Your guide to this week’s stories at UU World.
This week, Christian Schmidt reports that a UU congregation in Nashua, New Hampshire, has collected $250,000 in weekly offerings in the past twelve years—and given it all away. From the Summer issue of the magazine (which is arriving in mailboxes now), K. Elting Brock writes, “If you pay attention the garden will teach you things. Like patience and hope and the grace of return.” And Kenny Wiley talks to fellow religious educators whose mental health struggles inform their work.
On the Editors’ Blog this week: News breaks that there is a shortage of ministers seeking interim positions this year. A video highlights the accessibility and environmental sustainability of the UUA’s new headquarters on its first anniversary. A new book explores T.S. Eliot’s Unitarian childhood. Our blog roundup features posts on running like Indiana Jones, bivocational ministry, and inappropriate laughter. And our news roundup highlights stories about embezzlement, stolen Black Lives Matter banners, and milestones in marriage equality.
Some of the links we’ve promoted this week in the Editors’ Picks: A photo gallery of Unitarian Universalist headstones at Arlington National Cemetery, an essay in the New York Times “Transgender Today” special section by the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison, a news story about an Arkansas congregation’s public forum on transgender experience, and a columnist’s plea to commencement speakers to read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s 1838 Divinity School Address.
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Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah and is a member of the Church of the Larger Fellowship.
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