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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 IDEAS

#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 IDEAS

Seminary 3.0
Meadville Lombard has transformed its approach to theological education.
By TK Barger 7.28.14 IDEAS

Results of UU World's 2013 readership survey
UU World's readership survey also offers an updated profile of the UUA's membership.
By Christopher L. Walton 7.21.14 IDEAS

Helping to tip the scales
UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.14 IDEAS

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

Opportunities are always there
Thriving congregations have leaders who seize the opportunities before them.
By Peter Morales 6.23.14 IDEAS

Spiritual innovators: Into the beyond
Changing how we do church is scary, but not changing means decline and a lost opportunity.
By Terasa Cooley 6.2.14 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

What Haiti taught me
A week with the UU College of Social Justice and the Mouvman Peyizan Papay.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.12.14 IDEAS

War zone sabbatical
I went to Afghanistan and Iraq to learn something about hope.
By Tim Kutzmark 4.14.14 IDEAS

Sankofa Ghana: A spiritual journey home
What did I need to retrieve from a visit to the slave ships' point of departure?
By James Gray and Jeff Riedler 3.10.14 IDEAS

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

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

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

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 IDEAS

Unitarian Charles Follen and the Christmas tree
A champion of religious freedom and the abolition of slavery is best known for Christmas trees.
By Kris Willcox 12.23.13 IDEAS

Live better, help often, wonder more
The Sunday Assembly movement shares Unitarian Universalism's values, but has a lot more fun expressing them.
By Doug Muder 11.25.13 IDEAS

The only time I was called by my first name
When I was in the Army, the Sunday service was the only hour of my week when I could be my true and whole self.
By Kimberly Paquette 11.11.13 IDEAS

A lie, or just editing?
How much can you alter a story before it’s not itself any more?
By Meg Barnhouse 11.4.13 IDEAS

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

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 IDEAS

Is religion broken?
There’s a movement that attracts millions of people and encourages them to become their best selves—but it’s not a church.
By Doug Muder 9.23.13 IDEAS

Book to note: 'Muhammad: The Story of a Prophet and Reformer'
New book for children shares stories from the life of Islam's founder.
By Michelle Richards 9.16.13 IDEAS

Our animal contradictions
How Unitarian Universalism can help us sort out our place in the animal world.
By Kimberly French 9.9.13 IDEAS

Resources for exploring your animal contradictions
An annotated guide to books and other resources.
By Kimberly French 9.9.13 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

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

I'll stand her ground
What I'm telling my daughter, an African-American teenager, about Trayvon Martin's death.
By Lynn Ungar 8.5.13 IDEAS

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

My bloody closet
I found five tags that say "Made in Bangladesh," but I don't know what to do next.
By Doug Muder 5.13.13 IDEAS

The moral arc reconsidered
Empirical evidence that the arc of the moral universe bends toward justice.
By John Weston 2.15.13 IDEAS

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

The surprising success of lifeboat faith
Unitarian Universalism cannot thrive if we don’t at least understand the appeal of religions that give people identity and direction.
By Doug Muder 2.4.13 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

Speaking with many voices
True multiculturalism means being humble and brave enough to explore differences.
By Kathleen Rolenz 1.21.13 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

Engaging the 'nones'
The fastest growing religious group in America claims no religious connection.
By Peter Morales 11.1.12 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

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

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 IDEAS

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

Forrest Church's spiritual odyssey
Biography reveals moving model for spiritual growth.
By Kay Montgomery 4.30.12 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

Risk blessing
To avoid decline, Unitarian Universalism must risk offering heart, spirituality, and blessing.
By Christine Robinson 12.5.11 IDEAS

A spirit of fierce unrest
It is time for each congregation to find its greatness.
By Vanessa Rush Southern 12.5.11 IDEAS

Faith in our future: The 2011 Minns Lectures
How can liberal religion speak and act transformatively in a rapidly changing society?
By Christopher L. Walton 12.5.11 IDEAS

