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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 – 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 “a 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 24th’s rally in P...

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

“Abortion is healthcare. We will not be silent. We will break the law. We will win.” 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.

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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.

“No” 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 Weren’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 don’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 president—the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staff—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


Association’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 together… And seeing all of our issues are interconnected," said Drew Frantz, a reverend with the Un...

"How do we move forward? Is together… 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 … and political action … grounded in morality and values — that’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 year’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 — 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 us–and all our congregations–to play, starting right now. The fight is far from over, but we’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 Love’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 — 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 Association’s annual Ministry Days gathering.

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



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June 11, 2022 – Faith in the Culture Wars

Last week on State of Belief, Interfaith Alliance’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 UU’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 – 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 Emma’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 People’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) — 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 Father’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 attention…
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.”

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 “Watermelon & Red Birds: A Cookbook for Juneteenth and Black Celebrations,” 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 won’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


‘As sad as it is, as blessed as my daughter is to have parents who can support her, I’m still afraid every moment she leaves the house,’ 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 ‘Hub’ onsite in Portland, OR. Stop by to say ‘Hi’, 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 I’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, “The first of Unitarian Universalists’ seven principles is that we ‘Affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person.’ Unitarian Universalists celebrate diversity and believe it to be a defining strength of our nation.”

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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www.benningtonbanner.com

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 Association’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 ‘deep examination’ of the UUA’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.
https://bit.ly/3mMKLeR

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 president—the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staff—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


Association’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:

“Religious freedom” 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. It’s a similar story for reproductive rights—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.

https://bit.ly/3xd6eC7


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 organizations–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 massacre’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.

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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?

"It’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. © 2022 Stacey Lantagne Many people wonder why “Critical Race Theory” (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 what’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.
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Welcoming our new GA Emcees: Karishma (Kari) Gottfried and Gregory Boyd GA Emcees will enhance the multi-platform GA experience by connecting the virtual audience…

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UUA President Application Process is open

A new Unitarian Universalist Association president—the public, spiritual, and executive leader of the UU movement and the UUA organization and staff—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.

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Association’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 Rise–June 2 Poor People’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. We’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 ‘doomerism’ 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 – and also how they can work with others in radical solidarity.” Meg Ruttan Walker, a climate activist based near Toronto

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Finding that messages of alarm can lead to despair – and even violent extremism – 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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We are mindful that this Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month arrives during a time when so many people of Asian American and Pacific Islander descent are still facing terrible violence and bigotry. As we honor the beauty and diversity of AAPI heritage and culture, we hold the AAPI community in our hearts we remain committed to solidarity in seeking justice and equity for all.



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We are proud to have Pastor Jacqueline Duhart leading and Francisco Ruiz as music director of the Service of the Living Traditio...

We are proud to have Pastor Jacqueline Duhart leading and Francisco Ruiz as music director of the Service of the Living Tradition at General Assembly this year. Learn more and register for GA at: https://bit.ly/2tOIsiJ



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We all deserve to live in our communities without fear.

We are so grateful for the pastoral presence of UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray. She offers this message in response to the tragic shooting in Uvalde, TX:

My heart aches for the children, teachers, school staff, families, first responders, and community in Uvalde, Texas. I am lifting up the families who lost loved ones and their community, who will live with the legacy of yesterday’s violence forever in their hearts. The horrific toll of this loss of grade school children is truly beyond words. It doesn’t have to be this way.

And while we pray for the victims and their families and provide support and comfort to their community, we must also demand action to pass reasonable gun safety regulations. We cannot tolerate and accept living under these conditions of mass violence anymore.

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While we pray for the victims and their families and provide support and comfort to their community, we must also demand action.

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Pause to Remember

On the 2nd anniversary of the murder of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, we lift up and honor the beautiful humanity of George Floyd, the dignity of his life, and how deeply he is missed by his family and loved ones. As Unitarian Universalists, we cannot rest until there is a more humane way to keep each other safe.

#RestInPowerGeorgeFloyd #BlackLivesMatter #DefundPolice

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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...

