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$1.3 million deficit surprises UUA administration, board
Shortfall in major gifts brought to leaders' attention as fiscal year ends.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.25.14

Follow 2014 UUA General Assembly with UU World
Keep up with the latest news from the UUA’s annual meeting, in Providence.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.23.14

Team plans creative, nourishing arc of worship
Worship Arts Team, new this year, supports worship leaders at General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.16.14

Starr King seminary withholds diplomas amid investigation
School trying to trace leaked documents from presidential search process.
By Elaine McArdle 6.6.14

Oregon ends same-sex marriage ban
Unitarian Universalist minister says the weddings she performed are among ‘highlights of my ministry.’
By Elaine McArdle 6.2.14

Fossil fuel divestment on GA agenda
Divestment resolution, Congregational Study/Action Issues on business agenda.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.26.14

At WaterFire, 'love is the transformative element'
Public witness event at 2014 General Assembly will send UUs into public art festival with a message of love.
By Elaine McArdle 5.19.14

Opening of new UUA headquarters delayed
Three-day delay expected as fire department tests sound insulation products.
By Kenneth Sutton 5.19.14

In Arkansas, UU minister marries 12 gay couples
The Rev. Jennie Barrington performs some of the first legal same-sex marriages in the Deep South.
By Elaine McArdle 5.19.14

Banning gay marriage infringes religious freedom, UUs argue
Unitarian Universalists join historic suit against North Carolina law.
By Elaine McArdle 5.12.14

Make a bowl to fight hunger
Empty Bowls project at UUA General Assembly will raise money for hunger relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.14

UUA's Boston guesthouse will close June 30
After Eliot and Pickett guesthouse closes, Club Quarters Hotel will house UUA volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.14

Board wants new process for handling complaints about clergy misconduct
UUA Board of Trustees also votes to support business resolution on fossil fuel divestment.
By Elaine McArdle 4.21.14

Starr King names Rosemary Bray McNatt its next president
The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt to follow the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker as president of Starr King School for the Ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.14

At detention center, immigrants kept indoors for years
Unitarian Universalists continue vigils outside Washington facility where detained immigrants are held.
By Elaine McArdle 4.14.14

UUA Presidential Search Committee begins its work
Created by 2010 General Assembly vote, committee will pick two nominees for 2017 UUA presidential election.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.14

UUA names new Stewardship and Development director
Mary Katherine Morn will succeed Terry Sweetser as chief fundraiser in August.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.14

Morales champions reproductive rights outside Supreme Court
Peter Morales claims access to contraception is “a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom.”
By Elaine McArdle 3.31.14

Michigan UU ministers marry 200 same-sex couples
Unitarian Universalists performed two-thirds of marriages on one day licenses were issued.
By Elaine McArdle 3.31.14

Emerging, alternative groups at UUA's growing edge
Total membership falls 1.2 percent; UUA counts 51 emerging groups, handful of experimental communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.14

UUA sells three buildings for $23.6 million
Sale of 25 Beacon Street headquarters, Eliot and Pickett Houses finalized.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.20.14

Uncontested elections will add 2 new trustees
2014 General Assembly will elect four trustees and a financial advisor.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.14

For young leader, General Assembly is a spiritual practice
Planning Committee chair Bart Frost says GA 'shows how big our small faith is.'
By Christian Schmidt 3.10.14

'Love Reaches Out' is theme of 2014 General Assembly
Labor disputes limit available hotel rooms, but other options remain available.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.10.14

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

Kids' Service Team makes service fun, spiritual
In New Haven, Conn., the Kids' Service Team promotes 'having fun while doing good.'
By Elaine McArdle 2.24.14

UUA sells Beacon Hill buildings to residential developer
Sea-Dar Construction will convert 25 Beacon St., Pickett & Eliot Houses into residences.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.18.14

1,500 Unitarian Universalists join huge N.C. march
UUs from many states joined tens of thousands for 'Moral March' in Raleigh February 8.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.17.14

New UUA logo part of outreach effort
Logo is first step in a broader initiative to promote Unitarian Universalism.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.13.14

GA rebate offered to congregational leaders in 2014
UUA Board of Trustees hopes to attract congregational presidents to General Assembly with $100 subsidies.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.10.14

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

Project cultivates Latino leaders for city's nonprofits
Jericho Road Lawrence's new project helps match Latino professionals with boards of city's nonprofits.
By Elaine McArdle 1.27.14

UU leaders urge attendance at N.C. 'moral rally'
Feb. 8 protest will focus on voter laws and other conservative legislation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.27.14

Volunteers sought for ongoing Sandy recovery
More than a year after Superstorm Sandy hit New Jersey and New York, volunteers are still needed.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.20.14

Tax-exempt housing allowances for clergy thrown into question
Federal court decision opens controversy over constitutionality of long-used clergy benefit seen as offsetting low salaries.
By Elaine McArdle 1.13.14

Group works to make congregations more accessible
EqUUal Access offers guidelines, is creating a congregational certification program.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.6.14

UU World's top online reads from 2013
Four of our top ten stories are by one writer.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.30.13

End of DOMA brings new openness for military chaplains
UU chaplains find easing of restrictions let them more easily support soldiers who are lesbian, gay, and bisexual.
By Christian Schmidt 12.23.13

Time capsule unearthed from 25 Beacon St. cornerstone
Engraved copper box will be unsealed at farewell celebration in February.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.16.13

UU minister says historic 'I do' in Hawaii
Eight minutes after same-sex marriage became legal, minister and fiancé wed at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.9.13

In disasters and tragedies, Trauma Response Ministry steps in
Now in its 11th year, volunteer ministers and laypeople provide crisis relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.2.13

Arizona UUs mobilize to stop deportations
Protests and advocacy seek to keep families together and pressure Obama to halt deportations.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.25.13

Once a Universalist college, Tufts welcomes UU chaplain
After five years as Oberlin chaplain, the Rev. Greg McGonigle settles into Tufts campus.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.18.13

UUA-UUSC fund to aid typhoon victims in Philippines
Relief fund aims to help those most marginalized by disaster.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.13.13

Washington congregation creates permanent village for homeless
At Olympia's Camp Quixote, 30 one-room cottages are near completion.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.11.13

Historic quilt becomes time capsule for Nebraska congregation
Omaha UUs restore and celebrate 1898 ‘signature quilt’
By Donald E. Skinner 11.4.13

Smaller board shows new spirit of collaboration
Board approves New Orleans for 2017 General Assembly, hears report of 55 emerging congregations.
By Christopher L. Walton 10.28.13

History buff creates videos of denomination's 'Long Strange Trip'
Six-DVD series traces roots of Unitarian Universalism from 1st century to present times.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.21.13

Congregations build bridges, relationships with Native Americans
Spurred by study of Doctrine of Discovery, UUs reach out to indigenous people.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.14.13

Morales arrested in D.C. during immigration protest
Interfaith demonstration calls on Congress to pass compassionate immigration reform.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.9.13

Colorado UUs dry out from epic floods
Mountain Desert District creates relief fund for congregations, individuals
By Donald E. Skinner 10.7.13

Restaurant gives women from prison a new start
Unitarian Universalist minister’s work with imprisoned women grows into job program.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.30.13

Spring 2014 move expected for UUA headquarters
Traffic of prospective buyers is brisk at 25 Beacon Street.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.30.13

Florida church welcomes Boy Scouts spurned by Baptists
After BSA allows gay scouts, UU Church of Fort Myers opens doors to three units.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.23.13

Funding Program helps UUs' social justice dreams come true
In 2012, fund dispersed more than $1M to advance innovative UU projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.16.13

Two UU seminaries to receive $1M each over five years
UUA funding panel seeks to focus on UU-identity schools and education.
By Christian Schmidt 9.9.13

Seeking growth, congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
Congregational mentoring program enters third year.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.13

General Assembly 2013: Entering a new era
Report from the 2013 UUA General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.26.13

'Fabulous Gay Wedding' is New Zealand's first
UU minister officiates at historic same-sex wedding at Auckland Unitarian Church.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.23.13

Slave Memorial honors builders of Charleston church
Original Colonial bricks reused to create monument in historic churchyard.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.19.13

Tweens gather in Dallas for UU Children's Choir
43 children attend music camp during UU musicians' conference.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.12.13

UU scientist battles arsenic-poisoned water in Bangladesh
Vermont chemist Seth Frisbie calls tainted wells the “largest human poisoning in history.”
By Donald E. Skinner 8.5.13

L.A. church joins lawsuit against government surveillance
Collecting call records violates First Amendment rights, lawsuit claims.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.29.13

UUA and UUSC call for increase in minimum wage
Renewed campaign for worker justice says ‘stop making workers pay the price for corporate greed.’
By Donald E. Skinner 7.22.13

Clearwater UUs lauded for deep-seated social activism
For decades, congregation has advocated for civil rights, farmworkers, immigrants, and LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.15.13

Hoover, King lauded for decades of UUA service
Fighting for racial equality spurred both men’s work.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.8.13

New board takes up antiracism, relationship building
New moderator, financial advisor, and five new members join smaller board.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.1.13

Jim Key wins moderator election in close contest
40 votes separated Key from Tamara Payne-Alex.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.24.13

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

Nashville church urges conversation about clergy misconduct
Moderator candidates both sign petition pledging to strengthen UUA’s response to victims of misconduct.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.17.13

Four UU congregations pull investments from fossil fuel companies
Congregations divest to make statement against profiting from practices that contribute to climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.17.13

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

After tornadoes, Oklahoma UUs aid undocumented immigrants
Interfaith effort brings services to people who, fearing deportation, don’t seek relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.10.13

Off-site voting at GA expands
UUA hopes for 100 off-site delegates at June General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.3.13

One lawyer's religious brief for marriage equality
Eric Isaacson has donated over 1,700 hours making the case for same-sex marriage, and judges have listened.
By Elaine McArdle 6.3.13

Beloved Cafe seeks new model for spiritual community
'Not all Unitarian Universalism has to happen at church,' say Bay Area entrepreneurs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.27.13

Six UUs arrested in 'Moral Monday' protest
North Carolinians jailed for protesting conservative legislation; Texas UUs detained, deported after visiting factory in Mexico.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.20.13

Marriage equality gains momentum
UUs in Rhode Island, Delaware, and Minnesota celebrate equal marriage rights in rapid succession.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.20.13

Texas congregations form social justice network
The Texas UU Justice Ministry seeks to amplify UU voices in the public square.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.13.13

Minister embarks on Dallas-to-Concord fundraising ride
To raise money for the Jericho Road Project, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter is cycling from Texas to Massachusetts.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.6.13

Three districts vote to become MidAmerica Region
Shift toward regionalization aims to create greater connections among congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.6.13

UUA membership is flat in 2013
Over eight-year period, UUA shows slight increase, as other American denominations post double-digit declines.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.29.13

Consultant to aid impasse between UUA board, administration
Trustees and executive staff agree to hire help to resolve long-standing tensions.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.29.13

British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction
‘Growing Unitarianism’ movement seeks to reverse decline and promote excitement.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.22.13

UUA, UCC presidents rally for gay marriage in R.I.
Morales, Black urge Rhode Islanders to lobby their state senators after marriage equality bill passes the House.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.15.13

UUA announces new executive structure
Harlan Limpert to become 'chief operating officer' as Kay Montgomery retires from office of executive vice president.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.12.13

Gateway Fellowship forms from Arizona prison ministry
Inmates and members of Tucson congregation gather for monthly prison worship.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.8.13

'Two Who Dared' puts UUSC founders' heroism on film
Documentary depicts little-known story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp’s efforts to save Jews and dissidents during WWII.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.1.13

Environmental justice, elections on tap at 2013 General Assembly
Eboo Patel and Wendell Berry are among the featured speakers at Louisville, Ky., meeting in June.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.25.13

Legislator tells Wyoming minister to leave the state
Unitarian Universalist minister’s letter on gun control raises ire of state representative who says, ‘by all means, leave.’
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.18.13