Our shadow side
Unitarian Universalism is a religious movement that no longer takes religion seriously.
By Marilyn Sewell 12.5.11 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalists must learn to cross borders
Our challenge is to learn to reach beyond the confines of our personal social and cultural experience.
By Peter Morales 12.5.11 IDEAS

'Willing to be changed by what we've started'
Universalism resonates with people of all races, but our churches do not. Yet.
By Robert Hardies 12.5.11 IDEAS

Faith takes practice
Our religious ancestors recognized each day as a chance to form their spiritual character.
By Ken Beldon 12.5.11 IDEAS

The threat of fundamentalism
Unitarian Universalists must boldly participate in the religious marketplace of ideas.
By Rosemary Bray McNatt 12.5.11 IDEAS

Rob Bell's case for Universalism
Popular evangelical Rob Bell makes the case for universal salvation.
By Thom Belote 10.24.11 IDEAS

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

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 IDEAS

'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 IDEAS

After 9/11, can Unitarian Universalists talk about evil?
Despite religious liberals' uneasiness with the word, we have something important to say about evil.
By Angela Herrera 9.5.11 IDEAS

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

Finca Esperanza Verde: 'What ecotourism should be'
An organic coffee farm and ecotourism lodge founded by a Unitarian Universalist couple is a model for just and sustainable tourism.
By David Zucchino 8.15.11 IDEAS

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

A nation of religious changelings
A fickle religious marketplace offers promise and peril for Unitarian Universalists.
By Dan Cryer 7.4.11 IDEAS

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 IDEAS

Summer reading
What book should Unitarian Universalists take to the beach this summer?
By Sonja L. Cohen 5.30.11 IDEAS

Poem Attitude adjustment
Multiculturalism? Well and good. But don't stop there!
By Everett Hoagland 4.11.11 IDEAS

A faith for the few?
Unitarian Universalists are torn between pride in our elite history and aspirations to be a religion for all.
By Mark Harris 4.4.11 IDEAS

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

Nordic strands of our living tradition
The story of Icelandic, Norwegian, and Finnish Unitarians in North America.
By Stefan M. Jonasson 2.21.11 IDEAS

My home, your home, our home
What can we do to help others feel at home?
By Roberto Padilla 12.13.10 IDEAS

Mi casa, tu casa, nuestra casa
¿Estamos dispuestos a incluir personas de diferentes culturas en nuestras congregaciones?
By Roberto Padilla 12.13.10 IDEAS

Heroes and mentors: Reclaiming Krypton
Why a generation that grew up with Buffy and the Power Rangers will demand a different Unitarian Universalism.
By Doug Muder 11.15.10 IDEAS

'Fist Stick Knife Gun' as a graphic novel
Geoffrey Canada's memoir adapted by artist Jamar Nicholas.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.10 IDEAS

The gift of playing God
What if 'playing God' called to mind our liberal theological ideas rather than an all-powerful deity?
By Barnaby Feder 10.11.10 IDEAS

The partner church movement today
Almost 200 North American UU congregations have partner churches in other parts of the world.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.4.10 IDEAS

Twenty years of the partner church movement
How partnerships between American and Transylvanian Unitarian Universalists transformed both.
By Gretchen Thomas 10.4.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalist culture needs to embrace spiritual complexity
Our minds are open; our hearts and hands are not.
By Cynthia Letts Adcock 8.23.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalists need a change of vision, not of culture
There are people like us in every community.
By Betty Bobo Seiden 8.16.10 IDEAS

I'm proud of Unitarian Universalist culture
That's my culture you have identified as the number-one barrier to diversity.
By John F. Katz 8.9.10 IDEAS

Let's take off the hair shirt
We underestimate the very real obstacles we are up against.
By Marilyn Sewell 8.2.10 IDEAS

