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Donald E. Skinner is contributing editor of UU World and editor of InterConnections newsletter for church leaders. He is a member of the Shawnee Mission Unitarian Universalist Church in Lenexa, Kansas.


UUA Breakthrough Congregation Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas
The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas, has nearly doubled its membership by being open to change.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.8.14

Evanston Unitarian church installs rain gardens
Gardens naturally absorb 25,000 cubic feet of water each year.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.1.14

UUA Bookstore expands offerings
At new location, bookstore offers clothing, jewelry, tote bags, and hundreds of books.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.14

UUA sells last Beacon Hill building for $11.5 million
41 Mt. Vernon St., former Beacon Press headquarters, will become condominiums.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.6.14

Social justice push marks minister’s retirement
More than 100 hours volunteered in honor of the Rev. Bill Breeden
By Donald E. Skinner 8.4.14

Book group brings Muslim and UU women together
Women from Unitarian Universalist and Muslim congregations in Silver Spring, Md., meet each month.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.14

Helping to tip the scales
UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.14

Unitarian Universalist Association approves fossil fuel divestment
General Assembly vote endorses divestment, but allows for shareholder activism.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 6.30.14

UUA divests from fossil fuels
By Donald E. Skinner 6.28.14

Fossil fuel divestment passes first test
By Donald E. Skinner 6.27.14

Presidential Search Committee takes a spin in public
By Donald E. Skinner 6.26.14

Team plans creative, nourishing arc of worship
Worship Arts Team, new this year, supports worship leaders at General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.16.14

Fossil fuel divestment on GA agenda
Divestment resolution, Congregational Study/Action Issues on General Assembly business agenda.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.26.14

Make a bowl to fight hunger
Empty Bowls project at UUA General Assembly will raise money for hunger relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.14

UUA's Boston guesthouse will close June 30
After Eliot and Pickett guesthouse closes, Club Quarters Hotel will house UUA volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.14

Starr King names Rosemary Bray McNatt its next president
The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt to follow the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker as president of Starr King School for the Ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.14

UUA names new Stewardship and Development director
Mary Katherine Morn will succeed Terry Sweetser as chief fundraiser in August.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.14

UUA Presidential Search Committee begins its work
Created by 2010 General Assembly vote, committee will pick two nominees for 2017 UUA presidential election.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.14

Emerging, alternative groups at UUA's growing edge
Total membership falls 1.2 percent; UUA counts 51 emerging groups, handful of experimental communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.14

UUA sells three buildings for $23.6 million
Sale of 25 Beacon Street headquarters, Eliot and Pickett Houses finalized.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.20.14

Uncontested elections will add 2 new trustees
2014 General Assembly will elect four trustees and a financial advisor.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.14

'Love Reaches Out' is theme of 2014 General Assembly
Labor disputes limit available hotel rooms, but other options remain available.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.10.14

UUA sells Beacon Hill buildings to residential developer
Sea-Dar Construction will convert 25 Beacon St., Pickett & Eliot Houses into residences.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.18.14

1,500 Unitarian Universalists join huge N.C. march
UUs from many states joined tens of thousands for 'Moral March' in Raleigh February 8.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.17.14

New UUA logo part of outreach effort
Logo is first step in a broader initiative to promote Unitarian Universalism.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.13.14

GA rebate offered to congregational leaders in 2014
UUA Board of Trustees hopes to attract congregational presidents to General Assembly with $100 subsidies.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.10.14

UU leaders urge attendance at N.C. 'moral rally'
Feb. 8 protest will focus on voter laws and other conservative legislation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.27.14

Volunteers sought for ongoing Sandy recovery
More than a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, volunteers are still needed.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.20.14

Group works to make congregations more accessible
EqUUal Access offers guidelines, is creating a congregational certification program.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.6.14

In disasters and tragedies, Trauma Response Ministry steps in
Now in its 11th year, volunteer ministers and laypeople provide crisis relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.2.13

Washington congregation creates permanent village for homeless
At Olympia's Camp Quixote, 30 one-room cottages are near completion.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.11.13

Congregational news, Winter 2013
Brief congregational news items from the Winter 2013 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 11.4.13

Historic quilt becomes time capsule for Nebraska congregation
Omaha UUs restore and celebrate 1898 ‘signature quilt’
By Donald E. Skinner 11.4.13

History buff creates videos of denomination's 'Long Strange Trip'
Six-DVD series traces roots of Unitarian Universalism from 1st century to present times.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.21.13

Congregations build bridges, relationships with Native Americans
Spurred by study of Doctrine of Discovery, UUs reach out to indigenous people.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.14.13

Colorado UUs dry out from epic floods
Mountain Desert District creates relief fund for congregations, individuals
By Donald E. Skinner 10.7.13

Florida church welcomes Boy Scouts spurned by Baptists
After BSA allows gay scouts, UU Church of Fort Myers opens doors to three units.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.23.13

Funding Program helps UUs' social justice dreams come true
In 2012, fund dispersed more than $1M to advance innovative UU projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.16.13

Seeking growth, congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
Congregational mentoring program enters third year.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.13

General Assembly 2013: Entering a new era
Report from the 2013 General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.26.13

Bringing General Assembly to life
The UUA's General Assembly and Conference Services office puts together a giant logistical puzzle every year.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.13

Tweens gather in Dallas for UU Children's Choir
43 children attend music camp during UU musicians' conference.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.12.13

UU scientist battles arsenic-poisoned water in Bangladesh
Vermont chemist Seth Frisbie calls tainted wells the “largest human poisoning in history.”
By Donald E. Skinner 8.5.13

L.A. church joins lawsuit against government surveillance
Collecting call records violates First Amendment rights, lawsuit claims.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.29.13

UUA and UUSC call for increase in minimum wage
Renewed campaign for worker justice says ‘stop making workers pay the price for corporate greed.’
By Donald E. Skinner 7.22.13

Clearwater UUs lauded for deep-seated social activism
For decades, congregation has advocated for civil rights, farmworkers, immigrants, and LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.15.13

GA ends in celebration, installation of new leaders
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.13

Ministry fund created in Courter's honor
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.13

Delegates oppose institutional racism with AIW
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.13

GA welcomes international guests
By Donald E. Skinner 6.22.13

Delegates approve Article II bylaw changes
By Donald E. Skinner 6.22.13

Eboo Patel urges interfaith involvement
By Donald E. Skinner 6.21.13

Commission on Appraisal report explores authority
By Donald E. Skinner 6.21.13

Article II change recommended by miniassembly
By Donald E. Skinner 6.21.13

General Assembly opens in Louisville
By Donald E. Skinner 6.20.13

'Unitarian Universalism well situated for challenging times'
By Donald E. Skinner 6.20.13

