Nothing we do will be perfect
The struggle for racial justice is revealing a weakness in our theology. It’s time to let our perfectionism go.
by Nancy McDonald Ladd

The “Progress Pride Flag” by Daniel Quasar adds new stripes to acknowledge the push for full inclusion by transgender people (with the white, pink, and light blue stripes) and people of color (with brown and black stripes).

Quasar Digital (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

© Quasar Digital (CC BY-NC-SA 4.0)

Apology: Our story hurt people
The editor apologizes for publishing “After L, G, and B” in the Spring issue.
by Christopher L. Walton

A call to action from trans religious professionals
Despite our Welcoming Congregation commitments, most trans UUs do not feel fully included. Five actions you can take. 


Beyond optimism
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

The power of we
Mission and covenant are an antidote to individualism. They remind us of the repsonsibilities that come with an affirmation of interdependence.
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

Making it right (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


In times of crisis
The UUA’s Disaster Relief Fund is spreading help faster and farther than ever.
by Elaine McArdle

Sustainable elegance in Iowa
The Unitarian Universalist Society in Coralville, Iowa, aimed to build the ‘greenest church in Iowa.’
by Sonja L. Cohen in Spiritual Landmarks

The spectrum of inclusion
UU communities are learning to value the many forms of neurodiversity.
by Kris Willcox

water color illustration of a woman with arms outstretched

© mixformdesign/iStockphoto

© mixformdesign/iStockphoto

I am 17
Thoughts on adolescence, growing up, and bridging into adulthood.
by Asha Pruitt

UU activist wins Rhodes Scholarship
Jaz Brisack, a student at the University of Mississippi, was ‘swept off my feet by the labor movement.’
by Arthur Hirsch


One Unitarian Universalist’s way
Finding myself on the Camino de Santiago.
by Rachel Mize

Zoomorphic #2: photograph of a woman with her face, neck, and shoulders painted to resemble a chameleon.

© 2018 Shelby Meyerhoff

© 2018 Shelby Meyerhoff

Creations: Zoomorphics
Self-representation through body paint and photography. 
by Shelby Meyerhoff

Deep magic
I’ll keep being open to deep magic until I find a way to believe in it.
by Meg Barnhouse

Creations: A sigh hollowed out the chamber of the heart
Making art through word associations.
by Amy Zucker Morgenstern


Participants in an ESL class offered at the UU Church of Greater Lansing, Michigan work on vocabulary.

© 2018 Nick Hagen Photography

© 2018 Nick Hagen Photography

Moved to serve
For one Michigan church, moving has been nothing short of transformative.
by Heather Beasley Doyle

Looking Back: The ball that didn’t break us
Lessons from a controversial Thomas Jefferson-themed dance held at the 1993 General Assembly.
by Elaine McArdle

New books for UU history buffs
Historical Dictionary of Unitarian Universalismand The Crusade for Forgotten Souls.
by Sonja L. Cohen and Elaine McArdle

Blog roundup
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online


Border Patrol agents arrest demonstrators at the border wall in San Diego, California, on December 10, 2018.

© 2018 AP Photo/Gregory Bull

AP Photo/Gregory Bull

Six UUs arrested at interfaith protest by U.S. Border Patrol
Interfaith ‘Love Knows No Borders’ action held in solidarity with migrants’ right to seek asylum.
by Michael Hart

Bellingham fellowship assists families of immigrants arrested in ICE raid
Unitarian Universalists provide meeting space, food, money, and volunteer support to local immigrant families disrupted by ICE arrests.
by Elaine McArdle

Pared-down 2019 UUA General Assembly focuses on vision
Join the conversation about Unitarian Universalists’ shared purpose; major speakers will include poet Richard Blanco and antiracism educator Robin DiAngelo.
by Christopher L. Walton

Board announces 2020 election for moderator 
UUA Board of Trustees asks potential candidates to delay running until role is better defined.
by Elaine McArdle

As fires spread in California, church doors opened
Unitarian Universalist Disaster Relief Fund, already making grants to hurricane victims, also helps congregations in towns ravaged by California wildfires.
by Tina Porter

Hurricane damages three buildings of fellowship in Panama City, Florida
Unitarian Universalists lose homes in Hurricane Michael; Panama City fellowship’s least-damaged building is used as relief staging area.
by Elaine McArdle

UUA news
Compiled from the following news briefs and UUA statements:

Christina Rivera resigns from UUA Board of Trustees
by Elaine McArdle

UUA gives $50,000 to DRUUMM, commits to renewed partnership
by Christopher L. Walton

Institutional Change team calls for better tracking and support of RE professionals
by Elaine McArdle

President issues statements of trans support
by Susan Frederick-Gray (

First Peoples’ Convening focuses on climate-forced displacement
UU Service Committee co-sponsors gathering on climate change’s impact on Indigenous peoples.
by Elaine McArdle

New leadership for UUA’s MFD, Stewardship and Development
Janice Marie Johnson, Elizabeth Nguyen, and Lauren Smith take leadership roles.
by Elaine McArdle

Boston’s Arlington Street Church earns grant for historic preservation
National Fund for Sacred Spaces names Boston church one of thirteen churches in national grants program.
by Elaine McArdle

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


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