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Become a Good Trouble Congregation - UU the Vote

Is your congregation making #GoodTrouble? We all have a role to play in building a truly just, multi-racial democracy - learn how you can get involved today: https://bit.ly/3NwPBrF

#RestInPowerRepJohnLewis #UUTheVote


The late Congressman John Lewis said “When you see something that is not right, not fair, not just, you have to speak up. You have to say something; you have to do something.” We know that being a…

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GA 2022: Not Business as Usual

After two years of virtual-only General Assembly due to the pandemic, GA 2022 will be a fully multiplatform event.The UUA is committed to making sure the multiplatform GA, including the voting process, is an equitable experience for everyone. All delegates—onsite or online—will vote via electronic ballot.The idea is to give delegates more time to consider the issues and to communicate with their congregations instead of having to discuss the resolutions during GA and voting on the spot.

Learn more about this new approach in this story from UU World:

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The UUA wants the multiplatform General Assembly to be an equitable experience for all, including the voting process.

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

Polls for the 2022 election for UUA Boards, Committees, and Commissions will be open throughout June, and the results will be announced at General Assembly. Please take a moment to read through our information online to learn what you need to know about voting this year.

https://bit.ly/3yUYYxo


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

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Melanie Davis

The AASECT Awards Committee continues the work of honoring our community members who are creating, reimagining, and offering amazing resources, care, and texts. This group represents educators, counselors, and therapists who are committed to recognizing how our professional reach and creativity have resulted in new ways to communicate and connect globally.

Congraulations to Melanie Davis! Melanie Davis is the winner of AASECT Sexuality Educator Award. Melanie J. Davis is the UUA's OWL Program Manager and is an all-levels Our Whole Lives trainer. She is the author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults and Sexuality and Our Faith: Companion to Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed. In her current role as OWL Program Manager lets her serve her faith community in a way that is meaningful and life enhancing—and sometimes life-saving—for countless others.
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Learm more about the AASECT here: https://bit.ly/3LvURKP


Melanie Davis is the UUA's OWL Program Manager and is an all-levels Our Whole Lives trainer. She is the author of Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Older Adults and Sexuality and Our Faith: Companion to Our Whole Lives Sexuality Education for Grades 7-9, 2nd ed. She was the developmental...

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Aid shipment to Beregszasz, 20 April 2022

We share this compelling video update from our friends at the Hungarian Unitarian Church, who are delivering supplies to refugees in multiple locations in #Ukraine. This aid was made possible because of generous contributions from UUs, UUA member congregations, and many others. Thank you. We hope you'll watch the video and share it in your congregations and communities.

The International Women's Convocation has established another fund through
Faithify to help those fleeing Ukraine. Please give as generously as you are able: https://bit.ly/3wuVe4f.

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Aid shipment to Beregszasz, 20 April 2022

We share this compelling video update from our friends at the Hungarian Unitarian Church, who are delivering supplies to refugees in multiple locations in #Ukraine. This aid was made possible because of generous contributions from UUs, UUA member congregations and many others. Thank you. We hope you'll watch the video and share it in your congregations and communities.
https://bit.ly/3LCd6ys

The International Women's Convocation has established another fund through Faithify to help those fleeing Ukraine. Please give as generously as you are able: https://bit.ly/3wuVe4f.



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We recently announced that Ibram X. Kendi would lead our Ware Lecture at #UUAGA. In our commitment to modeling an exciting and equitable multiplatform GA experience, we are thrilled to share that adrienne maree brown—the amazing leader, speaker, pleasure activist, and author of Emergent Strategy among many other titles—will also join us virtually at #UUAGA next month!

Onsite participants will be able to gather in the conference center for a screening of adrienne maree brown’s talk and the Ware Lecture will be live-streamed online to virtual GA registrants.

Have you registered for GA yet? Don’t miss out - register today! https://bit.ly/2CQ6l8M



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We Must Confront And Dismantle White Supremacy

In the days since the most recent brutal attack on Black people took place in Buffalo, NY, the United States has once again been forced to confront our long history of racism. The stain of white supremacy has been part of American society since before we were a nation.

Additionally, throughout our history, even before we were a nation, there have been courageous and faithful civil rights leaders, most of whom were people of color, who have repeatedly shown up for justice and inspired others to fight against what President Biden just yesterday called the “poison” of white supremacy.

