Unitarian’s quotes grace Oval Office rug, and other UUs in the media

Quotes on new Oval Office rug have Unitarian origin

Two of the five quotes woven into a new rug for President Barack Obama’s Oval Office are ones usually attributed to Abraham Lincoln and Martin Luther King, Jr., but which can both be traced back to Unitarian minister Theodore Parker, as discussed in the Fall 2010 issue of UU World. NPR talked to Clayborne Carson, a King scholar who has also written introductions for Beacon Press’s new series of King’s work, about Parker’s influence. And FOX News jumped on the opportunity to point out the attribution error. (Daily Caller –  8.31.10, NPR – 9.2.10, FOX – 9.2.10)

And a postscript for the true UU history junkies: King probably learned about Parker’s phrase through the Unitarian minister, pacifist, and Gandhi promoter John Haynes Holmes in 1956. See footnote 5.

Green General Assembly, mystery minister, and more

The Minneapolis Convention Center reports that a combination of recycling and processing during the Unitarian Universalist Association’s 2010 General Assembly June 23–27, 2010, resulted in no waste going to landfills for the event. (Meet Minneapolis – 8.25.10)

The Cape Cod Times interviews the Rev. Judith Campbell, a UU minister who recently published her first mystery novel, A Deadly Mission. (Cape Cod Times – 8.29.10)

The Rev. Elizabeth Linton Greene, minister of the Boise Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Idaho, writes about the value of Beliefnet’s Belief-O-Matic, which helps you determine what faith is right for you. (IdahoStatesman.com – 8.28.10)

A conversation among members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of New Bern, N.C., about serving the community led to the formation of a support group for the unemployed and underemployed. (New Bern Sun Journal – 8.30.10)

The Unitarian Universalist Society of Geneva, Ill., and the Fox Valley Jewish Neighbors are hosting a community celebration of the International Day of Peace, featuring children’s activities, documentaries, and speakers. (Suburban Life Publications – 9.1.10)

Breda May, a member of the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, N.J., is part of a group of volunteers at the church who are training to be mentors to at-risk youth in the community. (myCentralJersy.com – 8.29.10)

Volunteers from 13 congregations, including the Unitarian Universalist Church of Asheville, N.C., began work on a Habitat for Humanity’s Interfaith House. (Asheville Citizen-Times – 8.28.10)

Chris Walton contributed to this week’s blog.