What can we reasonably believe about an afterlife?
Where should we assign the burden of proof for ideas about the afterlife?
By Doug Muder 7.26.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalism's rarefied culture
I feel comfortable in a Unitarian church only because I am not ethnocentric.
By Offie C. Wortham 7.26.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalism's junior high factor
We were the kids who didn’t quite fit in.
By Jason Shelton 7.19.10 IDEAS

What is Unitarian Universalist culture?
Is Unitarian Universalist congregational culture a barrier to a more diverse faith?
By Christopher L. Walton 7.12.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalism's narrow niche
Six characteristics of Unitarian Universalist culture.
By James Kubal-Komoto 7.12.10 IDEAS

Buddhist fiction bibliography
A guide to contemporary and classic Buddhist fiction.
By Kimberly French 4.26.10 IDEAS

Sitting, with a good Buddhist novel
Telling stories could be one of the most 'present' things we could do.
By Kimberly French 4.26.10 IDEAS

A world that is all about you
The problem with ‘corporate personhood’ is what it’s doing to human personhood.
By Doug Muder 3.15.10 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalism must change
We must admit that Unitarian Universalism has a specific, sometimes alienating culture, and we must change it.
By Rosemary Bray McNatt 2.22.10 IDEAS

Can Unitarian Universalism change?
Our tradition has always been responsive to the needs of its time, but are we ready to adapt to our increasingly multicultural society?
By Paul Rasor 2.22.10 IDEAS

Racial and ethnic diversity of Unitarian Universalists
The United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse faster than the UUA.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.10 IDEAS

Waiting for a great novel about UU ministry
Contemporary authors have yet to plumb the true depths of Unitarian Universalist ministers' lives.
By Rosemary Bray McNatt 2.8.10 IDEAS

Photographic tour of Wright's Unity Temple
New book celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece for an Illinois Unitarian Universalist congregation.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.4.10 IDEAS

Religion and science can be partners
An atheist sees a shared commitment to human advancement in science and in religion.
By Bruce Sheiman 1.4.10 IDEAS

Merry Christmas, Garrison Keillor!
Just as Unitarian Universalists don't all pray from the same prayer book, we don't all sing from the same hymnal.
By Fred Small 12.23.09 IDEAS

Forrest Church's Universalism
For Church, 'E pluribus unum' was a civic ideal and a religious insight.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.2.09 IDEAS

Reach out to become a public church
A Unitarian Universalist church should see the greater good as its primary purpose.
By Michael Durall 9.7.09 IDEAS

Message or culture?
Is Unitarian Universalism about sharing a message or preserving a culture?
By Doug Muder 8.17.09 IDEAS

Unitarian Universalism in Africa
Unitarian Universalism is growing rapidly in Africa, uniting people from many tribes to serve the poor.
By Scott Kraft 7.13.09 IDEAS

The promised land is under your feet
Communities owe their health to those with the fortitude to stay put.
By Michael Schuler 7.6.09 IDEAS

Prayer for the people of Iran
An Iranian-American holds her breath as hundreds of thousands march for democracy in Iran.
By Parisa Parsa 6.22.09 IDEAS

Holding the center against sectarianism and secularity
Religious liberals reject the idea that a religion is a collection of beliefs that are either true or false.
By Doug Muder 4.27.09 IDEAS

Our inner ape
How deeply rooted is our Unitarian Universalist belief in peace and justice for all?
By Anthony David 3.9.09 IDEAS

Working together to create common security
Sharing each other's burdens in a time of economic crisis.
By Chuck Collins 2.23.09 IDEAS

CD to note, Spring 2009

By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.09 IDEAS

A little of that human touch
Relationship insights from the Boss.
By Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz 2.2.09 IDEAS

Reason for alarm
Books about reason in religion, environmentalism, and U.S. culture.
By Edd Doerr 1.5.09 IDEAS

A broken hallelujah
Praise in the midst of a broken world and a broken heart?
By Barbara Merritt 12.15.08 IDEAS

The ghosts of Unitarian Christmas
'A Christmas Carol,' updated.
By Doug Muder 12.8.08 IDEAS

