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UUA Breakthrough Congregation Lake Country UU Church
Membership at Lake Country UU Church has more than doubled since 2006.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 4.20.15

UUs ‘restored to sanity’
When the Twelve Steps and Unitarian Universalism are practiced together, they can heal the broken.
By Sonja L. Cohen 4.20.15

We stepped outside
In an affluent town near Ferguson, UUs held weekly sidewalk vigils.
By Barbara Hoag Gadon 3.23.15

Champion Charlotte Samuels 'smiles when she swims'
New Jersey teen sets new world record for open-water swimming.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 2.23.15

I faced my fears and they faced me. It wasn't that big a deal.
By Meg Barnhouse 1.12.15

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

Up to our necks
As a nation, we are buried up to our necks in a history of violence against people of color.
By Meg Riley 11.17.14

A tree remembers
A children's book tells Anne Frank's story from the perspective of the tree outside her hiding place.
By Sonja L. Cohen 11.1.14

Alzheimer's caregiving takes a village
How UUs can better serve people with dementia and their loved ones.
By Jade Angelica 10.6.14

Susan Frederick-Gray v. Joe Arpaio
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray joins federal class-action lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
By Elaine McArdle 9.15.14

Selling the seeds of change
A UU-founded company is on a mission to reclaim our seed heritage.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 8.25.14

Room to be both Jewish and UU
Religious pluralism was as much a part of our lives as the Southern drawl that flavored our interactions.
By Jaclyn Kottman 6.9.14

The soundtrack of childhood cancer
Alastair Moock's songs for his 5-year-old with leukemia now help many other families, too.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 5.26.14

Following my moral compass
We all navigate through circumstances at the limits of human experience.
By Erika Nonken 3.3.14

UUA Breakthrough Congregation: Harmony, Landen, Ohio
Innovative lay-led congregation has unusually high ratio of children to adults.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 2.3.14

Singing for humanity: The Pete Seeger saga
Speaking truth to power, with banjos and boats.
By Warren R. Ross 1.28.14

Parents of murdered teen raise awareness about dating violence
'Grief is the hard form of caring,' says Malcolm Astley, the father of a murdered teen.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.13.14

A letter about Santa and God
By telling the truth about Santa, maybe I can better explain what I believe about God.
By Gillie English Bishop 12.2.13

Paying my rent to the planet
I pick up litter for an hour on my early morning dog walk.
By Kathy Duhon 10.21.13

Sculptures: A congregation in clay
Members of a Massachusetts congregation made self-portraits in clay.
By Janet C. Bush and Bob Rundquist 9.30.13

Choice words
Hands-off parenting gives kids choices they aren't ready to make.
By Marcy Campbell 8.26.13

Magic Mondays
Three decades later, a weekly women's group is still going strong.
By Cathy Callen 7.15.13

Where is your water from?
When you pour water into your congregation's Water Communion bowl, where will it come from?
By Sonja L. Cohen 7.1.13

Kay Montgomery's retirement marks end of an era
Kay Montgomery has held the number two position on the UUA staff for almost thirty years, becoming its 'heart and nervous system.'
By Elaine McArdle 6.10.13

'The only place I can really be me'
Summer camps help kids build their Unitarian Universalist identity.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 5.20.13

Now let us sing
What is your favorite Unitarian Universalist hymn?
By Sonja L. Cohen 5.20.13

Praying for each other
People felt closer to the church community, knowing the struggle of another in the room.
By Daniel Kanter 4.22.13

Book to note: 'Mira and the Big Story'
A young girl learns to respect diverse traditions.
By Sonja L. Cohen 2.15.13

The lesson of Clive
I am a rock person; my husband is a cloud person.
By Kelly Wigmore 2.11.13

The spirituality of the body
People watch the Super Bowl for reasons not usually recognized as spiritual, though they are.
By Frank Casper 1.28.13

Pet ministry: Caring for all creatures
UUs are providing comfort for ill or dying pets and their caregivers.
By Kimberly French 1.14.13

Urban gardener hopes to turn foreclosures into farms
Milwaukee UU believes creating a 'harvestable city' will improve quality of life.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 11.19.12

Zach Wahls takes on Boy Scouts
UU Eagle Scout Zach Wahls leads the charge to end the ban on gay Scouts.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.12.12

ZIP code: 80435
High Country UU Fellowship, Dillon, Colorado.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.12

Steps toward a nuclear-free world
How my congregation works for a nuclear-free future.
By Sally A. Breen 10.29.12

UUA membership declines for fourth year
Over the past decade, 22 percent of congregations have shrunk by 20 percent or more.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.22.12

UU marine ecologist wins 'genius grant'
MacArthur Foundation recognizes Nancy Rabalais for work in Gulf Coast dead zones.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.15.12

UUA Breakthrough Congregation: All Souls New London, Connecticut
An attitudinal shift transformed All Souls New London.
By Meg Muckenhoupt 9.24.12

Impressions of Justice General Assembly
UU World readers share their impressions of this year's General Assembly in Phoenix.
By Sonja L. Cohen 8.15.12

A recipe for connection
An hour spent looking through old recipes is like a visit with old friends.
By Nancy Bentley 7.30.12

We know we will be safe here
When my husband became my wife, our congregation welcomed us again.
By Diane Daniel 7.16.12

'Justice for everyone'
Unitarian Universalists in Danbury, Connecticut, help immigrants directly every week.
By Kimberly French 6.11.12

Service is our prayer
Acts of service have spiritual and psychological dimensions, too.
By Molly Howes 5.7.12

Flowers for communion
What does your Flower Communion bloom symbolize?
By Sonja L. Cohen 4.9.12

Occupy paradise
I was willing to be arrested to be part of something beautiful.
By Marcus Liefert 4.9.12

A book group for the ages
An Illinois church's intergenerational book club creates connections.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.26.12

Disney buys UU's 'Dark Life'
Unitarian Universalist Principles infuse Kat Falls's children's books.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.26.12

How my testimony went viral
Values I learned from my two moms and UU church led me to testify before the Iowa House.
By Zach Wahls 2.13.12

A passion for environmental justice
For the Rev. Bob Murphy, environmentalism and ministry overlap like the shoreline and the sea.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.30.12

The best gift that money can't buy
What is the best non-commercial gift you’ve ever received, and why?
By Sonja L. Cohen 12.12.11

Isipho binds Atlanta UUs to African village
'The impact of Isipho on us has been massive. Our whole family is different.'
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.21.11

Passing it on from the land of plenty
Eddie O'Toole ships American surplus to Honduras, dramatically affecting people's lives.
By Elaine McArdle 10.10.11

Marilyn Sewell's next calling
Retired minister speaks about the documentary film made about her.
By Julia Angley 10.3.11

Campaign to restore First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia
Spiritual landmark: First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.5.11

Music to note, Fall 2011
Music with an environmental and UU sensibility.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.11

The raucous gardening fairy
So much for a tranquil ten minutes in the garden.
By Tracy Springberry 8.8.11

A panhandler's greeting means 'Look at me'
I stop for everyone who greets me, including panhandlers.
By Victoria Weinstein 7.25.11

Lucy Stone Cooperative rooted in UU values
Young adults create Boston housing cooperative.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.11.11

Mom, four kids, a year of service
Teresa Keller and four kids are spending a year in service around the globe.
By Kimberly French 5.23.11

Eggplant extravaganza
What happened when I vowed to get all my vegetables from a local farmshare.
By Susan Bagby 4.25.11