When it comes to our future, we know at least three things:

Organized religion is changing at breakneck speed as more people— young and old, of all identities and races—  look for new forms of spiritual community that better meet their needs for meaning, personal fulfillment and companionship;

Our Unitarian Universalist tradition and principles speak directly and powerfully to many of them,  even if our traditional ways  of being in community don’t always;

And UU leaders of all types,  professional and lay,  are pioneering new ways of being in community, worshiping, educating, expressing creativity, leading social justice and starting-up social enterprises that give exciting expression to Unitarian Universalism.

For Breakthrough 2018-19,  the UUA and UU World want to tell your stories of innovations that are working,  how you’ve brought them about and what you’ve learned along the way.  This isn’t about numerical growth, community size or even whole-community programming. We want to celebrate innovative ways  UU communities of all kinds— congregations, covenanted communities or start-ups — are better serving those who need Unitarian Universalism right now.  Please help us inspire others to see possibilities, to adapt ideas that are working,  and to encourage all the change leaders among us.  We can’t wait to tell your story!

Anyone familiar with a Breakthrough innovation can submit an application after notifying the appropriate community leader, minister, religious education (RE) professional and Board or Board delegate.  To learn more and submit an application go to  https://www.uua.org/growth/breakthrough/apply.  Please apply by Nov. 1.