Category Archive: Ministry

Service and Military Chaplaincy

Major Seanan Holland, U.S. Marine Corps Reserve (right), administers the oath inducting his fellow UU seminarian, Second Lt. David Pyle (left), into the Army Chaplain Candidate program.

We all know that we live in a pluralistic world—including a world that is religiously pluralistic. Probably no one lives in that world as fully as chaplains that serve the military, hospitals, hospices and prisons. Unitarian Universalist ministers are particularly well suited to chaplaincy in our multi-faith society. We already respect and affirm the wisdom …

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Supporting Marriage Equality

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I am proud of the way Unitarian Universalists have been leaders in the full acceptance of LGBT people. We have been leaders in the faith community on issues of gender equality. I am proud of the way we have “walked our talk” with the acceptance of LGBT clergy in our congregations. In recent years, our …

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From the Road: Meadville Lombard Commencement

Rev. John Tolley

I love graduations. They are wonderful celebrations that also put us in mind of some of our core values—hope, high aspirations, honoring human accomplishment, mutual support. Besides, at graduations people are so happy that it is contagious. Like weddings, graduations also turn out to be reunions of family and friends. I had the privilege of …

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From the Road: Kamaichi and Sendai

Much of the land has been stripped to foundations.

The visual parallels between the atomic bomb blast in Hiroshima and the tsunami that hit Japan’s northeast coast a year ago are eerie. In Hiroshima we saw once more the famous photographs of Hiroshima before and after the bomb. In Kamaichi and Sendai the signs of breathtaking devastation are everywhere. While the photographs are stunning, …

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Lighten Up

With dog puppet “Theodore Barker” in UU Church of Bloomington, IN.

I have always been fascinated by why some congregations grow and thrive while others decline and struggle. I have read any number of studies on the subject. Lately I have noticed something that healthy congregations have in common, something that I don’t see talked about much in the literature or in workshops on membership. It …

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