Breaking Humanist Ground

Posted by T. Resnikoff // October 20th 2014 // Future of Faith, On Campus // no comments

Tufts University – which has long has a relationship with Unitarian Universalism(UU) – became the first college campus in the United States to hire an humanist chaplain. Tufts has created the position of “Humanist in Residence of the Tufts University Chaplaincy”. Chris Stedman finds out why in his interview of UU Rev. Greg McGonigle, of the Tufts University Chaplaincy in his story on Religion News Service, “After Atheists Asked, Tufts Creates First University-Funded Humanist Position“.   Who is Chris Stedman? Read more by Chris Stedman – “Faitheist” – Published by Beacon Press. (Available at the UUA Bookstore) On Huffington Post On Patheos On Religion News Service On The New Humanism       After atheists…

Love Reaches Out Now

Posted by T. Resnikoff // June 16th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

Current Theme, Ageless Idea Faith experience in America is changing, and the theme of General Assembly 2014 (GA), “Love Reaches Out”, responds to current studies of faith in America showing a movement toward a liberal, fluid kind of faith that doesn’t fit with traditional denominational identity and structure. People now find many outlets and places of engagement for their spiritual lives, and for many that includes intentionally dismantling barriers of disenfranchisement or embracing the excluded. Love Reaches Out recognizes the activist potential of religious belief. At GA Love Reaches Out will invigorate the beliefs of Unitarian Universalist faith as vehicle spiritual fulfillment and social justice. The history of Unitarian Universalism as a force for good,…

Most Religiously Diverse Countries

Posted by T. Resnikoff // April 8th 2014 // Future of Faith // no comments

Unitarian Universalism is a welcoming faith that encourages interfaith search for spiritual fulfillment and meaning, while – according to research from PEW Forum on Religion and Public Life – the United States is considered to be only “moderately” religiously diverse, and the second most common religious identity in the U.S. is “religiously unaffiliated”, or Nones. Interestingly, the most religiously diverse countries also have high rates of religiously unaffiliated, suggesting that the major American faiths, which are all Christian, aren’t growing because they are losing members to other faiths, but because they are failing to keep the faithful engaged. At the same time religious identification is falling in the United States, the Unitarian Universalist Association reports…

Combat Intolerance with Faith

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 25th 2014 // Issues and Trends // no comments

Don’t Be Sad, Be Blue! Even if it seems counter intuitive, people of faith are not immune to intolerance. The Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC) founded by Eboo Patel works to bring people of different faiths – atheists included – together behind the unifying message: We are better together. Watch Eboo Patel’s Ware Lecture to the 2013 UUA General Assembly From the IFYC website: When you pledge to #BeBlue on April 10th, you’re standing up for your friends, family, and neighbors of other beliefs by helping to change the narrative that different religious and non-religious traditions are doomed to fight. Being blue is a small action that makes a big statement: we’re all better when people…

Rational Faith in the Multiverse

Posted by T. Resnikoff // March 17th 2014 // Future of Faith // one comment

Faith and Science During a period of great change and upheaval in the role of organized religion and faith, Mary-Jane Rubenstein in her book “Worlds without End” asks whether examining existence through the lens of multiverse theory points the way to a closer relationship between scientific thought and faith, and can create greater relevancy for faith movements like Unitarian Universalism that are non-dogmatic and encourage a rational basis for faith.   The search for spiritual meaning and faith in endless universes of possibility The scientific theory of “multiverse” – the possibility that there are many universes in existence – first expressed by the Atomists in ancient Greece, is described by researchers as a, “hell without…

The Interfaith Settled Minister

Posted by T. Resnikoff // February 25th 2014 // Stories and Voices // no comments

We post excerpts of this interview from the Beacon Broadside, the blog of Beacon Press about interfaith leadership at the  Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse (UUCGT). – Ed.   Meet the First Rabbi to Lead a Unitarian Universalist Congregation by Susan Katz Miller Recently, a Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregation in northern Michigan selected Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader. While other rabbis have worked in UU congregations before, this is apparently the first time a rabbi will lead a UU community. I knew that Rabbi Chava has been on the forefront of clergy working with interfaith families. And as the Jewish author of a book from a UU publisher, I was particularly interested in hearing about…

Mixed Faith

Posted by T. Resnikoff // December 12th 2013 // Future of Faith, Guides and Tools // no comments

While PEW quizzes”Are You a Millennial“, Susan Katz Miller, in her book Being Both – Embracing Two Religions in One Interfaith Family from Beacon Press, explores how Millennials understand mixing faith traditions differently than others and what that means for the future of faith.–Ed.   Millennials, make up your mind! On religion, they want it both ways – while the children of interfaith marriages used to lean in one direction, these days they honor both traditions Excerpted from “Being Both” by Susan Katz Miller Whether we are born into one religion or two (or more, or none), our spiritual identity evolves as long as we think and breathe. Faith may wax or wane, allegiance shift,…

A Super Opportunity for Interfaith Sensitivity

Posted by Deborah Neisel-Sanders // November 28th 2013 // Future of Faith, Thanksgivukkah // no comments

A Once-in-a-Lifetime Opportunity … In More Ways Than One! One of the characteristics of being in the minority is that one is seen by society not for what one actually is, but through the lens of the dominant culture.  It takes practice for us to see something that is non-dominant with simply our naked eye. This is how our country has seen Hanukkah – through the prism of Christmas.  Because they usually occur so close together, it’s been easy for American culture to conflate the two and get the impression that Hanukkah is “the Jewish Christmas.” Retailers help the association along by tossing up some blue-and-white-and-silver along with the red-and-green-and-gold, hoping to assuage non-Christians who…

Once in this Lifetime – Celebrate Thanksgivukkah!

Posted by T. Resnikoff // November 26th 2013 // Events and Opportunities, Issues and Trends, Thanksgivukkah // no comments

We’re making the mash-up! The Blue Boat of Youth and Young Adult Ministries is doing something special to celebrate the unusual confluence of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, an event that is not predicted to occur again before the year 2070. We’re preparing food for the spirit and conversation since we’re locked in cloud-space and can’t give you somethin’ yummy for yer tummy. Wednesday, November 27 we present the special Blue Boat mash-up “Thanksgivukkah” section exploring themes, stories and ideas lifted-up by these holidays and their intersection. For some Thanksgivukkah might be nothing more than an inevitable quirk when two calendars collide –  Thanksgiving being metered by the Gregorian calendar while Hanukkah follows the lunisolar Hebrew calendar….

Setting a New Tone

Posted by T. Resnikoff // September 19th 2013 // Issues and Trends // no comments

We post an excerpt of this report from the New York Times on the first extensive interview of Pope Francis, revealing his view of the Catholic Church. Read the entire article here. –Ed.   Pope Bluntly Faults Church’s Focus on Gays and Abortion By LAURIE GOODSTEIN of the New York Times. Published: September 19, 2013 An Interview with Pope Francis Pope Francis, in the first extensive interview of his six-month-old papacy, said that the Roman Catholic church had grown “obsessed” with preaching about abortion, gay marriage and contraception, and that he has chosen not to speak of those issues despite recriminations from some critics. In remarkably blunt language, Francis sought to set a new tone…