Better than Sunday school
One week of Chalice Camp—a summer day camp sponsored by First Unitarian Church in Oakland, California—forges deeper connections between children and their UU faith than an entire year of Sunday school classes.
by Nicole Sweeney Etter

Why talk about white supremacy?
Sure, racism is bad, but what’s with all this talk about “white supremacy culture” and “institutional racism”? An introduction to critical race theory.
by Crystal M. Fleming


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UUA Congregational Life Staff Group

What are you up to?​
The newly reimagined Breakthrough Congregations program honors innovations that energize congregations. Nominate your congregation’s most inspiring initiative.
by Christopher L. Walton in From the editor

Love the hell out of this world
If we are not acting fearlessly for human dignity, compassion, justice, and peace, then we are failing to live our mission.
by Susan Frederick-Gray in From the president

Aging is for everyone (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


Cultivating leaders
Embracing an innovative shared leadership model has created a happier, more vital congregation in Athens, Georgia.
by Michael Hart

The Rev. Jeffrey Campbell, in 1933

Courtesy St. Lawrence University

courtesy UUCN; St. Lawrence University

‘I would still undertake the call’
A church tries to repair past wrongs against a biracial minister and his family.
by Heather Beasley Doyle

Book to note: A year of gratitude 
A children’s book lovingly depicts a year in the lives of modern Native Americans.
by Sonja L. Cohen

A spiritual subscription
Black Lives of Unitarian Universalism launches a monthly delivery of uplift.
by Sherri Daye Scott

Chaos and sanctuary
A decade after a deadly church shooting, a book reveals a journey of healing at Tennessee Valley UU C
by Michelle Bates Deakin


A flower grew
What my young daughter taught me about the meaning of death.
by Carl Johnson


by Everett Hoagland

Light of trees
by Karen Holman

by Barbara E. Stevens

by David Hummon

Lone leaf
by Ian Hochberg

Late thoughts on the existence of God
by Robert René Galván

My bodily differences are part of my dignity and humanity.
by Theresa I. Soto

My pony
Admitting I would benefit from using a scooter gave me the gift of freedom.
by Meg Barnhouse


illustration of a man holding up a cut-paper series of repeating radio towers with round signals beaming from their tops.

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© Dan Page collection/

Creating an on-air ministry
How a congregation’s community radio station makes church participatory, provocative, and fun.
by David H. Messner

UU Principles and Sources, now in more languages
by Sonja L. Cohen

Siete Principios 
UUA Principles in Spanish

Following the leaders
In the ongoing battle for the environment, we must learn to listen to those most affected.
by Alicia Cooke

Seis Fuentes 
UUA Sources in Spanish

Coiled in every human heart
Unitarian Universalist ministers reflect on the nature of evil.
by William F. Schulz, Rosemary Bray McNatt, Marisol Caballero

Blog roundup 
by Heather Christensen

Top ten online


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

UUs mobilize for voting rights, criminal justice reform
As elections approach, Unitarian Universalists work to register voters, promote criminal justice reform, and re-enfranchise 1.5 million people in Florida.
by Elaine McArdle

Flooding imperils UU conference center in North Carolina
Most congregational properties escaped major damage from Hurricane Florence, but many homes are flooded.
by Elaine McArdle

UUSC staff member Brittney Rose and others bring water to the desert of the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge along the Arizona-Mexico border to leave for migrants making the dangerous journey to the United States.

© 2018 Ash Ponders

© 2018 Ash Ponders

Faith floods the desert
UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray and other clergy join No More Deaths effort, bringing 125 gallons of bottled water to desolate region near Arizona-Mexico border.
by Sonja L. Cohen

UUA membership rises for first time since 2008 
But children’s enrollment in religious education continues to drop.
by Christopher L. Walton

Commission completes review of hiring controversy, prepares for racism audit
Commission on Institutional Change issues report on tumultuous spring of 2017, prepares for broader audit of white supremacy culture within UUA.
by Elaine McArdle

On Capitol Hill, faith groups’ protesters duel over Kavanaugh confirmation
In other media:UUA President Susan Frederick-Gray supports women’s testimony in protest at Senate office building.
by Jack Jenkins, Religion News Service

News brief: UUA Trustee Dick Jacke dies
Dick Jacke, who was elected to the Board of Trustees of the Unitarian Universalist Association in 2016, died suddenly July 28.
by Christopher L. Walton

UU World readers respond to Pew religious typology quiz
UU World editors invited readers to answer survey questions to compare themselves to a new Pew Research Center “religious typology” analysis.
by Kenneth Sutton

News brief: Meadville Lombard President Lee Barker will retire in 2019
The Rev. Lee Barker will step down as president at the end of August 2019, completing sixteen years as head of Chicago seminary.
by Christopher L. Walton

News brief: Musicians network adopts new name
At August 2018 conference, Unitarian Universalist Musicians Network votes to become Association for Unitarian Universalist Music Ministries in 2019.
by Elaine McArdle

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


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