Church wins $27k phone fraud dispute, and other UUs in the media

Church wins dispute over $27,000 phone bill

The phone system at the Unitarian Church of Hinsdale, Ill., was hacked in November, resulting in a $27,000 phone bill for the congregation. The church disputed the fraudulent charges, and now AT&T is crediting the account for the entire amount. Watch a short news video about the phone hacking. (Chicago Tribune – 4.2.12, 4.3.12, NBC Chicago – 3.29.12)

See also: Hinsdale Church Off The Hook For $27,000 Phone Bill (CBS Local – 4.3.12)

An interfaith LGBTQ toolkit, a call for diplomacy, and more

The Michigan UU Social Justice Network has partnered with several other organizations to publish and distribute an Interfaith LGBTQ Toolkit to Southeast Michigan religious groups. (Pride Source – 4.5.12)

About 100 people gathered at a rally co-sponsored by the Just Peace Task Force of the UU Church of Bloomington, Ind., to mark the ninth anniversary of the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and to call for diplomacy with Iran. (The Bloomington Alternative – 3.31.12)

The Rev. Scott Alexander, minister of the UU Fellowship of Vero Beach, Fla., is preparing to begin his 3,300-mile charity bike ride across America. (TCPalm – 4.3.12)

See also: Pedaling for hope ( – 3.19.12)

The South Church in Portsmouth, N.H., is going ahead with plans to remove a 90-year-old tree that is damaging its foundation, despite protests from the community. ( – 3.24.12, 4.3.12)

The Rev. Gary Kowalski, interim minister at First Parish Sudbury, Mass., is interviewed in a story about the Sudbury Clergy Association working together to find common ground. (Sudbury Town Crier – 4.2.12)