UUA to purchase new Boston headquarters
Board approves lease-to-purchase agreement for 24 Farnsworth Street in Boston’s Seaport District.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.15.13

Virginia revival joins three congregations and campus ministry
500 worshipers gather for rousing service in college community.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.11.13

First Parish Bedford funds gun buyback program
Massachusetts congregation seeks to ‘do something’ in response to Newtown massacre.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.4.13

New urgency spurs advocate for gun control
Pennsylvania UU continues decade-long quest to prevent gun violence.
By Elaine McArdle 2.25.13

In Afghanistan, UUs light chalice in new congregation
The Kandahar Crossing UU Fellowship is a peaceful refuge in a war zone.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.18.13

Kay Montgomery announces retirement from UUA
After 30 years of service, executive vice president will step down in June.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.13.13

In Florida, ministers gather for learning and leisure
Second UU Ministers Association Institute draws 440 clergy for worship, courses, and collegiality.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.11.13

Dallas Unitarians fund well in South Sudan
'Lost Boy' returns to Dallas with report about water well dug with help from First Unitarian Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.4.13

Trustees work, worship, and mingle with Philadelphia UUs
Board meets with young adults and lends a hand in MLK Day of Service.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.28.13

Board considers impact of biennial General Assemblies
President tells UUA trustees that monitoring reports are of 'little value'; young adults and people of color express concerns about biennial GA.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.28.13

Month of love and justice returns
Standing on the Side of Love’s second annual Thirty Days of Love campaign runs from MLK to Valentine’s Day.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.21.13

Minister earns award from city he lobbied for change
Holland, Mich., grants Social Justice Award to the Rev. Bill Freeman in same room he led protest for LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.14.13

UUs give money and muscle to Sandy relief efforts
Disaster-relief fund tops $306,000.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.7.13

Candidates announced for 2013 UUA elections
Nominating Committee releases slate of candidates; individuals seeking to run by petition must file paperwork by February 1.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.31.12

Westport carolers set record, raise money
Singing from door to door, Connecticut carolers help fund arts in schools.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.24.12

From salvaged pew, artisan crafts custom guitar
Auctioned instrument raises money for rebuilding church in Brunswick, Maine.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.17.12

Audit committee praises UUA financial staff
Board prepares for complex conversations about youth and GA at January meeting.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.10.12

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

Districts recede as 'regionalization' takes hold
UUA governance is moving toward a regional model, lowering costs and increasing efficiency.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.26.12

Urban gardener hopes to turn foreclosures into farms
Milwaukee UU believes creating a 'harvestable city' will improve quality of life.
By Nicole Sweeney Etter 11.19.12

UUs celebrate historic wins for marriage equality
Popular votes in Maine, Maryland, and Washington approve same-sex marriage; Minnesotans reject marriage ban.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 11.12.12

Once a rarity, UU military chaplains increasing
The growing number of UU chaplains reflects sea change in UUA’s relationship to the military.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.12.12

Sandy spares East Coast UU churches; damages Ohio congregation
New York, New Jersey churches reach out to congregants and prepare for Sunday services without power.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.12

Covenants and 'Ends' top agenda at October board meeting
UUA Board of Trustees appoints four trustees to continue service and reviews update on regionalization.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.29.12

UUA Board resumes talks about biennial GAs
Takes up Fifth Principle Task Force report; GA 2013 will see more plenary time and focus on covenants.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.29.12

UUs rally for marriage equality in four states
Ballot questions in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington draw UU support, advocacy.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 10.22.12

UU marine ecologist wins 'genius grant'
MacArthur Foundation recognizes Nancy Rabalais for work in Gulf Coast dead zones.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.15.12

Rochester congregation is new home for UU boutique
New York church will expand UniUniques with traditional and edgy items.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.8.12

Harvest of Hope aids ‘invisible’ migrants
Florida-based foundation has donated more than $1M in direct aid to migrant farmworkers.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.1.12

'Sinister Minister' pens UU-themed mystery series
The Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell publishing fourth Olympia Brown mystery in October.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.24.12

Suburbs reach out downtown
Unitarians worship at 9 o'clock in the suburbs, 11 o'clock downtown.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12

'Learning Garden' sows connections between church and community
Pasadena congregation transforms barren corner into fertile partnership.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12

From Arizona to North Carolina, 'UndocuBus' draws UU support
Cross-country ride raises awareness of undocumented immigrants and their struggles.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.10.12

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans congregations weather Isaac
Three area congregations emerge unscathed from Category 1 hurricane
By Donald E. Skinner 9.3.12

'Road to a different future': 2012 General Assembly
With singular focus, General Assembly is transformed.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.27.12

Starr King names professor of UU history
The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie brings 'fresh eye' to understanding UU roots.
By Elaine McArdle 8.27.12

Meet a trustee: Pat Manley
Leadership training sharpened a congregational president’s skills.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.20.12

UURISE gives radical hospitality to immigrants
Nonprofit group provides immigrant advocacy and education with a UU voice.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.13.12

Board honing in on qualities of a good trustee
UUA’s governing body prepares to appoint four existing trustees to a 14-member board in 2013.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.6.12

Youth ‘pilgrimage’ to GA opens eyes and hearts
Minnesota youth group took winding spiritual journey to Phoenix to prepare for Justice General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.30.12

UUA, UUSC collaborate on social justice 'college'
Group will offer international service trips and social justice education.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.23.12

Chalice maker, 92, lights his own chalice at GA
UU Mordecai Roth turned to chalice making after retiring from dentistry.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.16.12

Ministering to the ministers
UUA, Retired Ministers and Partners Association aid retired ministers in financial distress.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.9.12

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

Kalamazoo congregation lauded for wide-ranging social justice efforts
People’s Church earns UUA’s 2012 Bennett Award for social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.25.12

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

Meet a Trustee: Natalia Averett
Young adult trustee completes year as congregation president and UUA board member.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.18.12

Meet a Trustee: David Jackoway
Heartland trustee seeks to connect UUs through technology and theology.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.18.12

Witness and worship on tap at Justice GA
3,800 people prepare to gather in Phoenix, Ariz., for 2012 UUA General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.11.12

Board listens to concerns about Justice GA
Accountability Group shares worries of members of marginalized groups about attending General Assembly in Phoenix.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.4.12

Chicago UUs broadcast worship on progressive radio
‘Food for the Soul’ airs every Sunday evening, attracting thousands of listeners.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.28.12

UUA membership and attendance declined in 2011
Over last decade, membership has increased, but religious education enrollment is dropping.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.21.12

National 'Day of Witness' planned for June 23
At General Assembly and across the country, UUs urged to devote the day to justice.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.21.12

Photography exhibit focuses on lesbian life in Deep South
Photographs at Birmingham, Ala., civil rights museum include four UU families in show about inclusion and equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.14.12

UN seminar spurs UU young adults to immigration action
119 youth and adults attend three-day UU-UNO conference in New York.
By Laura Randall 5.14.12

Dallas church raises $20K for wells in South Sudan
“Lost Boy” inspires congregation to give up drinks during Lent to provide water for villages.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.7.12

Board OKs search for new Boston headquarters
At April meeting, UUA trustees also prepare for Justice GA, change MFC appointment process, and approve all monitoring reports.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.30.12

Florida UUs campaign for impoverished migrant workers
Pickets and fasting raise awareness of agricultural workers’ low pay and dangerous conditions.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.23.12

Academia, ministry intersect in UU history post
Meadville Lombard appoints the Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk to endowed chair of UU history.
By Elaine McArdle 4.23.12

Moderator candidate: Jim Key
District leader describes himself as ‘evangelical UU.’
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.16.12

Meet the moderator candidates
UU World profiles Jim Key and Tamara Payne-Alex for 2013 election.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.16.12

Moderator candidate: Tamara Payne-Alex
Lifelong UU strives to be ‘accessible’ moderator.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.16.12

Meet a Trustee: Erik David Carlson
Carlson is committed to creating better services for youth and young adults.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.9.12

Trustees: Should UUA give Distinguished Service Award at 2012 GA?
At March meeting, board approves collection for Arizona Immigration Ministry, plans transition to smaller board.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.2.12

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher isolated in prison
Move allegedly follows complaint from U.S. congressman over DeChristopher email.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.2.12

Congregations encouraged to study Doctrine of Discovery
Fellowship in Bellingham, Wash., has been longstanding supporter of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.26.12

Pedaling for hope
Bicycling ministers turn long-distance rides into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.19.12

UUA looking beyond traditional congregations
President Morales: ‘Congregations cannot be the only way we connect with people.’
By Donald E. Skinner 3.12.12

Trustees review resources promoting Justice General Assembly
Blogs, posters, and scholarships encourage attendance at Phoenix GA in June.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.5.12

UU's sexuality advocacy group fights for survival
The Rev. Debra Haffner's Religious Institute loses more than $400,000 to fiscal agent; launches emergency fundraising appeal.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.5.12

UUA persuades Verizon to protect transgender workers
In five-year shareholder advocacy campaign, UUA helps create gender identity protection for 2.9 million workers at many companies.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.27.12

Month-long campaign spreads justice and love
From MLK Day to Valentine’s Day, Standing on the Side of Love inspires thousands to engage in social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.12

Meet a Trustee: Michael Tino
Antiracism, antioppression guide New York trustee’s work
By Donald E. Skinner 2.20.12

UUA and United Church of Christ seek ways to collaborate
Leaders of two denominations discuss combining progressive voices in public arena.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.10.12

Silver sale raises $1.6M for Massachusetts church
Funds will help pay for renovations to Dorchester congregation’s historic building.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.6.12

UU prevails in challenge to prayer at meetings
U.S. Supreme Court lets ruling stand that sectarian prayers violate separation of church and state.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.12

UUA Board urges repudiation of 'Doctrine of Discovery'
Meeting in New Orleans, board names moderator candidates, mulls future of UUA headquarters and social justice resolutions.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.30.12

Congregations study, plan for Justice GA
Immigration education, fundraising, and advocacy help UUs prepare for June meeting in Phoenix.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.23.12

Board nominates Key and Payne-Alex for moderator
Delegates will vote on new moderator at 2013 General Assembly.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.23.12

'Gathered Here' helps UUs share experiences, hopes
UUA initiative encourages community conversations to strengthen denomination.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.16.12

Meet a trustee: Sarah Stewart
New Hampshire minister says ‘congregational life is where the faith is happening.’
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.9.12

Board may nominate only one moderator candidate
Also agrees not to release names of applicants for moderator position.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.2.12

Community minister helps ‘one child at a time’
The Rev. Donald Robinson lauded for 20 years of youth programs at Beacon House.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.11

Maine congregation rebuilding after fire
After ceremony to say goodbye to 126-year-old building, church is razed.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.11

Churches not exempt from employment discrimination law, UUA says
UUA joins amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court case to limit use of 'ministerial exception.'
By Elaine McArdle 12.19.11

Meet a trustee: Graham Kreicker
Volunteer teaching inspires Kansas retiree’s board work.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.12.11

Phoenix UUs protest conservative policy conference
ALEC targeted for promoting Ariz. SB 1070 as model immigration law.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.5.11

Board continues discussions of moderator nominating process
At November meeting, trustees also receive positive report of Audit Committee.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.28.11

Bay Area clergy arrested at Occupy Oakland
Unitarian Universalist ministers participated in interfaith vigil as police in riot gear slashed tents.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.21.11

Two churches become Occupy sites
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, loans lawn to protesters; Occupy Grand Rapids camps beside Fountain Street Church.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.14.11

Location of UUA headquarters under review again
Board asks for analysis of staying on Beacon Hill versus relocating office space.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.14.11

Memories and money boost Camp de Benneville Pines
Once feared to be one burst pipe from shutting down, California camp celebrates solvency at its 50th anniversary.
By Cynthia Littleton 11.7.11

UUA Board listens, learns at Occupy Boston
Trustees visit protest site to witness grassroots movement aimed at economic justice.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.31.11