The UUA remains steadfast in our commitment to anti-racism. We must all find the moral courage to speak out against white nationalist rhetoric that fuels ongoing violence and hate crimes. We know that the Beloved Community can be built here in the United States but only through the hard work of listening to and organizing in solidarity with those most impacted by systemic racism.

Read and share our statement with your congregation or community: https://www.uua.org/pressroom/press-releases/confront-white-supremacy


We must all find the moral courage to speak out against white nationalist rhetoric.

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In this time when democratic institutions in our wider world are ever more under threat, it matters that we can show up faithful...

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, "What Does Multiplatform Mean for this Year's General Assembly?" and will be Thursday, May 26 at 7pm ET/ 4pm PT. Learn more and register online. https://bit.ly/3MrlfqF



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Statement on Buffalo Shootings: "We begin with truth-telling and moving together in that truth." — Side With Love

Side with Love reminds us that, far from being an isolated incident, the tragic events in #Buffalo are a predictable outcome of our white supremacy culture:

This latest attack is the result of a society that is rooted in white supremacy. This violence...shows up with believing that white lives should be protected over Black lives–knowing that Black children playing on playgrounds or sleeping in their homes are killed by police without hesitation, while white assailants are taken safely into custody. It shows up with packaging genocidal movements in language like “Replacement Theory.” It shows up when the media calls Mike Brown an “18-year-old man” and the Buffalo shooter a ”white teenager.”

Read their full statement: https://sidewithlove.org/ourstories/2022/5/16/buffalo-statement


On Saturday, an 18-year-old white supremacist carried out a premeditated fatal attack on a Black community in Buffalo, killing ten and injuring many more. Today, we mourn the ten unique and precious lives of the people murdered in Buffalo – church elders, civil rights activists, grandmothers, pare

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Our religion and our congregations love, honor, welcome, support and hold sacred people of all sexual and gender identities.

#TodayAndEveryDay #IDAHOTB



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2 Article II Bylaws Express Our UU Covenant

It's a source of pride and great meaning for many UUs to be part of a covenantal faith. We often point to our 7 UU Principles as the expression of our covenant and these Principles have changed over time. But has our covenant itself changed?

In this video clip, the Revs Bill Sinkford, Meredith Garmon, and Susan Frederick-Gray talk about the differences between UU religious covenant and the words which express it.

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Learn more about changes to our UU Principles: https://bit.ly/3sCRpaM


The Revs Bill Sinkford, Meredith Garmon and Susan Frederick-Gray talk about the differences between UU religious covenant and the words which express it.

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10 killed, 3 wounded in racist shooting at Buffalo supermarket, officials say

We are holding the victims and their families and the entire Buffalo community in love and light in this heartbreaking time. The racist and anti-Semitic rationale behind this shooting - yet another attack on a community of color by a person espousing white supremacist ideology - is an echo of the ongoing call for this country to take seriously the pervasive and deadly consequences of racism.

Unitarian Universalism is committed to building a world that is more just and equitable and we have much work to do. As we make space in our hearts and in our spiritual communities for people to grieve and find sustenance, we must also prepare for the work ahead. We must continue to show up for our BIPOC and LGBTQIA siblings and communities, work to elect leaders at all levels that will take action to end identity-based oppression, marginalization and violence, and hold these leaders accountable.

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

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Officials were trying to authenticate an apparent manifesto espoused the “great replacement” conspiracy theory and stated the suspect radicalized on an extremist forum.

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Meditation on Hope and Love in a Time of Struggle

"In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow
It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief,
To be choked by our outrage
To be paralyzed by the enormity of suffering,
To feel our hearts squeeze tight with hopelessness.
Instead, this morning, let us simply breathe together as we hold our hearts open."

Read the full mediation by Alice Anacheka-Nasemann here: https://bit.ly/3FHWQdD


In a world so filled with brokenness and sorrow It would be easy to lose ourselves in never ending grief, To be choked by our outrage To be paralyzed by...

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Mourning 1 Million Lost to Covid-19

Today we honor the 1 million Americans who have died due to COVID-19. From the beginning of the pandemic, this country failed to center our response on supporting the well-being of the most vulnerable in our communities, which led to BIPOC and disabled people bearing the brunt of both illness and death.