Four UU congregations pull investments from fossil fuel companies
Congregations divest to make statement against profiting from practices that contribute to climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.17.13

After tornadoes, Oklahoma UUs aid undocumented immigrants
Interfaith effort brings services to people who, fearing deportation, don’t seek relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.10.13

Off-site voting at GA expands
UUA hopes for 100 off-site delegates at June General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.3.13

Marriage equality gains momentum
UUs in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota celebrate equal marriage rights in rapid succession.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.20.13

Congregational news, Summer 2013
Brief congregational news items from the Summer 2013 issue.
By Michelle Bates Deakin and Donald E. Skinner 5.15.13

Texas congregations form social justice network
The Texas UU Justice Ministry seeks to amplify UU voices in the public square.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.13.13

Three districts vote to become MidAmerica Region
Shift toward regionalization aims to create greater connections among congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.6.13

Minister embarks on Dallas-to-Concord fundraising ride
To raise money for the Jericho Road Project, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter is cycling from Texas to Massachusetts.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.6.13

British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction
‘Growing Unitarianism’ movement seeks to reverse decline and promote excitement.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.22.13

Gateway Fellowship forms from Arizona prison ministry
Inmates and members of Tucson congregation gather for monthly prison worship.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.8.13

UUA Breakthrough Congregation: Unitarian Church of Sharon, Massachusetts
How a small church chose to invest in a more ambitious future.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.1.13

Environmental justice, elections on tap at 2013 General Assembly
Eboo Patel and Wendell Berry are among the featured speakers at Louisville, Ky., meeting in June.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.25.13

Virginia revival joins three congregations and campus ministry
500 worshipers gather for rousing service in college community.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.11.13

First Parish Bedford funds gun buyback program
Massachusetts congregation seeks to ‘do something’ in response to Newtown massacre.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.4.13

In Afghanistan, UUs light chalice in new congregation
The Kandahar Crossing UU Fellowship is a peaceful refuge in a war zone.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.18.13

Installation includes justice work
Rather than simply install its new minister, congregation launched day of community service.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.15.13

Dallas Unitarians fund well in South Sudan
'Lost Boy' returns to Dallas with report about water well dug with help from First Unitarian Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.4.13

Month of love and justice returns
Standing on the Side of Love’s second annual Thirty Days of Love campaign runs from MLK to Valentine’s Day.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.21.13

Minister earns award from city he lobbied for change
Holland, Mich., grants Social Justice Award to the Rev. Bill Freeman in same room he led protest for LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.14.13

Westport carolers set record, raise money
Singing from door to door, Connecticut carolers help fund arts in schools.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.24.12

Districts recede as 'regionalization' takes hold
UUA governance is moving toward a regional model, lowering costs and increasing efficiency.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.26.12

Tim DeChristopher's path
How an undergraduate's activism led him to prison, and to plans to become a UU minister.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.19.12

Once a rarity, UU military chaplains increasing
The growing number of UU chaplains reflects sea change in UUA’s relationship to the military.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.12.12

UUs celebrate historic wins for marriage equality
Popular votes in Maine, Maryland, and Washington approve same-sex marriage; Minnesotans reject marriage ban.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 11.12.12

Sandy spares East Coast UU churches; damages Ohio congregation
New York, New Jersey churches reach out to congregants and prepare for Sunday services without power.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.12

UUs rally for marriage equality in four states
Ballot questions in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington draw UU support, advocacy.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 10.22.12

Rochester congregation is new home for UU boutique
New York church will expand UniUniques with traditional and edgy items.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.8.12

Harvest of Hope aids ‘invisible’ migrants
Florida-based foundation has donated more than $1M in direct aid to migrant farmworkers.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.1.12

'Learning Garden' sows connections between church and community
Pasadena congregation transforms barren corner into fertile partnership.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12

Suburbs reach out downtown
Unitarians worship at 9 o'clock in the suburbs, 11 o'clock downtown.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12

From Arizona to North Carolina, 'UndocuBus' draws UU support
Cross-country ride raises awareness of undocumented immigrants and their struggles.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.10.12

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans congregations weather Isaac
Three area congregations emerge unscathed from Category 1 hurricane
By Donald E. Skinner 9.3.12

'Road to a different future': 2012 General Assembly
With singular focus, General Assembly is transformed.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.27.12

Useful resources, Fall 2012
Useful resources from 'InterConnections,' the newsletter for lay leaders.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.12

Congregational news, Fall 2012
Brief congregational news items from the Fall 2012 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 8.15.12

Youth ‘pilgrimage’ to GA opens eyes and hearts
Minnesota youth group took winding spiritual journey to Phoenix to prepare for Justice General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.30.12

UUA, UUSC collaborate on social justice 'college'
Group will offer international service trips and social justice education.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.23.12

Chalice maker, 92, lights his own chalice at GA
UU Mordecai Roth turned to chalice making after retiring from dentistry.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.16.12

Kalamazoo congregation lauded for wide-ranging social justice efforts
People’s Church earns UUA’s 2012 Bennett Award for social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.25.12

GA 2012 ends on upbeat note
By Donald E. Skinner 6.24.12

GA repudiates Doctrine of Discovery
By Donald E. Skinner 6.24.12

Meet a Trustee: David Jackoway
Heartland trustee seeks to connect UUs through technology and theology.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.18.12

Witness and worship on tap at Justice GA
3,800 people prepare to gather in Phoenix, Ariz., for 2012 UUA General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.11.12

Board listens to concerns about Justice GA
Accountability Group shares worries of members of marginalized groups about attending General Assembly in Phoenix.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.4.12

UUA Breakthrough Congregation: UU Church of Ogden, Utah
Meet the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.28.12

National 'Day of Witness' planned for June 23
At General Assembly and across the country, UUs urged to devote the day to justice.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.21.12

Photography exhibit focuses on lesbian life in Deep South
Photographs at Birmingham, Ala., civil rights museum include four UU families in show about inclusion and equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.14.12

Dallas church raises $20K for wells in South Sudan
“Lost Boy” inspires congregation to give up drinks during Lent to provide water for villages.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.7.12

Florida UUs campaign for impoverished migrant workers
Pickets and fasting raise awareness of agricultural workers’ low pay and dangerous conditions.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.23.12

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher isolated in prison
Move allegedly follows complaint from U.S. congressman over Tim DeChristopher email.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.2.12

Congregations encouraged to study Doctrine of Discovery
Fellowship in Bellingham, Wash., has been longstanding supporter of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.26.12

UUA looking beyond traditional congregations
President Morales: ‘Congregations cannot be the only way we connect with people.’
By Donald E. Skinner 3.12.12

UU's sexuality advocacy group fights for survival
The Rev. Debra Haffner's Religious Institute loses more than $400,000 to fiscal agent; launches emergency fundraising appeal.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.5.12

