July/August 2002 - Vol XVI No 4
UU World: The Magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association
 Cover, July/August 2002 UU World: Where Cultures Collide: Living Multiculturalism in the U.S. Heartland

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The Human Choice

Love is a choice — not simply, or necessarily, a rational choice, but rather a willingness to be present to others without pretense or guide. Love is a conversion to humanity — a willingness to participate with others in the healing of a broken world and broken lives. Love is the choice to experience life as a member of the human family, a partner in the dance of life.

Professor of theology at the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and author of Our Passion for Justice: Images of Power, Sexuality, and Liberation (Pilgrim Press, 1984), in which this passage appears.


The Middle of Everywhere

A surprising number of refugees now call Lincoln, Nebraska, home. Their stories help us see the new multicultural face of America. / BY MARY PIPHER

How To Be a Cultural Broker

You can help new immigrants find a place in your community by reaching across cultural divides.

Storms Facing West

Bob West led the UUA through financial trouble, racial controversy, and political tumult. Meet the "unsung hero" of the UUA. /BY WARREN R. ROSS

Rite of Passage

A mother's quest to mark her daughter's coming-of-age leads, unexpectedly, to a mountain in Spain. /BY MARYANN WOODS-MURPHY

On the cover: Illustration by Mark Steele.


Middle of Everywhere
by Mary Pipher

Be a Cultural Broker
by Mary Pipher

Storms Facing West
by Warren R. Ross

Rite of Passage
by Maryann Woods-Murphy


From the Editor
Daniel J. McClain

Our Calling
The heart of the work

Christianity maligned; fighting abuse; height reconsidered

Nature's tough love; language of the heart; pastoral call

Pilgrimage to Selma

Congregational Life
Congregations make giving organic

UU Bookshelf
Creationism revisited

Books To Note
Gregor Samsa, take two

What in the World?
Discussion topics on UU World articles

Looking Back
Preacher to the nation


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