Assumed identities: A personal history of passing
I didn’t want to lie about who I was anymore, but I would learn people wouldn’t accept a simple one- or two-word answer about who I was, either. Not talking about race isn’t an option any person of color in this country has ever had, in particular if it’s not clear what race you are.
by Brando Skyhorse

Sujitno Sajuti stands in the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden, Connecticut, the day after he and his wife, Dahlia, took sanctuary from his scheduled deportation to Indonesia.
© Dave Zajac/Record-Journal

‘You cannot go out’
Sujitno Sajuti has lived in a Unitarian Universalist church since October, pleading to stay in the country he has called home for thirty years.
by Patrick Sullivan


Our work, too
A glimpse into the work the editors are doing as part of the Unitarian Universalist Association’s commitment to dismantle white supremacy.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

The touchstone of community
It’s going to take all of us to move our world, and our faith, forward in the ways of truth, compassion, and justice.
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

2 pairs of hands holding a seedling
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Families: Flower power
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


Person holding a slip of paper that says "Me too".
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The #MeToo moment
We can decide not to let our culture be defined by toxic masculinity. 
by Emily Wright-Magoon

My tender places are a source of strength
Out of the blue, the 5-year-old turned to me and said matter-of-factly, ‘You’re fat.’
by Lindasusan Ulrich

Turning towards each other
A post-fire redesign of this San José, California, church feels like ‘getting a hug from the building.’
by Kenny Wiley in Spiritual landmarks

Overseas connection 
European Unitarian Universalists group helps expats and European fellowships find common ground.
by Diane Daniel

Film still image from UU Greta Gerwig's "Lady Bird"
© A24/Everett Collection

Film footnotes
UU tangents in The PostLady Bird, and more.
by Christopher L. Walton

Choosing a stubborn love
An African American UU warily returns to his mostly white congregation.
by Michael Hornsby


Diverse baptisms
The first time, I emerged merely breathless, wet, and cold.
by Jim Sherblom

UUA honors Bradburds with new painting
‘Love Is a Fearsome Thing,’ by Daniel Nevins, honors longtime supporters Arnold ‘Brad’ and Julie Bradburd.
by UU World staff

Revising ourselves
Exercises for the deeper, harder work of revising a text—and a life.
by Elizabeth Jarrett Andrew

Schrödinger’s father
The impending death of a loved one often leaves us sitting in a between-state.
by Kenneth Sutton


torn posters with human faces
© 2006 John Periovolaris (CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Sin is personal, not just systemic
Does the sin of white supremacy live in us or in the systems beyond us?
by Molly Housh Gordon

Book to note: Maine’s storied UU history
Peter TuftsRichardson’s Universalists & Unitarians of Maine offers an excellent resource for UU historians.
by Elaine McArdle

Genre makeover
In conventional women’s fiction, Olive Higgins Prouty created a bold new type of heroine.
by Kris Willcox

Sunday security
UU congregations are taking steps to be better prepared for emergencies.
by Donald E. Skinner

Blog roundup 
‘Grabbing a door handle covered in bees and honey.’
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online


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

A wildfire threatens homes as it burns along the 101 Freeway Tuesday, Dec. 5, 2017, in Ventura, Calif.
AP Photo/Jae C. Hong

Churches reach out in fire-ravaged California
Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund, already making grants to hurricane victims, also helps congregations in towns ravaged by California wildfires.
by Tina Porter, 12/13/2017

‘People’s lives are falling down on us as ash’
California Unitarian Universalists offer their homes as fires overwhelm communities.
by Tina Porter, 10/17/2017

Houston UUs continue Harvey flood recovery
by Kenny Wiley

Media Roundup: Seeking supportive community in traumatic times
by Rachel Walden

Gun violence vigil draws 500 to NRA headquarters
On fifth anniversary of Sandy Hook massacre, interfaith coalition gathers outside gun lobby’s headquarters. 
by Elaine McArdle, 12/19/2017

Activists block natural gas construction site near Port of Tacoma
Unitarian Universalists assist Puyallup Tribe and climate justice activists in fight against liquefied natural gas plant.
by Kenny Wiley, 12/20/2017

Virginia interfaith coalition targets local carbon emissions
Fairfax County alliance aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, helps nearby counties form similar advocacy groups.
by Elaine McArdle, 12/4/2017

Introducing ‘Side with Love,’ a more accessible public witness campaign
UUA’s public witness campaign changes name after criticism that ‘Standing on the Side of Love’ privileged able-bodied people.
by Elaine McArdle, 1/10/2018

UUSC President and CEO Tom Andrews steps down
Andrews, who led the UU Service Committee since July 2016, is leaving to start a human rights advocacy group focused on the Rohingya of Burma. 
by Christopher L. Walton, 11/9/2017

UUA president speaks at launch of Poor People’s Campaign
Susan Frederick-Gray condemns tax bill as part of ‘all-out violent assault’ on poor, working class, and middle class people; interfaith movement plans nationwide campaign of nonviolent civil disobedience.
by Christopher L. Walton, 12/7/2017

Former UUA Moderator Denny Davidoff dies
Denise T. Davidoff among Unitarian Universalist Association’s most active volunteer leaders, chairing board from 1993 to 2001 and serving in many roles over 50 years.
by Tom Stites, 12/7/2017

Former UUA President Bob West dies at 88
The Rev. Robert Nelson West led the Unitarian Universalist Association through its most tumultuous period, 1969–1977. 
by Tom Stites, 10/30/2017

Hungarian Unitarian Church votes to support only male-female marriages
In response, Unitarian Universalist leaders in North America express ‘deep concern.’
by Elaine McArdle, 11/13/2017

Clergy obituaries
Abridged for print from the full obituaries published by the UU Ministers Association. In this issue: Rebecca M. Blodgett, Marguerite C. Clason, Beth Ellen Cooper, Edwin A. Lane, Donald W. McKinney, Carl H. Whittier Jr., and John B. Wolf.


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by Qmags

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

Intersectional feminism means showing up when there are no pink hats
Women of privilege have to start showing up when an event or action isn’t about them.
by Marchaé Grair, 1/19/18

Why many people don’t care about climate change
The most important thing we can do to get people to focus on climatejusticeis to provide them with reliable employment,education,and health care. 
by Jeffrey A. Lockwood, 12/19/17

Greta Gerwig, a ‘fly on the wall for my adolescence’
A conversation about Greta Gerwig’s new film Lady Bird, growing up, and ritual for Unitarian Universalists.
by Aisha Ansano, Abigail Clauhs, and Hannah Roberts Villnave, 12/14/17