Can spirituality help at work?
Spirituality is packaged as if it's a pep pill for overworked managers.
By Stephanie Anagnoson 9.1.08 IDEAS

A bench by the road
The author of 'Beloved' wrote her novel because there was 'no suitable memorial' to slaves.
By Toni Morrison 8.11.08 IDEAS

Transcendentalism divided
Some Transcendentalists emphasized self-reliance, but others stressed social reform.
By Jeff Wilson 6.23.08 IDEAS

Three in a thousand identify as Unitarians
A new survey estimates that 0.3 percent of American adults identify as Unitarians.
By Richard Higgins 6.2.08 IDEAS

The story of the 'Sources' cantata
Music celebrating the Six Sources of Unitarian Universalism.
By Kimberly French 5.19.08 IDEAS

Why I'm sticking with classics
My reasons for reading Hawthorne, Melville, and Dante are hardly noble.
By W. Frederick Wooden 4.7.08 IDEAS

Was your town a sundown town?
How to find out if your community intentionally excluded African Americans.
By James Loewen 2.18.08 IDEAS

Forgotten story of America's whites-only towns
James Loewen documents the rise of 'sundown towns' and their enduring legacy.
By Dan Carter 1.21.08 IDEAS

Liberal religion and the working class
Unitarian Universalism has a class problem.
By Doug Muder 9.3.07 IDEAS

Drops of water turn a mill
Does the Internet Age augur a revival of liberal religion?
By Doug Muder 8.13.07 IDEAS

Louisa May Alcott's Unitarian legacy
Did 'Little Women' plant the seeds of my own Unitarian Universalism?
By Rosemary Bray McNatt 8.6.07 IDEAS

Help for anxious parents
The world is a dangerous place, but many parents are at risk of overprotecting their children.
By Kimberly French 4.2.07 IDEAS

Books address adoption's complications
Clear and honest writing about adopting a child.
By Jane Greer 2.5.07 IDEAS

Straight to Jesus
Inside the Evangelical gay-conversion movement.
By Doug Muder 12.11.06 IDEAS

We are what we eat
Michael Pollan's 'Omnivore's Dilemma' challenges our eating habits.
By Kenneth Sutton 11.1.06 IDEAS

Five years of 9-11 articles
Selections from UU World's archives, 2001-2006.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.11.06 IDEAS

American myths reconsidered
Five years after 9/11.
By W. Frederick Wooden 9.11.06 IDEAS

Sam Harris challenges liberal religious tolerance
Sam Harris has good news and bad news for Unitarian Universalists.
By Warren R. Ross 9.4.06 IDEAS

Secularism and tolerance after 9-11
Sam Harris, Daniel Dennett, and Reza Aslan.
By Doug Muder 9.4.06 IDEAS

Unitarian minister's TV special celebrates 'American Creed'
The Rev. Forrest Church writes Hallmark Channel documentary.
By Richard Higgins 6.23.06 IDEAS

Newbery winner reflects author's liberal faith
Thoughtful teen novel weaves in themes from various world religions.
By Keith Kron 6.5.06 IDEAS

UUA marks Welcoming program milestone
500th UU church completes Welcoming Congregation program.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06 IDEAS

The quest for the historical Mary Magdalene
The church fathers and 'The Da Vinci Code' both get Mary Magdalene wrong.
By Elizabeth A. Lerner 5.15.06 IDEAS

Church offers classes on science of evolution
Kansas UU church offers refresher biology course to public.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.06 IDEAS

Counterculture and liberal religion
20th-century transformations of liberal religion.
By Christopher L. Walton 4.3.06 IDEAS

The difference between peaceful and violent religions
What does it mean to talk about 'peaceful' or 'violent' religions?
By Jeff Wilson 3.13.06 IDEAS

Myths of terror in this year's Oscar nominees
In this year's best picture nominees.
By Jeffry John Stein 3.6.06 IDEAS

