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Christopher L. WaltonChristopher L. Walton

Christopher L. Walton is editor of UU World and uuworld.org. He holds degrees from Harvard Divinity School and the University of Utah.

Articles

Spiritual landmarks: Exploring Boston's churches
Three historic churches are home to Unitarian Universalist congregations in downtown Boston.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.31.14

UUA holds farewell ceremony for 25 Beacon St.
Beacon Benediction guests look through contents of 1926 time capsule.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.3.14

Board approves sale of three UUA properties
Also votes for $100 General Assembly discount for congregational presidents.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.3.14

Traffic report, Winter 2013
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.4.13

From the editor, Winter 2013
Thank you for your often passionate engagement with this magazine.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.4.13

Smaller board shows new spirit of collaboration
Trustees approve New Orleans as site of 2017 General Assembly, express interest in report of 55 emerging congregations.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.28.13

Gini Courter's revolution
The UUA's longest serving moderator reflects on a legacy of volunteer leadership.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.23.13

Traffic report, Fall 2013
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.13

From the editor, Fall 2013
Great essayists ask questions about the reliability of truths they wring from experience.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.13

Guide to 2013 General Assembly coverage
An updated guide to our coverage of the UUA General Assembly in Louisville.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.20.13

Follow 2013 General Assembly with 'UU World'
Keep up with the latest news from the UUA's annual meeting in Louisville.

By Christopher L. Walton 6.17.13

Traffic report, Summer 2013
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.13

2013 General Assembly to choose new moderator
Election resources from 'UU World' and the Unitarian Universalist Association.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.13

This magazine's future
Please take our readership survey.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.13

From the editor, Spring 2013
The neighborhood has been an incalculable bonus working for the UUA on Beacon Hill.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.13

Traffic report, Spring 2013
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.13

UUA and UCC consider being ‘Partners in Justice’
In historic Boston meeting, denominations plan closer public witness ties, collaboration in other areas.
By Christopher L. Walton 12.3.12

Traffic report, Winter 2012
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.12

ZIP code: 80435
High Country UU Fellowship, Dillon, Colorado.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.12

From the editor, Winter 2012
A Unitarian Universalist environmental activist writes from prison.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.12

UUA membership declines for fourth year
Over the past decade, 22 percent of congregations have shrunk by 20 percent or more.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.22.12

Barack Obama's Unitarian Universalist connection
Where to learn more about President Obama's family history with Unitarian Universalism.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.8.12

From the editor, Fall 2012
A new section pulls back the curtain on congregational leadership.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.12

Zip code: 74114
All Souls Unitarian Church, Tulsa, Oklahoma.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.12

Traffic report, Fall 2012
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.12

Board of Trustees hears report on ‘fair share’ giving
Changes to Annual Program Fund and district fees mulled.
By Christopher L. Walton 7.2.12

UU congregations to focus on reproductive justice
At immigration-themed General Assembly in Arizona, UUA picks new four-year action issue.
By Christopher L. Walton 7.2.12

Guide to 2012 General Assembly coverage
An updated guide to our coverage of the UUA General Assembly in Phoenix.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.21.12

Follow 'Justice General Assembly' with UU World
Keep up with the latest news from the UUA's Arizona GA.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.18.12

Traffic report, Summer 2012
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.12

From the editor, Summer 2012
Reflection on nature's inspiration; breakthrough congregations; and staff milestones.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.12

Zip code: 96817
First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, Hawaii.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.12

Common elements in Unitarian Universalist congregational names
The ten most common elements of a Unitarian Universalist congregation's name.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.12

How old are Unitarian Universalist congregations?
Some date back to the 1600s, but 59 percent were founded in the last sixty years.
By Christopher L. Walton 4.30.12

Traffic report, Spring 2012
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.12

Zip code: 78521
All Souls UU Church, Brownsville, Texas.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.12

From the editor, Spring 2012
Unitarian Universalists are promoting the rights of undocumented immigrants.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.12

What size are Unitarian Universalist congregations?
Most congregations have fewer than 100 members, but most UUs belong to larger churches.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.9.12

Faith in our future: The 2011 Minns Lectures
How can liberal religion speak and act transformatively in a rapidly changing society?
By Christopher L. Walton 12.5.11

Unitarian Universalist congregations by state
This map shows the number of congregations affiliated with the UUA by state as of February 2011. The color of each state shows the relative number of congregations to a state's population, using 2010 U.S. Census data.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.19.11