Month-long campaign spreads justice and love
From MLK Day to Valentine’s Day, Standing on the Side of Love inspires thousands to engage in social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.12

Meet a Trustee: Michael Tino
Antiracism, antioppression guide New York trustee’s work
By Donald E. Skinner 2.20.12

Silver sale raises $1.6M for Massachusetts church
Funds will help pay for renovations to Dorchester congregation’s historic building.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.6.12

UU prevails in challenge to prayer at meetings
U.S. Supreme Court lets ruling stand that sectarian prayers violate separation of church and state.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.12

Congregations study, plan for Justice GA
Immigration education, fundraising, and advocacy help UUs prepare for June meeting in Phoenix.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.23.12

'Gathered Here' helps UUs share experiences, hopes
UUA initiative encourages community conversations to strengthen denomination.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.16.12

Maine congregation rebuilding after fire
After ceremony to say goodbye to 126-year-old building, church is razed.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.11

Community minister helps ‘one child at a time’
The Rev. Donald Robinson lauded for 20 years of youth programs at Beacon House.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.11

Meet a trustee: Graham Kreicker
Volunteer teaching inspires Kansas retiree’s board work.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.12.11

'Tree of Life' mosaic takes root at California church
From broken jewelry, keys, and coffee cups, congregants create eight-foot, collaborative artwork.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.24.11

NASA fellowship named for UU astronomer
Known as “Mother of the Hubble,” Nancy Grace Roman hopes to inspire girls to pursue careers in science.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.11

Rochester church's rap video goes viral
First Unitarian Church invested 400 hours in Homecoming Sunday video.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.10.11

Picture of GA 2012 coming into focus
Planning Committee releases a schedule; design team reveals snapshots of the Justice General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.11

Report catalogs abuse of immigrants at Mexican border
No More Deaths, a ministry of the UU Church of Tucson, finds a ‘Culture of Cruelty’ among Border Patrol.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.11

Tropical storm floods Pennsylvania congregation again
BuxMont UU Fellowship scurries to clean up extensive water damage before 50th anniversary celebration next week.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11

Alabama UUs join fight against immigration law
Rallies, hearings, and trainings aim at dismantling far-reaching anti-immigrant measure.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11

15 UUs arrested during Tar Sands Action
Two-week protest draws Unitarian Universalists from across the country to highlight perils of pipeline and climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11

Hurricane Irene damages Carolina congregations
New York, Pennsylvania churches suffer flooding, but Vermont congregations spared.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11

UUA president sentenced to time served for protest
Morales calls his determination to fight Arizona immigration law stronger than ever.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.11

Equal marriage comes to New York
Unitarian Universalists also cheer civil unions in Ill., R.I.; continue advocacy in Colo.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

Tar Sands Action inspired by a UU's civil disobedience
A proposed pipeline could be ‘game over’ for climate change, say environmentalists planning protests at White House.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

Congregational news: Fall 2011
Brief congregational news items from the Fall 2011 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Julia Angley 8.15.11

Iowa UU named rural 'Champion of Change'
White House honors professor and seminarian Linda Barnes, who spreads the word about the importance of food diversity.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

Disaster hits three congregations
Storms and fire struck UU congregations in Alabama, Massachusetts, and Maine.
By Julia Angley and Michelle Bates Deakin and Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

New York UUs celebrate marriage equality
Interfaith efforts help sway legislature to make New York sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.1.11

DeChristopher receives two-year prison sentence
UU climate-change activist tells court: ‘I will continue this fight.’
By Donald E. Skinner 8.1.11

Composting, recycling, and local food make GA greener
Charlotte Convention Center added green services, while some hotels lagged behind.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.18.11

Positive reports stream in from off-site delegates
Planners envision expanding remote attendance for next year’s General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.11.11

AIW 1, protesting 'Muslim radicalization' hearings, passes
By Donald E. Skinner 6.26.11

AIW 3, calling for end to Afghan involvement, fails
By Donald E. Skinner 6.26.11

UUs join March on Blair Mountain
At site of historic coal miner uprising, activists raise awareness about consequences of mountaintop removal mining.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.20.11

Civil unions become law in Illinois
While short of marriage, civil unions allow same-sex couples health insurance, pensions, and other benefits.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.13.11

Anniversary events on tap for UUA General Assembly
4,000 people prepare to gather in Charlotte, N.C., for the UUA's 50th General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.6.11

Tornado topples steeple of Massachusetts church
Relief fund will aid congregation and members affected by the storms.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.6.11

'Time banks' earn interest of UU churches
Members find the exchanges build community and save money.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.23.11

Congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
UUA pilot program helps congregations mentor one another.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.16.11

Ads spread message of Unitarian Universalism
R.I. campaign targets ‘people who are UUs but don’t know it.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.9.11

Utah UUs arrested in energy protest
Washington, D.C., sit-in inspired by trial of Tim DeChristopher.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.2.11

Undeterred, Colorado UUs prepare for new marriage-equality battle in 2012
Area churches pool resources to hire intern for advocacy work.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.25.11

UU professor target of GOP probe after questioning conservative bill
William Cronon at center of storm over academic freedom in Wisconsin.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.18.11

'Bright and shining church' rises from Katrina's floodwaters
Community Church in New Orleans celebrates new building, five years after hurricane.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.18.11

UUA-UUSC Japan Fund supports religious partners after quake
Rissho Kosei-kai congregations in Northern Japan are among the damaged.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.11.11

The Mountain climbs back to solvency
Increased donations, new interim director bolster North Carolina retreat center.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.11.11

UU legislator leads marriage equality fight in Maryland
Rich Madaleno is ‘an inspiration and mentor’ in advocacy for LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.28.11

General Assembly to allow some delegates to vote from home this year
Organizers seek volunteers to test online voting, with hopes of expanding program in 2012.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.28.11

Wisconsin UUs continue month-long protest for workers’ rights
Governor signs bill to curtail collective bargaining, but demonstrations continue.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.21.11

Alternative scouting group starts to grow
Navigators USA welcomes gay, atheist, and agnostic scouts.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.14.11

Disappointment for Maryland UUs battling for equal marriage rights
Fearing defeat in the House, supporters decide to wait until next year.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.14.11

Utah UU convicted for environmental activism
Federal jury faults Tim DeChristopher for blocking auction of oil and gases leases.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.7.11

Oregon UU church builds Cuban alliances
Portland-based Cuba AyUUda fosters Cuban-U.S. relations.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.28.11

Cases dismissed for many Phoenix protesters
Court dismisses cases against 17 UUs, finds three others not guilty for SB 1070 protests.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.31.11

