The dream of white innocence
We were ready to redeem the American dream, ready to join the revolution. What happened?
by William G. Sinkford

Illustration of George Washington on the dollar bill, with a hard hat on his head.
© Alex Nabaum/

When charity disrupts justice
Tax-deductible charitable giving often makes inequality worse.
by Chuck Collins

The rising costs of entering ministry
New ministers carry more educational debt than ever before.
by Joshua Eaton


The act of not seeing 
‘This is how it feels a lot of the time,’ says one racial justice activist, ‘like white folks are just walking around like everything is okay.’
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

The fear that surrounds us
Have you ever tried to argue someone out of their racism, their climate change denial, their homophobia? It never works.
by Peter Morales in From the president

Making a name for yourself (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


A rare happily-ever-after for queer characters
Jaime Jarrett’s musical Normativity shows that LGBTQ characters deserve happy endings, too.
by Air Nonken

Roo is a boy who is comfortable with himself. He says his tutus make him feel beautiful and brave, and he doesn’t believe in rules about what boys or girls can or can’t wear.
© Jen Shattuck

Roo, exactly as he is
When we invite children to come to us exactly as they are, we become a sanctuary.
by Jen Shattuck

At The Sanctuaries, they ask what you need
A diverse and multifaith arts, spirituality, and justice community for young adults thrives in Washington, D.C.
by Kenny Wiley

‘It’s the heart of what we do’
Nineteen years on, a church’s annual Christmas Day Dinner brings the community closer than ever. 
by Heather Beasley Doyle

“Seed.” © 2016 Daniel Nevins
© 2016 Daniel Nevins

On becoming old-old
Living to be 87 is a surprise, and I’m finding that old-old is different than just plain old.
by Sally Salisbury Stoddard

Hope for the heartbroken
I am not alone, and I can choose to be kind and loving to people all around, who may be heartbroken, too.
by Sean Parker Dennison

Creations: Shared values
Painting celebrates Arkansas congregation’s fiftieth anniversary with a depiction of its Unitarian Universalist values.
by Jerry Offerman

After a dying dad
‘Old life recomposes into new life, and we are not separate from this grand, inclusive, regenerative scheme.’
by Jaco ten Hove

Poem: By ‘Amazing Grace’
Lately I find / more of myself in other poets’ poems than in a mirror.
by Everett Hoagland

At Whitney Plantation, “The Children of Whitney” sculptures by artist Woodrow Nash represent former slaves who were emancipated as children and later shared their recollections of slavery with the Federal Writers’ Project.
Courtesy Whitney Plantation

The past is alive at Whitney Plantation
You can’t rewrite history, but you can help right many of the wrongs through education.
by Elaine McArdle

Preparing to work in solidarity
The 2017 UUA Common Read is The Third Reconstruction by William J. Barber II and Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove.
by Gail Forsyth-Vail

illustration of two men one dressed as a business man, another as a construction worker.
© Robert Neubecker

Class background, our hidden diversity
Three books explore the white working-class experience in America.
by Doug Muder

Nathaniel Currier, printmaker of the American mythos
Printmaker Nathaniel Currier (1813–1888) grew up Unitarian and later joined the Unitarian Church of All Souls in New York.
by Kris Willcox

Blog roundup
Highlights from the Unitarian Universalist blogosphere, July–September 2016.
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online
Most frequently visited stories on, July–September 2016.


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

Rallies call for end to extremism
UU clergy, laypeople part of interfaith ‘Moral Day of Action’ at 30 state capitols.
by Elaine McArdle

Shelter Rock gives $5 million to UU legacy campaign
May spur greatest legacy giving in UU history, leaders hope
by Elaine McArdle

UUs aid Standing Rock Sioux’s water protection action
Congregations in North Dakota and Washington are supporting an effort to stop construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline
by Michael Hart

Eight UUs arrested at pipeline protest
Seventeen-year-old UU youngest person arrested in climate justice action.
by Elaine McArdle

The Rev. Jeanne Pupke
© 2016 Nancy Pierce

Candidate Jeanne Pupke: ‘I want us on fire!’
‘I have a desire for us to be more innovative in imagining what religion can be.’
by Elaine McArdle

Texas fellowship ‘back on course’ after 2015 arson
The Denton, Texas, Fellowship reconsecrated its building.
by Kenny Wiley

UUs say Dallas protest was peaceful until shooting started
Racial justice and support for police are not mutually exclusive, say UU activists.
by Elaine McArdle

Florida UUs respond to climate change
Eight more Florida congregations will follow model, use toolkit.
by Elaine McArdle

UUs in the Media
by Rachel Walden and Lauren Walleser

Milestones / Obituaries

Congregations AIM for inclusion 
AIM certification helps congregations become more inclusive and accessible to people living with disabilities.
by Elaine McArdle in Inside

Changing ideas about disabilities
EqUUal Access seeks to enable the full engagement of people with disabilities in UU communities and the broader society.
by Elaine McArdle in Inside

Inside your congregation: what's new


Struck from on high
Weird stuff is gonna happen, and you might as well get used to it.
by Jane Ranney Rzepka, 10.24.16

Raising UU interfaith ambassadors
We must help Unitarian Universalist children and youth engage deeply with a variety of faith traditions.
by Michelle Richards, 10.3.16

Southern faith
I see my Unitarian Universalist and southern identities as strengths and gifts, not contradictions.
by Meg Barnhouse, 8.29.16

UU World Digital
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