Humor is Crucial

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 26th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

 BEVERLY by Kristen Psaki kristen.psaki@gmail.com @kristenpsaki Beverly McCormick Valley UU in Chandler, Arizona Beverly McCormick knew she was a UU as soon as she walked through the doors of her church and saw the seven principles. She laughs while telling the story. “I thought it was a Unity church!” Surprised but excited by this new and welcoming community, Beverly now calls Valley Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Chandler, Arizona home. On #LivingUU You might find Beverly McCormick collecting signatures for her “Support the Black Lives Matter Movement” Action of Immediate Witness in high traffic convention center corridors. She describes Valley UU’s commitment to action as what sustains her in the community. “There are things that need…

A Gradual Process of Becoming

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

DANIEL by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel “I’ve been a Unitarian all my life, before I knew what a Unitarian Universalist was,” says Daniel Rigney (age 65).“I’ve had that view of the world. And so for me it’s been a gradual process of becoming.” It’s Daniel’s first General Assembly and he says he’s really enjoying it. He retired from a position at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas a few years back as a Professor of Sociology and now lives in Houston with his wife. He says for him, being a UU is an oasis or an island refuge in a sea of red. “It’s an oxygen tent because I find the conservativism of southeast…

Figuring Out Her Spiritual Practice

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2015 // #LivingUU, Future of Faith // no comments

  INGA by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel Inga Laurent (age 34) lives in Spokane, Washington. She found Unitarian Universalism two years ago. She says she walked into a budget planning meeting in what is now her home congregation and heard the board speaking about money in a transparent and thoughtful way. Something she’s never heard before. She was hooked. She’s been trying out the different workshops and community groups in her church to figure out how she wants to practice her own spirituality. “I think I’ve always been looking for that piece that says ‘Be any religion,’ but I didn’t have a name for it. But eventually I found it. It’s made me very happy…

Not a Unitarian Universalist by Choice

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 25th 2015 // #LivingUU, Collections, Future of Faith // no comments

 BETH by Beth Cortez-Neavel ecortez.neavel@gmail.com @ecortez_neavel I did not become a UU by choice. But, after being reluctantly dragged into Religious Education classes most of my young Sunday mornings, I have grown up choosing to live it. I recently, within the past six months, returned from half a decade of spiritual hiatus. The part of me that I thought of as “religious” got somehow disconnected between those years. I had a complicated falling out with myself on the heels of a grad school transition, cyclical dives into depression and congregational drama at my home church. But here I am: healing, reconnecting, moving forward. And here I am, choosing to be Unitarian Universalist again.  If our…