We remain concerned that a desire to “quickly return to normal” is further isolating disabled and immunocompromised people. It matters that we continue to ask how to support those who are most vulnerable within and beyond UU congregations and that we continue to work to create safe and inclusive spaces for those seeking comfort and spiritual connection during these difficult times.

Read our full statement: https://bit.ly/3syHqDn


It matters that we continue to support those who are most vulnerable within and beyond UU congregations, including those at higher risk for severe disease.

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1 The Eighth Principle and the Future of Unitarian Universalism

Satya Mamdani and Paula Cole Jones, members of the Article II Study Commission, discuss the power and the promise of the Eighth Principle for the future of Unitarian Universalism. "Our children will have inclusion as a way of life and not as something to be debated about."

https://bit.ly/3FzQ75C

The Article II Study Commission welcomes input from all UU's to inform the reimagining of Article 2 of the UUA Bylaws. The Article II Study Commission needs your input on key themes related to its revision work. They want to hear what questions you have about the process of studying—and possibly revising—Article II. Join the Study Commission Saturday, May 14th to ask any questions you have about the process and how you might be involved in the work! All are welcome and asked to register in advance at the links below.

https://bit.ly/39ECzqV


Satya Mamdani and Paula Cole Jones, members of the Article II Study Commission, discuss the power and the promise of the Eighth Principle for the future of U...

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Spring 2022

The spring edition of UU World should be arriving in mailboxes any day now! Some may notice a slight difference in the paper for this issue; like many organizations and industries, we’ve been impacted by recent supply chain problems and this is one way we're seeing the effects.

We are excited to offer this issue dedicated to you exploring UU theology and the way many beautiful ways that our layered faith is stitched together. We hope you explore the stories and essays within, share them with friends and neighbors, and help us share the life-saving message of this faith we love.

https://bit.ly/3w2f8TU


From the Editor: Meet the Moment by Roger Santodomingo From the President: Our Fundamental Interdependence by Susan Frederick-Gray

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Careers & Jobs

The UUA is hiring! We have a number of new job openings. Learn more about these exciting opportunities and join us in this transformational work. Apply today!

Get details on these open positions: https://bit.ly/2rLDAqh


The UUA is a great place to work—where your job is in alignment with your values. We are an historic, inclusive, and progressive religious denomination.

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As we honor the 1 million American lives lost due to COVID-19, we also know that the virus has had a disproportionate impact on Black, Hispanic and Latino, and Indigenous communities in the U.S. It matters that we all continue to ask how we can support those who are most vulnerable within and beyond UU congregations, including those at higher risk for severe disease.

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Join me for this great event!

Join #UUtheVote for the first National Day of Action on May 9! Help reach their goal of sending 1,000,000 letters to potential voters in the 2022 midterms. There will be special guests from their partners at Vote Forward and performance artists Emma’s Revolution. Don’t miss out! Join them today,May 9 at 6:30pm ET/3:30pm PT. #UUtheVote #VoteLove #DefeatHate

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We are all holding so much these days, it can be hard to make space for arbitrary calendar dates of celebration. And so, on this Mother’s Day, we offer this reading from UU minister Rev. Lisa Bovee-Kemper, which includes in part:

“The truth of human experience dictates that on any given day, we each come to the table with hearts in different places. It is especially so on this day, invented to honor women who nurture.

In this circle of care, we honor the truth that mothering is not and never will be quantified in one single descriptor. Mothering can be elusive or infuriating, fulfilling or confusing, commonplace or triumphant.

There is room for all in this circle.”

Read the full affirmation from the UUA’s WorshipWeb: https://bit.ly/3P4VJca

On this #MothersDay, we send love to all people who mother, nurture, and care for others. You matter.



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Some religions support abortion rights. Their leaders are speaking up.

Proud to have our history of commitment to reproductive justice and our theologically based support for access to abortion included in this great story from
NBC NewsBCNews.

“Unitarian Universalists have the highest level of support for abortion rights among denominations, with 90 percent saying abortion should be legal, according to Pew Research.”

“We support abortion justice not despite our religious values but because of them." Our faith will always call us to advocate on behalf of all people to be able to readily access safe, legal abortion care. In the wake of the leak of the Supreme Court’s draft opinion, our role as UU’s in this moment of time should continue to center the people most impacted.

