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A new ethos
How the UUA is promoting Beloved Community today.
By Taquiena Boston 5.11.15

What do we mean when we say ‘religious experience’?
The answer depends on whom you ask, of course.
By Myriam Renaud 4.27.15

Access to water is a human right
Improved water management is essential to climate change adaptation.
By Patricia Jones 3.16.15

UU scholars exchange ideas at San Diego gathering
The UU Scholars and Friends group meets at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Religion and the Society for Biblical Literature.
By Emily R. Mace 3.1.15

Selma at the cinema
An important film introduces Unitarian Universalists Reeb and Liuzzo, but doesn't mention their faith.
By John Buehrens 1.19.15

Books to buy for Unitarian Universalists 2014
Gift ideas for Unitarian Universalists.
By Sonja L. Cohen 11.1.14

The boots worked either way
Be aware of the tensions in your life and the awareness can be an ally.
By Bret Lortie 10.13.14

Suffering on trial
Three liberal theologians take on the problem of suffering.
By Myriam Renaud 8.18.14

Hearing others' stories reveals their humanity
We affirm women's dignity, yet UUs still wrestle with the systemic undercurrents of misogyny.
By Kimberley Debus 8.15.14

#YesAllWomen and the continuum of aggression
The brilliance of #YesAllWomen is that it sidesteps the objection 'Not all men are like that.'
By Doug Muder 8.15.14

We've bottled everything from water to religion.
By Jeffrey A. Lockwood 7.7.14

I don't 'believe in' the Seven Principles
I don’t think of them as beliefs at all.
By Doug Muder 5.19.14

Fly less, for the earth's sake
One mode of transportation causes particular ethical angst among folks concerned about climate change.
By Kimberly French 3.17.14

St. Vincent, UU hipster?
St. Vincent performs in the Unitarian Universalist church she attended as a teen.
By Kevin McCulloch 2.24.14

Steampunk's creative reinvention
In the place of the historical, Steampunk imagines an adventurous, equitable, even multicultural alternative.
By Matthew Crary 2.10.14

Religious community is not enough
Unitarian Universalism's purpose is much bigger than gathering with like-minded people for mutual support.
By Tom Schade 1.27.14

Unitarian Universalist authors capture young adult imaginations
'I'm not trying to be dark. I'm trying to tell the stories that need to be told.'
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 1.6.14

Political empathy
Demonizing your political opponents doesn't change anyone's mind, but empathy can.
By Doug Muder 10.28.13

Frank Lloyd Wright's 'Beautiful' book
The famous architect designed a rare book by the Unitarian minister William Channing Gannett.
By Sonja L. Cohen 10.21.13

Greta Gerwig, Unitarian Universalist film star
Greta Gerwig stars in the new black and white film 'Frances Ha,' which features the UU congregation she grew up in.
By Cynthia Littleton 10.7.13

Playing with fire on social media
Am I using social media in ways that affirm people's inherent worth and strengthen the interdependent web?
By Heather Christensen 8.19.13

Living your faith online
How do you use social media as part of your religious life?
By Sonja L. Cohen 8.19.13

What is the nature of nature?
Three Unitarian Universalist perspectives.
By Myriam Renaud 7.29.13

The boys next door
To stop rape culture we need to start by talking to our boys.
By Deb Werrlein 6.24.13

Fossil fuel divestment is not the answer
We need a rising tide of pressure pushing for a sustainable future.
By Tim Brennan 6.3.13

Fossil fuel divestment is moral, strategic
Money is an instrument of moral choice.
By Fred Small 6.3.13

Becoming fluent in faith
We need to embrace the challenge of using religious language with comfort and integrity.
By Jeanne Harrison Nieuwejaar 4.15.13

Discussion guide helps readers explore 'The New Jim Crow'
How you and your congregation can start talking about mass incarceration.
By Staff Writer 1.7.13

How to meet the climate crisis
A carbon fee might be the key to breaking our fossil-fuel addiction.
By Ellie Whitney 12.17.12

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

Seeing ourselves in 'The Hunger Games'
Dystopian novels have inspired UUs of all ages to think deeply about our society's values.
By Cynthia Landrum 11.5.12

Voices: What comes next?
What do you think happens after you die?
By Sonja L. Cohen 11.1.12

Barack Obama's Unitarian Universalist connection
Where to learn more about President Obama's family history with Unitarian Universalism.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.8.12

Obama's religious roots
Despite his childhood exposure to Unitarian Universalism, Barack Obama found his religious home elsewhere.
By Thandeka 10.8.12

We should be more countercultural
UUs should experience tension between our religious values and those of the secular world.
By Ana Levy-Lyons 10.1.12

Hold up those lights: 2012 Justice General Assembly
The Unitarian Universalist Association gathers in Phoenix to challenge the treatment of immigrants.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.27.12

Getting over dualism
Many UUs reject the separation of the spiritual and the material.
By Myriam Renaud 8.13.12

Weighty lessons
It is time for us to rethink our attitudes about weight and health.
By Ellen Brenner 8.6.12

May Sarton, 'our poet,' at 100
May Sarton felt a strong affinity for Unitarians, who continue to revere her work.
By Sonja L. Cohen 5.21.12

Common elements in Unitarian Universalist congregational names
The ten most common elements of a Unitarian Universalist congregation's name.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.12

Historical inspirations
UU World asked: What historical Unitarian, Universalist, or UU most speaks to you?
By Sonja L. Cohen 5.15.12

How old are Unitarian Universalist congregations?
Some date back to the 1600s, but 59 percent were founded in the last sixty years.
By Christopher L. Walton 4.30.12

A candid welcome to Unitarian Universalism
Top 10 reasons you may not feel comfortable here.
By Meg Riley 2.27.12

If we don't invest in our youth, others will
Totalitarians put their resources into building youth programs. Pluralists don't.
By Eboo Patel 2.21.12

What size are Unitarian Universalist congregations?
Most congregations have fewer than 100 members, but most UUs belong to larger churches.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.9.12

Grace to the rescue
Unitarian Universalist ideas about what saves us.
By Myriam Renaud 9.26.11

Unitarian Universalist congregations by state
Map showing number of UUA congregations by state and the relative number of congregations to each state's population.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.19.11

'Unitarian Universalist' characters on the screen
What character in a film or TV show best demonstrates UU values, and why?
By Sonja L. Cohen 9.19.11

The end of religion?
Is religion being 'driven toward extinction'?
By Dan Harper 8.22.11

Social media, 'the heretic's tool'
'If we do not embrace social media we're essentially putting a nail in our own coffin.'
By Peter Bowden 6.27.11

UUA membership growth, 2001 to 2011
Over the past decade, Unitarian Universalism has grown in 33 states and D.C.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.23.11

Different UU ideas about God
You're definitely in good company when it comes to God-turning and God-thinking.
By Myriam Renaud 4.18.11

Great trees of life
We need old people to be our trees.
By W. Frederick Wooden 3.14.11

Heritage and history groups sponsor conference together
'History and Heritage Convocation' unites four independent organizations.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Nature's tough love
How the prairie challenges the ego.
By Jeffrey A. Lockwood 7.1.02

Good for nothing
In the study of grasshoppers, an entomologist discovers the value of simply 'being.'
By Jeffrey A. Lockwood 5.1.01