Congressman honors UU minister, and other UUs in the media

Congressman presents UU minister with Capitol flag

U.S. Rep. Jim McGovern visited First Parish UU in Northborough, Mass., to honor the Rev. Judith Wright. At the event, McGovern presented Wright with the flag that flew over the Capitol in Washington, D.C., when she delivered the opening prayer at the U.S. House of Representatives as guest chaplain in September 2011. (The Daily Northborough – 4.3.12, The Community Advocate – 10.21.11)

Film explores life of Unitarian Titanic victim

Watch a news segment about Edward Austin Kent, a prominent architect and Unitarian who died aboard the Titanic. Two students have made a short film about Kent to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the Titanic sinking. (WGRZ-TV – 4.16.12)

See also: A Titanic victim’s architectural legacy ( – 4.9.12)

Ministers in the news, a dairy barn church, and more

The Center for American Progress interviews the Rev. Darcy Baxter, a UU minister who counsels women on abortion and other reproductive justice issues. (Center for American Progress – 4.17.12)

The Rev. Sheldon Bennett is retiring as minister of United First Parish Church, Unitarian, in Quincy, Mass., which is also known as the Church of the Presidents. (The Patriot Ledger – 4.17.12)

The Unitarian Universalist Church of the North Hills in Pittsburgh, Pa., which is celebrating its 50th anniversary, is located in an old dairy barn. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 4.12.12)

Sara Lamb, of the First UU Society of Marietta, Ga., helped coordinate a hike to fight hunger that attracted more than 130 participants. (Parkersburg News – 4.16.12)

Volunteers from the Universalist Church of West Hartford, Conn., helped Athens, Pa., flood victims with yard work and cleanup. (Elmira Star-Gazette – 4.16.12)

Unitarian Universalist Church of Akron, Ohio, which was just designated a Green Sanctuary, hosted its third annual Green Festival and seventh annual Green Faire. (Akron Beacon Journal – 4.14.12)

The Rev. Dr. William F. Schulz, former director of Amnesty International USA and current executive director of the UU Service Committee, will give the keynote address at the UUA’s Mid-South District meeting. (The Huntsville Times – 4.19.12)

The Social Outreach Committee of the UU Congregation of Princeton, N.J., awarded the Crisis Ministry of Princeton and Trenton a $2,000 grant to buy locally grown produce for food pantries and free farmers markets. (Planet Princeton – 4.16.12)