ZIP code: 02492
First Parish in Needham, Massachusetts.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.11

From the editor, Fall 2011
Former UU World editor has a new project.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.11

Traffic report, Fall 2011
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.11

Music to note, Fall 2011
Music with an environmental and UU sensibility.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.11

Guide to UU World's 2011 General Assembly coverage
An updated guide to our coverage of the UUA General Assembly in Charlotte.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.23.11

Follow General Assembly with 'UU World'
Keep up with the latest news from the UUA's annual meeting.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.20.11

UUA membership growth, 2001 to 2011
Over the past decade, Unitarian Universalism has grown in 33 states and D.C.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.23.11

The UUA at 50: Rooted and growing
The Unitarian Universalist Association celebrates its golden anniversary.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.16.11

Key moments in UUA history
Prophetic witness, institutional challenges, and cultural change.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.16.11

ZIP code: 18976
BuxMont Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Warrington, Pennsylvania.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.11

From the editor, Summer 2011
There are new faces at UU World.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.11

Bylaw changes would shrink UUA Board
Board of Trustees will present proposal for 13-member board at 2011 General Assembly.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.14.11

From the editor, Spring 2011
Introducing the new and improved 'UU World.'
By Christopher L. Walton 3.1.11

District board protests firing of its executive
UUA, Pacific Central District 'moving forward together' after disagreeing about firing of district executive.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 2.28.11

ZIP code: 46226
All Souls Unitarian Church, Indianapolis, Indiana.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Heritage and history groups sponsor conference together
'History and Heritage Convocation' unites four independent organizations.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Gordon Martin, civil rights lawyer
UUA parliamentarian's book chronicles African Americans' efforts to vote in 1960s Mississippi.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Traffic report, Spring 2011
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Traffic report, Summer 2011
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.11

Remember the pro-censorship Unitarians?
Boston's elite saw censorship as part of their larger social reform agenda.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.17.11

Board approves two-year project to shape UUA’s vision
Will invite congregations to use Appreciative Inquiry to develop ‘shared vision for denomination’s future.’
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 11.29.10

Book review of 'The Antiracism Trainings'
In new novel, former editor of this magazine satirizes the Unitarian Universalist Association.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.10

Traffic report, Winter 2010
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.10

'Fist Stick Knife Gun' as a graphic novel
Geoffrey Canada's memoir adapted by artist Jamar Nicholas.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.10

From the editor, Winter 2010
Different generations see the world through different myths.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.10

The partner church movement today
Almost 200 North American UU congregations have partner churches in other parts of the world.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.4.10

Traffic report, Fall 2010
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.1.10

From the editor, Fall 2010
Seeing Unitarian Universalism as an international faith.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.1.10

What is Unitarian Universalist culture?
Is Unitarian Universalist congregational culture a barrier to a more diverse faith?
By Christopher L. Walton 7.12.10

Guide to UU World's General Assembly coverage
A complete guide to our coverage of the 2010 General Assembly in Minneapolis.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.26.10

Follow General Assembly with 'UU World'
Keep up with the latest news from the UUA's annual meeting.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.21.10

Traffic report, Summer 2010
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.10

From the editor, Summer 2010
'UU World' offers many ways to keep up with changes in the UUA.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.10

UUA contemplates bold changes
A guide to changes promoted by the Board of Trustees and by the UUA administration.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 5.10.10

What is 'UU culture'?
Does UU culture embody our deepest values? Or does it express narrow assumptions about who truly belongs?
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.10

Racial and ethnic diversity of Unitarian Universalists
The United States is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse faster than the UUA.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.10

Traffic report, Spring 2010
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.10

Photographic tour of Wright's Unity Temple
New book celebrates Frank Lloyd Wright's masterpiece for an Illinois Unitarian Universalist congregation.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.4.10

Forrest Church's Universalism
For Church, 'E pluribus unum' was a civic ideal and a religious insight.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.2.09

Traffic report, Winter 2009
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.09

From the editor, Winter 2009
Unitarian Universalism is not alone on the 'religious left.'
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.09

General Assembly report, 2009
The Unitarian Universalist Association elects a president focused on helping congregations adapt to a changing society.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 9.14.09

General Assembly narrowly rejects new ‘Principles and Purposes’
Delegates in Salt Lake City elect new president, send ‘Peacemaking’ Statement of Conscience back to committee.
By Christopher L. Walton 7.6.09

