September/October 2003 ·
UU World: The Magazine of the Unitarian Universalist Association
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 Cover, September/October 2003 UU World: Jazz Theology
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Our Story

Human history is part of something larger, more eternal and more infinite. But ours is the laughing part of the story, the sorrowful part, the evil part, the compassionate part, the noticing part, the reverent part, the irreverent part, the conscious part. . . . It is an utterly unsupernatural story, an evolving, unfinished story; our part in it is the making of meaning, the making of questions and celebrations, and these too evolve and expand without end.


Minister of the White Bear Unitarian Universalist Church in Mahtomedi, Minnesota, and author of Walking Toward Morning: Meditations (Skinner House Books, 2003), in which this passage appears. Available from the UUA Bookstore, (800) 215-9076; $8.


Improvisational Faith
Jazz offers a powerful metaphor for Unitarian Universalist theology and enhances the worship life of a growing number of liberal churches. /BY TOM STITES

The Journey toward Hope
Odysseus turned down a goddess so he could return to his aging and mortal wife. His archetypal story helps us ask: Is hope to be found in transcending this world or in embracing it? /BY LINDA HANSEN

An Historic Gathering
Returning to Boston for the first time since 1978, the General Assembly of the Unitarian Universalist Association drew record numbers. /BY DONALD E. SKINNER

Children's Voices
One hundred thirty-three singers, drawn from twenty-three states and provinces and sixty-two congregations, brought their youthful gift of music to the General Assembly. /BY MAGGI SMITH-DALTON

On the cover: Jazz Piano, 1995, by Margeret Lampe Kannenstine. Acrylic monotype, 22 x 30 inches.

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