Special local feature: The eighth episode of the UUA "Religion for Our Time" series is a stunning feature on the CRUUNY (Capital Region UUs of NY) Cluster.
The Unitarian Universalist Association and President Peter Morales are pleased to present a new video series, "A Religion for Our Time." These short videos will highlight inspiring work in Unitarian Universalist congregations, including innovative projects relating to worship, religious education, social justice, membership, and fellowship.
All episodes published so far in the UUA Video series "A Religion for Our Time" are listed on the UUA website.
Please scroll down here to see the first few episodes in the series.
The first episode is now available and features the Ogden OUTreach Center, the UU Church of Ogden's drop-in program for bisexual, gay, lesbian, and transgender youth and young adults.
Episode Two, "Better Together: Creating Congregational Partnerships," shows how the ministers of three remote Washington State congregations have partnered to create the Living Tradition Institute of the West Puget Sound. By offering team-led programs, they've expanded the religious education and social justice opportunities in each church and helped members connect with other Unitarian Universalists.
To view the four-minute video, please click this video panel:
Episode Three, "A Building Campaign for All the Right Reasons," spotlights the building campaign of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Elkhart (UUFE). In a small Indiana town that has been battered by the recession, the members of UUFE knew they were the only liberal religious voice in the area. That knowledge made them determined to go ahead with a building campaign, and a very successful one at that!
To view the five-minute video, please click this video panel:
Episode Four, "The Theology of Star Wars!" presents a creative approach
to youth programming from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of
Wilmington (UUFW), North Carolina. What's a compelling way to engage
teenagers in a deep, yearlong discussion of theology and Unitarian
Universalist principles? How about a curriculum designed around the Star
Wars movies? It's working like a charm at UUFW.
Episode Five, "Celebration Worship Service," explores the creation of an alternative worship service at the Oak Ridge Unitarian Universalist Church (ORUUC) in Tennessee. When several congregants at ORUUC realized two years ago that they yearned for a worship service with more music and interaction, they started working with the minister to create a "celebration service." They call it a work in progress.
Episode Six, "A Passionate Commitment to Young Adults," describes how the First Unitarian Universalist Church of San Diego, California, transformed itself from a graying congregation into a multigenerational one. How is the congregation's commitment to young adult and campus ministry programming grounded? Through a staff person focused on eighteen- to thirty-five-year-olds!
Episode Seven, "Multicultural Worship," illustrates how worship at All Souls Church, Unitarian, in Washington, DC, is designed to serve a diverse community. Worship planners at All Souls ask themselves every single week, "How will we reflect in worship the experience and traditions of many different cultures?" Honoring the multiculturalism of the congregation and the neighborhood is an intentional process at the heart of All Souls. And it's a process that can be used in any Unitarian Universalist congregation.
Episode Eight, "Cluster on the Cutting Edge," profiles four enthusiastic
Unitarian Universalist congregations in upstate New York that are
determined to grow by working together. Their Capital Region Unitarian
Universalists of New York cluster is producing remarkable results,
including a brand new congregation!
Episode Nine, "Deepening Faith through Service," shows how the social justice program at the Neighborhood Unitarian Universalist Church of Pasadena, California, engages the congregation in a range of projects
and facilitates participants' spiritual growth.
As Associate Minister Rev. Hannah Petrie observes, "Some of our most spiritual moments-where we're really connected with the divine-happen when we're in service to others and service of a more just and peaceful