UUs speak out for marriage equality, and other UUs in the media

UUs speak out in favor of marriage equality

In a lengthy opinion piece for the Muncie Star Press, the Rev. Dr. Julia Corbett-Hemeyer, community minister of the UU Church of Muncie, Ind., makes a religious argument for why same-sex marriage is right, based on Unitarian Universalist principles. (Muncie Star Press – 2.17.12)

About 40 people gathered for a rally, organized by the Rev. Charlie Ortman, of the UU Church in Montclair, N.J., to show their support for equal rights. (Baristanet – 2.22.12)

The UU Fellowship of Raleigh, N.C., is hosting weekly phone banks where volunteers call voters and urge them to vote against a proposed amendment to the state constitution that would ban same-sex marriage. (The Independent Weekly – 2.22.12)

Tracy Hollister, of the UU Fellowship of Raleigh, N.C., spoke against the same-sex marriage amendment at the Wake County Board of Commissioners’ meeting. (News & Observer – 2.20.12)

Lincoln’s morality, extreme spiritualism, and more

To mark President’s Day, the Rev. Dr. James Kubal-Komoto of the Saltwater UU Church in Des Moines, Wash., writes about how Abraham Lincoln “modeled the balance between moral certainty and moral humility” and wonders how different America might be if more of its leaders did the same. (The Seattle Times – 2.19.12)

Dozens of people gathered at East Shore UU Church in Kirtland, Ohio, to do a firewalk. The article includes a news segment about the firewalk and other “extreme spiritualism.”(Cleveland News – Fox 8 – 2.22.12)

Watch a news segment about the new Sunday morning services via Twitter at People’s Church Unitarian Universalist in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. (KCRG – 2.19.12)

The Rev. Dr. Tess Baumberger, minister at Unity Church of North Easton, Mass., writes about compassion and suffering. (Wicked Local – 2.18.12)

The Rev. Theresa Novak, minister of the UU Church of Ogden, and her partner, Anne Spatola, will receive Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award. (StandardNet – 2.17.12)

The UU Service Committee awarded the Unitarian Church in Summit, N.J., with its Collective Giving Award for its “exceptionally generous support” of projects in the developing world. (Independent Press – 2.19.12)

About 40 high school students volunteered during their school vacation week to help build window inserts with Window Dressers, a program started by two members of the First Universalist Church in Rockland, Maine. (knox.VillageSoup.com – 2.21.12)

The Rev. Bill Freeman, minister of the Harbor UU Congregation in Muskegon, Mich., was one of a handful of picketers who showed up to protest Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum’s recent appearance in Muskegon. (Muskegon Chronicle – 2.20.12)

The George-Anne Daily profiles the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Statesboro, Ga. (The George-Anne – 2.20.12)