The Evolving Definition of Partnership

by Director of Religious Exploration Linnea Nelson. In summer RE, we will be exploring what it means to be a partner, with guidance from the UU Partner Church Council, whose board chair is UUCF’s Dick Van Duizend. We will be learning what it means to partner in today’s global world. No longer are we called to send donations and call it done. No longer is our role to fix. Our role with our partner churches is to come together, to appreciate our shared UU heritage and to learn about each other. This is partnership. One of the panelists in the UU-United Nations Office’s 2016 spring seminar shared that the best […]

Funding the Innovation that grows Unitarian Universalism

by Michael Liggett, Janet Cushing and Rev. David Miller, Innovation Fund Committee. “My favorite words are possibilities, opportunities and curiosity. I think if you are curious, you create opportunities, and then if you open the doors, you create possibilities.”  – Mario Testino It is with great pleasure that we announce the opening of the UUCF Stan Richards Innovation Fund. This fund, established through a bequest from long-term UUCF member Stan Richards, grants funding for highly innovative seed projects that expand UUCF’s outreach to persons not now engaged. The goal is that those touched will become engaged with UU values, principles and connections, ultimately contributing to sustaining the initiative longer term […]

The Colors of Inequality: Costs and Consequences!

by Linnea Nelson, Director of Religious Exploration. The Unitarian Universalist United Nations Office (UU-UNO) intergenerational spring seminar is held annually in New York City, and each year focuses on a key global issue. The last time UUCF attended as a youth group we learned about LGBTQ issues around the world. Last month’s seminar, attended by seven high school youth and three chaperones, including me, featured four distinguished panels of four experts each (yes, 16 learned and passionate experts!) focusing on the costs of inequality. The panels drew from Ph.D. researchers and professors, social activists, UU-UNO staff, a Peace Corps volunteer and social justice poets and dramatists. Every speaker or panelist shared a passion […]