UU Bulletin | January 2018
Support Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism
On February 4, join congregations across the country for Promise and Practice Sunday! The Promise and the Practice of Our Faith Campaign is a $1 million matching gift campaign to help fulfill the UUA Board of Trustees’ $5.3 million commitment to Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism (BLUU). UU religious professionals of color developed worship and religious education materials for worship teams and lay leaders to use as we uplift and listen to the voices that have often gone unheard within the UU faith movement. Designate February 4 to support BLUU or choose any Sunday between now and the 2018 General Assembly in June. For more information, campaign resources and materials, visit Photo credit: Adja Gildersleve.
30 Days of Love
Join Standing on the Side of Love again this year for 30 Days of Love, beginning on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Monday, January 15) through Valentine’s Day (Wednesday, February 14). Weekly messages will provide spiritual sustenance, praxis and visioning in your inbox, daily content on social media, an all-ages justice activity calendar, Share the Love Sunday, and more. Stay tuned to the campaign’s website and social media for more details, including a special announcement on January 10.
Grow Young Justice-Makers
The UUA Faith Development Office has created resources to help parents and caregivers affirm and enjoy faith-based action with children while strengthening their own connection to the religious values that call them to social justice work. A new section of the UUA website offers activities, inspiration, and resources for growing young justice-makers. Find ideas to deepen faith and enhance family life through conscience-building, real talk about racism and injustice, and engagement in public witness. A page on breaking the rules for justice introduces kid-friendly stories of UUs and others who have used civil disobedience to challenge unfair laws. Another section explores the UU language of values through the seven Principles. These pages are also useful for religious educators, ministers, and lay leaders who want to promote or lead multigenerational justice work that is grounded in UU faith development.
Activate Youth Justice in 2018
The UU College of Social Justice invites high school-aged youth and youth ministry leaders to join the upcoming Activate Youth Justice programs. These interactive opportunities help build community among participants while deepening their understanding of spiritually-grounded social justice activism through the integration of hands-on learning and reflection. From February 16-18, in partnership with the UUA Central East Region, UUCSJ will host "Activate Your Community: Love Resists" at the UU Church of the South Hills in Pittsburgh, PA. This will be the first long-weekend version of Activate, designed to be more accessible at the regional level. Sign up to join, and save the dates for Summer Activate programs:

  • Activate New Orleans: Racial Justice & Beloved Community, July 15-22, 2018
  • Activate Tucson: Sanctuary, Solidarity & Immigration Justice, Aug. 5-12, 2018

Learn more on the UUCSJ website.
Finding Our Way Home
Finding Our Way Home, the retreat for UU religious professionals of color, will be hosted at Hyatt Regency Albuquerque in Albuquerque, New Mexico, March 14-17, 2018. This UUA-sponsored retreat offers community building, spiritual reflection, and collegial support while connecting participants with local community organizations as partners in service, witness, and advocacy. Finding Our Way Home participants have called this annual retreat "the single most effective UUA program dealing with multicultural ministries by religious professionals of color." The retreat welcomes UU religious professionals who identify as people of color, Latina/o, Hispanic, Asian/Pacific Islanders, Middle Easterners, and others, and/or who are multiracial and multiethnic. Religious professionals include ministers in fellowship, ministerial candidates and seminarians, religious educators, musicians, administrators, and membership professionals. Each participant is expected to be a member of a UU professional group. Learn more on our website.
Summer Seminary
Know youth who love their faith and are thinking about what to do for their career? Invite them to apply for Summer Seminary, a program of the UUA Office of Youth and Young Adult (YaYA) Ministries. Summer Seminary invites high school-aged youth to explore what it means to be a religious professional and build community with other youth who love Unitarian Universalism as much as they do. The majority of youth who apply for Summer Seminary do so because an adult in their life encouraged their application. One minister told the YaYA Office that a youth from her congregation came back from Summer Seminary last year even more enthused about delving into UU theology and now attends almost every Sunday service. Summer Seminary will be held July 24-30, 2018 in partnership with Meadville Lombard Theological School. Apply January 1-February 15 on our website.
Nominate a Congregation for the 2018 Bennett Award
The Bennett Award for Congregational Action on Human Justice and Social Action was instituted in 1999 by Dr. James R. Bennett to honor a Unitarian Universalist congregation that has done exemplary work in social justice. It is accompanied by a $500 cash award. Submit a nomination for the 2018 Bennett Award by March 16. Submissions consist of an 18-question survey, a testimonial from a partner organization or community group, and any relevant media about the congregation's justice ministry, including news articles or photos. Read about past recipients on our website.
Pamphlets for the New Year
Welcome visitors to your congregation with these great pamphlets:

  • In UU Views of Prayer, edited by Erika Hewitt, UUs reflect on prayer, its manifold meanings and practices, and their personal relationships to this sacred way of connecting.
  • The Flaming Chalice by Susan J. Ritchie teaches the important history and meaning of this crucial symbol of Unitarian Universalism.
  • We Are Unitarian Universalists by Carey McDonald is a perfect introduction to Unitarian Universalism, including UU beliefs, history, and community. This pamphlet is suitable for visitors looking for a spiritual home.

Order them today from inSpirit: The UU Book and Gift Shop, along with a wide selection of bookmarks, wallet cards, and more to welcome newcomers to the UU faith.
Attend Church Virtually
Imagine meditating with people from around the world in real time or visiting sacred spaces and spiritual communities in distant lands from the comfort of your home congregation. The Church of the Larger Fellowship, our online UU congregation, is looking to recruit people interested in learning about and experimenting with useful religious education tools in virtual reality. The ideal beta-tester will have a VR system (HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, or Microsoft Mixed Reality headset), but there is also a role for those who want to try things out from the tablet, laptop, or desktop computer they already have. Get ready for an adventure, and be prepared to provide honest feedback. Interested? Contact Rev. Jeremy Nickel at with a note explaining why you are interested and what equipment you currently own.
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