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UUA Newsletter
Unitarian Universalist Association
September 2021
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As Unitarian Universalists provide life-saving ministry in these turbulent times—from the surging pandemic and natural disasters to the ongoing inequities impacting Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities—the UUA strives to be a strong partner. To enhance our communication with you, we are bringing back our monthly newsletter with a collection of our most timely and popular resources.

President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray shared her thoughts about this change: “Throughout the pandemic, it has been a meaningful gift to be in regular communication with our congregation leaders. Although I’ll no longer send emails as frequently, I’m excited for the UUA to get back to sharing resources to support congregations’ vital ministries.”

We hope this helps you feel supported and held by your larger faith community. If you have questions or feedback, please get in touch with me.

With you on the journey,


Rachel Walden supports UUA Communications as senior manager for digital & marketing strategy. When she’s not brainstorming content with her colleagues, you’ll likely find her outside.
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Invitation to The Present Moment - Clip from 2021 UUA Ingathering Greeting
In this brief clip from her 2021 Ingathering video, UUA President Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray shares a spiritual practice to help us connect to our larger Unitarian Universalist spiritual community.
Disappointing vaccination rates, breakthrough cases and the alarming contagiousness of the COVID-19 Delta variant have meant a re-evaluation of reopening plans for congregations. The UUA has updated guidance to support congregations as we all try to remain flexible in these times of uncertainty.
Get Updated Guidance
Disasters impact our congregations and their communities with increasing rapidity and sometimes devastating impact. Congregational collections represent the largest single source of funds for disaster relief. We have resources to help congregations take up these critically important collections, which are a powerful expression of the covenant that holds us all.
Support Disaster Relief
Connect with your UUA Board of Trustees, and the leaders from around our Association who serve as Trustees, to discuss issues and topics of importance across our Association. Join a monthly virtual Open House.
Get Involved
Shelter in This Place, the 2021 volume of the inSpirit Series edited this year by the Rev. Meg Riley, is an anthology of poems, prayers and reflections from Unitarian Universalists about their experiences of 2020—offered as a testament to our collective grit and grief, rage and resistance, love and loneliness.
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Personal and prophetic, The Price of the Ticket from James Baldwin uncovers what it means to live in a racist American society, with insights that feel as fresh today as they did over the four decades in which he composed them. Read these touchstones of guidance on your own or share them in a group for entry into transformative, beloved conversations.
Buy The Book
ICYMI (In Case You Missed It): Hundreds of our Facebook followers recently viewed and shared a graphic that reminded us, “Sometimes privilege looks like being able to ignore a crisis that others are dying from,” from Blair Imani. Check it out and see what others are saying about privilege and the work we all must do to build the world we dream about.
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