Morales decisively wins UUA presidency
The Rev. Peter Morales elected with 59 percent of the vote.
By Christopher L. Walton and Donald E. Skinner 6.29.09

Follow UUA General Assembly with 'UU World'
Daily updates on the presidential election and other business on uuworld.org's General Assembly Blog.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.22.09

President Sinkford's public witness
President William G. Sinkford looks back on eight years of leadership.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.1.09

Beacon Press to reissue Martin Luther King Jr.'s books
Exclusive partnership with King’s estate will bring civil rights leader’s writings to a contemporary audience.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.1.09

Blog roundup, Summer 2009
Online responses to UU World.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.09

Traffic report, Summer 2009
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.09

From the editor, Summer 2009
'Utne Reader' names 'UU World' a finalist for an Utne Independent Press Award.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.09

From the editor, Spring 2009
Two aspects of Darwin's legacy for liberal religion.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.09

CD to note, Spring 2009
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.09

Blog roundup, Spring 2009
Online responses to UU World.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.09

Traffic report, Spring 2009
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.09

Commission offers second draft of new UUA Principles
After receiving more than 1,700 comments on proposed changes to the Unitarian Universalist Association’s Principles and Purposes, Commission presents revised draft to Board of Trustees.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.12.09

On the web, Winter 2008
Online responses to 'UU World.'
By Shelby Meyerhoff and Christopher L. Walton and Kenneth Sutton 11.1.08

Traffic report, Winter 2008
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.08

From the editor, Winter 2008
Online reporting allows more timely response.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.08

Traffic report, Fall 2008
Top ten stories at uuworld.org.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.18.08

From the editor, Fall 2008
Debra W. Haffner's new book is full of good news about raising children.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.18.08

General Assembly endorses youth 'empowerment'
UUA’s 2008 convention asks for annual reports from congregations and denominational groups about youth and young adult empowerment.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 7.7.08

Keep up with General Assembly news
Follow the UUA's annual meeting, June 25-29, with uuworld.org's General Assembly blog.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.23.08

From the editor, Summer 2008
If anyone has popularized liberal religion in the last quarter century, Forrest Church has.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.08

Books by UU authors, Summer 2008
A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 5.15.08

UUA presidential campaign begins with two candidates
Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales compete for 2009 General Assembly vote.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.17.08

UUA suspends funding for young adult network
C*UUYAN has cancelled annual conferences; UUA staff groups serving youth and young adults expected to merge.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 2.18.08

Books by UU authors, Spring 2008
A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 2.15.08

Book to note, Spring 2008
Gary Kowalski's new book celebrates the Enlightenment faith of America's Revolutionary leadership.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.08

From the editor, Spring 2008
Three moving and informative stories; introducing our new blog about blogs.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.08

Is your congregation talking about peacemaking?
UUA seeks congregational input on peacemaking resolution by March 1.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.4.08

From the editor, Winter 2007
This issue of 'UU World' highlights books worth sharing.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.07

Liberal theology, vibrant but hidden
Unitarian Universalism was liberal theology's first home, but we have neglected it lately.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.24.07

Documenting the gay marriage revolution
A photographic history of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.17.07

Independent magazines take a hit
New postal rules treat small periodicals unfairly.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.3.07

Jesus for UU children
New book offers a Unitarian Universalist view.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.27.07

On the web, Fall 2007
Online responses to 'UU World.'
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 8.18.07

Environment and diversity themes of 2007 General Assembly
Report on the Unitarian Universalist Association's 2007 annual meeting.
By Christopher L. Walton and Tom Stites 8.10.07

General Assembly asserts UU moral values
In Portland, UUA's annual meeting recalls Pentagon Papers, urges opposition to torture and Iraq war, affirms transgender people.
By Christopher L. Walton and Tom Stites 7.2.07

Daily updates from UUA General Assembly
Follow the UUA's annual meeting with uuworld.org's GA blog, June 20-24.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.15.07

Books by UU authors, Summer 2007
A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 5.15.07

From the editor, Summer 2007
Doug Muder and the Rev. Meg Barnhouse bring distinctive voices to 'uuworld.org.'
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.07

On the web, Summer 2007
Online responses to 'UU World.'
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.07

From the editor, Spring 2007
My goal is to give you a magazine with a broad range of UU voices that truly conveys the dynamism of liberal religion today.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.15.07

