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Cert. Petiiton Filed In 6th Circuit ACA Non-Profit Contraceptive Mandate Case

On Dec. 12, a petition for certiorari was filed with the U. S. Supreme Court in Michigan Catholic Conference v. Burwell.  (Docket entry). The full text of the petition is available on Westlaw ... [read more]

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President Signs Bill Extending Until 12/31 Tax-Free Charitable IRA Distributions

On Friday, President Obama signed H. R. 5771, the Tax Increase Prevention Act of 2014. Section 108 of the Act extends until Dec. 31, 2014 the provision allowing tax-free distributions from IRA's f... [read more]

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Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases

In Wakefield v. Indermill, (9th Cir, Dec. 18, 2014), the 9th Circuit affirmed dismissal of an inmate's complaint that he was denied weekly communion and foot washing services in the security ... [read more]

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Heartbroken in America, Blue Christmas, and human connections

Heartbroken in America Jim Foti challenges us to live up the the American ideal—extending to all the unalienable rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. We are a country of mass d... [read more]

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Justice march draws thousands, and other UUs in the media

D. C. -area UUs join giant ‘Justice for All’ march Washington, D. C. -area Unitarian Universalists joined thousands of people in a ‘Justice for All’ march organized by the... [read more]

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Cuomo’s Fracking Ban Is a Good Start, But There’s More Work to Be Done

On Dec 17th, Governor Cuomo announced that he would ban fracking in New York State because of health concerns. It's a huge victory for activists, say Michelle Bamberger and Robert Oswald, authors ... [read more]

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Nominees for 2015 Elections Available Now

The slate of nominees for the 2015 elections to be held at General Assembly in Portland, OR, is now available. Please take this opportunity to learn more about the positions and the process for run... [read more]

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The “Swedish Model” of Prostitution Is Sexist, Heterosexist, and Puts Sex Workers at Risk

For International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, Melinda Chateauvert, author of SEX WORKERS UNITE, debunks the myth of the “Swedish Model” of prostitution and similar “end demand”... [read more]

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Seeing your sanctuary in a different light

LIFE: Candlelight transforms a meetinghouse for Christmas Eve. [read more]

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Eating and Reading for Chanukah

Caitlin Meyer, senior publicist at Beacon Press, has some book recommendations (and a recipe! ) just in time for Chanukah. [read more]

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UUA's new HQ gets top green building designation

NEWS: 24 Farnsworth Street office building awarded LEED platinum certification. [read more]

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Seminarian's injury inspires coordination in Berkeley protests

NEWS: Unitarian Universalist ministry students work together in #Black Lives Matter protests after one was bloodied by a police baton. [read more]

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Stories, strategies—and everything else

Stories The Rev. Shelley Page inspires a march for peace in Ogden, Utah. The New Zion Baptist minister told the crowd that he was inspired to do the march because an unknown clergy colleague had c... [read more]

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Choosing church on Sunday, and other UUs in the media

Being spiritual and religious means going to church A Unitarian Universalist parent describes why her family is bucking the broadening trend of religious people spending their Sundays doing other t... [read more]

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Something more spiritual

LIFE: The Unitarian Fellowship of Lawrence, Kansas, has nearly doubled its membership by being open to change. [read more]

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St. Louis Unitarian Universalists stand in solidarity

NEWS: Vigils, educational events, fundraising continue in aftermath of Ferguson grand jury decision. [read more]

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Making space for prayer after Ferguson, and other UUs in the media

UUs participate in vigils across the country Leaders of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Md. , opened their doors for community members to come together and express their emotions in... [read more]

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Caskets going by, canaries in the mines of ministry, and more

Caskets going by Enraged by the grand jury’s failure to indict Eric Garner’s killer, the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein challenges “the intellectual condescension of white liberals. ” [To] si... [read more]

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Statement: Grand Jury Decision on Death of Eric Garner

The Rev. Peter Morales, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), issued this statement following the decision by a grand jury to not indict Officer Daniel Pantaleo in the death of... [read more]

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UU World Winter Issue Available

The Winter 2014 issue of UU World is now available online. Highlights include 'Selma's challenge' by Mark Morrison-Reed, a fellowship's membership breakthrough, competing over 'Jingle Bells,... [read more]

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Safe churches need policies and vigilance

LIFE: 'We want congregations to be as proud of being free of sexual harassment, abuse, and misconduct as they are welcoming of LGBTQ people. ' [read more]

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O gremlins, O St. Anthony!