Board agrees to nominate at least two moderator candidates
At October meeting, trustees draft covenant, plan for Justice GA, discuss ‘scope of the association.’
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.31.11

'Tree of Life' mosaic takes root at California church
From broken jewelry, keys, and coffee cups, congregants create eight-foot, collaborative artwork.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.24.11

NASA fellowship named for UU astronomer
Known as “Mother of the Hubble,” Nancy Grace Roman hopes to inspire girls to pursue careers in science.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.11

Rochester church's rap video goes viral
Unitarian church invested 400 hours in Homecoming Sunday video.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.10.11

UUA 'highly unlikely' to purchase Hebrew College
Board discusses Justice GA; differs on whether to make its audio recordings public.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.3.11

Meet a Trustee: Catherine Cullen
Legal training, Buddhism inform the Rev. Catherine Cullen’s work on UUA board.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.3.11

Report catalogs abuse of immigrants at Mexican border
No More Deaths, a ministry of the UU Church of Tucson, finds a ‘Culture of Cruelty’ among Border Patrol.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.11

ESPN film examines curses and scapegoats
Unitarian Universalist minister lends religious perspective to questions of fan behavior.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.26.11

Picture of GA 2012 coming into focus
Planning Committee releases a schedule; design team reveals snapshots of the Justice General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.11

Campus ministries reopen as students head back to school
College groups diversify offerings with OWL, social justice, and programs for older students.
By Julia Angley 9.19.11

Alabama UUs join fight against immigration law
Rallies, hearings, and trainings aim at dismantling far-reaching anti-immigrant measure.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11

Tropical storm floods Pennsylvania congregation again
BuxMont UU Fellowship scurries to clean up extensive water damage before 50th anniversary celebration next week.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11

Hurricane Irene damages Carolina congregations
New York, Pennsylvania churches suffer flooding, but Vermont congregations spared.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11

Board fills empty slots on General Assembly committees
UUA trustees also approve launch of credentialing study and changes in retirement plan.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.5.11

15 UUs arrested during Tar Sands Action
Two-week protest draws Unitarian Universalists from across the country to highlight perils of pipeline and climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11

UUA president sentenced to time served for protest
Morales calls his determination to fight Arizona immigration law stronger than ever.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.11

Meet a trustee: Clyde Grubbs
The Rev. Clyde Grubbs brings history of activism, ministry to UUA Board of Trustees.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.29.11

UUs raise funds for Filipino church
An American minister, filmmaker, and swimmer pool their talents for the UU Church of the Philippines.
By Julia Angley 8.22.11

Iowa UU named rural 'Champion of Change'
White House honors Linda Barnes, who spreads the word about the importance of food diversity.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

Tar Sands Action inspired by a UU's civil disobedience
Environmentalists plan protests at White House.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11

UUA president convicted in civil disobedience case
The Rev. Peter Morales guilty of misdemeanor in Ariz. protest of SB 1070.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.8.11

Arizona minister guilty in SB 1070 protest case
Frederick-Gray convicted of misdemeanor for actions protesting anti-illegal immigration law.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.5.11

New York UUs celebrate marriage equality
Interfaith efforts help sway legislature to make New York sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.1.11

DeChristopher receives two-year prison sentence
UU climate-change activist tells court: ‘I will continue this fight.’
By Donald E. Skinner 8.1.11

Massachusetts church goes Hollywood
First Parish in Brookline, Mass., to star in upcoming Adam Sandler film.
By Julia Angley 7.25.11

Georgia minister joins hunger strike
To protest immigration law, Unitarian Universalist minister Jeff Jones launches weeklong fast.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.25.11

Composting, recycling, and local food make GA greener
Charlotte Convention Center added green services, while some hotels lagged behind.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.18.11

Positive reports stream in from off-site delegates
Planners envision expanding remote attendance for next year’s General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.11.11

Resignations raise flags around planning for Justice GA
As board increases oversight on UUA's 2012 General Assembly in Phoenix, two members of GA Planning Committee resign.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.11.11

U.S. churches unite to support Uganda school
Annual sponsorships from American Unitarian Universalists will aid school started by Ugandan UU minister.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.4.11

Delegates approve ethical eating and a smaller board
More than 4,000 Unitarian Universalists gather in Charlotte at General Assembly, approve governance reforms, balk at elimination of AIWs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.4.11

Meadville Lombard finds new Chicago campus
UU seminary will lease space from Spertus Institute, a Jewish studies center.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.27.11

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

Justice work earns award for Minnesota church
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Minn., receives UUA’s Bennett Award.
By Julia Angley 6.20.11

UUs join March on Blair Mountain
At site of historic coal miner uprising, activists raise awareness about consequences of mountaintop removal mining.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.20.11

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

Civil unions become law in Illinois
While short of marriage, civil unions allow same-sex couples health insurance, pensions, and other benefits.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.13.11

Shareholder resolution advances LGBT rights
UUA backs resolution urging major defense contractor to defend its employees against discrimination.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.13.11

Fire devastates Maine church
UUA’s Northern New England District sets up relief fund for 125-year-old church.
By Julia Angley 6.10.11

Eco-village rises in Haiti’s Central Plateau
UUA and UUSC leaders, along with seminarians, help Haitian families rebuild.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.6.11

Anniversary events on tap for UUA General Assembly
4,000 people prepare to gather in Charlotte, N.C., for the UUA's 50th General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.6.11

Tornado topples steeple of Massachusetts church
Relief fund will aid congregation and members affected by the storms.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.6.11

Peace Corps sparks life of social justice
President of UU-UNO bridges life in Nigeria and U.S.
By Elaine McArdle 5.30.11

Board appoints committee to nominate next UUA moderator
Five-member group will recommend successor to Gini Courter.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.30.11

UUA membership declines again
Morales: 'The culture is moving our way theologically, but not institutionally.'
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.23.11

'Time banks' earn interest of UU churches
Members find the exchanges build community and save money.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.23.11

UUA submitting bid on Hebrew College
Morales says 'preliminary' bid will 'keep our options open'; Beacon Hill properties could be sold.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.23.11

Congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
UUA pilot program helps congregations mentor one another.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.16.11

Legislation, homophobia endanger Ugandan UUs
Kampala minister urges vigilance as threats and bigotry increase.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.16.11

Ads spread message of Unitarian Universalism
R.I. campaign targets ‘people who are UUs but don’t know it.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.9.11

Tornado-struck towns begin recovery
Unitarian Universalist Trauma Ministry prepares congregation for the road ahead.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.9.11

Thomas Jefferson District changes name
Delegates vote overwhelmingly to become Southeast District.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.6.11

Utah UUs arrested in energy protest
Washington, D.C., sit-in inspired by trial of Tim DeChristopher.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.2.11

Atlanta-area ministers decry immigration bill
Unitarian Universalist ministers call Georgia bill 'racist' and 'bad for business.'
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.2.11

Severe Storm Fund to provide tornado relief
Donations will assist UUs left homeless in Alabama.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.2.11

Board finalizes bylaws for vote at General Assembly
Establishes committee to nominate next moderator; welcomes three new congregations.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.25.11

Undeterred, Colorado UUs prepare for new marriage-equality battle in 2012
Area churches pool resources to hire intern for advocacy work.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.25.11

Meadville Lombard, Andover Newton end plans for 'theological university'
Meadville will remain independent; ANTS to move ahead with other partners.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.25.11

UU professor target of GOP probe after questioning conservative bill
William Cronon at center of storm over academic freedom in Wisconsin.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.18.11

'Bright and shining church' rises from Katrina's floodwaters
Community Church in New Orleans celebrates new building, five years after hurricane.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.18.11

The Mountain climbs back to solvency
Increased donations, new interim director bolster North Carolina retreat center.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.11.11

UUA-UUSC Japan Fund supports religious partners after quake
Rissho Kosei-kai congregations in Northern Japan are among the damaged.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.11.11

GA will vote on Ethical Eating statement, board reforms, more
UUA’s 50th General Assembly will tackle bylaw changes and food and environmental justice statement.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.11.11

Procedural error takes one AIW resolution off GA agenda
UUA Board of Trustees also prepares policy for acquisition or sale of real estate.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.4.11

UU legislator leads marriage equality fight in Maryland
Rich Madaleno is ‘an inspiration and mentor’ in advocacy for LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.28.11

General Assembly to allow some delegates to vote from home this year
Organizers seek volunteers to test online voting.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.28.11

With kidney donation, congregation extends 'circle of care'
Member to donate kidney to religious education director, as others fundraise and cook.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.21.11

FBI reopens investigation into murder of James Reeb
Forty-six years after death of Unitarian Universalist minister in Selma, investigators seek new evidence in unsolved case.
By Jerry Mitchell and John Fleming 3.21.11

Wisconsin UUs continue month-long protest for workers’ rights
Governor signs bill to curtail collective bargaining, but demonstrations continue.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.21.11

UUA spurs corporate leaders to demand new immigration policy
Institutional investors call reform a human rights and business imperative.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.14.11

Alternative scouting group starts to grow
Navigators USA welcomes gay, atheist, and agnostic scouts.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.14.11

Disappointment for Maryland UUs battling for equal marriage rights
Fearing defeat in the House, supporters decide to wait until next year.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.14.11

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

UUA president touched by visits with Dalits
UUA President Peter Morales finds ‘freedom tastes like salt.’
By Kenneth Sutton 3.7.11

UU Jewish community connects at national conference
Conference is first gathering of Jewish Unitarian Universalists in 20 years.
By Sonja L. Cohen 3.7.11

Utah UU convicted for environmental activism
Federal jury faults Tim DeChristopher for blocking auction of oil and gases leases.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.7.11

Oregon UU church builds Cuban alliances
Cuba AyUUda fosters Cuban-U.S. relations.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.28.11

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

Turning Valentine's Day into a day for social justice
Unitarian Universalists demonstrate for LGBT rights, immigration reform, religious tolerance.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.21.11

Morales visits Unitarians and humanitarian partners in India
UUA President on two-week visit with Holdeen India partners and Unitarians in North East India.
By Jane Greer 2.21.11

UU United Nations Office to rejoin UUA
Move will give UN office, UUA greater advocacy strength.
By Jane Greer 2.14.11

Unitarian Universalists raise funds for gay rights in Uganda
Donations will support human rights activists fighting homophobia.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.7.11

Board focused on planning for 2012 General Assembly
Will ask to eliminate Actions of Immediate Witness; hears proposal for smaller board.
By Jane Greer 2.7.11

Cases dismissed for many Phoenix protesters
Court dismisses cases against 17 UUs, finds three others not guilty for SB 1070 protests.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.31.11

Meadville Lombard sells main building
Chicago seminary seeks long-term lease for new home; will leave its 1929 building by end of year.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.31.11

Dunning celebrates persistence in repeal of DADT
Zoe Dunning, a retired Navy commander and Unitarian Universalist, stood by President Obama’s side as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed.
By Jane Greer 1.24.11

Fire destroys 100-year-old Oregon church
UU Fellowship of Klamath County grieves loss of building.
By Jane Greer 1.24.11

Wyoming UU’s winter charity walk raises $6K
Month-long, 200-mile trek reveals the kindness of strangers
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.17.11

Phoenix court dates scheduled for many UU arrestees
Most expected to plead 'not guilty' for protesting Arizona anti-illegal immigration law.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.17.11

Ann Arbor congregation uses wind power
Unitarian Universalist congregation builds wind turbine; Minnesota church to do the same.
By Jane Greer 1.10.11

UU legislative ministries now in 15 states
State legislative ministries bring UU values to the public arena.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.3.11

Charges dropped against UU arrested in Phoenix protest
First arrestees found ‘not guilty’; charges dropped against second group
By Donald E. Skinner 12.27.10

UUA plans 50th anniversary celebration
Big events scheduled for 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.27.10

New LGBT coordinator will emphasize trans issues
'It's time to give attention to the trans community,' says new UUA program coordinator Delfin Bautista.
By Jane Greer 12.20.10

