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Challenging Beauty

“I can’t find the beauty anymore.” I spoke these words to a friend following a talk by Eboo Patel. Patel’s interfaith dialogue work was inspiring, and his story as a Muslim-American helped me reconnect to Islam, so I was excited to attend another of his talks. Plus, he’s easy on the eyes. Yet, within the first ten minutes of his talk, I was angry. I wrote furious notes for the entire hour, challenging ideas that I saw as limited. When Patel finished speaking, I approached him and proceeded…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on February 16, 2013 at 12:00am — 1 Comment

Did You Order Justice?

Restaurant Worker Justice is no insignificant matter. It is deeply connected to issues such as healthcare, education, poverty, immigration…all of which are related to our universal human rights. Our city and nation are at a tipping point, and it is time for us to take a stand on the side of love and justice. Here are some ways you can make a difference and fight for food worker rights.


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Added by Ranwa Hammamy on February 8, 2013 at 10:55pm — No Comments

Ethical Consumption and Restaurant Worker Justice

$2.13 an hour. That is how low some tipped workers are paid in many of our nation’s restaurants. That minimum wage has not seen an increase in the past 20 years. And paid sick days? Not likely. Workers are forced to choose between staying home to heal and not getting paid or coming in and risking their health (not to mention others' health) to earn a living.

Learn more about the ways in which restaurant workers face…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 23, 2013 at 9:00am — No Comments

What We Love

“What do Unitarian Universalists believe?” I imagine many of us have been asked this question at some point in our lives. And I’m sure I’m not the only one that has had that internal flutter of panic or mental scrambling as we search for the best four-sentence description that almost always works in the words “the inherent worth and dignity of every person.” A couple of years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Rev. Peter Morales while attending a conference in Boston, and he gave those of us…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 16, 2013 at 1:54am — No Comments

Pledge to Love!

Standing on the Side of Love invites all to participate in its Thirty Days of Love campaign!

In 2010, Standing on the Side of Love sought to turn Valentine’s Day into a social justice holiday, to lift up the power of love, compassion, inclusion, and respect. Their vision has since evolved into the National Standing on the…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on January 2, 2013 at 12:00am — No Comments

There Will Be An Answer

Following the horrific events in Newtown, Connecticut, Union reserved one of the chapels for use by members of the campus community who wanted a space for silent prayer and reflection. Sitting next to one of my classmates and holding each other as we sobbed at the unimaginable tragedy that was unfolding, I found myself lose all sense of hope. How are we supposed to believe in the inherent good of all people when events like these occur? Innocent lives are lost every day to the senselessness…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on December 16, 2012 at 10:30am — No Comments

The Good News

Can Unitarian Universalists evangelize? Some people may wince at the idea, thinking evangelizing goes against our pluralistic principles. Evangelism is often associated with visions of street preachers, door pamphlets, and television personalities that tell us how we can be saved. Well, we are part “universalist” and our predecessors thought that all would be granted salvation, right? So is there such a thing as “UU evangelism”? Curious about others’ thoughts, I posed this question to the…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 20, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments

A Call for Young Adult Wisdom!

Calling all Young Adults!

Every one of us has special wisdom to share with the world. Whether it is a song about love, a poem about identity, an honest reflection about living with a particular health condition, or a theological discussion of the power of social justice, we all have something beautiful to say. And what we have to say can help others as they navigate some of the best and…

Added by Ranwa Hammamy on November 9, 2012 at 12:25pm — No Comments


“There is nothing worse than answering questions that nobody is asking.” These words, spoken by my systematic theology teaching fellow and attributed to Dr. James Cone, serve as a powerful starting point for an exploration of Unitarian Universalism. What questions are we answering? Whose questions are we answering? How are we answering these questions?

As Unitarian Universalists, we celebrate the individual journey, recognizing the beauty of diversity and the gifts that every one of…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on October 24, 2012 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Loving Transformations: Call to Action from Justice GA

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Our Unitarian Universalist faith is grounded in the most powerful force of all – love. Love is the backbone of our principles. It is the light that shines brightly on our…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on June 27, 2012 at 9:00pm — No Comments

FirstU Loves Equality!

October 8th and 9th bring us two amazing opportunities to celebrate the inherent worth and dignity of every person. From marching to help promote trans* awareness to making a strong showing at Outfest, we can really bring our welcoming congregation status to the forefront. 


On October 8th, Philadelphia will host its first-ever Trans* March, beginning at 3pm in Love…


Added by Ranwa Hammamy on September 19, 2011 at 1:06pm — No Comments

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