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Arkansas Legislature Passes RFRA Law That Is Broader Than Indiana's

The Arkansas General Assembly today gave final passage to HB 1228, the Arkansas Religious Freedom Restoration Act (full text) and sent it to Gov. Asa Hutchinson for his signature.  The bill's... [read more]

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Recent Prisoner Free Exercise Cases-- Installment 2 For the Week

In Epps v. Grannis, (9th Cir. , March 27, 2015), the 9th Circuit upheld the district court's dismissal of a Muslim inmate's complaints regarding lack of a kosher diet, the prison's pac... [read more]

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Interim Arrangement Gives Rhode Island Teachers Good Friday Off This Year As Lawsuit Advances

The Providence Journal reported ysterday the Cranston, Rhode Island School Department has reached a short-term settlement with the Cranston Teachers' Alliance in a lawsuit over teachers' rig... [read more]

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Does China’s President Know the Truth about Tigers and Rhinos?

By J. A. Mills This post originally appeared on Mills' blog. Surely China’s President Xi Jinping would not support the commodification of tigers and rhinos if he knew all the facts. What stands ... [read more]

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Climate Justice Month calls UUs to new campaign

NEWS: Through Earth Day, series of invitations to join Commit 2 Respond, a new climate justice campaign. [read more]

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The next Selma

LIFE: How the Black Lives Matter movement challenges Unitarian Universalists. [read more]

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Major renovations for Frank Lloyd Wright church, and other UUs in the media

Famous church scheduled for $25 million restoration Members of Unity Temple Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oak Park, Ill. , will begin meeting at a local Lutheran Church as construction be... [read more]

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More than a cozy haven, grownup conversations, and living lightly on the earth

More than a cozy haven Jordinn Nelson Long and her family find “slow church” in a consumer culture that expects immediate gratification. I hope that in the course of your own religious life th... [read more]

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Redefining God with the New Science of "Emergence"

“Could anything actually exist in the scientific universe that is worthy of being called God? ” Nancy Ellen Abram's answer is yes: there’s a way to think about God that takes away none of it... [read more]

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We stepped outside

LIFE: In an affluent town near Ferguson, UUs held weekly sidewalk vigils. [read more]

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Historic Universalist church destroyed by fire

NEWS: First Universalist Church of Southold, New York, built in 1837, incinerated March 14. [read more]

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Peace and calm, truth in hard times, world-saving religion, and more

Peace and calm Karen Johnston tells a story of kids being asked what “We Shall Overcome” means. They said it means, “We shall overcalm. ” Out of the mouth of babes comes such necessary wisd... [read more]

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Members of burned church vow to rebuild, and other UUs in the media

Fire destroyed church built in 1860 While heartbroken over the loss of a building that was like a second home to many of its members, the congregation of First Universalist Church of Southold, N. Y... [read more]

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Less Medicine, More Health from Dr. Gilbert Welch

Dr. H. Gilbert Welch is an academic physician, a professor at Dartmouth Medical School, and a nationally recognized expert on the effects of medical testing. He sees the value of medical care, part... [read more]

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UUA trustees mull their role in Starr King conflict

NEWS: At Board of Trustees meeting in Alabama, UUA welcomes two new congregations, may have eight more by June. [read more]

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Taking Selma home, and other UUs in the media

Anniversary participants link Selma to issues in their communities Unitarian Universalists and others showed their support for Black Lives Matter protesters during an arraignment hearing in Minneso... [read more]

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Break the ropes, Selma is now, contrary voices, and more

Break the ropes A question quoted in Mary Oliver’s Blue Horses hits Tina Porter between the eyes: “If you don’t break the ropes while you’re alive, do you think ghosts will do it after? ”... [read more]

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Letter from a hoped-for future

SPIRIT: What Unitarian Universalism looks like, twenty years from now. [read more]

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Grief and weariness

SPIRIT: Grief has often worn me out, while restoring me to myself at the same time. [read more]

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'She smiles when she swims'

LIFE: New Jersey teen sets new world record for open-water swimming. [read more]

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Will we accompany them?

SPIRIT: What is the 'gospel' Unitarian Universalists have to share with migrants and deportees on their often forced and dehumanizing journeys? [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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UUSC Launches Relief Fund for East Africa Famine

The United Nations has declared a famine in southern Somalia that is expected to spread in the next two months. With 3. 2 million people — half of the Somali population — needing immediate life... [read more]

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Clara Barton District Establishes Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fund

The Clara Barton District is working to support congregations and families affected by violent storms on Wednesday, June 1. Donations to the Clara Barton District's Massachusetts Tornado Relief Fu... [read more]

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UUA President Convicted in Civil Disobedience Case

On the one-year anniversary of his civil disobedience in Phoenix, while protesting Arizona’s crackdown on undocumented immigrants, UUA President Peter Morales stood trial in the Maricopa County J... [read more]

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