UUA looking into possible sale of Boston buildings
Administration expresses interest in modern building near Andover Newton Theological School.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.13.10

Districts begin changing their governance role
Four district boards agree to recognize UUA Board of Trustees as sole governing board.
By Jane Greer 12.13.10

Unitarian Universalists honor transgender deaths
Congregations becoming more aware of transgender issues.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.6.10

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

Utah man's actions blocked oil and gas leases
Salt Lake Unitarians support environmentalist Tim DeChristopher.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.22.10

Offering a room to asylum seekers
Members of two N.J. Unitarian Universalist congregations host political asylum seekers as part of interfaith group.
By Jane Greer 11.15.10

N.C. retreat center drastically reduces staff
The Mountain’s board lays off CEO and half of staff.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.8.10

UUs share their own immigration stories
Immigration problems beset ministers as well as lay people.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.8.10

William Schulz named new UUSC president
Schulz chosen for his leadership on human rights.
By Jane Greer 11.8.10

UUA launches Leap of Faith program
Growth program sets up mentoring relationships for twelve UU congregations; Association Sunday gifts provide funding.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.10

UUA board seeks big changes from districts
Proposed bylaw changes would end district election of trustees; other changes would allow off-site General Assembly delegates.
By Jane Greer 10.25.10

UU ministers speak out in support of gay teens
Unitarian Universalists use sermons, letters, and YouTube videos to confront bullying.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10

UUA challenges oil company’s political spending
Shareholder resolution questions oil company’s $4 million effort to delay California’s global warming law.
By Jane Greer 10.18.10

89 UU congregations join Global Day of Action
Unitarian Universalists promote environmental stewardship with '10-10-10' events.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10

Cultivating an abandoned place
The Rev. Ron Robinson's unconventional church in Turley, Okla., focuses on service.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.11.10

Board eyes reforms in time for Arizona General Assembly
Board discusses authorizing off-site GA delegates, reducing its own size, and reforming GA resolutions.
By Jane Greer 10.4.10

UUA’s General Assembly goes green
Recycling capacity depends on host city
By Donald E. Skinner 10.4.10

UUA leaders begin planning 2012 General Assembly
Planning Committee recommends expanded video coverage of 2011 GA, calls for review of Actions of Immediate Witness.
By Jane Greer 9.27.10

Gainesville UUs respond to Qur’an-burning threat
Gainesville, Fla., interfaith community coalesces around threat to burn Muslim scriptures on 9/11 anniversary.
By Jane Greer 9.20.10

Morales questions Dalai Lama about science and religion
UUA president part of a discussion with Dalai Lama at IARF Congress in India.
By Jane Greer 9.20.10

UU hopeful that conviction will be overturned
Arizona UU convicted after leaving water bottles for migrants crossing desert.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

2010 General Assembly report
General Assembly calls Unitarian Universalists to stand with immigrants.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

Tour educates Calif. UUs about water justice issues
Young adults learn social justice leadership skills.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.10

UU congregations work for immigrant justice
Unitarian Universalists find many ways to help immigrants.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.10

New Orleans UU churches alive—and struggling
Three New Orleans churches and a Gulfport, Miss., congregation struggle to regain members five years after Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.30.10

UUSC and UUA form Pakistani flood relief fund
Money will support UUSC partners helping women, children, and refugee families.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.30.10

Morales visits Unitarian Universalists in the Philippines
UUA president’s visit will renew historic ties with UU Church of the Philippines.
By Jane Greer 8.30.10

Celebration marks 20th anniversary of partner church movement
Transylvanian and North American Unitarian Universalists have formed deep ties since fall of Communism.
By Jane Greer 8.23.10

Building houses, strengthening a church
Service trips to Nicaragua help revitalize Wisconsin church.
By Jane Greer 8.16.10

UUs cheer judge's ruling against California's Prop 8
Prop 8 legally invalidated, case expected to go to Supreme Court.
By Jane Greer 8.9.10

Two UU congregations plan to start radio stations
Programming will be mostly secular but will include some UU content.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.2.10

29 UUs arrested in Phoenix protest
Unitarian Universalists demonstrate against Arizona's SB 1070.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.2.10

Standing on the Side of Love campaign celebrates first year
UU antioppression campaign gains visibility, supporters.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.26.10

UU-UNO honors Blue Ribbon congregations
Congregations celebrated for supporting Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office
By McCall Breuer 7.19.10

UU fights ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Retired naval commander advocates for law’s repeal.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.12.10

UU youth’s activism for GLBT rights honored
Danielle Smith meets President Obama at special White House reception
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.5.10

General Assembly focuses UUA on immigration
Selects immigration for four-year study; approves UUA election reforms.
By Jane Greer 7.5.10

Seminaries announce plans for 'theological university'
Chicago's Meadville Lombard will combine with Boston-area Andover Newton in interfaith partnership.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.28.10

'Justice' General Assembly to be held in Phoenix
Days and nights of work result in a plan most can endorse
By Jane Greer 6.28.10

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

General Assembly agenda includes contentious issues
Delegates to vote on Ariz. boycott, election reform, and ‘peacemaking’ Statement of Conscience.
By Jane Greer 6.21.10

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

Antiracism groups raise concerns about Arizona GA
In debate over UUA’s 2012 General Assembly, DRUUMM modifies boycott stance; LUUNA and ARE still favor boycott.
By Jane Greer 6.18.10

Couple makes backyard camping a lifestyle
Massachusetts pair has been sleeping outdoors for a year.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.14.10

UUA president urges UUs not to boycott Phoenix GA
UUs conflicted over boycott of Phoenix as General Assembly site in 2012.
By Jane Greer 6.14.10

UUs make lifestyle changes for 40 days
Campaign honors 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.7.10

Unitarian Universalists debate boycotting Arizona
Organizations and individuals take sides over boycotting the state, site of the 2012 General Assembly, over its new law targeting undocumented immigrants.
By Jane Greer 6.7.10

Transgender UU champions passage of ENDA
New federal law would end discrimination against GLBT people in the workplace.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.31.10

Bid to rename Thomas Jefferson District fails again
Motion to change UUA district’s name falls short by 3 votes.
By Jane Greer 5.24.10

UUA pulls pension fund from Fidelity
Board of Trustees approves switch to TIAA-CREF over Fidelity’s ties in Darfur.
By Jane Greer 5.24.10

UUA restructures staff
UUA responds to reduced funding, hopes to model more effective ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.17.10

UUA raises funds for southeastern flood victims
Will help Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee and Kentucky.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.10.10

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

Board calls for General Assembly boycott of Arizona
Will ask delegates to approve withdrawing from contracts for 2012 GA in Phoenix; change could cost the UUA $615,000.
By Jane Greer 5.10.10

UU partner in India wins international peace prize
Ela Bhatt, founder of India’s largest women’s union, awarded 2010 Niwano Peace Prize.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.3.10

Hundreds of congregations mark 40th Earth Day
Many Unitarian Universalists focused on ‘ethical eating.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.3.10

Board, president question Commission on Appraisal’s role
UUA Board of Trustees partially restores Commission’s budget, but is reviewing ‘accountability’ of elected UUA committees.
By Jane Greer 4.26.10

UUA expects second year of reduced income
Budget adjustments for 2011 will also fund new initiatives.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.19.10

UUA membership declines for second year
Numbers show slight decline, less than Mainline Protestant churches.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.12.10

Faced with budget cuts, UU congregations rally
Lack of money brings anxiety, but also generosity, gratitude.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.5.10

Sexuality training now required for UU seminarians
New requirement will help clergy deal with a broad range of sex-related issues.
By Jane Greer 4.5.10

Two UUA districts agree to share staff
New arrangement will allow districts to offer a broader range of expertise.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.29.10

UU campaign honors Earth Day’s 40th anniversary
Forty congregants asked to give something up for 40 days.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.29.10

William Schulz to serve as interim UUSC head
Search for former CEO Charlie Clements’s successor underway.
By Jane Greer 3.22.10

D.C. Universalist church hosts 10 couples' weddings
Ten same-sex couples from Maryland wed in Washington, D.C., church on March 9.
By Jane Greer 3.22.10

Church coffee house welcomes GLBTQ youth
Massachusetts UU congregation works with other community groups to sponsor teen program.
By Jane Greer 3.15.10

Events to mark Margaret Fuller’s bicentennial
Dozens of events scheduled nationwide to celebrate the legacy of noted feminist, journalist, and Transcendentalist.
By Kimberly French 3.15.10

Board to review proposed changes to Article XV
If amended, Article XV would make it easier to change bylaws
By Donald E. Skinner 3.8.10

UUA eliminates Washington advocacy office
Reorganization to merge several departments; 15 employees laid off.
By Jane Greer 3.5.10

Congregations give $326K for UUA diversity initiatives
More congregations participated in Association Sunday this year than in 2008-2009.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.10

Pick up a hammer at 2010 General Assembly
Sign up for UUSC’s Habitat for Humanity camp or volunteer to revitalize a downtown neighborhood in Minneapolis in June.
By Jane Greer 3.1.10

UUA contemplates districts’ future
System of regions to be implemented.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.22.10

Ugandan UUs oppose anti-homosexuality bill
Unitarian Universalists mobilize opposition to legislation that could make homosexuality a capital crime.
By Jane Greer 2.22.10

Contributions to UU Haiti fund near $1 million
Congregations make donations, organize fundraising events, and offer support to local Haitian community.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.15.10

UUA board vows to transform governance
Will ask General Assembly to reduce number of trustees; change would have implications for districts.
By Jane Greer 2.15.10

Rzepka steps down from CLF’s global ministry
In ten years leading the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Rev. Dr. Jane Rzepka brought Unitarian Universalism’s “church without walls” to the Web.
By Jane Greer 2.8.10

Clements to leave UU Service Committee
UUSC president chosen to head Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.1.10

UUA launches updated website
First phase of website redesign can be seen February 1
By Donald E. Skinner 2.1.10

UUA board considers far-reaching governance reform
Trustees plan to propose changes to General Assembly, trim board, and formalize new regional structure; election changes placed on 2010 GA agenda.
By Jane Greer 1.25.10

Cuba turns away visiting church group
Unitarian Universalist cultural exchange group had made 13 trips before being turned away in December.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.18.10

UUSC, UUA create Haitian relief fund
Unitarian Universalists respond to earthquake devastation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.14.10

2010 General Assembly will try new schedule
Plenaries will be held on the weekend, workshops on Thursday and Friday.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.10

Big changes proposed for UUA's General Assembly
Proposal: fewer delegates, biennial schedule, and subsidies to boost congregational participation.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.10

Ups and downs in fight for marriage equality
The Rev. Keith Kron on the fight for marriage equality and other aspects of Unitarian Universalist support for GLBT people.
By Jane Greer 1.4.10

UU dads adopt five at-risk children
New documentary focuses on the Rev. Greg Stewart, Stillman Stewart, and their five sons
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.28.09

UU church service offers alternative to Black Friday
St. Paul, Minn., church studies ways to “reclaim Christmas.”
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.09

D.C. gay marriage law signed at Unitarian church
Interfaith clergy coalition mobilized to promote same-sex marriage in nation’s capital.
By Jane Greer 12.21.09

UU minister nominated for Grammy award
The Rev. Dan Schatz honored for tribute album to UU folksinger Utah Phillips.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.14.09

UUA Commission drafts new statement on peacemaking
Congregations have until February 1 to approve new text for General Assembly’s consideration.
By Eric Fershtman 12.14.09

Chalica, new weeklong UU holiday, slowly gains adherents
One of the seven UU Principles honored each day.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.7.09

Meadville Lombard to sell Chicago campus
Unitarian Universalist seminary to discuss possible partnership with Boston-area Andover Newton Theological Seminary.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.30.09

Ten-year-old refuses to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Boy who attends Arkansas UU church protests unequal treatment of GLBT people.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.09

UU Ministers Association raises dues
Increased funds to be used for ministerial education and new executive director position.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.09

UUA health plan blends insurance with social justice
Plan now covers 745 employees of UU congregations and organizations.
By Jane Greer 11.16.09

