Looking for resources to further your religious education and spiritual growth? Check out the selection of online resources for adults on a variety of Growth and Learning topics below.
beliefs and values
- Being a Unitarian Universalist: learn more about Unitarian Universalism, and about how to use UU values, principles, and spiritual traditions to help ground and guide your life.
- The Diversity of Unitarian Universalist Beliefs: In Unitarian Universalism, you can bring your whole self: your full identity, your questioning mind, your expansive heart. By creating meaningful communities that draw from many wisdom traditions, and more, we are embodying a vision “beyond belief:” a vision of peace, love, and understanding. Explore these links to learn how Unitarian Universalists weave different traditions and identities into who they are today.
- 10 Things We Want Everyone to Share about Unitarian Universalism: A friend asks you about Unitarian Universalism. You are wearing a piece of jewelry with a flaming chalice on it, or maybe drinking from your Flaming Chalice adorned coffee mug, and the questions come up, “What do you folks believe? What do you stand for? Why don’t I know anything about your church?”
- Unitarian Universalist Common Read: A Common Read invites participants to read and discuss the same book in a given period of time. A Common Read can build community in our congregations and our movement by giving diverse people a shared experience, shared language, and a basis for deep, meaningful conversations.
- Spiritual Practice and Prayer in Unitarian Universalism: Diverse and meaningful ways of connecting with the sacred
- Braver/Wiser: Courage and Compassion for Life As It Is: Life is full of hard edges and complicated choices. Braver/Wiser gives you weekly message of courage and compassion for life as it is. Every Wednesday we deliver an original written reflection by a contemporary religious leader, and brief prayer, grounded in Unitarian Universalism.
- Unitarian Universalist Beliefs about Life and Death: Two of the big questions religions have sought to answer over the years are: “Why does life exist as we know it?” and “What happens after we die?” Unitarian Universalism won’t promise you ironclad answers to these questions. But we will promise you a community of learning and support to explore what matters most.
- Addiction ministry: resources and information to support reflection and transparency, and to help those with addictions, their families, and their communities along the path to recovery.
- (Let’s Talk about) Marriage and Committed Relationships: How do we live our religious values in our most intimate relationships? How do we express our belief in the dignity of every human being in day-to-day interaction with a spouse? What does it mean to practice justice, equity and compassion in a partnership?
- Money: Meaning, Values, and Life: It is a spiritual practice to engage in conversations and reflections about money in order to align our use of money with our values. Here are some tools to help.
- Standing on the Side of Love: an interfaith public advocacy campaign promoting respect for the inherent worth and dignity of every person. Standing on the Side of Love confronts issues of exclusion, oppression, and violence based on identity. With the goal of creating beloved community, the campaign pursues social change through advocacy, public witness, and speaking out in solidarity with those whose lives are publicly demeaned.
- Economic Justice: We know that the escalation of economic inequality undergirds a thousand injustices, from climate change to homelessness, from mass incarceration to low-wage worker exploitation. Economic inequality also disproportionately impacts people of color. A better world is possible, and we strive to be part of the solution.
- Environmental Justice: We care for our environment so that it may sustain life for generations to come, an especially important responsibility because those who are most impacted by environmental destruction are often those with the least power. Creating a sustainable way of life is central to our view of a just and compassionate world.
- Immigration Justice: We organize and advocate for immigration reform, for an end to detentions and deportations, and for a world where hands are extended in peace and care across borders and no one feels forced to leave home or risk death in pursuit of a decent life for their family.
- LGBTQ Justice: Unitarian Universalist (UU) legislative ministries, social justice groups, congregations, and individuals work across the United States to protect the civil and legal rights of LGBT individuals and families at state and local levels, while the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) does similar work at the national level.
- Racial Justice: We invite UUs of all ages and backgrounds to share their hopes and dreams for the role that Unitarian Universalists can play in advancing racial justice in the United States. Many UUs are already working with groups and campaigns, and others are still figuring out how they want to be involved.
- Multi-cultural Leadership and Inclusion: We work to end racial discrimination and injustice, starting within ourselves and moving out into the world around us. We support multiracial, multiethnic congregations and advocate for stopping racist policies like mass imprisonment and attacks on voting rights. Our multicultural ministries will continue until there is peace, liberty, and justice for all.
- Reproductive Justice: We campaign publicly for just and compassionate laws for family planning, reproductive health, and gender equality and advocate for the ability of all families and communities to realize a sense of wholeness with regard to their sexual and reproductive lives.
- Voting Rights and Election Reform: As an expression of our faith, many Unitarian Universalist (UU) congregations engage in voter registration and protecting voting rights, not for partisan reasons, but to empower all eligible people to contribute their voices to the democratic process.
- Additional Social Justice Resources: From grassroots community organizing to interfaith state, national, and corporate advocacy; in protest marches, prayer vigils, and press conferences; in homeless shelters and in prisons, Unitarian Universalists put our faith into action.
- 100 Questions That Non-Members Ask About Unitarian Universalism: There is great diversity among individual UU churches and ministers. But leaving room for our differences, we think the answers given here are fairly representative
- History of Unitarian Universalism video: Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism.
- UU World (the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association): Celebrates liberal religion and the people it inspires. The quarterly print and digital magazine is published in March, June, September, and November, but the website publishes news and original online-only content every week. We also publish a weekly email newsletter and audio recordings of selected stories. Members of Unitarian Universalist congregations in the United States receive a print subscription as a benefit of membership.
- Interdependent Web: A weekly guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs and other user-generated content on the Web
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