Nights can be tough
A man with a gun tells you you’re fighting and trying to walk away as you stand still.
by Kenny Wiley

Rejoice and struggle
An emotionally intense UUA General Assembly celebrates marriage equality and affirms the Black Lives Matter movement.
by Elaine McArdle and Christopher L. Walton


Black lives matter
This issue of UU World goes to press as Americans try to fathom video of the traffic stop that led to Sandra Bland’s death.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

A mixture of triumph and pain
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.
by Peter Morales in From the president

Partners reach out with respect
Four-page insert adapted from Tapestry of Faith lifespan faith development programs.
by the UUA Faith Development Office in Families Weave a Tapestry of Faith


‘Come and join us’
Breakthrough Congregation: Enthusiastic and growing, a lay-led Colorado fellowship invites its first minister.
by Michael Hart

Ferry Beach: A cathedral of trees
Just off the coast of southern Maine, the chapel at Ferry Beach retreat and conference center is “a cathedral of trees.”
by Kenny Wiley in Spiritual landmarks

Ebola doctor: In the hot zone
When Ebola began ravaging West Africa, Dr. Patricia Ruze was determined to help.
by Elaine McArdle

‘This is home for me’
A black Baltimore Unitarian Universalist marches for Freddie Gray, her city, and her faith.
by Kenny Wiley


To bow and to bend
An ancient tale points to the wisdom of nonsense.
by Sadie Lansdale

Retaining our humanity
We can become a more spiritually resilient faith.
by Schuyler Vogel

Painting: Climate change triptych
‘My thought process as I paint is a non-linear flow of consciousness.’
by William B. Reed in Creations

Making peace with the temporary nature of life
Making an object that exists solely to be captured in a photograph then discarded is a study in the Buddhist teaching of impermanence.
by Karen Hyams in Creations


The print edition contains abridged versions of stories that first appeared on

Church will host homeless youth
First Parish partnership with Y2Y Harvard Square will shelter 20 young adults.
by Christian Schmidt, 4.27.15

UUs look to help in Baltimore
Joining vigils for Freddie Gray, packing lunches for school children, learning from black community’s distress.
by Kenny Wiley, 4.30.15

Leaked documents revealed ‘lies,’ say faculty who quit Starr King
Faculty who resigned say seminary conflict was about claims made by former President Rebecca Parker.
by Elaine McArdle, 6.22.15

Interim ministers in short supply
For the first time, there are not enough accredited interim ministers to supply Unitarian Universalist congregations seeking one.
by Elaine McArdle, 6.8.15

UUA expands ‘In Care’ programs for seminarians
Board approves 2016 budget, ending funds for Regional Subcommittees on Candidacy; UUA will expand ‘In Care’ programs instead.
by Elaine McArdle, 5.4.15

Church gives offering away every week
Unitarian Universalists in Nashua, New Hampshire, have put $250,000 in the plate over the past twelve years—and given it all away.
by Christian Schmidt, 5.25.15

Board wants audited school finance reports
UUA Board of Trustees votes to accept monitoring report related to seminaries.
by Elaine McArdle, 6.24.15

Board welcomes new trustees
The 2015 General Assembly elects three to the UUA Board of Trustees, and the board appoints a fourth new member.
by Elaine McArdle

Three mothers, many children to a room
Unitarian Universalists call attention to new detention centers holding hundreds of immigrant families.
by Elaine McArdle, 5.8.15

In the media: Austin church offers sanctuary
Highlights from other news organizations’ coverage of Unitarian Universalists and their congregations.
by Rachel Walden

Abridged for print from the full obituaries published by the UU Ministers Association.

At last, marriage equality nationwide
UU ministers and congregations offered free weddings for same-sex couples July 11 and 12.
by Kenneth Sutton in Inside


Better than human?
Who receives the benefits of shiny new technology, and who bears its risks?
by Scott Gerard Prinster in Forum

The doubt mongers
A documentary film and a young adult novel tackle manufactured doubt.
by Doug Muder

Sewing circle founded Portland church
A Portland women’s group sewed its way to a religious home.
by Heather Beasley Doyle in Looking back

Planet discoverer goes to Pluto and beyond
The ashes of Clyde Tombaugh are traveling the cosmos on NASA's New Horizons spacecraft.
by Sonja L. Cohen

Readers respond to the Summer 2015 issue.
Compiled by Kenneth Sutton in Letters

Blog roundup
Highlights from the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere, January to April 2015.
By Heather Christensen in Letters

Top ten online
Traffic report: Most popular stories on our website, January 5–April 5, 2015.
By Christopher L. Walton in Letters


UU World Digital, Fall 2015
Subscribe to the digital replica edition, optimized for tablets, laptops, and desktops.
by Qmags

Audio recordings
Audio recordings of selected UU World stories.
By Don Hymel