Transylvanian partner church gives surprise gift
Unitarians in Székelykeresztúr raise $10,500 for their partner church in Massachusetts.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.9.09

UU congregations observe International Day of Climate Action
Unitarian Universalists insulate windows, plant flowers, organize carpools to reduce carbon footprint.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.09

Morales plans comprehensive review of UU ministry
Trustees to focus on relationships with congregations; UUA’s investments rebound.
By Jane Greer 10.26.09

New system announced for choosing GA workshops
Most General Assembly workshops will focus on congregational growth, new directions in ministry, and social justice.
By Jane Greer 10.19.09

Congregations raise money for UUA diversity initiatives
Almost 500 congregations sign up for Association Sunday
By Donald E. Skinner 10.12.09

Unitarian Universalists lobby for health care reform
Individuals and congregations write letters, visit legislators, and meet to promote health care reform
By Donald E. Skinner 10.5.09

Hallman outspent Morales on unsuccessful presidential bid
Morales won 2009 UUA presidential election despite Hallman’s larger base of donors.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.28.09

Nine same-sex Minnesota UU couples marry in Iowa
Unity Church-Unitarian sponsors 'Love Bus' to Des Moines UU Church.
By Jane Greer 9.21.09

Morales and Hallman reflect on UUA presidential race
Candidates and campaign chiefs talk about travel, technology, and identifying delegates.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.21.09

UUA staff restructuring adds new V.P. position
Limpert named as vice president of Ministries and Congregational Support.
By Jane Greer 9.14.09

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

UUA launches 'Standing on the Side of Love' campaign
New public advocacy initiative on behalf of marginalized people.
By Jane Greer 9.7.09

UU radio shows broadcast liberal religious message
Congregations and ministers use radio to reach a broader audience.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.09

UU membership professionals form own organization
Group to help membership professionals grow Unitarian Universalism.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.24.09

Sales of new UU Spanish hymnal halted
‘Serious errors’ found in new publication.
By Jane Greer 8.24.09

UU wins Military Chaplain of the Year award
Rev. Rebekah Montgomery also awarded bronze star.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.17.09

'Army Wives' features UU child dedication ceremony
TV episodes set in Charleston, S.C., Unitarian church.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.10.09

Knoxville churches mark shooting anniversary
Congregations reflect on difficulties, opportunities for growth.
By Jane Greer 8.3.09

Dallas, Atlanta UU churches make ‘friends’ on Facebook
Congregations discover that Facebook expands community, church visibility.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.27.09

Non-UU youth learn about sex through UU program
D.C. community youth groups adopt UUA's lifespan sexual education curricula.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.20.09

UU seminaries feel economic pinch
With devalued endowments, schools implement cost-cutting measures.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.13.09

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

UU secretaries of state stress importance of voting
California and Minnesota secretaries of state to receive Wilton Prize at UUA General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.22.09

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

UU convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid
Ministry provides water, supplies to migrants crossing Arizona desert
By Jane Greer 6.15.09

UUA shifts international focus to congregations
Sinkford’s presidency focused less on institutional alliances.
By Jane Greer 6.15.09

UUs cheer legalization of gay marriage in New Hampshire
‘Live Free or Die’ state now place to ‘Live Free and Marry’
By Donald E. Skinner 6.8.09

UUA offers credentials to church musicians
Unitarian Universalist Association is also revising religious educators' credentialing program.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.8.09

New Orleans UU congregations still welcome help
Area churches organize to coordinate fundraising, volunteers.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.8.09

Unitarian Universalists decry Calif. gay marriage ruling
State Supreme Court 'takes away rights,' says UU minister arrested at protest in San Francisco.
By Donald E. Skinner 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

UUA reorganizes Congregational Services staff
Department disbanded; most offices will merge with District Services into new Congregational Growth and Vitality Staff Group.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.1.09

Illinois church collects veterans’ stories
Unitarian Universalist church’s oral history project opens up conversations about military service.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.25.09

3,200 UUs expected at 2009 General Assembly
Delegates in Salt Lake City will elect new president, discuss plan to hold GA every other year.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.18.09

Reports outline new model of UU youth ministry
Urge congregations and districts to make ministry to youth and young people of color priorities.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.18.09

Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriage victories
Iowa City congregation hosts marriage ceremony; Sinkford hails new Maine law.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.11.09

Membership growth in UUA slows down
Latest figures show slight dip; Hallman and Morales comment on growth strategies.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.11.09

Congregations prepare to elect new UUA president
Delegates may vote at General Assembly in June or by absentee ballot.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09

UUA, UUSC leaders call for torture inquiry
Letter to President Obama calls for ‘accountability’ for U.S. officials who authorized torture.
By Sonja L. Cohen 5.4.09

Utah a 'great place to be a Unitarian Universalist'
Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly meets in Salt Lake City, June 24-28.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09

Board proposes changes to UUA elections
Search committee would nominate candidates for president for a six-year term; board would nominate candidates for moderator.
By Jane Greer 4.27.09

Speakers series boosts Fla. fellowship into public eye
‘Celebrated Speakers’ series pays for huge building, increases congregation’s public visibility.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.27.09

Children's gifts redeemed 'legacy of devastation'
Japanese ambassador attends D.C. church to commemorate gift exchange with children of Hiroshima after atomic blast.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.20.09

UUs celebrate legalization of gay marriage in Vermont and Iowa
Congregations and individual UUs active in the fight for marriage equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.13.09

UUs raise money for homeless by sleeping outside
Hundreds of volunteers sleep outside in ‘cardboard cities’ in March action
By Donald E. Skinner 4.6.09

New website helps military UUs connect
Church of the Larger Fellowship launches military ministry website.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.30.09

Sinkford to join UU Urban Ministry staff
UUA president accepts one-year appointment after conclusion of term.
By Jane Greer 3.30.09

UUA cuts staff, reorganizes departments to balance budget
Equivalent of 13 full-time positions eliminated; Congregational Services to be reorganized.
By Jane Greer 3.23.09

California congregation forms ties with Tijuana families
Unitarian Universalist fellowship delivers food, supplies, and letters to new-found friends in Tijuana.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.09

Unitarian Universalists promote clean energy on Capitol Hill
Thousands of young people gather in Washington to lobby for changes in energy policy.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.9.09

Gini Courter seeks another term as UUA moderator
Priorities include shift to policy governance, accountability to congregations, antiracism, and 'excellence in ministry.'
By Donald E. Skinner 3.2.09

'I need to love the world enough to want to save it'
UUA Moderator Gini Courter discusses personal motivation and organizational challenges facing the Unitarian Universalist Association.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.2.09

Cincinnati churches continue racial reconciliation
Unitarian Universalists build relationships with descendents of black minister spurned by Unitarians in 1930s.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.23.09

Knoxville churches honor shooting victims; killer pleads guilty
Unrepentant shooter urged others to ‘kill liberals’; Unitarian Universalists undaunted.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.16.09

UUA prepares for belt tightening
Unitarian Universalist Association anticipates 10 percent drop in revenue in FY2010.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.16.09

UU children help struggling families feed pets
North Carolina children raise money to provide pet food for families struggling with recession.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.9.09

UUA board votes to end independent affiliate status
Hears update on UUA cost-cutting measures, places new Principles and Purposes on GA agenda.
By Jane Greer 2.2.09

Inaugural celebrations
Unitarian Universalists mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.26.09

UU minister challenges S.C. 'I believe' license plates
Judge stops legislature's plans to issue license plates depicting a cross.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.19.09

Commission offers second draft of new UUA Principles
Board of Trustees to decide whether General Assembly will vote on new text.
By Christopher L. Walton 1.12.09

Second draft of new UUA Principles and Purposes
Commission on Appraisal makes changes to draft of new Principles and Purposes; Board to consider revision at January meeting.
By Commission on Appraisal 1.12.09

Boston’s Channing Elementary School draws UU tutors
Interfaith program provides classroom assistants, clothing, school supplies, and food
By Jane Greer 1.12.09

'Charged-full living'
UUA-sponsored WellSprings Congregation takes a different approach to new church development.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.09

UU leads Arkansas anti-death penalty campaign
Social activist David Rickard bases action on UU First Principle.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.29.08

UU minister to lead former Universalist college
The Rev. Dr. William L. Fox elected St. Lawrence University’s eighteenth president.
By Jane Greer 12.22.08

Texas UUs collect shoes for children in Chupaderos, Mexico
Plano UU church works with Baptist congregation to send shoes, gifts at Christmas
By Donald E. Skinner 12.15.08

New ministry to train congregants in construction skills
TUUL-Belt Ministry to deploy UUs to disaster sites for rebuilding, pastoral care
By Jane Greer 12.8.08

Fires affect California UUs
California wildfires destroy more then 1,000 homes, including two belonging to Unitarian Universalist families.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.08

UU a leader in campaign to end U.S. torture
Linda Gustitus, president of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture, is a Unitarian Universalist.
By Jane Greer 12.1.08

Unitarian Universalist elected to U.S. House
Walt Minnick of Idaho joins two fellow UUs in Congress.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.08

Ad campaign to focus on Google AdWords
UUA moves advertising from ‘Time’ to cyberspace.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.08

UUA urges Calif. Supreme Court to overturn Proposition 8
Proposition 8 threatens the constitutional rights of all minority groups, according to lawsuit filed by religious coalition.
By Jane Greer 11.24.08

Hallman, Morales share visions for UUA presidency
Candidates for 2009 election take questions at New England fall conference.
By Jane Greer 11.17.08

UU candidates win elections
State ballot initiatives on abortion, marijuana, show mixed results.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.14.08

UUA president meets with Archbishop Desmond Tutu in South Africa
During 19 day African trip, Sinkford scheduled to meet with Unitarians, human rights leaders.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.10.08

Ballot initiatives bring setbacks for same-sex couples
Unitarian Universalists disappointed in state election results limiting GLBT rights.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.10.08

Economic concerns foremost at October board meeting
UUA board hears financial reports, works on policy governance.
By Jane Greer 11.3.08

Unitarian Universalists mobilize against state ballot initiatives
Ballot initiatives in Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas aim to limit rights of same-sex couples to marry, adopt.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.31.08

Youth ministry working group meets to chart new course
Six youth selected by YRUU leadership join group charged with designing new model for UUA youth ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.27.08

Unitarian Universalists work to preserve gay marriage in Calif.
UU Legislative Ministry opposes California’s Proposition 8 as an attack on marriage equality.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.20.08

UU candidates hit the campaign trail
Several UUs are running for election or re-election in November.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.13.08

2008 Association Sunday to support theological education
October 12 UUA fundraiser will support lay theological education and ministerial training.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.08

Sinkford speaks to Iranian president
Peace activists meet with Iranian delegation.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.08

Starr King emphasizes interfaith understanding in new curriculum
New approach to inter-religious education essential in post–9/11 world, says faculty.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.29.08

Meadville Lombard introduces sweeping curricular changes
Unitarian Universalist seminary in Chicago will require community service placements of all students.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.22.08

Hurricanes damage UU churches, homes in Texas
Sense of “normalcy” destroyed for many repeat hurricane victims.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.22.08

Draft revision of UUA's Principles and Purposes
Commission on Appraisal seeks input on proposed changes through October 16, 2008.
By Commission on Appraisal 9.15.08

Commission revises UUA Principles and Purposes
Seeks feedback by October 16 for draft of new UUA covenant; changes will require two General Assembly votes for adoption.
By Warren R. Ross 9.15.08

Tents draw attention to Darfurian refugees’ plight
UU congregations adopt 'Tents of Hope' project to raise consciousness about refugee crisis
By Rosalie Davis 9.8.08

New Orleans UUs mark third anniversary of Katrina
Community Church demolishes building; Hurricane Gustav disrupts Katrina commemorations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.1.08

Sierra Club highlights UU environmental initiatives
National report on religious environmentalism honors Unitarian Universalist projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.25.08