Phoenix court dates scheduled for many UU arrestees
Most expected to plead 'not guilty' for protesting Arizona anti-illegal immigration law.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.17.11

UU legislative ministries now in 15 states
State legislative ministries bring UU values to the public arena.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.3.11

Congregations give a hand to immigrants
'It is one thing to talk about immigration in the abstract and another to hear people's stories.'
By Donald E. Skinner 1.3.11

UUA plans 50th anniversary celebration
Big events scheduled for 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.27.10

Charges dropped against UU arrested in Phoenix protest
First arrestees found ‘not guilty’; charges dropped against second group
By Donald E. Skinner 12.27.10

UUA looking into possible sale of Boston buildings
Administration expresses interest in modern building near Andover Newton Theological School.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.13.10

Unitarian Universalists honor transgender deaths
Congregations becoming more aware of transgender issues, say advocates.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.6.10

Utah man's actions blocked oil and gas leases
Salt Lake Unitarians support Tim DeChristopher, who risks jail time for his environmental activism.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.22.10

N.C. retreat center drastically reduces staff
The Mountain’s board lays off CEO and half of staff.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.8.10

UUA launches Leap of Faith program
Growth program sets up mentoring relationships for twelve UU congregations; Association Sunday gifts provide funding.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.10

UU ministers speak out in support of gay teens
Unitarian Universalists use sermons, letters, and YouTube videos to confront bullying.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10

89 UU congregations join Global Day of Action
Unitarian Universalists promote environmental stewardship with '10-10-10' events.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10

Cultivating an abandoned place
The Rev. Ron Robinson's unconventional church in Turley, Okla., focuses on service.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.11.10

UUA’s General Assembly goes green
Recycling capacity depends on host city
By Donald E. Skinner 10.4.10

UU hopeful that conviction will be overturned
Arizona UU ministry helps migrants crossing the desert.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

2010 General Assembly report
The 2010 General Assembly called on Unitarian Universalists to stand with immigrants.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

Tour educates Calif. UUs about water justice issues
Young adults learn social justice leadership skills.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

Choirs bring a 'heart connection'
Unitarian Universalist church choirs strengthen community, deepen personal spirituality.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.10

UU congregations work for immigrant justice
Unitarian Universalists find many ways to help immigrants.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.10

UUSC and UUA form Pakistani flood relief fund
Money will support UUSC partners helping women, children, and refugee families.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.30.10

New Orleans UU churches alive—and struggling
Three New Orleans churches and a Gulfport, Miss., congregation struggle to regain members five years after Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.30.10

Two UU congregations plan to start radio stations
Programming will be mostly secular but will include some UU content.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.2.10

29 UUs arrested in Phoenix protest
Unitarian Universalists demonstrate against Arizona's SB 1070.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.2.10

Standing on the Side of Love campaign celebrates first year
UU antioppression campaign gains visibility, supporters.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.26.10

Couple makes backyard camping a lifestyle
Massachusetts pair has been sleeping outdoors for a year.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.14.10

UUs make lifestyle changes for 40 days
Campaign honors 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.7.10

Transgender UU champions passage of ENDA
New federal law would end discrimination against GLBT people in the workplace.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.31.10

Social media help spread Unitarian Universalism
'If a congregation isn't sharing its good news through multiple channels, it may be missing out.'
By Donald E. Skinner 5.24.10

UUA restructures staff
UUA responds to reduced funding, hopes to model more effective ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.17.10

UUA contemplates bold changes
A guide to changes promoted by the Board of Trustees and by the UUA administration.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 5.10.10

UUA raises funds for southeastern flood victims
Will help Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee and Kentucky.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.10.10

Hundreds of congregations mark 40th Earth Day
Many Unitarian Universalists focused on ‘ethical eating.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.3.10

UUA expects second year of reduced income
Budget adjustments for 2011 will also fund new initiatives.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.19.10

UUA membership declines for second year
Numbers show slight decline, less than Mainline Protestant churches.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.12.10

Congregations benefit from camp experience
'Retreating and camping is a growth opportunity for Unitarian Universalism.'
By Donald E. Skinner 4.5.10

Faced with budget cuts, UU congregations rally
Lack of money brings anxiety, but also generosity, gratitude.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.5.10

Two UUA districts agree to share staff
New arrangement will allow districts to offer a broader range of expertise.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.29.10

UU campaign honors Earth Day’s 40th anniversary
Forty congregants asked to give something up for 40 days.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.29.10

Board to review proposed changes to Article XV
If amended, Article XV would make it easier to change bylaws
By Donald E. Skinner 3.8.10

Congregations give $326K for UUA diversity initiatives
More congregations participated in Association Sunday this year than in 2008-2009.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.10

UUA contemplates districts’ future
System of regions to be implemented.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.22.10

Contributions to UU Haiti fund near $1 million
Congregations make donations, organize fundraising events, and offer support to local Haitian community.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.15.10

UUA launches updated website
First phase of website redesign can be seen February 1
By Donald E. Skinner 2.1.10

Innovations help congregants hear
People with hearing loss are a big percentage of the people with disabilities who come through our doors on Sunday morning.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.25.10

Cuba turns away visiting church group
Unitarian Universalist cultural exchange group had made 13 trips before being turned away in December.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.18.10

UUSC, UUA create Haitian relief fund
Unitarian Universalists respond to earthquake devastation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.14.10

2010 General Assembly will try new schedule
Plenaries will be held on the weekend, workshops on Thursday and Friday.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.10

Big changes proposed for UUA's General Assembly
Task force advocates fewer delegates, biennial schedule, and subsidies to boost congregational participation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.10

UU church service offers alternative to Black Friday
St. Paul, Minn., church studies ways to “reclaim Christmas.”
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.09

Chalica, new weeklong UU holiday, slowly gains adherents
One of the seven UU Principles honored each day.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.7.09

Ten-year-old refuses to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Boy who attends Arkansas UU church protests unequal treatment of GLBT people.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.09

UU Ministers Association raises dues
Increased funds to be used for ministerial education and new executive director position.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.09

UU congregations observe International Day of Climate Action
Unitarian Universalists insulate windows, plant flowers, organize carpools to reduce carbon footprint.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.09

Congregations raise money for UUA diversity initiatives
Almost 500 congregations sign up for Association Sunday
By Donald E. Skinner 10.12.09

Unitarian Universalists lobby for health care reform
Individuals and congregations write letters, visit legislators, and meet to promote health care reform
By Donald E. Skinner 10.5.09

Hallman outspent Morales on unsuccessful presidential bid
Morales won 2009 UUA presidential election despite Hallman’s larger base of donors.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.28.09

Morales and Hallman reflect on UUA presidential race
Candidates and campaign chiefs talk about travel, technology, and identifying delegates.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.21.09

