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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 Scott | 11/18/2019 | Winter 2019

‘You are whole and welcome here’

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‘You are whole and welcome here’

A Virginia Breakthrough Congregation builds community through Pride.

Andrea Dulanto | 9/30/2019 | Fall 2019

What are Joys and Sorrows?

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What are Joys and Sorrows?

We do not light candles because we believe they have a supernatural power to them, but we do believe there is power in standing together in these moments.

Liz James | 9/1/2019 | Fall 2019

‘Always in beta’

Looking back

‘Always in beta’

The Church of the Larger Fellowship celebrates seventy-five years of innovative ministry.

Kris Willcox | 8/19/2019 | Summer 2019

Moved to serve

Ideas

Moved to serve

A new location for a Michigan congregation opened up opportunities to help immigrants and refugees. Moving has been nothing short of transformative.

Heather Beasley Doyle | 5/7/2019 | Spring 2019

Creating an on-air ministry

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Creating an on-air ministry

How a congregation’s community radio station makes church participatory, provocative, and fun.

David H. Messner | 1/14/2019 | Winter 2018

Better than Sunday school

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Better than Sunday school

Forty hours of Chalice Camp is almost as much time as kids would get in a full year of Sunday school.

Nicole Sweeney Etter | 1/7/2019 | Winter 2018

Cultivating leaders

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Cultivating leaders

Embracing an innovative shared leadership model has created a happier, more vital congregation in Athens, Georgia.

Michael Hart | 11/12/2018 | Winter 2018

UUA membership rises for first time since 2008

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UUA membership rises for first time since 2008

But children’s enrollment in religious education continues to drop.

Christopher L. Walton | 11/5/2018 | Winter 2018

What are you up to?

From the editor

What are you up to?

The newly reimagined Breakthrough Congregations program honors innovations that energize congregations. Nominate your congregation’s most inspiring initiative.

Christopher L. Walton | 11/1/2018 | Winter 2018

Coffee hour central

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Coffee hour central

We wanted to let people know about everything we had to offer without making them sit through a Sunday service. We started inviting people directly to the coffee hour.

Seth Fisher | 8/6/2018 | Summer 2018

The Breakthrough Congregation reimagined

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The Breakthrough Congregation reimagined

UUA program will focus on congregations’ innovations more than membership growth; seeks nominations.

Michael Hart | 6/5/2017

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