UUA’s ‘New York Times’ ad affirms justice stances
Full-page ad responds to Knoxville shooting by reaffirming Unitarian Universalism’s open hearts and open doors.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.25.08

Joe Barnhart remembers friend Linda Kraeger
Knoxville church-shooting victims part of a close-knit circle of family and friends.
By Jane Greer 8.18.08

Knoxville UUs tear garment to mourn shooting victims
Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville mourns victims of church shooting.
By Jane Greer 8.18.08

Knoxville church adapts to aftermath of shooting
TVUUC leaders grateful for outpouring of support, preparing for long road to recovery.
By Jane Greer 8.11.08

Fund raises $41,000 for Knoxville church shooting victims
Gifts will support ‘spiritual care and practical financial assistance’; other donors fund UUA ad in New York Times.
By Jane Greer 8.11.08

'I've never been so proud to be a Knoxvillean'
Historian John Bohstedt talks about tackling the gunman who killed two at Tennessee Valley UU Church; reflects on city’s response.
By Jane Greer 8.1.08

Knoxville stands with grieving UUs after shootings
UUA president delivers message of hope one day after shooter's rampage in Unitarian Universalist church.
By Jane Greer 7.30.08

Two Unitarian Universalists killed in church shooting
Knoxville shooter may have been motivated by ‘hatred of the liberal movement.’
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08

Unitarian Universalist buildings going green
Congregations increasingly applying green building techniques.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08

UU congregations support extended sites
Churches nurture growth through satellite locations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.21.08

Sinkford speaks at religious summit before G8 meeting
Interfaith gathering urges action on climate change, nuclear disarmament, and terrorism.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.08

UUA presidential candidates take questions at GA
Laurel Hallman and Peter Morales talk about presidential priorities.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.08

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

Burmese cyclone fund raises more than $100,000
Relief delivery complicated and slow.
By Jane Greer 6.30.08

California Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriages
Unitarian Universalist couples, ministers, congregations celebrate now-legal marriages.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.08

UUA districts in Midwest raise funds for flood relief
Churches stay dry, but some Unitarian Universalists lose homes.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.08

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

Dan Brody seeks reelection as UUA financial advisor
Newton, Mass., finance expert seeks second term as UUA officer.
By Jane Greer 6.16.08

UUA team studies resource distribution to congregations
'Congregations Come First' task force looks at ways to support congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.16.08

UUA seeks reconciliation for historical wrongs
UU minister discovers slave-trading ancestor.
By Jane Greer 6.9.08

UUA to administer Green Sanctuary program
UUA to take over environmental program from UU Ministry for Earth
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.08

Low attendance expected for UUA’s General Assembly
Security concerns, economic woes, heat deter attendance at Fort Lauderdale event.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.26.08

Mother's Day for peace, as Julia Ward Howe intended
Kansas City Unitarian Universalists promote Mother's Day founder's message of peace.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.08

Unitarian Universalists cheer California gay marriage ruling
UU legislative ministry’s amicus brief cited in Supreme Court’s decision authorizing same-sex marriages.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.08

Commission outlines Principles and Purposes review
Any changes to UUA's covenant will be presented to 2009 General Assembly.
By Warren R. Ross 5.12.08

UUA, UUSC raise funds for Burmese cyclone victims
Repressive government, poor infrastructure hamper relief efforts.
By Jane Greer 5.12.08

UUA considers new plans for youth ministry
Youth Ministry Working Group developing new approach.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.08

Board urges transparency in youth ministry transition
At April meeting, UUA board approves funding for youth ‘transition team’ in place of YRUU.
By Jane Greer 5.5.08

Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate Earth Day
Growing environmental awareness leads to activism year-round.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08

Rochester youth raise money for Mexican border town
Unitarian Universalist youth spend a night in tents to raise money.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08

Harvard names first Emerson UUA professor
Dan McKanan, historian of religious left, appointed by Harvard Divinity School.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.21.08

UUA ad campaign continues in 'Time'
Additional ads to run April 14, May 12.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.08

New Orleans UU churches launch fundraising campaign
Money to be used to restore churches; separate campaign to fund ethical living center.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.08

Career diplomat heads UU United Nations Office
Bruce Knotts brings experience, savvy to UN office.
By Jane Greer 3.31.08

UUA, other investors pressure Fidelity over Sudan
Shareholder resolutions would bar investments that ‘contribute to genocide’ in Darfur, elsewhere.
By Jane Greer 3.24.08

Florida ad campaign boosts church attendance
Tampa Bay Unitarian Universalist churches launch three-month ad campaign.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.08

Laurel Hallman, candidate for UUA president
Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.
By Jane Greer 3.17.08

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

Two UU ministers arrested protesting war
In Washington, Sinkford urges political leaders to seek forgiveness for Iraq war.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.08

Peter Morales, candidate for UUA president
Minister of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado.
By Jane Greer 3.17.08

Local TV show sheds light on mental illness
UU minister conducts mental health ministry via public access TV.
By Jane Greer 3.10.08

Pennsylvania church cleans up oil spill
Small UU congregation needs to raise $45,000.
By Jane Greer 3.3.08

Churches sponsor drop-in centers for gay teens
Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee, Utah, and Maryland affirm LGBTQ youth.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.08

Continental YRUU 'will be replaced,' Sinkford says
Funding cuts uncertain for youth organization; new model for youth ministry in development.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.25.08

UUA suspends funding for young adult network
Staff groups serving youth and young adults expected to merge.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 2.18.08

UU mission to Kenya sees destruction firsthand
Delegation reports findings to Congress, State Department, and World Bank.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.8.08

Concert for Appalachian mountaintops
Kentucky church youth group raises money to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.
By Jane Greer 2.8.08

UUA board reaffirms Florida General Assembly
Ministers Association pulls out of GA convention center.
By Jane Greer 2.1.08

'Survivor' seed money grows a fellowship hall
TV show prize inspires California congregation to build.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.25.08

UU delegation heads to Kenya
Aid fund established to help victims of violence in Kenya.
By Jane Greer 1.21.08

New archive celebrates UU people of color
Sankofa Project shares photos and documents from past and present UUs of color.
By Jane Greer 1.18.08

Unitarian Universalists give $1.1 million for growth
More than 500 congregations take part in Association Sunday.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.11.08

UU minister joins Army as a chaplain
The Rev. George Tyger prepares for summer deployment.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.4.08

UU congregations home to diverse musical groups
From community bands to family choirs, musical groups enhance Unitarian Universalist congregational life.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.28.07

Murders, suicide rock Florida congregation
Five members of Clearwater Unitarian Universalist congregation dead.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.07

UU ads to appear in bowl game programs
Advertising campaigns launched at football games, in Tampa Bay area.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.07

UUA leaders respond to General Assembly security concerns
Federal security measures at the Port of Fort Lauderdale raise concerns for 2008 General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.14.07

Scholarships aid UU doctoral students
Revitalized program increases scholarship amounts.
By Jane Greer 12.7.07

Arson suspected in Pasadena church fire
Throop Unitarian Universalist Church waits for investigation's results.
By Jane Greer 12.7.07

Fire relief fund helps California UUs recover
California Unitarian Universalists deal with smoke-damaged homes in fire's aftermath.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07

Winterfaith series honors diverse religious holidays
Illinois Unitarian Universalist fellowship organizes interfaith series.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07

Congregations welcome transgender people
Unitarian Universalist churches, General Assembly affirm transgender people.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.07

Exhibit features D.C. church's activist clergy
History of a church shown through clergy activism.
By Jane Greer 11.16.07

Oregon church plants a parking lot
Grass-porous pavement provides alternative to asphalt.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.16.07

UUA health plan ends successful first year
Rate increases for 2008 held to 4 percent.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.9.07

Security at 2008 General Assembly concerns UUA board
October meeting approves fifth independent affiliate, plans review of General Assembly, elections practices.
By Jane Greer 11.2.07

California UU congregations regroup as fires ebb
Few lost homes but smoke damage is extensive.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.07

California fires affect UU congregations
Three hundred Unitarian Universalists evacuate.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.26.07

Sinkford urges churches to seek international partners
UU Partner Church Council looking for more church partners.
By Jane Greer 10.26.07

UUA and UCC collaborate on antiwar protest
Denominations gather 73,000 signatures against Iraq war.
By Jane Greer 10.19.07

Report on youth ministry urges new vision
Three-year review of Unitarian Universalist youth ministry completed; Board to hear report.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.12.07

Independent groups adapt to loss of affiliate status
UUA board says tighter rules help congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.5.07

UUA launches national ad campaign in 'Time'
Regional campaign in San Francisco Bay Area advertises on 'Daily Show with Jon Stewart.'
By Donald E. Skinner 9.28.07

Scouting alternatives draw UU youth
Navigators and SpiralScouts offer inclusive programs.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.21.07

Unitarian Universalism's army of volunteers
UUA committee members contribute thousands of hours to make the Association work.
By Jane Greer 9.21.07

Louisiana UUs decry racism in 'Jena Six' case
Two Unitarian Universalist congregations protest racial injustice.
By Jane Greer 9.14.07

UU minister performs Iowa's first same-sex wedding
Gay couple married by Unitarian Universalist minister.
By Jane Greer 9.7.07

Young adult summer internships combined service, spirituality
14 UU college students took part in Summer of Spirituality and Service.
By Jane Greer 9.7.07

UUs help launch New Orleans 'Resurrection Project'
Gulf Coast Unitarian Universalists gather for second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07

New congregation in Ohio displaced by flood
Findley, Ohio, church regroups after losing possessions.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07

Baton Rouge church honored for hurricane relief
Congregation coordinated UU Gulf Coast relief volunteer effort.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07

Volunteers still needed in New Orleans
Unitarian Universalists invited to help New Orleans rebuild.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07

Mississippi church plans new building
After Hurricane Katrina swamped its lot, Gulfport UU church moves inland.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.24.07

UU sexologist faces off against Bill O'Reilly
The Rev. Debra Haffner promotes comprehensive sexuality education.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.17.07

Church rebuilds in Katrina's wake
Small group ministry 'the spiritual glue' that held Louisiana congregation together.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.17.07

Voices from GA
Selected quotations from the 2007 UUA General Assembly.
By Kenneth Sutton 8.10.07

Open Space process informs UUA goals
General Assembly experiments with new meeting process.
By Sonja L. Cohen 8.10.07

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

Racism subject of church group's play
Dignity Players tackle social justice themes.
By Jane Greer 8.3.07

New Orleans church slowly regains strength
First UU Church prepares to welcome new minister, finish rebuilding.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.3.07

New Orleans church returns to old neighborhood
Congregation moves into house next to destroyed church building.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.27.07

Star Island reopens after unexpected closure
Popular N.H. summer conference center cleared by fire chief.
By Jane Greer 7.27.07

Leon Spencer honored with UUA's highest award
Pioneer in UUA's antiracism and antioppression efforts recognized.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.20.07

UUs get serious about carbon offsets
Congregations and individuals explore ways to reduce carbon emissions.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.13.07

'High-Five' challenge increases giving at New York church
Staten Island congregation responds to call to compensate staff fairly.
By Jane Greer 7.6.07

UUs 'most visible' at Florida's largest pride festival
Annual gay pride event draws more than 150 UUs from 7 congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.6.07

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

UUA board approves two affiliates
At post-GA meeting, board discusses controversial new criteria for independent affiliate organizations.
By Tom Stites 6.29.07

UUA board cuts funds to seminaries
Board approves plan to develop new approach to supporting theological education.
By Tom Stites 6.22.07

UUA treasurer takes lead in socially responsible investing
Under Tim Brennan's leadership, UUA investments used to effect corporate change.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.22.07

Unitarian Universalist heads Islamic investing group
Blake Goud promotes 'halal' investing through Portland foundation.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.15.07

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

Churches take steps toward diverse, multicultural future
Congregations respond to the General Assembly's challenge to examine race and class.
By Donald E. Skinner and Tom Stites 6.11.07

Two New England UUA districts consolidate
Merger to offer revitalization and increased services.
By Jane Greer 6.8.07

