(Detail) A satellite image shows Hurricane Irma as it approached Cuba and Florida on September 8 2017.
© NOAA via AP

Nature demands respect
We need Henry David Thoreau’s ‘tonic of wildness’ to confront climate change. ‘We need to witness our own limits transgressed.’ Hurricanes, earthquakes, and fires are helping us do just that.
by Anthony Makar

illustration of protesters against a yellow background.
© Jing Jing Tsong/

Do you need to be an activist to be a Unitarian Universalist?
Six Unitarian Universalist leaders reflect on activism and religious identity in a racially and politically charged era. How do our values call us to act? 
with Takiyah Amin, Robin Bartlett, Ranwa Hammamy, Paul Rasor, Marilyn Sewell, and Pamela Wat


On community
Community is not just a cure for what ails us; it is also what ails us.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

The practice of our faith
This is no time for a casual faith. And we must remember that we are not in this alone.
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

A sanctuary is more than a building
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


Seeking asylum from credible fear
UUs are helping women and children in a family detention center for immigrants in Texas.
by Elaine McArdle

Keeping an open heart
As a Jewish UU, I delve into the layers of white supremacy culture without and within.
by Dara Olandt

Young adults at a community potluck learn about the privileges and responsibilities of membership.
© Julie Bero

A young adult group grows in Brooklyn
Our young adult community retains its own identity, even as we weave ever closer with the larger congregation.
by Julie Bero and Catherine Trossello

Rutland’s cozy coffeehouse
Unitarian Universalist Church of Rutland, Vermont.
by Sonja L. Cohen in Spiritual landmarks

Looking for the Christmas spirit
Santa isn’t doing it for me this year, but the shepherds give me hope.
by Lynn Ungar


Digital Photograph, iPhone, titled "Under the Bridge"
© Anitra Lavanhar

Deeper attention
Photography as a meditation.
by Anitra Lavanhar

Faith for the unbeliever
Faith can be more than the proclamations of a long-ago prophet or words found in ancient scriptures.
by Daniel Chesney Kanter

Meditations on justice and resilience
Selections from the new Skinner House collection To Wake, To Rise.
by Martha Kirby Capo, Gretchen Haley, Jodi Cohen Hayashida, Xolani Kacela, Jonipher Kwong, and Nancy McDonald Ladd 

Emptying my shoe
I can’t imagine where I’d be had I not found my UU congregation.
by Suzi Chase

Painting: ‘Signage’
Figure and landscape.
by Jane Cornish Smith in Creations


We need an intersectional approach to justice making
I thought I was traveling to Detroit to participate in a think tank, but it was so much deeper and more profound than that.
by Manish Mishra-Marzetti

Grateful for the dark
A faith that embraces the mysterious, the unknown, the small hours of the night.
by Laura Randall

Edict of Torda (1568), by Körösfői-Kriesch Aladár, 1896
UUA Archives

The Edict of Torda, a landmark in religious freedom
The 450th anniversary of the Edict of Torda in 2018 marks a foundational moment for liberal religion.
by Eric Cherry in Looking back

Blog roundup
Facing the ‘rabid grizzly’ of white supremacy together.
by Heather Christensen

Mailbox: Responding to ‘the call of love’
Selections from letters to the editor and online comments.
by Kenny Wiley

Traffic report: Top ten
Most frequently visited stories on our website, July 3–September 17.


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

(detail) About sixty clergy including Unitarian Universalist Association President Susan Frederick-Gray marched in Charlottesville, Virginia, on August 12 in an interfaith, nonviolent protest against a white supremacist rally.
© 2017 Nora Rasman/UUA

Confronting racist rally in Charlottesville
Interfaith clergy coalition resisted white supremacist gathering in Virginia.
by Elaine McArdle, 8/17/17

Jesse Jackson preaches at Charlottesville church
by Kathleen Rolenz, 8/30/17

Hurricane coverage

Unitarian Universalists donate, sign up for Houston recovery work
UUA/UUSC relief fund will also aid marginalized people and immigrants.
by Elaine McArdle, 9/1/17

Houston congregations rally around members, neighbors displaced by Harvey
by Elaine McArdle, 9/14/17

(detail) A fallen tree lays in a street after Hurricane Irma passed through Naples, Fla., Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
AP Photo/David Goldman

Florida congregations largely spared by Irma 
by Michael Hart, 9/15/1

Harvey fund reaches its goal; donors urged to give to disaster relief fund
More than $350,000 given to UUA-UUSC Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund.
by Christopher L. Walton, 9/21/17

Three congregations sheltering immigrants
At least twelve other congregations are preparing to offer sanctuary.
by Elaine McArdle, 10/10/17

Faithify raises $1 million in just three years
Crowdfunding site has raised $1 million for 259 projects since it was launched in 2014.
by Michael Hart, 10/10/17

UUs fight ACA repeal with civil disobedience
Unitarian Universalists joined interfaith coalition partners fighting repeal of the Affordable Care Act.
by Elaine McArdle, 8/11/17

Elandria Williams and Barb Greve—shown here at the 2013 General Assembly, where they led the Right Relationship Team—were named co-moderators of the UUA in a board announcement on August 9, 2017
© Nancy Pierce

UUA board appoints two moderators
Elandria Williams and Mr. Barb Greve to share leadership of General Assembly, Board of Trustees.
by Elaine McArdle, 8/9/17

Congregational news
Poughkeepsie fellowship helps ex-prisoners; Carbondale, Colorado, votes to offer sanctuary; Pittsfield, Maine, marks church’s 150th anniversary.
by Kenny Wiley

Clergy obituaries
Abridged for print from the full obituaries published by the UU Ministers Association. In this issue: Alfred J.N. Henriksen, Daniel G. Higgins Jr., Joan Kahn-Schneider, Sandra G. Lee, Martha L. Munson, William R. Murry.


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