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U.S. Supreme Court Cases that Impact UU Principles

The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and UU World are following several U.S. Supreme Court cases this term that address core Unitarian Universalist principles and affect the rights of oppressed groups. The court will issue opinions on the undecided cases by late June, potentially altering the lives of millions of people in profound ways, yet many cases lack media attention commensurate with their impact. To keep our readers informed, we are offering a brief overview of several such cases below.

The Role of Humanism in Unitarian Universalism

In the world of religion, where the idea of faith often reigns supreme, the notion of reason and inquiry can sometimes seem out of place. But for the Unitarian Universalist tradition, which has its roots in Humanism, these concepts are not only welcome, but celebrated. Humanism, with its focus on reason, ethics, and social justice, has long been a part of Unitarian Universalism, and has helped to shape its inclusive and open-minded approach to spirituality. By exploring the history and philosophy of Humanism within Unitarian Universalism, we can gain a deeper understanding of this vibrant and diverse religious community and the values that it holds dear.

Easter and Ostara

Learn about the origins of Easter and its ties to the Vernal Equinox, fertility, and rebirth. Easter is named after the Teutonic goddess of spring, and pagans honor her with the word Ostara. Discover the symbolism of eggs and the hare, and how the Equinox represents balance and longer days. Explore the history of Passover and hot cross buns, and how they relate to the celebration of renewal and revivification.

Unitarian Universalism: A Sanctuary for the Disillusioned

Many people who have become disillusioned with organized religion are finding a welcoming and affirming community in Unitarian Universalism. With its emphasis on individual spiritual exploration and social justice, this faith tradition offers a sense of belonging without the dogma and rigidity often associated with traditional religions. As Unitarian Universalist Association president Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray notes, “We are not just tolerant of diversity, we affirm it. We believe that diversity is a source of strength and that every person has inherent worth and dignity.”