Antiwar song inspires peace movement
UUA and UUSC join 'Where is the Rage?' project to protest Iraq war.
By Jane Greer 6.1.07

General Assembly to use Open Space to set UUA's course
Open Space Technology will help GA delegates identify UUA's goals.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.1.07

Trustee endows new scholarship at Meadville Lombard
Chicago seminary announces new merit-based scholarship.
By Jane Greer 5.25.07

UUA first denomination to join immigrant sanctuary movement
UUA joins movement supporting undocumented immigrants facing deportation.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.25.07

UUA pressures Fidelity over Sudanese investments
Retirement plan holders urged to change funds.
By Jane Greer 5.18.07

Unitarian Universalist spiritual directors form network
Network can help religious liberals find a spiritual director.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.11.07

Board shifts funding priorities for theological education
Board looks at seminary funding, independent affiliates, and moderator's role.
By Jane Greer 5.7.07

New playground illustrates UU Seven Principles
Texas church helps design and build Principles-themed playground.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.4.07

Pentacle accepted for use on V.A. tombstones
Ten-year battle ends with Wiccan victory.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.27.07

Shocked congregation grateful for help
UUs reach out to Blacksburg church reeling from Virginia Tech massacre.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.20.07

UUA persuades hotel chain to open up on energy use
Starwood corporation responds favorably to shareholder resolution on global warming.
By Jane Greer 4.20.07

UU funds to support Gulf Coast volunteers
New fundraising effort will support volunteer groups going to Gulf.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.13.07

Youth group practices philanthropy
Pay It Forward project gives Boise youth opportunity to invest in others.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.13.07

Preparing for military chaplaincy
Two Unitarian Universalist seminarians say many in military receptive to liberal religion.
By Leah Rubin-Cadrain 4.6.07

Massachusetts interfaith group walks for climate rescue
Nine-day trek begins in Northampton blizzard, ends in Boston rally.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.30.07

Liberal religious groups lobby for comprehensive sex education
Teens join UUA-UCC effort promoting REAL Act.
By Jane Greer 3.30.07

Couple's peace witness inspires congregation
Rochester, N.Y., couple builds peace network in their church.
By Jane Greer 3.23.07

Youth service trip stranded by blizzard
Chicago Unitarian Universalists come to aid of Mass. teens returning from service project.
By Jane Greer 3.23.07

Florida UUs rally in support of fired city manager
Ouster of official undergoing gender reassignment captures national attention.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.07

Sharon Welch named provost at Meadville Lombard
Ethics scholar to lead academic program at Chicago seminary.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.9.07

Unitarian radio station has global ambitions
Transylvanian Internet radio station broadcasts Unitarian values.
By Jane Greer 3.9.07

UUA calls for shareholder votes on CEO pay
Unitarian Universalist Association files shareholder resolutions on executive compensation with three major corporations.
By Jane Greer 3.2.07

Tennessee church loses building in fire
Religious education building completely destroyed, no injuries.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.23.07

Washington church hosts tent city
Homeless encampment permitted to stay 90 days.
By Jane Greer 2.23.07

Freedom to Marry group honors Unitarian Universalists
Three Massachusetts congregations honored for gay marriage advocacy.
By Tom Stites 2.16.07

Teen raises money for Botswana orphanage
After working at orphanage, Unitarian Universalist Annie Arnzen is eager to give back.
By Jane Greer 2.9.07

Sinkford outlines plan for more diverse ministry
UUA president describes plan for new ministry opportunities for minority candidates at January Board meeting.
By Christopher L. Walton 2.6.07

Hundreds of UUs attend Iraq protest in Washington, D.C.
Unitarian Universalists from 13 states travel to capitol.
By Jane Greer 2.2.07

UU Urban Ministry mourns six deaths
Ministry tries to counter rising tide of violence in Boston.
By Kimberly French 1.26.07

Unitarian Universalists protest Iraq surge
UUA president criticizes Bush for troop increase.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.19.07

$132K will help Gulf Coast community groups
UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund assists childcare, community leadership groups.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.12.07

Starr King announces online leadership courses
"Seminary for the Laity" will offer courses for congregational leaders.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.12.07

Mississippi church celebrates centennial
Universalist church survives in conservative religious environment.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.07

Beth Miller leads department in transition
UUA's multifaceted ministry staff group broadens its mission.
By Jane Greer 12.29.06

Congregation pledges to halve holiday spending
Rochester, N.Y., church raises more than $60,000 for charity.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.22.06

New Gulf Coast grants total $130K
UUA-UUSC fund supports antiracism training and rebuilding projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.15.06

Meadville Lombard announces new scholarship
Spencer and Susan Lavan support academic excellence with gift.
By Jane Greer 12.15.06

Churches respond to global AIDS crisis
Unitarian Universalist congregations raise funds, lobby for international AIDS relief.
By Jane Greer 12.8.06

Centenarian ordained to honor long service
Muriel Davies ordained by Maryland church she founded almost 50 years ago.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.8.06

V.A. resists use of pentacle on tombstones
New lawsuit demands equality for Wiccan and Pagan veterans.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.06

UU congregation evicted by Catholic landlord
New Jersey diocese terminates lease because of gay rights speaker.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.06

Feast and famine at church supper
Guests experience wealth and poverty at Swampscott, Mass., ‘Hunger Banquet.’
By Jane Greer 11.24.06

Vandals target two churches’ liberal symbols
Congregations respond with forgiveness, activism, and increased security.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.06

Unitarian Universalists win three statewide races
Election results: Secretary of state in California and Minnesota; North Dakota reelects Senator Conrad.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.17.06

Cause of UU church fire unknown
Rock Tavern congregation meeting in borrowed space.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06

Seattle UU church honors minister
New fund recommits church to social justice.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06

UU civil rights martyr posthumously honored
Viola Liuzzo inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
By Jane Greer 11.10.06

UUA, United Church of Christ 'just friends,' say leaders
Denominational presidents mark bicentennial of 'Unitarian controversy' with dialogue on shared past and future collaboration.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.3.06

Board approves UUA insurance plan
Green building guidelines, revised GA schedule also approved at October Board meeting.
By Sonja L. Cohen 11.3.06

Renewed UU funding supports New Orleans church staff
FY07 disbursements pay church staff for another year.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.27.06

UU church display a reminder of domestic violence
Silhouettes of slain women memorialize domestic homicides.
By Jane Greer 10.27.06

Unitarian Universalists condemn 'torture' law
Several UU groups say Military Commissions Act allows torture and strips detainees of habeas corpus rights.
By Jane Greer 10.20.06

Chapel finds new home at UU church
Despite city snafus, chapel moves across street.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.20.06

Big changes for General Assembly
Annual meeting reschedules Sunday worship, will reexamine Association's purposes.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.13.06

Next round of UU grants to the Gulf
Funds used for affordable housing, worker protection, and youth outreach.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.06

UU astronomer's ashes en route to Pluto
Late astronomer's widow reflects on planet's demotion.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.06

Honolulu UUs celebrate three holidays
Interfaith service held at Hawaiian capitol draws sixty.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.06

New UUA health plan close to enrollment goal
50 more registrants needed before October 15 deadline.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.06

UUs mobilize against genocide past and present
U.S. Holocaust museum honors Unitarian couple; UUs rally for Darfur.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.22.06

Fire destroys Rock Tavern UU church
UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, N.Y., loses sanctuary and classroom buildings.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.15.06

New York UUs reaping bountiful harvest
Organic gardening project distributes fresh produce to food pantries.
By Jane Greer 9.15.06

Unitarian statue loses spot in U.S. Capitol
Thomas Starr King statue to be replaced by one of Ronald Reagan.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.15.06

UUs knit baby caps to save lives
Knitting group supplies caps to newborns in developing countries.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.8.06

UU peace prize awarded to Liberian women
Sinkford presents award at Kyoto interfaith conference.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.8.06

UU Weekend Warriors take on New Orleans
Baton Rouge UU group makes monthly visits to help clean up.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06

New Orleans UUs mark Katrina anniversary
New Orleans congregations observe hurricane's anniversary with worship, dinner, and theater.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06

Transylvanian Unitarians rebuild, look to future
Donations restore villages ravaged in last year's floods.
By Jane Greer 8.25.06

New survey of UU congregations shows growth potential
Faith Communities Today update shows rising number of growing churches.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.21.06

General Assembly 2006
Environmental issues dominate annual gathering of Unitarian Universalist leaders.
By Tom Stites 8.14.06

Restructured UU Women's Federation turns to grant giving
UUWF now funds women's social justice projects instead of providing direct services to congregations.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner 8.11.06

UU shot in Seattle hate crime
American Muslim gunman shoots 5, kills 1 at Jewish Federation.
By Jane Greer 8.4.06

Knoxville UU teens demonstrate for right to hold hands in public
After facing harassment, gay teens organize protest drawing 200.
By Jane Greer 8.4.06

Mississippi UU volunteer coordinator to start in August
Mission is to help UUs who want to volunteer in Mississippi
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.06

Anti-abortionists target UU church in Mississippi
Effort to close Mississippi's last abortion clinic targets church in Jackson.
By Jane Greer 7.21.06

Rochester UU church’s marriage equality banner vandalized
Church members carry torn sign in Rochester gay pride parade.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.06

Tree-planting ministry takes root
Simple act of planting trees can lessen global warming
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06

Eastern storms damage two UU churches
Church basements and rugs the victims of late-June downpours
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06

UUA General Assembly confronts global warming
Delegates also select 'peacemaking' as four-year congregational focus.
By Christopher L. Walton 6.30.06

Unitarian minister's TV special celebrates 'American Creed'
The Rev. Forrest Church writes Hallmark Channel documentary.
By Richard Higgins 6.23.06

Congregational leaders gather for training conference
'UU University,' on eve of General Assembly, focuses on lay leadership.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.06

Legally married same-sex couples--two years later
UU gay and lesbian couples reflect on life after Massachusetts marriage ceremonies.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.06

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

Unitarian couple honored for World War II rescues
Cofounders of UU Service Committee posthumously honored in Jerusalem ceremony.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.16.06

Program strengthens church social justice work
UUA Social Justice Empowerment Program helps churches focus.
By Jane Greer 6.9.06

Summer volunteers welcome in New Orleans
Renovated lodging allows UU church to host volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06

UUA marks Welcoming program milestone
500th UU church completes Welcoming Congregation program.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06

Immigration 'close to home' for Southwestern UUs
Border state UUs concerned about Mexican immigrant rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.26.06

UU ministers protest Marriage Protection Amendment
Religious leaders travel to Washington.
By Jane Greer 5.26.06

Harvard announces professorship in Unitarian Universalist studies
Ralph Waldo Emerson Professor will focus on liberal religious traditions.
By Jane Greer and Christopher L. Walton 5.25.06

Regional conferences train new young adult leaders
New conferences bring UU young adult leadership training to the local level.
By Jane Greer 5.19.06

Changes ahead for 2006 General Assembly
New program for church leaders; changes proposed for denominational Statements of Conscience.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.06

Gulf Coast fund helps fight immigrant worker abuse
UUA-UUSC fund supports groups working for immigrant worker rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.12.06

Hundreds use opportunity to junk old computers
Michigan interfaith alliance’s e-waste collection nets 300 tons.
By Jane Greer 5.8.06

Health-care coverage for uninsured church staff
UUA announces new nation-wide coverage.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.06

Unitarian Universalists rally for end to genocide
UUA President takes the stage at national rally to save Darfur.
By Jane Greer 5.5.06

UUA Board moves toward new governance model
Gradual process involves adapting Carver Policy Governance model.
By Tom Stites 4.28.06

Church offers classes on science of evolution
Kansas UU church offers refresher biology course to public.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.06

Reexamination of UUA Principles announced
It's time to review the UUA's Principles, Sources, and Purposes.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.21.06

Light bulb program a bright idea
Congregation is a model of environmental activism.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.06

