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Sanctuary for Change

Policing Crisis

Sanctuary for Change

In the struggle to transform America’s violent and discriminatory system of policing, First Unitarian Church of Louisville offers sanctuary and support.

Elaine McArdle 5/1/2021 Spring 2021

Media roundup: Unitarian Universalists offer pastoral presence, resistance during contentious election

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Media roundup: Unitarian Universalists offer pastoral presence, resistance during contentious election

Also in the news: Louisville church provides sanctuary to protesters against police brutality; congregations in Massachusetts and Missouri  will host homeless shelters all winter.

Sonja L. Cohen 11/6/2020

The UUs making medical debt disappear

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The UUs making medical debt disappear

A Tennessee congregation erases $4.2 million in debt for people in need.

Elaine McArdle 6/1/2020

UU congregations partner with housing, food nonprofits amid pandemic

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UU congregations partner with housing, food nonprofits amid pandemic

Kansas and Arizona churches serve as emergency shelters; California and New York churches provide groceries to people in need.

Heather Beasley Doyle 5/22/2020

SMILE Project helps teens realize their potential

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SMILE Project helps teens realize their potential

An Illinois congregation’s internship program offers students valuable firsthand workplace experience.

Sherri Daye Scott 11/18/2019 Winter 2019

Virginia interfaith coalition targets local carbon emissions

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Virginia interfaith coalition targets local carbon emissions

Fairfax County alliance aims for carbon neutrality by 2050, helps nearby counties form similar advocacy groups.

Elaine McArdle 12/4/2017 Spring 2018

Fellowship helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into community

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Fellowship helps formerly incarcerated people reintegrate into community

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

Kenny Wiley 11/1/2017 Winter 2017

Adjusting to new ringtones

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Adjusting to new ringtones

Being responsive to shifts and changes—in justice work and beyond—is hard and crucial for Unitarian Universalists.

Jane Ranney Rzepka 10/23/2017

The road back to being human together

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The road back to being human together

Multifaith coalition is the redemptive spark for a polarized people.

Robin Tanner 7/4/2016 Summer 2016

An upward spiral

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An upward spiral

People sense the energy at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Delaware County in Media, Pennsylvania—and they want to be part of it.

Tina Porter 2/29/2016 Spring 2016

‘Bearing witness to what I believed’

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‘Bearing witness to what I believed’

Virginia Volker recalls a lifetime of working for a more just Alabama. 

Elaine McArdle 6/29/2015 Summer 2015

Birmingham UU congregation honored for civil rights legacy

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Birmingham UU congregation honored for civil rights legacy

Small church fed, housed, transported, and advised at least 225 UUs who joined the Selma-to-Montgomery march in 1965.

Elaine McArdle 5/14/2015 Summer 2015

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