General Assembly report, 2009
The Unitarian Universalist Association elects a president focused on helping congregations adapt to a changing society.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 9.14.09

Youth, adults bond through service trips
Service trips are a great way to help people in need and cultivate a lifelong awareness of the importance of serving others.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.09

UU radio shows broadcast liberal religious message
Congregations and ministers use radio to reach a broader audience.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.09

The liberal saints
Andrene Kauffman’s murals in Chicago’s Third Unitarian Church honor heroes of the liberal spirit.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.3.09

Non-UU youth learn about sex through UU program
D.C. community youth groups adopt UUA's lifespan sexual education curricula.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.20.09

Morales decisively wins UUA presidency
The Rev. Peter Morales elected with 59 percent of the vote.
By Christopher L. Walton and Donald E. Skinner 6.29.09

UU secretaries of state stress importance of voting
California and Minnesota secretaries of state to receive Wilton Prize at UUA General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.22.09

UUA offers credentials to church musicians
Unitarian Universalist Association is also revising religious educators' credentialing program.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.8.09

UUs cheer legalization of gay marriage in New Hampshire
‘Live Free or Die’ state now place to ‘Live Free and Marry’
By Donald E. Skinner 6.8.09

UUA reorganizes Congregational Services staff
Department disbanded; most offices will merge with District Services into new Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.1.09

Unitarian Universalists decry Calif. gay marriage ruling
State Supreme Court 'takes away rights,' says UU minister arrested at protest in San Francisco.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.1.09

Illinois church collects veterans’ stories
Unitarian Universalist church’s oral history project opens up conversations about military service.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.25.09

Reports outline new model of UU youth ministry
Urge congregations and districts to make ministry to youth and young people of color priorities.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.18.09

Congregations organize to combat recession
Tightening their own belts, Unitarian Universalist churches help members in need.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.18.09

3,200 UUs expected at 2009 General Assembly
Delegates in Salt Lake City will elect new president, discuss plan to hold GA every other year.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.18.09

Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriage victories
Iowa City congregation hosts marriage ceremony for 17 same-sex couples; President Sinkford hails new Maine law.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.11.09

Membership growth in UUA slows down
Latest figures show slight dip; UUA presidential candidates Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales comment on growth strategies.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.11.09

Utah a 'great place to be a Unitarian Universalist'
Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly meets in Salt Lake City, June 24-28.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09

Congregations prepare to elect new UUA president
Delegates may vote at General Assembly in June or by absentee ballot.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09

Speakers series boosts Fla. fellowship into public eye
‘Celebrated Speakers’ series pays for huge building, increases congregation’s public visibility.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.27.09

UUs celebrate legalization of gay marriage in Vermont and Iowa
Congregations and individual UUs active in the fight for marriage equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.13.09

UUs raise money for homeless by sleeping outside
Hundreds of volunteers sleep outside in ‘cardboard cities’ in March action
By Donald E. Skinner 4.6.09

New website helps military UUs connect
Church of the Larger Fellowship launches military ministry website.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.30.09

California congregation forms ties with Tijuana families
Unitarian Universalist fellowship delivers food, supplies, and letters to new-found friends in Tijuana.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.09

Unitarian Universalists promote clean energy on Capitol Hill
Thousands of young people gather in Washington to lobby for changes in energy policy.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.9.09

Gini Courter seeks another term as UUA moderator
Priorities include shift to policy governance, accountability to congregations, antiracism, and 'excellence in ministry.'
By Donald E. Skinner 3.2.09

'I need to love the world enough to want to save it'
UUA Moderator Gini Courter discusses personal motivation and organizational challenges facing the Unitarian Universalist Association.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.2.09

Congregations remain hopeful in face of recession
Some congregations have pared back budgets. Most are worried about finding ways to support members in need.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.23.09

Knoxville churches honor shooting victims; killer pleads guilty
Unrepentant shooter urged others to ‘kill liberals’; Unitarian Universalists name rooms after his victims during 60th anniversary celebration.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.16.09

UUA prepares for belt tightening
Unitarian Universalist Association anticipates 10 percent drop in revenue in FY2010, begins planning cuts.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.16.09

UU children help struggling families feed pets
North Carolina children raise money to provide pet food for families struggling with recession.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.9.09

Inaugural celebrations
Unitarian Universalists mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.26.09

UU minister challenges S.C. 'I believe' license plates
Judge calls legislature's plans to issue license plates depicting a cross a violation of church-state separation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.19.09

'Charged-full living'
UUA-sponsored WellSprings Congregation takes a different approach to new church development.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.09

UU leads Arkansas anti-death penalty campaign
Social activist David Rickard bases action on UU First Principle.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.29.08

Texas UUs collect shoes for children in Chupaderos, Mexico
Plano UU church works with Baptist congregation to send shoes, gifts at Christmas
By Donald E. Skinner 12.15.08

Fires affect California UUs
California wildfires destroy more then 1,000 homes, including two belonging to Unitarian Universalist families.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.08

Ad campaign to focus on Google AdWords
UUA moves advertising from ‘Time’ to cyberspace.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.08

Unitarian Universalist elected to U.S. House
Walt Minnick of Idaho joins two fellow Unitarian Universalists in Congress.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.08

UU candidates win elections
State ballot initiatives on abortion, marijuana, show mixed results.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.14.08

Congregations develop programs for seniors
What Unitarian Universalist congregations can do to make churches friendlier places for seniors.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.08

Two die in Knoxville church shooting
Knoxville congregations, UUs nationwide reaffirm openness after July 27 attack.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner 11.1.08

Youth ministry working group meets to chart new course
Six youth selected by YRUU leadership join group charged with designing new model for UUA youth ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.27.08

More congregations create addiction ministries
125 Unitarian Universalist congregations now offer ministries to people struggling with addiction.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.20.08

UU candidates hit the campaign trail
Several UUs are running for election or re-election in November.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.13.08

2008 Association Sunday to support theological education
October 12 UUA fundraiser will support lay theological education and ministerial training.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.08

Sinkford speaks to Iranian president
Peace activists meet with Iranian delegation.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.08

Hurricanes damage UU churches, homes in Texas
Sense of “normalcy” destroyed for many repeat hurricane victims.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.22.08

New Orleans UUs mark third anniversary of Katrina
Community Church demolishes building as New Orleans UUs find new ways to work together; Hurricane Gustav disrupts Katrina commemorations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.1.08

UUA’s ‘New York Times’ ad affirms justice stances
Full-page ad responds to Knoxville shooting by reaffirming Unitarian Universalism’s open hearts and open doors.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.25.08

Sierra Club highlights UU environmental initiatives
National report on religious environmentalism honors Unitarian Universalist projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.25.08

