Beloved Ministries

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We come together in programs and projects to make our faith active in the world. Reframing dominant cultural narratives is a collective effort. Our structures and institutions reflect inherited theologies and shape the theologies of the future; they are products of a culture and are agents of changing that culture.

Image: © 2018 Niall David

Change From the Inside Out

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For the past five years, the Unitarian Universalist Association has focused on an unprecedented, widespread cultural transformation to eliminate systemic racism and white supremacy culture both within the Association and within Unitarian Universalism. This shift began in April 2017 after the...

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What Is Critical Race Theory?

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Many people wonder why “Critical Race Theory” (CRT) has incited so much ire in the conservative media and irrational fear among the public. It's essential to recognize that CRT is a sophisticated mode of legal analysis first developed in the 1970s, and most definitely was not designed for...

Image: © 2022 Stacey Lantagne

Engaging with the UU Common Read

 book titled "Defund Fear" by Zach Norris is held in the hands of someone whose hands are light brown; only their torso is showing.

Discussion materials for the 2021–2022 UU Common Read, Defund Fear: Safety Without Policing, Prisons, and Punishment, will be released in April. Discussion guides using a small group ministry format will be available both for any UU congregational or community group and for BIPOC-only groups.

Image: from Zach Norris's website

Family and Youth Ministry in Challenging Times

Three young people in face masks due to COVID are standing in front of a greek temple facade. The top of the facade reads "seek wisdom" and the columns read "honor, care, accept, listen, connect, guard."

The pandemic has been a time of challenge and innovation for serving families with religious education programming. Facing uncertainty and fatigue, religious educators are devising new ways to offer loving support, foster spiritual development, and encourage conversations about racial justice in...

Image: Courtesy First Unitarian Church in Worcester, Massachusetts

Our New Day Begun

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Gwendolyn A. Magee (1943–2011) was a Black quilting artist and member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Jackson, Mississippi.

Image: © Gwendolyn A. Magee. Courtesy Gwendolyn Ann Magee Estate. Photography courtesy Mississippi Museum of Art.