Peter Morales

Peter Morales

The Rev. Peter Morales was the eighth president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA).

Learn more about Peter Morales on UUA.org.

By Peter Morales

  • Sanctuary and gospel
    Peter Morales

    As religious people we have two essential tasks: we must offer sanctuary and preach our gospel.

  • Declaration of conscience
    Peter Morales, Tom Andrews

    We will oppose any and all unjust government actions to deport, register, discriminate, or despoil.

  • The fear that surrounds us
    Peter Morales

    Have you ever tried to argue someone out of their racism, their climate change denial, their homophobia? It never works.

  • Catharsis ≠ progress
    Peter Morales

    I worry that we will fall victim to the progressive habit of declaring victory too early.

  • The future of liberal religion is multifaith
    Peter Morales

    Religious liberals from all traditions share not only common values, but also a common cosmology.

  • Way is opening
    Peter Morales

    More than once, my attempts to stick to my dream prevented me from seeing other doors that were open all around me.

  • Renew your spirit
    Peter Morales

    I urge you to make some space to reflect on what your spirit needs right now.

  • A mixture of triumph and pain
    Peter Morales

    The UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, contained a mixture of triumph and pain that reflects the state of our movement and the state of America.

  • Embracing failure
    Peter Morales

    The future health of Unitarian Universalism depends on all of us learning to embrace failure.

  • Tough times
    Peter Morales
    We progressives are prone to believing progress is a lot easier than it is.
  • Opportunities are always there
    Peter Morales
    Thriving congregations have leaders who seize the opportunities before them rather than cling to plans that are no longer viable.
  • Our house, unequally divided
    Peter Morales
    Inequality has reached such toxic levels that it corrupts our relationships and threatens our democracy.
  • One simple, transformative practice
    Peter Morales
    A search for connection is at the heart of all spiritual traditions and practices.
  • Belief is the enemy of faith
    Peter Morales

    A new interfaith, multifaith spirituality is struggling to be born.

  • What Unitarian Universalists want
    Peter Morales
    Unitarian Universalists share a profound sense of what we cherish and what we want to become.
  • Love will prevail
    Peter Morales

    Love is not afraid; love is tough.

  • Learning to trust
    Peter Morales
    To create deep and enduring relationships, our love must develop into mutual trust.
  • Bring General Assembly home with you
    Peter Morales
    The true test of this year's GA is what our congregations in every state do five years from now.
  • Religious hospitality
    Peter Morales
    It's not rocket science: Simply smiling and saying hello to visitors would transform our congregations.
  • Crossing borders
    Peter Morales

    Our challenge is to learn to reach beyond the confines of our personal social and cultural experience.

  • Everything changes
    Peter Morales

    Central to our faith tradition is our willingness to leave behind what no longer serves us.

  • Service is our prayer
    Peter Morales
    When we serve we become more compassionate, more sensitive, more understanding, and more aware.
  • The 'it' church
    Peter Morales
    From the President: If we 'get religion' we will thrive. If we don't, we will decline.
  • What moves you?
    Peter Morales
    We only find ourselves when we lose ourselves in service to something that transcends us.
  • We want our movement to change
    Peter Morales
    A letter from the newly elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association.
  • Engaging the 'nones'
    Peter Morales
    The rapid growth in the number of people who identify with no religion has profound implications for Unitarian Universalism.
  • You can’t pretend to show up
    Peter Morales
    Where would Dr. King ask us to show up if he were alive today?
  • Trust the dawning future
    Peter Morales
    Leaving Beacon Hill for a modern headquarters is a huge move for the UUA.
  • The new America
    Peter Morales
    America is in the midst of a historic demographic shift that represents an enormous opportunity, and challenge, for Unitarian Universalists.
  • We must get better at communicating
    Peter Morales
    Our relationships are created and sustained by our communication.
  • Our connections are sacred
    Peter Morales

    We are intimately connected to Mayans in Guatemala, day laborers in Arizona, Buddhists in Japan, farmers in the Philippines, and religious progressives all over the world.

  • Changing hearts, not just opinions
    Peter Morales
    We must speak truth to power. But more importantly, we must persuade the frightened and uninformed.
  • Get religion
    Peter Morales
    We must do three things: get religion, grow leaders, and cross borders.

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