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Editor’s Note: Many of us love our faith tradition for what it tells us about ourselves, but just as often, our faith can wound us. This reflection comes from the Catholic spouse of a UU, who has experienced welcome in UU spaces in relation to his bisexuality, while feeling distanced by his Catholicism. In this heartfelt reflection, George articulates the importance of interfaith, multicultural approach to LGBTQ ministries UU spaces.    “Three. That’s three to two. Wait, three. Now it’s three to three.” Continue reading I Wish I Knew How to Quit You: One Bisexual Catholic’s Relationship to the Church on UUA.org.

Kimberley Debus “No one is outside the circle of love,” declares UUA president Susan Frederick-Gray. It is a call to draw the circle ever wider, to look beyond that which we know and ensure all are seen and validated. And so we sing “we are gay and straight together.” We recite “If you are straight and I am gay, it will not matter.” And we are proud to say we’re a “gay-friendly congregation.” It’s time to draw the circle wider still, because in those moments, I am outside the circle of love. Continue reading The Cloaking Device on UUA.org.

Yuri Yamamoto My second daughter got married in April. I had never been in such a place filled with Asian Americans. My husband and I are from Japan, and the groom’s parents are from Taiwan. Most family members and their partners looked East Asian, and so did most of the couple’s friends. There were also quite a few South Asians. Black and white people were few and far between. Almost everyone was speaking “perfect English.” Continue reading Multicultural Joy on UUA.org.

UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump’s directive banning transgender people from entering the military: Continue reading UUA President Condemns Directive Banning Transgender People from Military Service on UUA.org.

It is with great delight and anticipation that we announce the opening of registration for Mosaic Makers: Leading Vital Multicultural Congregations National Conference 2017. Continue reading Mosaic Makers National Conference 2017: Registration Open Now! on UUA.org.

Erika A. Hewitt I begin this post on a personal note so you’ll understand this isn't about “swimsuit season.” A year ago, I completed treatment for breast cancer, whose chemo/radiation combo trashed my muscles and joints. I was often winded, back then, and experienced debilitating knee pain. My medical team explained my options: I could get used to taking painkillers or I could put in sustained effort to strengthen my body. (I'm more than aware that the previous sentence contains many layers of privilege.) Continue reading 10 Things My Gym Taught Me about How to Be Welcoming in Worship on UUA.org.

UUA President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to Donald Trump's plan to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military: Continue reading UUA President: Transgender Ban is Blatant Discrimination on UUA.org.

The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray, President of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), today announced the appointment of Carey McDonald as Acting Chief Operating Officer effective August 1. McDonald succeeds the Rev. Sarah Lammert who served as Interim Chief Operating Officer following the resignation of the Rev. Harlan Limpert in April. Continue reading UUA President Selects Acting Chief Operating Officer on UUA.org.

Robin Tanner The Rev. Robin Tanner, minister of worship and outreach at Beacon Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Summit, NJ, joined the Revs. William Barber, Traci Blackmon, Jennifer Butler and others outside of Senator Mitch McConnell’s office to protest the deep cuts to Medicaid included in the most recent version of the Republican healthcare bill. Rev. Tanner joined the group as a representative of the UUA and she shared this reflection on her participation: Continue reading Arrested As An Act of Moral Obedience on UUA.org.

Sharing lessons from our friends at the Unitarian Universalist College of Social Justice (UUCSJ) in this week's post. UUCSJ inspires and sustains spiritually grounded activism through immersion learning journeys. Rev. Beth Banks joined one of those journeys and it had a profound impact on her congregation's efforts to expand sanctuary in their community. An excerpt is below; read the full post from UUCSJ here. Continue reading We Keep Coming Back on UUA.org.

First Woman Elected to that Office New Orleans, LA – The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray has been elected president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) at the Association’s General Assembly in New Orleans. Frederick-Gray is the first woman elected to serve as the UUA’s president. Frederick-Gray, 41, has been serving as the minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Phoenix in Phoenix, Arizona. She begins her six-year term on Sunday, June 25. Continue reading Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray is Elected President of the Unitarian Universalist Association on UUA.org.

As our nation and government continue to be rocked by the continuing revelations of the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, the global LGBTQ community is equally alarmed by the horrific reports that gay men are being persecuted by Chechen police. Continue reading UUA Condemns Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya on UUA.org.