Free speech doesn't justify incendiary speech
When religion is involved, hate speech kills.
By Forrest Church 3.6.06 IDEAS

Halloween's ritual roots
Even in its secular and commercial form, Halloween ritualizes our inescapable destination.
By Patricia Montley 10.31.05 IDEAS

Competing worldviews of fundamentalists and religious liberals
Why fundamentalists fear liberal family values.
By Doug Muder 9.12.05 IDEAS

Two new books about the urge to mend
What can we do to help?
By Victoria Safford 9.6.05 IDEAS

Students surveyed on spirituality
Study: Unitarian Universalist college students stand out for spiritual curiosity, volunteerism, social justice work, compassion, and respect for religious diversity.
By Sonja L. Cohen 8.15.05 IDEAS

Don't just say no
Abstinence-only programs hurt kids and society.
By Cynthia Kuhn 8.14.05 IDEAS

Making sense of the conservative worldview
Two recent books can help liberals understand the Christian right.
By Doug Muder 8.1.05 IDEAS

The spiritual in science fiction
A Unitarian Universalist take on science fiction and fantasy.
By Will Shetterly 7.25.05 IDEAS

Podcasting helps spread UU message
Ministers use new technology to reach the masses.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 IDEAS

The fear patrol
Unitarian Universalists offer insights into the cultural and personal sources of fear
By Neil Shister 9.1.04 IDEAS

The pages of sin
Greed, envy, gluttony, and lust reconsidered.
By Dan Cryer 9.1.04 IDEAS

The wellspring of American nature writing
'Walden' remains uncannily 'addressed to our condition exactly,' 150 years after its publication.
By Richard Higgins 7.1.04 IDEAS

Orthodox Jewish wisdom for religious liberals
Engaging my ancestral Judaism enriches my Unitarian Universalism.
By Elizabeth A. Lerner 5.1.04 IDEAS

Human origins and human futures
Looking back at Darwin and ahead at genetic engineering.
By Dan Cryer 3.1.04 IDEAS

Visit to the Kasambala Medical Clinic
An American minister visits the African clinic his church supports.
By Robert L. Eller-Isaacs 3.1.04 IDEAS

The fundamentalist agenda
Fundamentalism may be absolutely natural, ancient, and powerful—but the liberal impulse makes us humane.
By Davidson Loehr 1.1.04 IDEAS

Science and its metaphors
How far does the authority of science go?
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.03 IDEAS

Religious dialogue in a divided world
The urgent need for Muslim dialogue and a Jew's quest to pray with Christians and Muslims.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.03 IDEAS

The middle of everywhere
How Lincoln, Nebraska, came to be the picture of America's multicultural future.
By Mary Pipher 7.1.02 IDEAS

How to be a cultural broker
Things you can to help refugees in your town.
By Mary Pipher 7.1.02 IDEAS

Unshakable foundations
What endures in a time of terror: A sermon from the week of 9/11.
By Galen Guengerich 1.1.02 IDEAS

Special issue: Life with terrorism
A guide to stories from UU World's special issue responding to the attacks of 9/11.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.02 IDEAS

An urgent encounter with Islam
A reading list in the aftermath of 9/11.
By Rosemary Bray McNatt 1.1.02 IDEAS

Books To Note, Jan-Feb 2002

By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.02 IDEAS

A brief introduction to India's caste system
India's constitution outlawed castes in 1950, but millions are still treated as outcastes.
By Staff Writer 7.1.01 IDEAS

E.J. Graff asks what marriage is for
The author of a history of marriage says the time has come for same-sex marriage.
By Neil Miller 3.1.99 IDEAS

Book to note: 'Linus the Vegetarian T-Rex'
A girl who love dinosaurs meets a Tyrannosaurus Rex who defies expectations.
By Sonja L. Cohen IDEAS

Book to note: 'Gobble, gobble'
Award-winning illustrator, a UU, depicts lives of wild turkeys.
By Sonja L. Cohen IDEAS

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