Resources for Faith Development

Welcome to the Call and Response blog, featuring “Journeys in UU Lifespan Faith Development.” I just learned about it today, and added it to the blogroll at right. Pat Kahn’s current post features wisdom from William Ellery Channing and a host of great faith development resources. I hope the blog continues to live up to her example!

Here is some Channing, but go read her post: “Sunday-schools are meant to aid you in the great ~read more~

some quotes from Gini’s charge

“you cannot have a worthy vision, a compelling vision—a salvific vision—an institution-building vision, an outreach-expanding vision, four or six years at a time. That you can have *tactics* in six-year blocks, and strategies in six-year blocks, but you cannot have a worthy vision six or four years at a time.” ~read more~

fifty-year vision, from the people

Here is my own transcript of Gini Courter’s final Moderator’s Report (cf. the UUWorld article, and the full video of Plenary IX), from GA’13. Spelling, punctuation and paragraph breaks are mine, as are any errors:

“I’m going to start my Moderator’s Report, then. <applause> Hm…aren’t you fun?

It always has readings, you know <holds up Singing the Living Tradition>. This year, it has two. The first, y’all have access to, but don’t worry—I’ll read to ~read more~

near-final Ends of our UUA Board

The “near-final” version of the Ends for our UUA Board, as recorded heading into the General Assembly 2013 (item C-1 of the June Board Packet):

1.0 Global End

A healthy Unitarian Universalist community that is alive with transforming power, moving our communities and the world towards more love, justice, and peace in a manner which assures institutional sustainability.

1.1 Congregations and communities are covenanted, accountable, healthy, and mission driven.

1.2 Congregations ~read more~

Interdependence Day (sermon; 120701)

How many of you, as a youth, ever made fun of one of your siblings? How many *defended* that sibling, if others criticized them? How many are at least a little uncomfortable when your spouse or partner makes the same observations about your family out loud that you admit silently to yourself?

Just because we love something, it does not mean that we don’t recognize its faults.

I *love* the United States of America. I ~read more~

GA12 RRT

What a marvelous time, working with the Right Relationship Team—such good work, helping folks recover balance, and helping to educate the gathered community (after 5 years, this model seems to be working).  Again, the RRT itself was not perfect, we made mistakes, and we named them.  We did make a real difference in dozens of individuals’ lives, and helped make *lots* of people more aware (attendance was approx. 3700). I am humbled by the commitment & grace of the ~read more~

vm: UUA

This week we celebrate the anniversary of the founding of the Unitarian Universalist Association. Among other things, those in the UUA affirm and promote the inherent worth and dignity of every person. So may we be!

NACCS address, take two

I attended the “Save Ethnic Studies” fundraiser at the 40th annual National Association for Chicana and Chicano Studies (NACCS) conference because I believe that cultural diversity makes us stronger, and sharing *all* of our stories is one of the best ways to foster healthy diversity. I was happy to donate a few dollars to support the Tucson Unified School District’s Mexican American Studies program, in its battle against HB2281, which makes illegal all ethnic studies programs ~read more~

help them grow

We all want and expect different things from our church. Some of us come here to find peace and healing; some come to get informed and energized to go out and fight against injustice. Some want classical music; some want show tunes; some want silence.

Some come to connect with friends; some come for the service and race out the door, as soon as the chalice is extinguished.

There is a lot of discussion, these ~read more~

Beyond “Congregations and Beyond”

UUA President Peter Morales’ column, “Congregations and Beyond,” has me simultaneously excited and disappointed. Peter writes, “The central conviction driving this proposal is that our core values appeal to far more
 people than are attracted…to our congregations.” Because “not everyone who 
shares our core values will want to become part of a traditional congregation,” he suggests a two-part strategy: strengthening our congregations and focusing energy outside them. “People should be able to connect to our ~read more~