Congregations helping other congregations
Aiding another congregation gives 'sense of supporting a larger vision of Unitarian Universalism.'
By Donald E. Skinner 8.11.08

Unitarian Universalist buildings going green
Congregations increasingly applying green building techniques.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08

Two Unitarian Universalists killed in church shooting
Knoxville shooter may have been motivated by ‘hatred of the liberal movement.’
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08

UU congregations support extended sites
Churches nurture growth through satellite locations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.21.08

Sinkford speaks at religious summit before G8 meeting
Interfaith gathering urges action on climate change, nuclear disarmament, and terrorism.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.08

UUA presidential candidates take questions at GA
Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales talk about presidential priorities.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.08

California Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriages
Unitarian Universalist couples, ministers, congregations celebrate now-legal marriages.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.08

UUA districts in Midwest raise funds for flood relief
Churches stay dry, but some Unitarian Universalists lose homes.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.08

UUA team studies resource distribution to congregations
'Congregations Come First' task force looks at ways to support Unitarian Universalist congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.16.08

UUA to administer Green Sanctuary program
UUA to take over environmental program from UU Ministry for Earth
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.08

Mother's Day for peace, as Julia Ward Howe intended
Kansas City Unitarian Universalists promote Mother's Day founder Julia Ward Howe's message of peace.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.08

Unitarian Universalists cheer California gay marriage ruling
UU legislative ministry’s amicus brief cited in Supreme Court’s decision authorizing same-sex marriages.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.08

Cedar Lane's modernist auditorium
Pietro Belluschi's design for a Unitarian Universalist church in Maryland.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.15.08

UUA considers new plans for youth ministry
Youth Ministry Working Group developing new approach, wants youth leaders 'embedded all over the place.'
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.08

Rochester youth raise money for Mexican border town
Unitarian Universalist youth spend a night in tents to raise money.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08

Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate Earth Day
Growing environmental awareness leads to activism year-round.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08

UUA ad campaign continues in 'Time'
Additional ads to run April 14, May 12; online campaign targets Google searches.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.08

New Orleans UU churches launch fundraising campaign
Money to be used to restore churches; separate campaign to fund ethical living center.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.08

Music programs key to congregational life
Growing diversity in music characterizes Unitarian Universalism today.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.31.08

Florida ad campaign boosts church attendance
Tampa Bay Unitarian Universalist churches invite visitors with postcards, billboards, TV ads.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.08

Two UU ministers arrested protesting war
In Washington, Sinkford urges political leaders to seek forgiveness for Iraq war; 41 arrested at March 7 interfaith rally.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.08

Churches sponsor drop-in centers for gay teens
Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee, Utah, and Maryland affirm LGBTQ youth.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.08

Continental YRUU 'will be replaced,' Sinkford says
Funding cuts uncertain for youth organization; new model for youth ministry in development.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.25.08

UU mission to Kenya sees destruction firsthand
Delegation reports findings to Congress, State Department, and World Bank.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.8.08

'Survivor' seed money grows a fellowship hall
TV show prize inspires California congregation to build.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.25.08

Unitarian Universalists give $1.1 million for growth
More than 500 congregations take part in Association Sunday.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.08

UU minister joins Army as a chaplain
The Rev. George Tyger prepares for summer deployment.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.4.08

UU congregations home to diverse musical groups
From community bands to family choirs, musical groups enhance Unitarian Universalist congregational life.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.28.07

Murders, suicide rock Florida congregation
Five members of Clearwater Unitarian Universalist congregation dead.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.07

UU ads to appear in bowl game programs
Advertising campaigns launched at football games, in Tampa Bay area.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.07

UUA leaders respond to General Assembly security concerns
Federal security measures at the Port of Fort Lauderdale raise concerns for 2008 General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.14.07

Winterfaith series honors diverse religious holidays
Unitarian Universalist fellowship in Illinois organizes interfaith series on winter holidays.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07

Fire relief fund helps California UUs recover
Unitarian Universalist contribute more than $50,000 to help California UUs in fire's aftermath.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07

Congregations welcome transgender people
Unitarian Universalist churches, General Assembly affirm transgender people.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.07

Oregon church plants a parking lot
Grass-porous pavement provides alternative to asphalt for Hillsboro Unitarian Universalists.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.16.07

UUA health plan ends successful first year
Rate increases for 2008 held to 4 percent; open enrollment period ends November 30.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.9.07

California UU congregations regroup as fires ebb
Few lost homes but smoke damage is extensive.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.07

California fires affect UU congregations
Three hundred Unitarian Universalists evacuate; no damage to UU churches reported.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.26.07

Starting a new congregation from scratch
'There are more people here interested in what we have to offer than you might think.'
By Donald E. Skinner 10.22.07

Report on youth ministry urges new vision
Three-year review of Unitarian Universalist youth ministry completed; Board to hear report.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.12.07

Independent groups adapt to loss of affiliate status
UUA board says tighter rules for independent affiliates help congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.5.07

UUA launches national ad campaign in 'Time'
Regional campaign in San Francisco Bay Area advertises on 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart.'
By Donald E. Skinner 9.28.07

Scouting alternatives draw UU youth
Navigators and SpiralScouts offer inclusive programs.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.21.07

New congregation in Ohio displaced by flood
Unitarian Universalist church in Findlay, Ohio, regroups after losing possessions.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07

UUs help launch New Orleans 'Resurrection Project'
Gulf Coast Unitarian Universalists gather for second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07

Volunteers still needed in New Orleans
UU Service Committee takes over responsibility for coordinating UU volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07

Baton Rouge church honored for hurricane relief
Congregation coordinated UU Gulf Coast relief volunteer effort.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07

Mississippi church plans new building
After Hurricane Katrina swamped its lot, Gulfport UU church moves inland, attracts new members.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.24.07

Church rebuilds in Katrina's wake
Small group ministry 'the spiritual glue' that held Louisiana congregation together.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.17.07

New Orleans church slowly regains strength
First UU Church prepares to welcome new minister, finish rebuilding, and start AIDS ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.3.07

New Orleans church returns to old neighborhood
Congregation moves into house next to church building ruined by Katrina flood.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.27.07

UUs 'most visible' at Florida's largest pride festival
Annual gay pride event draws more than 150 UUs from 7 congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.6.07

Churches take steps toward diverse, multicultural future
Congregations respond to the General Assembly's challenge to examine race and class, embracing a multicultural future.
By Donald E. Skinner and Tom Stites 6.11.07

General Assembly to use Open Space to set UUA's course
June meeting of congregational representatives to use Open Space Technology to identify UUA's goals.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.1.07

UUA first denomination to join immigrant sanctuary movement
Unitarian Universalist Association joins movement supporting undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.25.07

Pentacle accepted for use on V.A. tombstones
Ten-year battle ends with Wiccan victory.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.27.07