SPIRIT: My faith is in science, but I try to keep an open mind. [read more]

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I couldn't not go

SPIRIT: More than 1,500 Unitarian Universalists took part in the People's Climate March. I was one of them. [read more]

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Chalices, doodling, and meditation

SPIRIT: Meditative doodling as a Unitarian Universalist spiritual practice. [read more]

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Olbermann: GOP self-destruction imminent

In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann advises Republicans that clinging to obsolete ideas and resorting to extremist rhetoric will only undermine the party's relevance and America wi... [read more]

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An American cry for help

In a Special Comment, Countdown’s Keith Olbermann shares his personal experience with a real life 'death panel' situation and scorns the unfairness of health insurance in America. [read more]

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Action Alert: Gaza

Sadly, the dismal conditions in Gaza are causing enormous hardship for the people there, with particularly harsh effects on children. Churches for Middle East Peace, a coalition founded in part by ... [read more]

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Olbermann: Beware fear's racist temptation

In a Special Comment, Keith Olbermann explores the relationship between fear and racism and encourages Americans who are distressed about the nation's future to avoid political groups that appeal ... [read more]

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Creating Change

I hadn’t been in 15 years! But last week I packed up and headed for Dallas to the Creating Change Conference, an annual gathering of the glbtq clan. My 13 year old said, “I don’t get it. W... [read more]

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American Prayer Hour a Success

Hundreds of people of faith gathered on Thursday, February 4th in more than 20 cities around the country for the American Prayer Hour, an interfaith response to the National Prayer Breakfast, which... [read more]

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New Survey

Want to do this survey of 18+ individuals who grew up in a UU religious education program and/or participated in YRUU/LRY? All responses are anonymous and confidential. No personal or private info... [read more]

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Media Nation's new home

I ended up moving a little more quickly on this than I had intended. But Media Nation, hosted on Blogspot. com since 2005, has now moved to its own server. Please click here to keep reading. And ad... [read more]

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Alpha-testers wanted

Shhhh . .. no one is supposed to know. But would you mind taking a peek at an early version of what may wind up as the new Media Nation? It's built with Word Press, and you'll find it here. Don'... [read more]

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A Taylor-made Globe?

In what may prove to be very good news for readers of the Boston Globe, a group led by Stephen Taylor — a prominent member of the family that sold the paper to the New York Times Co. in 1993 — ... [read more]

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Letter from Bill Sinkford acknowledging end of YRUU - September 13, 2008

Dear Friends,I am excited to share with you recent positive developments in the transition in our Unitarian Universalist (UU) youth ministry. Based on feedback from the UU youth community and othe... [read more]

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URGENT: Committed youth advocates needed!

Hello All,I have just returned from General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, FL, the UUA's annual business meeting. The Youth and Young Adult Empowerment Resolution which you may have heard of was pas... [read more]

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Duncan Metcalfe

Okay. I have spent a lot of time thinking about how I feel about this. I have spent a lot of time thinking about what I want to add to this discussion, and I want people to read these things as org... [read more]

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Consultation History...

UUA HISTORY OF CONSULTATION ON MINISTRY TO AND WITH YOUTH [read more]

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Ben Alexander

Thanks to the bloggers for recognizing the importance of an institutional memory for YRUU. I wish we had this technology during LRY's existence. I am so sad that the UUA still seems to have it's ... [read more]

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