Children’s RE Begins Oct. 8th

Chalice Children This year the Chalice Children (K – 3rd grade) will be investigating Faithful Journeys. Children embark on a pilgrimage of faith, exploring how Unitarian Universalism translates into life choices and everyday actions. Each lesson includes historic or contemporary examples of UU faith in action. Stories about real people model how children can activate … Continued

A Rev. Bill Commentary: Reflections from New Orleans

I write this as I wend my way home from our denomination’s annual General Assembly (“GA”), this year held in steamy New Orleans.  As always it was a time to feel the joy and stimulation of celebrating our common faith with over 4000 UU’s.  The rich and spicy cuisine of the Big Easy also helped.   … Continued

Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as the ninth president of UUA

From the UU World The Unitarian Universalist Association elected the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray as its ninth president on June 24. Frederick-Gray is the first woman elected to lead the liberal religious movement, which includes approximately 1,000 congregations with 200,000 adults and children in the United States. But as she spoke to the UUA’s General Assembly … Continued

So What happened at General Assembly (GA) 2017

General Assembly (GA) is the annual meeting of our Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA). Attendees worship, witness, learn, connect, and make policy for the Association through democratic process. Much of what happened at GA 2017 can be found here. UU World articles on GA 2017 can be found here. GA 2017 featured a Public Witness Project- … Continued

UUA Denounces SCOTUS Decision on Trump’s Travel Ban

Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) President the Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray issued the following statement in response to today’s Supreme Court decision regarding President Trump’s executive order on travel: The UUA is profoundly disappointed that the U.S. Supreme Court did not uphold the lower courts’ injunctions on the Trump administration’s travel ban, allowing the ban to be … Continued

UUA Condemns Anti-Gay Purge in Chechnya

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. Men believed to be gay are being rounded up and held in secret detention, where … Continued

Preview: Rev. Bill’s July 9 Sermon

“Meditation and Chanting:  A Day Hike to that Inherently Good Place”  Rev. Bill Graves and Jan Jaffee Meditation and chanting are two forms of spiritual practice.  Spiritual practices assist in achieving heightened awareness and inner peace.  Spiritual practice is an essential compliment to social justice work and vice versa.  Bill and Jan will introduce a … Continued

Former UUA Moderator Jim Key died June 2

From UU World Former UUA Moderator Jim Key died June 2 while in treatment for cancer. He was 77. Elected by the General Assembly in 2013 as the Unitarian Universalist Association’s moderator and chief governance officer, Key presided over the Board of Trustees during the tumultuous controversy over UUA hiring practices this spring that led to the resignations … Continued

A Rev. Bill Commentary: On Casting Our Dreams

In May I suggested to our Board and Counsel on Ministry that we consider devoting a Sunday service in June to a process I called “Dreamcasting.”  The response was enthusiastic so we shall proceed at during the service on June 11.  It is a process I led when I served the Tacoma congregation and I … Continued