UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray addresses the General Assembly on June 21 2019.

UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray addresses the General Assembly on June 20. (© 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA)*

© 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA

The power of we
Questions probing the heart of our faith.
by Mr. Barb Greve, Elandria Williams, Carey McDonald, Julia Landis, Cammie Horne, Sofía Betancourt, and Elias Ortega-Aponte

Theodore Parker

Theodore Parker (Public Domain)

public domain

Spiritual friendship and social justice
The Transcendentalists practiced the art of forming and maintaining spiritual friendships that transcended differences of gender, class, theology, politics, and race.
by John Buehrens


We are the ones we’re waiting for
by Kenneth Sutton in From the editor

The cup is what holds the light
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

Families: What are miracles? (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


The Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner at Reston, Va. Pride 2019

The Rev. Dr. Debra Haffner (© 2019 Annalee Durland-Jones)

© 2019 Annalee Durland-Jones,

‘You are whole and welcome here’
A Breakthrough Congregation in Virginia builds community through Pride.
by Andrea Dulanto

‘We must continue to choose each other’
Highlights from the UUA General Assembly in June.
photographs by John Benford and Nancy Pierce

Activist wins environmental award
UU Alfred Brownell works to safeguard Liberia’s resources.
by Sherri Daye Scott

Book to note: Gratitude for beginners
by Sonja L. Cohen

Spiritual Landmarks: Unitarian Universalist Church of Spokane
by Sonja L. Cohen

Welcome to UUism: What are Joys and Sorrows?
by Liz James


The audience sings during the opening celebration of the 2019 UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.

© 2019 John Benford/UUA

© 2019 John Benford/UUA

‘It is time now’
Worship highlights from the UUA General Assembly in Spokane, Washington.
photographs by John Benford and Nancy Pierce


If I didn’t tell that story, it wouldn’t get told
Journalist fights for criminal justice reform in Spokane.
by Sandra Williams

GA public witness demands, ‘No new jail’
by Elaine McArdle

General Assembly: Deep conversation
Photos and prompts.

Gay rights activists Sylvia Ray Rivera and Marsha P. Johnson at a 1973 New York City Hall rally.

© 1973 Diana Davies/Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

© Diana Davies/Manuscripts and Archives Division, The New York Public Library

Q&A: Adapting ‘A Queer History’ for young readers
An edited version of this Beacon Broadside post appears in the Fall issue of UU World.
Listen to this article
by Christian Coleman, Beacon Broadside: A Project of Beacon Press

NPR confirms four men attacked Reeb in 1965
Investigative podcast revisits the murder of civil rights activist James Reeb.
by Christopher L. Walton

‘¡Puerto Rico se levanta!’
Empire has failed Puerto Rico. It’s time to demand better.
by Julio Noboa Polanco

A map to spiritual growth 
New tool helps UUs identify their spiritual priorities.
by Elaine McArdle

Blog roundup: Resilient hope, not brittle optimism
Highlights from the Unitarian Universalist conversation online, April through June 2019.
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online


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The Rev. Amy Carol Webb, minister of River of Grass UU Congregation, and Everette R.H. Thompson, program manager of the UUA’s Side With Love program, lead a chant in the rain at an interfaith protest outside the Homestead detention center near Miami, Fl.

© 2019 Larry Gilstad

© 2019 Larry Gilstad

UUs protest Homestead child detention center
Thousands of immigrant children are held at for-profit detention center in Florida.
by Elaine McArdle

Unitarian Universalists join national protests against migrant detention centers
Members and leaders join “Close the Camps” protests.
by Elaine McArdle

Rhode Island church hosts tenth annual LGBTQ prom for youth
250 teens and young adults attend tenth Born This Way Prom, sponsored by Channing Memorial Church’s Interweave group.
by Elaine McArdle

Media roundup
General Assembly attendees support activists in Spokane; book controversy; the personal costs of making history

GA affirms democracy as vital but corrupted ideal
At annual business meeting, Unitarian Universalists also celebrate completion of fundraising for Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism.
by Christopher L. Walton

GA 2019 one of the greenest
by Elaine McArdle

UUA, DRUUMM sign memorandum of understanding at GA
Five-year agreement signed at 2019 General Assembly.

The Commission on Institutional Change at General Assembly

Gift card scammers targeting congregations
In carefully targeted scams, email messages designed to look like they were sent by a minister ask members for gift cards.
by Christian Schmidt

Congregational news
Virginia congregation celebrates new name, home

detail of Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed receiving Award for Distinguished Service to the Cause of Unitarian Universalism at the 2019 GA.

The Rev. Dr. Mark Morrison-Reed (© 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA)

© 2019 Nancy Pierce/UUA

Mark Morrison-Reed, CB Beal, Denise Rimes honored at GA
by Elaine McArdle

UUA names new treasurer, GA director
by Christopher L. Walton

BLUU announces panelists for theology symposium
by Elaine McArdle

Meadville names Ortega-Aponte as new president
by Christopher L. Walton


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by Advanced Publishing

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


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