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"We support abortion justice not despite our religious values but because of them."

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Ware Lecture

We are so excited to have Dr. Ibram X. Kendi joining us for the Ware Lecture at General Assembly in June! Onsite or virtual registration is required to get access to this amazing program and so much more at our annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists. Join us!

https://bit.ly/2EbR469


2022 Ware Lecture: Ibram X. Kendi

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Covid's toll in the U.S. reaches a once unfathomable number: 1 million deaths

As the US reaches the somber benchmark of 1 million deaths from COVID 19, we mourn all who have died, and we grieve for the millions more that have been impacted by this deadly virus. We know that COVID has had a disproportionate impact on people with disabilities, on Black, Hispanic and Latino, and Indigenous communities, as well as fueling violence against Asian and Asian American communities. Because so many people hold intersecting vulnerable identities, we know the harm has been significant.

The UUA continues to seek ways to support those who are most vulnerable within and beyond UU congregations, and to help congregations provide safe and inclusive ways of providing the hope, healing, and spiritual connection that so many need in this painful time.


"It's an exponential number of other people that are walking around with a small hole in their heart," one widow said.

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The Fight for Abortion Access Isn’t Over — Side With Love

As a people of faith, Unitarian Universalists have committed to working together for Reproductive Justice, following the lead of movement partners who have been in the struggle and on the frontlines for years. Here are six things you can do today to take action:

1. Turn out tonight wherever you are to answer the Women’s March’s call to Rally for Roe.

2. Join Side With Love and the National Network of Abortion Funds for our upcoming political education event, Heart-to-Heart: Abortion Conversations & Action for a Post-Roe World, Tuesday, May 17 at 8pm ET/5pm PT.

3. Support local organizing for abortion access and Reproductive Justice. Form a congregational team, educate yourselves, join with other progressive people of faith, follow the lead of your local Reproductive Justice organization.

4. Donate to your local abortion fund to ensure that everyone who needs an abortion can afford one.

5. Get involved with SACReD, the Spiritual Alliance of Communities for Reproductive Dignity, which is building a multi-racial, multi-faith movement of congregations across the country that publicly proclaim their support for reproductive dignity. It’s so new that it doesn’t have a full website, but you can sign up for future communications here.

https://bit.ly/3s8639t
6. Get involved with the work of the Liberate Abortion Coalition, and consider participating in the upcoming Abortion Crisis Caravan this June.


Since well before Roe v. Wade, Unitarian Universalists have declared unequivocally that we support every person’s right to make decisions about their own bodies and reproductive health, including the choice to seek abortion care. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, UUs have supported movements...

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UUs Will Continue to Fight for Abortion Access

We are heartbroken and outraged that it appears the Supreme Court is poised to overturn nearly five decades of precedent to take rights away from pregnant people. And we greatly fear that this decision will justify efforts to further limit the rights of women and other vulnerable populations in this country.

As a faith tradition, we are committed to #ReproductiveJustice, which affirms the human right to have children, not to have children, to parent the children one has in healthy environments to safeguard bodily autonomy, and to express one's sexuality freely.

Our faith still urgently calls us to advocate on behalf of all people to be able to readily access safe, legal abortion care whenever and wherever they need it. We will not rest until that reality is true across the country.

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As Unitarian Universalists, we believe that all bodies are sacred.

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General Assembly (GA) Scholarships & Discounts for Youth and Young Adults

Youth and young adults, don't register for GA until you read this!

There is no need to submit a lengthy application for a scholarship to cover the registration cost for General Assembly 2022. All you have to do is fill out this Youth and Young Adult Scholarship Form so we have some demographic information about you (used to know which fund to draw from), and you'll get a discount code to apply when you register. You can get $100, $200 or $300 off the registration price.

Visit https://bit.ly/3LwDkmB to learn more!


With discounts and scholarships, attending the UUA's General Assembly as a young person is more accessible than ever! ...

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JUUst Breathe Live - YouTube

We are excited to share a new UU youth ministry podcast with you! JUUst Breathe Live is a podcast hosted by religious educators Eric Bliss and Shannon Harper. In each episode, they 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. You can also follow what they're up to on Facebook at https://bit.ly/3kxDH4o or on Instagram at @juustbreathelive. New episodes are posted the third Sunday of every month.


