the year love and justice regain the upper hand.

Annaliese Cothron, a Trans-Power Mom

24 April 2022 at 09:30
Protest in Texas for anti Trans Kids legislation

The rights of the transgender community and trans children are under attack, with a record number of anti-trans bills proposed in state legislatures across the country. Watch the testimony of the mother of a trans child fighting for the rights of trans families.

Q&A: Public Theologian JΓ© Exodus Hooper

Image of a person wearing a red leather jacket and red hat cocked sideways. They have long dreads and are reaching toward the camera. JΓ© Exodus Hooper (they/them) a non-binary preacher who is clergy at First Unitarian Society of Minneapolis

Elaine McArdle

On our theology’s leading edgeΒ (+video)

Engage with the Article II Study Commission

Photo of a group of people sitting in a circle having a conversation.

Article II Study Commission Charge

Join us in this important work to shape the future of our faith.

β€˜Meet the Moment’ Virtually or In Person at General Assembly 2022

UUA General Assembly logo with a red chalice and purple silhouettes of a diverse group of people

Sonja L. Cohen

The annual meeting will be multiplatform and now features a business-only attendee option.

Change From the Inside Out

Multicolor stylized illustration of many androgynous heads in profile

Elaine McArdle

Unitarian Universalist programs seek not only social justice in the wider society, but cultural transformation within.

Meeting Pandemic-Era Trauma with Choices and Radical Hospitality

illustration of different colored hands creating a circle

Heather Beasley Doyle

Important for people to β€˜feel a sense of agency, empowerment, and choice.’

UUs Remain Committed to Supporting Reproductive Justice

3 May 2022 at 14:00
Protest to protect, safe, legal abortion

In a statement, UUA President Susan Frederick Gray promises we "will continue to fight for abortion access."

Multiple Voices, One Faith

illustration that reads Stitching a Layered Faith on top of stitching graphics

Janice Marie Johnson


James Ishmael Ford


Abhi Prakash Janamanchi


Amanda Poppei

Nuanced, surprising, and beautiful, Unitarian Universalism joins together myriad sources and experiences.

Moment of Reflection: The Flaw

Red decorative stitching on white cloth with a small section of anomalous purple stitching

Molly Peacock

The best thing about a hand-made pattern is the flaw.

Embracing an Ethic of Love

Red thread heart

Susan Frederick-Gray

Living into Beloved Community is spiritual work.

GA 2022: Not Business as Usual

a large indoor gathering holds up orange paper voting cards

Elaine McArdle

The UUA wants the multiplatform General Assembly to be an equitable experience for all, including the voting process. The board approved the final agenda on May 25.

Pause to Remember

25 May 2022 at 05:00
page from Spring 2021: Moment of Reflection: Memorial. An image of A candlelight vigil in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on June 19, 2020, honors George Floyd and others killed by police with an installation created by Anna Barber and Connor Wright.

May 25, 2022, marks the second anniversary of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four police officers in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The UUA lifts up the life of George Floyd and honors his loved ones and his community, all of whom will have a painful and indelible memory in their hearts forever. We recognize that searing injustices and death as a result of police use of force and systemic racism continue within a militarized law enforcement that has changed little. As we resolved in 2020, the UUA is committed to making our congregations and communities authentically multicultural, multiracial, anti-oppressive spaces that dismantle anti-Blackness. We pledge to continue that important antiracist work, today and for the long haul. We remain committed to building a world in which love and justice thrive. The photo was originally published as aΒ Moment of Reflection in our Spring 2021 edition.

Engaging with the UU Common Read

27 May 2022 at 09:00
 book titled "Defund Fear" by Zach Norris is held in the hands of someone whose hands are light brown; only their torso is showing.

Staff Writer

Discussion guides and resources are available forDefund Fear.

Leading from the Edge

type illustration of the words "Leading From the Edge", the title of the accompanying article.

Karen Hutt


Lauren Wyeth


Jen Crow

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

Multiplatform General Assembly Breaks New Ground

Photo of a flaming chalice with words GA Meet the Moment on top.

Elaine McArdle

The UUA's 2022 gathering will offer onsite and online attendees a more equitable experience than ever.

Black Joy

A Black father and young daughter looking happy at church with a smiling Black woman sitting in the row behind them.

Kimberly Quinn JohnsonΒ 

I call it Black Joy, but I want to offer itβ€”to the extent that it is mine to offerβ€”to this faith.

Commission Considers Changes to the Seven Principles

delegates at General Assembly 2018 discuss a business item

Arthur Hirsch

Article II Study Commission undertaking a β€˜deep examination’ of the UUA’s Principles and Purposes.

The Change

Black man in dynamic motion with reflection

Mathew P. Taylor

Guided by faith that this too will pass / We can survive this because our ancestors survived

Every Story Begins with a Word

bisexual freedom word cloud

Elizabeth J. Andrew

Words come alive when we claim what is sacred.

From the UUA President: UUs Remain Committed to Reproductive Justice

L to R: Maggie Clayton, The Rev. Dr. Linda Olson Peebles, Elizabeth Fogarty at a Reproductive Justice Rally.

Susan Frederick-Gray

Boston, Mass. (June 24, 2022) – The Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) issued its decision in theΒ Dobbs v. Jackson’s Women Health OrganizationΒ case, which overturnsΒ Roe v. Wade, upending nearly 50 years of access to abortion. Below is a statement from Rev. Dr. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), regarding this decision:

This decision manifests the worst fears of those of us who have been working for decades to protect and affirm reproductive rights.

The Rising Threat of Minority Rule

13 July 2022 at 08:45
Police place a barricade in front of US Supreme Court. People protesting reversing of abortion rights

Jeff Milchen

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

Bringing Justice to Law Enforcement Requires Relentless Pressure

14 July 2022 at 15:00
Two Black demonstrators at a vigil in honor of Jayland Walker who was shot by police

Jeff Milchen

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

Sinkford Receives UUA’s Highest Honor

20 July 2022 at 16:00
Rev. William G. Sinkford, a Black man in his 70s, smiles in a blue suit and white shirt

Elaine McArdle

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

The 'Juiciest Part': GA Discusses Article II Changes

27 July 2022 at 10:00
General Assembly 2022 attendees discuss the Article II Study Commission’s work during a general session.

Arthur Hirsch

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

Sinkford Receives UUA’s Highest Honor

20 July 2022 at 16:00
Rev. William G. Sinkford, a Black man in his 70s, smiles in a blue suit and white shirt

Elaine McArdle

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

Rescuing Democracy from the Brink of Collapse

11 August 2022 at 09:00
protester holding a candle and a sign that reads "remember Jan 7, senators, protect our democracy now"

Jeff Milchen

The January 6 Committee is doing its job admirably. Now we must make sure its work results in action.

This Sacred Hour

2 September 2022 at 09:00
White woman with glasses and short dark hair smiling.

Staff Writer

An Ingathering greeting from UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray.

After Big Win in Kansas, Can Pro-Choice Advocates Prevail in Kentucky?

9 September 2022 at 12:00
Woman in Kansas after abortion vote win

Jeff Milchen

Kansas organizers succeed through inclusive leadership and seeking dialogue with potential opponents.

Anniversary of September 11th

11 September 2022 at 11:00
Statue of Liberty

Staff Writer

Our hearts are still heavy on the anniversary of September 11, 2001.