Shocked congregation grateful for help
UUs reach out to Blacksburg church reeling from Virginia Tech massacre; campus also site of UU summer conference.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.20.07

UU funds to support Gulf Coast volunteers
UUA-UUSC funds for hurricane relief now will support volunteer groups going to Gulf.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.13.07

Interfaith community groups leverage power
More than 100 Unitarian Universalist congregations participate in congregation-based community organizing.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.26.07

Florida UUs rally in support of fired city manager
Ouster of official undergoing gender reassignment captures national attention.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.07

Sharon Welch named provost at Meadville Lombard
Ethics scholar to lead academic program at Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.9.07

Tennessee church loses building in fire
Religious education building of Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church completely destroyed, no injuries.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.23.07

Unitarian Universalists protest Iraq surge
UUA president criticizes Bush for troop increase.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.19.07

Congregations for the environment
Turning the UUA's Seventh Principle into a call to action.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.15.07

$132K will help Gulf Coast community groups
December grants from UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund assist childcare, community leadership groups.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.12.07

Starr King announces online leadership courses
"Seminary for the Laity" will offer courses for congregational leaders.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.12.07

Mississippi church celebrates centennial
Universalist church survives in conservative religious environment.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.07

Congregation pledges to halve holiday spending
Rochester, N.Y., church raises more than $60,000 for charity.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.22.06

New Gulf Coast grants total $130K
UUA-UUSC fund supports antiracism training and rebuilding projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.15.06

Centenarian ordained to honor long service
Muriel Davies ordained by Maryland church she founded almost 50 years ago.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.8.06

V.A. resists use of pentacle on tombstones
New lawsuit demands equality for Wiccan and Pagan veterans.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.06

UU congregation evicted by Catholic landlord
New Jersey diocese terminates lease because of gay rights speaker.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.06

Vandals target two churches’ liberal symbols
Congregations respond with forgiveness, activism, and increased security.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.06

Unitarian Universalists win three statewide races
Election results: Secretary of state in California and Minnesota; North Dakota reelects Senator Conrad.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.17.06

Cause of UU church fire unknown
Rock Tavern congregation meeting in borrowed space.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06

Seattle UU church honors minister
New fund recommits church to social justice.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06

Renewed UU funding supports New Orleans church staff
FY07 disbursements pay church staff for another year.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.27.06

Chapel finds new home at UU church
Despite city snafus, chapel moves across street.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.20.06

Big changes for General Assembly
Denomination's annual meeting reschedules Sunday worship service, will reexamine Association's purposes.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.13.06

Next round of UU grants to the Gulf
Funds used for affordable housing, worker protection, and youth outreach.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.06

UU astronomer's ashes en route to Pluto
Late astronomer's widow reflects on planet's demotion.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.06

New UUA health plan close to enrollment goal
50 more registrants needed before October 15 deadline.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.06

Honolulu UUs celebrate three holidays
Interfaith service held at Hawaiian capitol draws sixty.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.06

UUs mobilize against genocide past and present
U.S. Holocaust museum honors Unitarian couple; UUs rally for Darfur.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.22.06

Unitarian statue loses spot in U.S. Capitol
Statue of Thomas Starr King, Unitarian orator, to be replaced by one of Ronald Reagan.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.15.06

Fire destroys Rock Tavern UU church
UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, N.Y., loses sanctuary and classroom buildings.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.15.06

UU peace prize awarded to Liberian women
Prize honoring first UUA president presented at World Assembly of Religions for Peace in Japan.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.8.06

UUs knit baby caps to save lives
Knitting group supplies caps to newborns in developing countries.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.8.06

UU Weekend Warriors take on New Orleans
Baton Rouge UU group makes monthly visits to help clean up.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06

New Orleans UUs mark Katrina anniversary
New Orleans congregations observe hurricane's anniversary with worship, dinner, and theater.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06

New survey of UU congregations shows growth potential
Faith Communities Today survey: Number of growing churches rising, but few churches see recruitment of new members as central.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.21.06

Summer UU religious education programs
Children need religious education in the summer, too.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.21.06

Restructured UU Women's Federation turns to grant giving
UUWF now funds women's social justice projects instead of providing direct services to congregations.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner 8.11.06

Mississippi UU volunteer coordinator to start in August
Mission is to help UUs who want to volunteer in Mississippi
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.06

Rochester UU church’s marriage equality banner vandalized
Church members carry torn sign in Rochester gay pride parade.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.06

Eastern storms damage two UU churches
Church basements and rugs the victims of late-June downpours
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06

Tree-planting ministry takes root
Simple act of planting trees can lessen global warming
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06

Community ministers help build bridges
Unitarian Universalist ministers in service and justice agencies.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.3.06

Legally married same-sex couples--two years later
UU gay and lesbian couples reflect on life after Massachusetts marriage ceremonies.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.06

Congregational leaders gather for training conference
First-ever 'UU University,' on eve of General Assembly, focuses on lay leadership.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.06

Summer volunteers welcome in New Orleans
Renovated lodging allows UU church to host volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06

UUA marks Welcoming program milestone
500th Unitarian Universalist congregation votes to extend full welcome to bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender people.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06

Immigration 'close to home' for Southwestern UUs
Border state UUs concerned about Mexican immigrant rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.26.06

Changes ahead for 2006 General Assembly
New this year: Leadership mini-conference, environmental impact fee, proposed changes for Statements of Conscience.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.06

Gulf Coast fund helps fight immigrant worker abuse
UUA-UUSC fund supports groups working for immigrant worker rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.12.06

Health-care coverage for uninsured church staff
New national health-care plan in the works for UU church staff.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.06

Church offers classes on science of evolution
In Kansas, where teaching evolution is contested, Unitarian Universalist church makes sure people know the facts.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.06

Reexamination of UUA Principles announced
UUA commission, trustees announce review of central covenant between congregations; mandated review is overdue.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.21.06

Light bulb program a bright idea
Pennsylvania UU congregation is a model of environmental activism.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.06

Survey sheds light on youth experience
Youth survey results will help congregations better attract and retain youth.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.06

More funds disbursed to Gulf Coast area
The UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund makes next round of grants.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.06

UU volunteers help with Gulf Coast reconstruction
UU volunteers pitch in to gut houses and clear lots; new grants bring total aid to $1.2 million.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.31.06

UUs mark anniversary of Iraq war
Unitarian Universalists mark third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with peace vigils, rallies, and sermons.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.06

SRI teleconferences offer free education
The UUA’s committee on socially responsible investing sponsored three free teleconferences; more are planned.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.06

California church develops mental health ministry
Congregation learns how to be more sensitive to people with mental illness.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.10.06

