Interfaith clergy, including Unitarian Universalist Association President Susan Frederick-Gray (right), lock arms at Emancipation Park to protest the Unite the Right rally of white supremacists on August 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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© 2017 Jason Andrew/Getty Images

This is no time for a casual faith
The white supremacist rally last August in Charlottesville revealed the power and renewed boldness of the white nationalist movement—and the importance of our faithful commitment to communities of compassion, resilience, and resistance.
by Susan Frederick-Gray

What we want at the end
Talking about how we hope to die can help avoid needless suffering for our loved ones and for ourselves.
by Kris Willcox


New take on GA
You’ll find photos, sermons, quotes, and news stories from the General Assembly throughout the magazine.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

Communities of compassion and resistance
In the midst of critical justice work, it is essential to practice more deeply our faith.
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

More than winning (PDF)
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


Together for the long haul
A suburban church and an urban community ministry raise money together.
by Alexandra Varney McDonald

Faces of General Assembly
Photos from the UUA General Assembly in June.
by Nancy Pierce and Christopher L. Walton

UUs offer homes to asylum seekers from caravan
Central American asylum seekers, fleeing violence at home, may be released from detention centers to sponsors’ homes.
by Elaine McArdle

UUs learn tools for ending the money bail system
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism hosts public witness event at 2018 General Assembly focused on criminal justice reform.
by Elaine McArdle

Living for the chance of success
Every generation fights for a more just world.
by Liz James


The missing remnant
The journey toward redemption is about truth telling, lamentation, and owning our wrongs, while at the same time claiming the profound possibility that calls us forward.
by Sofía Betancourt

Drumming at the Covenant of UU Pagans summer solstice celebration at GA 2018.

© 2018 Nancy Pierce

© 2018 Nancy Pierce

Worship at General Assembly
Photos, lyrics, and excerpts from worship services at the UUA General Assembly in Kansas City, Missouri.

Writing our own story
by Kim Hampton

Invocation: May we be nourished by community
by Susan Frederick-Gray


‘We all want to feel safe’
Lessons from the Parkland school shooting survivors.
by Lars Lonnroth

2018 Ware Lecturer Brittany Packnett, at the podium at GA.

© 2018 Nancy Pierce

© 2018 Nancy Pierce

The messages we send
Excerpt from the 2018 Ware Lecture.
by Brittany Packnett

General Assembly conversations
Photos and prompts.

The positive power of group hugs
by Alison Oatman

New UUA Common Read focuses on environmental justice

Chiwetel-Ejiofor is the Rev. Carlton Pearson in Netflix's film "Come Sunday."

© Netflix

© Netflix

A Universalist conversion story on Netflix
Ira Glass brings the story of the Rev. Carlton Pearson’s costly change of heart to TV.
by Kimberly French

Blog roundup
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online
Our most read stories.


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

Interfaith activists, including UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray marched in the first day of the Poor People’s Campaign 40 Days of Action in Washington, D.C., where they were arrested by U.S. Capitol Police for blocking a road.

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© Jessie Palatucci/United Church of Christ (CC BY-NC 2.0)

UUA leaders arrested at start of 40-day Poor People’s Campaign action
Interfaith justice movement launches 40 Days of Action in most state capitals; UUA president and sixteen other UUs arrested in D.C.
by Arthur Hirsch, 5/18/2018

UUs join Abolish ICE push
Actions protesting U.S. treatment of migrants and asylum seekers were organized by the Latinx organization Mijente in San Diego on July 2.
by Michael Hart, 7/9/2018

GA calls for abolition of ICE, end of family separation
UUA General Assembly continues focus on dismantling white supremacy. Resolutions condemn criminalization of migrants, call for end to private prisons, and urge support for indigenous water protectors.
by Christopher L. Walton, 6/25/2018

Westboro Baptist Church picketed GA again
During brief protest of Unitarian Universalist support for LGBT lives, police arrest a local activist. General Assembly Safety Team works to de-escalate situation with police.
by Elaine McArdle, 6/21/2018

GA attendees make 1,200 care packages
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism hosts public witness event at 2018 General Assembly focused on criminal justice reform.
by Elaine McArdle, 6/22/2018

Ministers mark Juneteenth with rally and action
Unitarian Universalist ministers and local UUs mark Juneteenth with rally in solidarity with Poor People’s Campaign in Kansas City.
by Christopher L. Walton, 6/20/2018

Board wants congregations to focus on cultural change
‘Lives are being destroyed’ by white supremacy culture in Unitarian Universalist communities, trustees say.
by Elaine McArdle, 5/11/2018

The Rev. Danielle Di Bona receives the Distinguished Service Award from UUA Secretary Christine Rivera

© 2018 Christopher L. Walton/UUA

© Christopher L. Walton/UUA

Di Bona, Gaines honored with Distinguished Service awards

Distinguished Service Award recipient Danielle Di Bona is ‘Unitarian Universalism’s chaplain’
by Sonja L. Cohen, 6/22/2018

Charles Gaines, Distinguished Service award recipient: ‘Be evangelists for our faith’
by Sonja L. Cohen, 6/24/2018

Religious educators recognized for leadership

Aisha Hauser accepts MacLean Award for Excellence in Religious Education
by Sonja L. Cohen, 6/22/2018

LREDA receives President’s Volunteer Service Award
by Sonja L. Cohen, 6/27/2018

Robbery victims at 2017 General Assembly pressed for restorative justice
Two UUA employees who were violently robbed in New Orleans join UUs in New Orleans in calls for leniency.
by Elaine McArdle, 8/20/2018

Mary Katherine Morn to lead UUSC
by Christopher L. Walton, 5/16/2018

Carey McDonald named UUA executive vice president
by Elaine McArdle, 5/22/2018

News briefs: A historic pipe organ is reborn
Congregations in California, Ohio, and Wisconsin mark major anniversaries; Duxbury, Massachusetts, restores 165-year-old organ.
compiled by Sonja J. Cohen

Clergy obituaries
Abridged for print from the full obituaries published by the UU Ministers Association. In this issue: E. Bonnie Devlin, Elizabeth A. Foster, Katherine A. Greenleaf, A. Phillip B. Hewett, Kathryn Alice Jorgensen, Jack D. Zoerheide.


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