Sitcom writer on Occupy arrest, and other UUs in the media

‘Family Guy’ writer details upsetting Occupy L.A. arrest

Patrick Meighan, a writer on the animated sitcom “Family Guy” and a member of the UU Community Church of Santa Monica, Calif., detailed his upsetting arrest at Occupy Los Angeles in a blog post (where he also states his UU affiliation). His description of the unsettling ordeal caught the attention of the media, who picked up the story. Culver City Crossroads ran the entire post as a Letter to the Editor. (LA Weekly 12.7, Herald Sun 12.8, Culver City Crossroads – 12.9)

See also:

‘Family Guy’ Guy Busted at Occupy L.A. (TakePart – 12.7.11)

FOX Employee Tells of Police Brutality at the ‘Peaceful’ Occupy LA Raid (FishbowlLA – 12.7.11)

‘Family Guy’ Writer Arrested During Occupy L.A. Raid Shares His Anger In Vivid Account (LAist – 12.7.11)

Web journalism, humanist at the holidays, and more

In part one of a three-part series, former UU World editor and president of the Banyan Project, Tom Stites, looks at the current state of web journalism and suggests a model for the future. (Nieman Journalism Lab – 12.7.11)

The Rev. Tess Baumberger, minister of Unity Church of North Easton, Mass., writes about the challenges and joys of being a humanist at the holidays. (Wicked Local Easton – 12.3.11)

The Rev. Steven Protzman, minister of the UU Society of Iowa City, Iowa, is interviewed in an article about openly gay clergy. (Campus Progress – 12/7/11)

As legislation allowing same-sex couples to wed in religious buildings was about to go into effect, Derek McAuley, chief officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Church in Great Britain, released a statement to make it clear that same-sex couples are welcome to join in civil partnerships at Unitarian churches. (Pink Paper – 12.3.11)

Kitty Emery, a UU, is quoted in a story about an interfaith group of people who participated in an Alabama march for religious freedom. (WALA-TV – 12.4.11)

An act of resistance by the Rev. Jeremy Nickel, minister of Mission Peak Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Fremont, Calif., inspired Occupy movement supporters to organize Fremont’s first Occupy event. (San Jose Mercury News – 12.1.11)

A UU church gets a brief mention in an article about LGBT rights. (Huffington Post – 12.7.11)

This is a lovely photo of the two steeples of the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church in Milton, Mass. (Patriot Ledger – 12.1.11)