South Dakota UUs fought state abortion ban
South Dakota's UUs are risking public censure and even harassment for protesting abortion ban.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.06

New hurricane-relief grants exceed $330K
Six more Gulf Coast community groups helped by UUA-UUSC fund.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.06

Two-year process reexamines UU youth ministry
Congregational and denominational youth programs under review.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.06

Work camps help rebuild Gulf Coast area
UUSC work camps give participants an up-close view of Gulf Coast destruction.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.13.06

Hurricane fund gives $750K to churches, community groups
Baton Rouge church hires 'minister to the community,' will hire volunteer coordinator for ongoing relief work.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06

The joys and challenges of covenant groups
Some groups don't work because they weren't set up as covenant groups to begin with.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06

Unitarian church drops lawsuit over Mormon plaza deal
Congregation saw First Amendment liberties at stake, but community saw battling faiths.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06

Two dozen UU churches start podcasting
Unitarian Universalist churches broadcast sermons for the subway, coffee break, and gym.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.16.06

Hurricanes’ devastation is emotional as well as physical
Florida UUs uneasy about third stormy year; Louisiana church is hiring to help volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.2.06

UUs in 11 states forming legislative advocacy groups
Four state groups already active; work coordinated with UU Service Committee.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.05

Alternative gift fairs support good causes
Churches support charitable organizations by sponsoring alternative gift fairs for Christmas.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.19.05

Three UUs arrested at Capitol budget protest
Interfaith protest against proposed federal budget cuts.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner 12.19.05

Churches give away Sunday collection
Giving the entire nonpledge Sunday offering, every week, to charity increases giving and sense of community.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.28.05

Transylvania flood fund tops $275,000
U.S. Unitarian Universalist churches aid historic Transylvanian Unitarian communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05

140 congregations show Wal-Mart film
Many Unitarian Universalists join national economic justice campaign against retailer.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05

First grants to Gulf Coast community groups
Four Louisiana and Mississippi community groups serve displaced and vulnerable people affected by Hurricane Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.14.05

UU United Nations Office funds AIDS orphans
Program funds school in Ghana for children who lost parents to AIDS.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.05

New Orleans congregations begin healing process
Hurricane Katrina scatters, then unites Louisiana Unitarian Universalists; no church damage reported from Hurricane Wilma.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.31.05

Unitarian Universalist witch loses Supreme Court appeal
Court rejects public prayer case without comment.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.24.05

Challenge grant to aid hurricane recovery
Shelter Rock's $500,000 matching grant could push the Gulf Coast Relief Fund over $3 million.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

UUSC, UUA establish earthquake relief fund
October 8 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan and India, killing tens of thousands.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

Parents crusade to end the death penalty
Grieving parents of an executed man devote their lives to ending capital punishment.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

Minister fasts 30 days to protest Iraq war
Members of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, N.Y., joined the Rev. David Blanchard's fast for peace
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

Gulf Coast Relief Fund tops $2 million
Donations 'will provide immediate and long-term assistance for the most marginalized people affected by this catastrophe.'
By Donald E. Skinner 10.10.05

Hurricane relief fund reaches $1.5 million
Congregations establish partnerships to help Unitarian Universalist communities affected by hurricanes.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.3.05

Mississippi Red Cross chapter led by Unitarian Universalist
'My mission has been to live up to the image of Clara Barton,' says Red Cross staffer; Mississippi, Alabama congregations pick up after storm.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05

Jason Shelton's music aims for transformation
Nashville music ministry brings new energy to Unitarian Universalist worship.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05

Flooded New Orleans church a 'horrific' scene
The Rev. Marta Valentin returns for a first-hand look at a hurricane-ravaged church.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05

Minister visits flooded church, reports total loss
Future of flooded New Orleans congregation uncertain; Unitarian Universalist congregations adopt affected churches and families.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.19.05

New Orleans church gathers by conference call
Growing UUA-UUSC hurricane relief fund raises $857,648; anonymous donor gives $100,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.05

UU hurricane relief effort sets $1 million goal
'Spectacular response' will aid congregations in hurricane's path, congregations helping evacuees, and agencies helping the most marginalized.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.9.05

Baton Rouge swells with displaced people
UUA president expresses outrage at government’s hurricane response; donations to UUA-UUSC fund reach $386,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.05

Volunteers worship in damaged La. church
Volunteers spend weekend fixing one New Orleans-area church; donations to UUA-UUSC relief fund top $343,708.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.05

New Orleans minister looks for her congregation
Unitarian Universalists donate $141,739 online in two days to help hurting congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.05

UUs respond to hurricane's devastation
UUA sets up emergency relief fund; members open their homes to refugees from New Orleans
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.05

New salary recommendations
Tenth anniversary of guidelines for fair compensation.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.22.05

Church of the Younger Fellowship
New on-line church lets UU young adults stay connected 24/7.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.22.05

General Assembly 2005
Sermons, music, and politics fired up the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.22.05

Interim ministers help ease transitions
Interim ministers help congregations make successful transitions between settled ministries.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.05

Chaplain in the wilderness
Maine wardens call the Rev. Kate Braestrup when there's an emergency in the woods.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.4.05

A Greener General Assembly
General Assembly showing a more eco-friendly face.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.1.05

Raising money through home hospitality
Congregations turn to creative fundraisers.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.1.05

Valentine campaign in California
UUs organize for marriage equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.1.05

UU awarded MacArthur 'genius grant'
Amy Smith, an instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a lifelong member of Follen Church in Lexington, Massachusetts.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.05

UUs establish legislative presence
California UUs lead the way with legislative ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.04

Unitarian church sues Salt Lake City again
First Unitarian Church sues city a second time over sale of Main Street to LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.03

Sharing the plate increases giving
More congregations give their Sunday offering to charity.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.1.03

Salt Lake UUs challenge Mormon control of city block
Court sides with Unitarian defense of free speech on city block purchased by LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.03

Congregations commit to civil liberties
Local churches and the UUA champion civil liberties as the U.S. responds to 9/11.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.02

Grassroots work joins Unitarian Universalists, others
Faith-based community organizing builds alliances to make change.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.02

Unitarian Universalist responses to 9-11
Unitarian Universalist responses to 9/11 from around the world.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

UU churches in cities attacked on 9-11
Sanctuaries in cities shaken by terror.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

Congregation's wall of remembrance
One congregation's 9/11 wall of remembrance.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

Ministers bring blessing to Ground Zero
Ministers bring a blessing to Ground Zero.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

UUs open their hearts in 9-11's aftermath
Unitarian Universalist congregations and volunteers respond to 9/11.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

Eleven UUs died in 9-11 attacks
Eleven who died in the attacks of 9/11.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.1.02

The greening of our churches
Congregations find ways to live the Seventh Principle.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.01