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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Unitarian Universalists are committed to working to change economic and social systems with a goal of equitable outcomes of life, dignity, and well-being experienced for all. The labor movement is critical to creating and strengthening an economic system that is fair and that addresses the economic injustices we know have been experienced by BIPOC individuals, low wage workers across sectors, and across gender and sexual orientations.

#MayDay #InternationalWorkersDay



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May OWL Taking Flight: UCC and UUA: - United Church of Christ

In response to the increasingly dire situations for LGBTQ+ children and youth across the country, we invite Our Whole Lives facilitators, trainers, program coordinators and others connected to the program to join the next OWL Taking Flight webinar on May 4 at 12pm ET/9am PT.

Melanie Davis, from the UUA, and Amy Johnson, from the UCC, will hold a roundtable discussion with UU and UCC experts on the front lines in the fight for LBGTQ+ justice to discuss where OWL fits into national advocacy efforts.

Register to join live or get the recording after the event: https://bit.ly/3Ltlelg


Join us for a roundtable discussion about where OWL fits into national LGBTQ+ advocacy efforts. Guests will include UCC and UUA LGBTQ+ advocates from

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UUs Honor Workers’ Dignity and Support the Labor Movement

The UUA unequivocally sides 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.

In 2000, we adopted a Statement of Conscience on economic injustice, poverty, and racism, and another Statement of Conscience in 2017 to address escalating economic inequality. And just last year, our national Unitarian Universalist General Assembly passed an Action of Immediate Witness on the COVID-19 pandemic, understanding that our commitment to justice, equity, and compassion, calls on us to join in solidarity with people fighting for living wages, healthcare, and a more fair economy.

To those on the picket line, we say “Strike! Huelga! Yes we can! Si Se Puede!” To those unjustly and illegally fired from their jobs for union organizing, we want you to know that we are with you! And to all who believe in justice and democracy in our government, our communities and in our workplaces, we join you in solidarity.

https://bit.ly/3LyuODM


As people of faith and conscience we rejoice in recent historic wins for workers.

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General Assembly Registration

General Assembly is the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists, and this year, participants have the option of meeting in person in Portland, OR or virtually online. We're excited to model a multiplatform experience that is more inclusive and more democratic than ever before.

To keep the virtual and in-person audiences connected, Kari Gottfried and Gregory Boyd will serve as emcees of GA this year. Kari and Gregory will provide daily updates, live interviews, virtual exhibit hall spotlights, and ongoing segments to keep you in the loop on everything happening in Portland.

Are you registered for GA yet? Don't miss it - register today! 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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SESSION 3: Engaging with Weekly Worship Themes

Session 3 starts soon! Tune in for the popular and fun video engagement strategy training led by Peter Bowden. Each live session covers a different, essential area for building your congregation's digital ministry and welcoming newcomers that will keep coming back.

Session 3 covers engaging with weekly worship themes. Join us!


Join us! SIGN UP for training handouts, live stream reminders, and replay links at https://www.peterbowden.live/uua-live-training. VIDEO ENGAGEMENT STRATEGY...

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My Little d deaf Take on “CODA” and Thoughts on “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”

Terry Galloway, Beacon Press author of Mean Little deaf Queer: A Memoir, offers her take on the Oscar-winning film CODA and disability representation in film:

"Popular culture regards the Deaf community as part of the larger Disability Community instead of a culture entirely unto itself. For the mainstream, CODA is a film that allows them to make emotional inroads toward a basic understanding of disability.

Maybe it will blaze a larger trail. Maybe it won’t.

Crip Camp, a genius film, would have been my choice as a trailblazer for disability complexity. But it was a documentary and didn’t win the Oscar."

https://www.beaconbroadside.com/broadside/2022/04/my-little-d-deaf-take-on-coda-and-thoughts-on-the-eyes-of-tammy-faye.html


A Q&A with Terry Galloway | It’s a Hallmark film of a movie and, as such, has every Deaf cliché you can think of, including how hot Deaf people are in bed—although I’m inclined to perpetuate that myth. “CODA,” written by a hearing person and adapted by another hearing person, made the Dea...

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