Looking for resources to further your religious education and spiritual growth? Check out the selection of online resources for all ages below.
UU history and heritage
- children — The Story of the Flaming Chalice: The flaming chalice is an important symbol of Unitarian Universalism. Here is more about the history of this symbol:
- The Story of the Flaming Chalice by Dan Hotchkiss.
- “The Healing Cup: The Story of the Flaming Chalice“ by Noreen Kimball.
- The book, Sunday and Every Day: My Little Book of Unitarian Universalism has another version for children.
- adults — 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
- adults — History of Unitarian Universalism video: Both religions have long histories and have contributed important theological concepts that remain central to Unitarian Universalism.
- parents and families — Recommended booklist for UU parents: Parents and caregivers are our children’s primary religious educators, and not only because we give explanations and advice. Every day, we model attitudes toward faith, meaning, and purpose that children will notice and copy. Here are some helpful books related to parenting as a UU.
- parents and families — Welcome: A Unitarian Universalist Primer by Patricia Frevert: a good basic introduction to Unitarian Universalism. This is a good resource for families who wish to understand our Principles and Purposes better. This book is available in our church library, and is also available as an e-book from google or kindle.
- parents and families — Sunday and Every Day: My Little Book of Unitarian Universalism by Patricia Frevert is a basic introduction to our faith. Good for ages 3-12. Available in our church library. Also available as an ebook from google or kindle.
- young children — Alice the Chalice: UU coloring pages and other resources for Unitarian Universalist kids
- young children — We Believe UU Principles coloring poster and puzzle: Color this poster to help you learn about remember our promises.
- children — UU Games and Puzzles: A collection of UU-related games, puzzles, and activities appropriate for UU’s of all ages, provided by the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship.
- youth — Blue Boat of Youth Ministry: Youth, check out this UU Blog for all things youth ministry, including YouTube clips, articles, opportunities for involvement, and much more.
grounding in religious community/connection to faith community
- parents and families — #parentingblog: A weekly discussion about parenting and liberal religion, with Michelle Richards, author of Tending the Flame: The Art of Unitarian Universalist Parenting.
- children — Love and Help for Cub Scouts and Webelos: A Program in Unitarian Universalist Identity for 7-11 year olds.
- children/youth — Religion in Life for Girl Scouts: a religious recognition program for Unitarian Universalist girls, grades 4-12, who are also Girl Scouts.
- youth — Religion in Life for Boy Scouts: Religion in Life for Boy Scouts is a program in Unitarian Universalist identity for ages 12 to 18. Suitable for Boy Scouts and others wanting to learn more about their Unitarian Universalist faith.
- youth — Unitarian Universalist Youth Programs: High school-age UUs put our faith into action every day by daring to be real, showing acceptance and support, leading with courage, and acting for justice. After all, what is religion for if it isn’t about changing your life—and changing the world—for the better?
- parents and families — UU Family Pages: Family Pages are included in each issue of UU World, a quarterly magazine for Unitarian Universalists. These provide a variety of stories and topics for conversation.
- adults — UU World (the magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association): celebrates liberal religion and the people it inspires. The print and digital magazine is published quarterly, 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.
- congregational leaders — Drive Time Essays: Wisdom for and By Unitarian Universalist Leaders: short, spoken essays are designed to engage, inspire, uplift, enlighten, rejuvenate and motivate. They are available here in audio (MP3) and web reading formats.
the wider UU community
- youth — Regional Youth Events: Conferences, camps, and trainings for high school age youth
- young adults — PNWUUYA: Find out about upcoming conferences, news, and events related to UU young adults in the Pacific Northwest
- young adults — The Hub (Facebook Page for Young Adult UUs): Get connected with the national community of young adult UUs and UU groups and leaders.
- adults — Interdependent Web: A weekly guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs and other user-generated content on the Web
- older adults — Unitarian Universalist Camps, Retreats and Conferences often offer programs that have an older adult focus. Choose a nearby camp or conference center, or visit one far from home.
- older adults — Second Life: an online virtual reality world provides an opportunity for connection, creativity, and worship. UU World managing editor Kenneth Sutton writes about “Going to Church in Second Life” (be sure and check out some of the related resource links about UUs in Second Life). Unitarian Universalist Niela Miller offers space for creative projects on Second Life; find out about her project and how to reach her in a February 2016 article in Fifty Plus Advocate.
stewards of religious community/leadership
- youth/congregational leaders — Youth Leadership: Are you a youth leader? Do you want to be? This page offers resources to assist youth leaders as well as opportunities for youth to expand their leadership experience and be recognized for their work.
- congregational leaders — Leadership Development: Congregational leaders need more than technical training, they need a combination of skills, sensibilities and internal qualities to enable them to be both effective and faithful.
- congregational leaders — Membership, Growth, and Outreach: Congregational growth is about many things—not just numbers. People are motivated to join congregations that lead meaningful worship and programs and offer many ways to engage.
- congregational leaders — Congregational Finances and Fundraising: The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) provides many resources—web pages, publications, and people—that can help congregational leaders charged with fiscal oversight and management of financial issues.
- congregational leaders — Congregational Governance: Leaders in all sizes of congregation struggle with how to best govern their congregation’s affairs in ways that are effective, efficient, and faithful to our liberal religious tradition. We have spent a lot of time studying congregational governance and working with congregational leaders as they explore models and practices. Here are online resources that may be helpful to you as you consider your own congregation’s governance.
- congregational leaders — Communications and Social Media: Congregations can communicate in many ways to establish and strengthen their religious community, grow their membership, and raise awareness of Unitarian Universalism beyond your congregation’s doors.
- congregational leaders — Growing Vital Leaders: a forum for sharing ideas, tips and tools for leadership formation in our congregations.
We welcome your suggestions for resource content for this page. What have you found that is exceptional?