UUA wins web marketing award for magazine
Web marketing group names 'uuworld.org' best faith-based campaign of the year.
By Tom Stites 4.14.06

More funds disbursed to Gulf Coast area
The UUA-UUSC Gulf Coast Relief Fund makes next round of grants.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.06

Congregations to set agenda for General Assembly
New survey designed to draw more congregational participation.
By Jane Greer 4.7.06

Survey sheds light on youth experience
Youth survey results will help congregations better attract and retain youth.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.06

UU volunteers help with Gulf Coast reconstruction
Youth groups, individuals line up to help.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.31.06

Six UU groups make quilts for interfaith exhibit
Boston show brings diverse traditions together.
By Jane Greer 3.31.06

UUs mark anniversary of Iraq war
Unitarian Universalists mark third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with peace vigils, rallies, and sermons.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.06

SRI teleconferences offer free education
The UUA’s committee on socially responsible investing sponsored three free teleconferences; more are planned.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.06

California church develops mental health ministry
Community minister and new curriculum raise awareness.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.10.06

UUA to help congregations with international connections
Director of Partner Church Council hired to lead UUA's review of international work.
By Jane Greer 3.3.06

South Dakota UUs fought state abortion ban
UUs risk public censure and even harassment.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.06

New hurricane-relief grants exceed $330K
February 21 grants help six Gulf Coast groups.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.06

Two-year process reexamines UU youth ministry
Congregational and denominational youth programs under review.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.06

Church groups organize in more states for marriage equality
Developments in Unitarian Universalist advocacy for marriage equality.
By Jane Greer and Tom Stites 2.20.06

Work camps help rebuild Gulf Coast area
An up-close view of Gulf Coast destruction.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.13.06

Report examines racism, youth at 2005 General Assembly
Commission offers timeline and recommendations.
By Tom Stites and Christopher L. Walton 2.6.06

Unitarian church drops lawsuit over Mormon plaza deal
Salt Lake City First Amendment fight comes to an end.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06

Hurricane fund gives $750K to churches, community groups
Grants continue from $3.5 million relief fund.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06

UU church hosts Senator Kennedy for living wage rally
Event promotes economic justice.
By Jane Greer 1.23.06

Two dozen UU churches start podcasting
Unitarian Universalist churches broadcast sermons online.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.16.06

Tsunami fund focuses on marginalized populations
$2 million raised by Unitarian Universalist partnership helps marginalized populations and women affected by 2004 disaster.
By Jane Greer 1.9.06

Hurricanes’ devastation is emotional as well as physical
Florida UUs uneasy about third stormy year; Louisiana church is hiring to help volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.2.06

UUs in 11 states forming legislative advocacy groups
Four state groups already active; work coordinated with UU Service Committee.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.05

Church celebrates members' World War II heroism
At celebration of Unitarians who saved refugees from Nazism, a challenge: Who will help the victims of genocide in Darfur?
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.19.05

Alternative gift fairs support good causes
Churches support charitable organizations by sponsoring alternative gift fairs for Christmas.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.19.05

Three UUs arrested at Capitol budget protest
Interfaith protest against proposed federal budget cuts.
By Jane Greer and Donald E. Skinner 12.19.05

Unitarian couple honored for World War II heroism
Israel honors cofounders of UU Service Committee.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.12.05

Unitarian Universalist Association opposes Alito's confirmation
Denomination announces opposition to Supreme Court nominee.
By Tom Stites 12.12.05

New director of UU United Nations Office
Jim Nelson brings international experience to advocacy and educational organization.
By Jane Greer 12.5.05

Churches relying on renewable energy sources
Wind, solar, and geothermal power are among sources.
By Jane Greer 11.28.05

Churches give away Sunday collection
Entire nonpledge Sunday offering donated to community groups every week.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.28.05

140 congregations show Wal-Mart film
Many Unitarian Universalists join economic justice campaign against retailer.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05

Transylvania flood fund tops $275,000
U.S. churches aid historic Unitarian communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05

UUA advertising in Times Square
Times Square video will run 24 days around Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve.
By Jane Greer 11.14.05

First grants to Gulf Coast community groups
$100,000 goes to four Louisiana and Mississippi community organizations.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.14.05

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

Largest gathering of Cuban Unitarian Universalists
Unitarian Universalism gains momentum in Cuba.
By Jane Greer 11.7.05

UU United Nations Office funds AIDS orphans
Program funds school in Ghana for children who lost parents to AIDS.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.05

New Orleans congregations begin healing process
Hurricane Katrina scatters, then unites Louisiana Unitarian Universalists; no church damage reported from Hurricane Wilma.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.31.05

Unitarian Universalist witch loses Supreme Court appeal
Court rejects public prayer case without comment.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.24.05

Challenge grant to aid hurricane recovery
Shelter Rock's $500,000 matching grant could push the Gulf Coast Relief Fund over $3 million.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

UUSC, UUA establish earthquake relief fund
October 8 earthquake devastated parts of Pakistan and India, killing tens of thousands.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

Minister fasts 30 days to protest Iraq war
Members of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, N.Y., joined the Rev. David Blanchard's fast for peace
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05

Gulf Coast Relief Fund tops $2 million
Donations 'will provide immediate and long-term assistance for the most marginalized people affected by this catastrophe.'
By Donald E. Skinner 10.10.05

Schulman's legacy includes $4.5 million gift
Retired minister's $4.5 million bequest will support scholarship, building loans, and other projects.
By Sonja L. Cohen 10.10.05

UUA President calls for U.S. withdrawal from Iraq
Pastoral letter expresses shame at 'our government's involvement with torture.'
By Tom Stites 10.10.05

Hurricane relief fund reaches $1.5 million
Congregations establish partnerships to help Unitarian Universalist communities affected by hurricanes.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.3.05

Bare naked church ladies
Church's playful fundraising calendar celebrates senior women.
By Jane Greer 10.3.05

Unitarian Universalists join antiwar protests in Washington
UU Service Committee 'trial' of top government officials for torture draws hundreds.
By Tom Stites 9.28.05

Mississippi Red Cross chapter led by Unitarian Universalist
'My mission has been to live up to the image of Clara Barton,' says Red Cross staffer; Mississippi, Alabama congregations pick up after storm.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05

Flooded New Orleans church a 'horrific' scene
The Rev. Marta Valentin returns for a first-hand look at a hurricane-ravaged church.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05

Minister visits flooded church, reports total loss
Future of flooded New Orleans congregation uncertain; Unitarian Universalist congregations adopt affected churches and families.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.19.05

Unitarians in Transylvania suffer in floods
Partner churches help historic Unitarian communities; UUA raises relief funds.
By Jane Greer 9.19.05

Gulf Coast Relief Fund tops $1 million
$1,005,731 given to UUA-UUSC hurricane relief fund; online technology played major role.
By Jane Greer 9.16.05

New Orleans church gathers by conference call
Growing UUA-UUSC hurricane relief fund raises $857,648; anonymous donor gives $100,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.05

UUs see progress in California gay marriage vote
California UUs celebrate legislature's vote for marriage equality.
By Jane Greer 9.12.05

UU hurricane relief effort sets $1 million goal
'Spectacular response' will aid congregations and agencies.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.9.05

Baton Rouge swells with displaced people
UUA president expresses outrage at government’s hurricane response; donations to UUA-UUSC fund reach $386,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.05

Maryland UUs battle for marriage equality
Same-sex couples sue for marriage licenses in Baltimore.
By Jane Greer 9.6.05

All Souls rings 'Abolition Bell' for Iraq dead
Historic church bell rings in Washington, D.C., for war dead.
By Jane Greer 9.6.05

Volunteers worship in damaged La. church
Volunteers spend weekend fixing one New Orleans-area church; donations to UUA-UUSC relief fund top $343,708.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.05

New Orleans minister looks for her congregation
Unitarian Universalists donate $141,739 online in two days to help hurting congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.05

New social justice consulting program
Antioppression consulting program helps congregations in existing justice efforts.
9.1.05

UUs respond to hurricane's devastation
UUA sets up emergency relief fund; members open their homes to refugees from New Orleans
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.05

First UU minister named Zen master
The Rev. James Ishmael Ford is the first Unitarian Universalist minister to be named a Zen master.
By Jane Greer 8.29.05

Sheen to play Rumsfeld at UUSC mock trial
'Call for Justice Weekend,' sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, will protest U.S. torture policies.
By Jane Greer 8.29.05

Gitmo's first female chaplain is UU
The Rev. Cynthia Kane is one of four military chaplains at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
By Jane Greer 8.22.05

New salary recommendations
Tenth anniversary of guidelines for fair compensation.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.22.05

General Assembly 2005
Sermons, music, and politics at the Unitarian Universalist annual gathering.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.22.05

Church of the Younger Fellowship
New on-line church lets UU young adults stay connected 24/7.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.22.05

Beacon Press surpasses UUA's three-year goals
Beacon Press exceeds requirements set by the UUA Board.
By Jane Greer 8.22.05

Donors pool resources in 'giving circles'
'Shared Giving' circle created at UU Church in NC.
By Staff Writer 8.8.05

Ad campaign successful in Houston area
Houston area campaign giving churches new energy.
By Amelia Koford 8.4.05

$2.1 million gift will aid small congregations
One major gift will help small congregations in New Hampshire and Vermont; another secured the future of a Florida congregation.
By Staff Writer 8.1.05

Congregational anniversaries, 2004-2005
UU churches celebrate their beginnings.
By Amelia Koford 7.28.05

Pennsylvania congregation supports girls in Mozambique
UU's have found a way to help educate Mozambican girls.
By Staff Writer 7.25.05

UUA celebrates same-sex marriage anniversary in Massachusetts
The party included music, a wedding cake, toasts, and thousands of paper hearts.
By Staff Writer 7.18.05

A Greener General Assembly
General Assembly showing a more eco-friendly face.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.1.05

Podcasting helps spread UU message
Ministers use new technology to reach the masses.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Reston banners destroyed twice
Vandals destroyed 'Civil Marriage is a Civil Right' banners.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Latin American UUs assemble to form AUULA
Unitarian Universalism gaining popularity in Latin America.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

South Carolina kids honor MLK
Greenville, S.C., UU Fellowship cooperates with Presbyterian church.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Fellowship named for Goodloe
Bowie, Maryland, congregation honors African American pioneer.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Milestones, May/June 2005
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Sex ed comes under fire in Washington
The U.S. has one of the highest rates of sexually transmitted infections among teens.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Large churches meet in Boston
UUA triennial conference.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Candidates in General Assembly races
5.1.05

Podcasting helps spread UU message
By Staff Writer 5.1.05

Financial advisor Ladd departs
Elected UUA term ends.
By Tom Stites 5.1.05

New solar panels electrify church
Carmel, California, church builds in sustainable manner.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05

Baskets send Bolivians to school
An unlikely bond between Washington's Puget Sound and Bolivia.
By Sonja L. Cohen 1.1.05

Civil liberties reexamined in 2005 Congress
UUA Washington Office for Advocacy update.
By Rob Keithan 1.1.05

Town founded by Unitarians marks 150th
Lawrence, Kansas, celebration.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05

Hope amidst disappointing election results
Cincinnati offers a bright spot.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05

UUA president arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy
President Sinkford among initial signers of Save Darfur Coalition unity statement.
By Staff Writer 11.1.04

Healthy stewardship, declining enrollment
2003 financial reports for UUA
By Tom Stites 9.1.04

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

Stalwart Leaders
UUA's 2004 Volunteer Service and Distinguished Service Awards
By Sonja L. Cohen 9.1.04

Dedicating their lives to children
Parents of 21 devote themselves to work worldwide.
By Sonja L. Cohen and Reuel Amdur 3.1.04

UUs establish legislative presence
California UUs lead the way with legislative ministry.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.04

Unitarian church sues Salt Lake City again
First Unitarian Church sues city a second time over sale of Main Street to LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.03

Salt Lake UUs challenge Mormon control of city block
Court sides with Unitarian defense of free speech on city block purchased by LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.03