New immigration study resources available

New resources are available from the UUA to help congregations prepare for the “Justice General Assembly,” June 20–24 in Phoenix, and to engage with immigration justice work in their home communities.

  • United States Immigration: Theological Reflection and Discussion is a collection of twenty-two brief excerpts from sermons and writings about the topic of immigration offered for UU congregations. Each excerpt is followed by questions for discussion. Download a copy of the resource, and find out more about it by listening to reflection authors Susan Karlson, Michael Tino, and Colin Bossen on The Journey Toward Phoenix, an internet-based radio blog hosted by the Rev. Carlton Elliot Smith of the UU Church of Arlington, Va.

For more information, contact Gail Forsyth-Vail, Adult Programs director, Ministries and Faith Development, Unitarian Universalist Association.

Congregationally focused articles, May to October 2011

InterConnections is not the only source of useful information for lay leaders. Check out uuworld.org for articles about UUA changes and congregational activities. Here are some recent ones:

  • Congregants at the UU Church of Berkeley, Calif., created a “Tree of Life” mosaic using broken jewelry, pottery, keys and other items that had meaning to them. The artwork was an exercise in community and creativity. (10.24.11)
  • First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y., created a rap video for its fall homecoming weekend using the talents of members. The video not only captivated the congregation, but went viral, showing up in many other places online. (10.10.11)
  • The GA 2012 Planning Committee and others met in September and began to firm up plans for the “Justice GA” in Phoenix next June. (9.26.11)
  • An article on campus ministries describes how many campus-based UU communities are connecting with spiritual seekers. (9.19.11)
  • Some UU congregations are creating time banks to build community and save money. (5.23.11)
  • Congregations participating in the UUA’s Leap of Faith program learn from each other. (5.16.11)
  • First Unitarian Church of Providence, R.I., spreads its message using cable TV, and bus shelter and magazine ads. (5.9.11)