Sinkford outlines plan for more diverse ministry
Board of Trustees hears UUA president's proposal for new ministry opportunities for minorities, approves General Assembly review of UUA's Purposes.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.6.07

From the editor, Winter 2006
Share your dreams for Unitarian Universalism and its magazine with me.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.06

Mailbox, Winter 2006
Comments on gender-neutral language.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.06

Five years of 9-11 articles
Selections from UU World's archives, 2001-2006.
By Christopher L. Walton 9.11.06

Musicians’ network offers children’s songbook
Thirty songs for children's choirs and worship services.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.21.06

New survey of UU congregations shows growth potential
Faith Communities Today survey: Number of growing churches rising, but few churches see recruitment of new members as central.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.21.06

Books by UU authors, Fall 2006
A selection of books written by Unitarian Universalists.
By Christopher L. Walton 8.15.06

UUA General Assembly confronts global warming
Annual gathering draws 4,398 to St. Louis, donates $31,886 to local youth agency.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.30.06

Daily reports from UUA General Assembly
Follow the UUA's annual meeting with uuworld.org's GA blog, June 21-25.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.19.06

Harvard announces professorship in Unitarian Universalist studies
Funding completed for Ralph Waldo Emerson Professor; scholar will study Unitarian Universalism and other liberal religious traditions.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 5.25.06

Book introduces Unitarian Universalism to young children
Full-color illustrations will delight children and adults.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.15.06

Counterculture and liberal religion
How American culture transforms—and is sometimes transformed by—liberal religion.
By Christopher L. Walton 4.3.06

Books to honor great occasions
Four new books celebrating life's passages.
By Christopher L. Walton and Kenneth Sutton 2.15.06

Report examines racism, youth at 2005 General Assembly
Commission offers timeline and recommendations after tense interactions at UUA annual meeting in Fort Worth, Texas.
By Tom Stites and Christopher L. Walton 2.6.06

Boston honors Selma's civil rights activists
Unitarian Universalists cosponsor march, remember civil rights martyrs.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.7.05

General Assembly 2005
Sermons, music, and politics fired up the annual gathering of Unitarian Universalists.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.22.05

Book collects key texts in UU reverence debate
Documentary history of the 'vocabulary of reverence' debate.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.1.05

James Luther Adams's examined faith
Faith is not fundamentally about one's beliefs but about one's commitments.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.05

General Assembly Report 2004
Annual event in Long Beach, California
By Christopher L. Walton 9.1.04

Interview with Everett Hoagland
Everett Hoagland admires poets who 'distinguish themselves in the afterlife of their words.'
By Christopher L. Walton 9.1.04

Gay rights timeline
Major social, political, and religious milestones on the road to equality.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.1.04

Science and its metaphors
The Unitarian Universalist tradition has historically affirmed both faith and reason, worship and science.
By Christopher L. Walton 11.1.03

Adin Ballou's influential utopianism
Founder of Hopedale community taught 'nonresistance,' influenced Tolstoy, Gandhi, and King.
By Christopher L. Walton 7.1.03

Sophia Lyon Fahs, revolutionary educator
Starting in 1937, Fahs helped lead a Unitarian religious education revival.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.1.03

Religious dialogue in a divided world
Khaled Abou El Fadl calls for Muslim dialogue; Yossi Klein Halevi looks for interfaith partners in Israel and Palestine.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.03

Interview with Rita Nakashima Brock and Rebecca Parker
What to do when experience challenges tradition.
By Christopher L. Walton and Jane Greer 3.3.02

Suffering does not redeem us
'Christianity bears the marks of unresolved trauma,' write two feminist theologians in a book that argues that suffering redeems nothing.
By Christopher L. Walton 3.1.02

Books To Note, Jan-Feb 2002
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.02

Special issue: Life with terrorism
A guide to stories from UU World's special issue in response to the attacks of 9/11.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.02

Unitarian and Universalist roots of the American Red Cross
Two volunteer organizations led by Unitarians and Universalists set a foundation for the American Red Cross.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.1.02

Unfinished journey: Selma 1965
Martin Luther King Jr.'s never-published eulogy for James Reeb, a memoir, and a monument renew 'the challenge and charge' of Selma.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.1.01

Timeline of the Selma civil rights campaign
From Selma to the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
By Christopher L. Walton 5.1.01