Iowa teen talks gay rights, fame, and other UUs in the media

Teen who defended gay rights discusses fame

UU college student Zach Wahls, who was recently honored by the Family Equality Council, was interviewed on MSNBC about his new-found notoriety. The 19-year-old made headlines in February after delivering a moving testimony to the Iowa House about the positive experience of having been raised by a lesbian couple. A video of his speech went viral, receiving more than 1.7 million views on YouTube.

Kate Middleton’s Unitarian roots

An article on the British Unitarians’ site details the Unitarian heritage of Kate Middleton, who married Prince William on Friday. (

UU ministers celebrate renewal at Easter

Ministers at several New Jersey UU congregations interpreted the traditional Easter resurrection story by preaching about renewal and rebirth. ( – 4.23.11)

For Easter, the Atlanta Journal Constitution asked ministers, including the Rev. Morris Hudgins, interim minister of the Northwest Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Sandy Springs, Ga.,to share their personal stories of redemption. (Atlanta Journal Constitution – 4.23.11)

Congregations care for planet, communities, and more

The Rev. Debra Faulk, minister of the Unitarian Church of Calgary, Alberta, talks about the importance her church puts on caring for the Earth. (Calgary Herald – 4.22.11)

When the Universalist Church of Westbrook, Maine, closed last year it gave its 130-year-old building to the Allen Avenue UU Church in Portland, which is now donating the property for possible use as a multicultural center. (Press Herald – 4.26.11)

A food pantry at the First Universalist Church of Providence, R.I., now serves more than 5,000 people. (Providence Journal – 4.25.11)

An article about the growth of non-traditional faiths in the United States highlights the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (page 2). (The Saratogian – 4.23.11)