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A frequently updated guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other sources around the web.

Zach Wahls appears on Late Show, and other UUs in the media

Zach Wahls discusses new book with Letterman, Morgan

Zach Wahls is in the media spotlight once again. The 20-year-old Iowa UU who gained internet fame after
a video of his testimony before the Iowa House Judiciary Committee about the normalcy of his two-mom family went viral, recently appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman to talk about marriage equality, being raised by two mothers, and his new book My Two Moms. You can watch the 8-minute interview on YouTube or watch a shorter segment on CBS.com. Wahls also spoke with CNN’s Piers Morgan about his book and explains why there are bigger threats to worry about than his mothers being married. (YouTube, CBS.com – 4.23.12, CNN.com – 4.27.12)

The UU Society of Iowa City, Iowa, recently presented Wahls with its inaugural Courageous Love award. (Iowa City Press Citizen – 4.22.12)

Read an essay by Wahls from the Winter 2011 issue of UU World: How my testimony went viral (uuworld.org)

UU pushes for schoolyard gardens, a bike blessing, and more

The L.A. Times profiles Matthew Anthony Baron, a UU known as “Mud Baron,” who is a major advocate for schoolyard gardens. (L.A. Times – 4.19.12)

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of West Lafayette, Ind., find spirituality in nature. (Journal and Courier – 4.21.12)

UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales writes about returning to Phoenix for the Justice General Assembly two years after he was arrested while participating in the SB 1070 protests. (Huffington Post – 4.24.12)

The Rev. Lisa Bovee Kemper, of the Unitarian Universalists of Asheville, N.C., joined other UUs and members of the community in a march to oppose Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that would define marriage between one man and one woman as “the only domestic legal union that shall be valid or recognized” in the state. (Asheville Citizen-Times – 4.21.12)

See also: Faith leaders in Asheville on both sides of Amendment One (Asheville Citizen-Times – 4.20.12)

The Rev. David McFarland, minister of the Allegheny UU Church in Pittsburgh, Pa., will perform a public blessing for bicycles and cyclists. (Pittsburgh Post Gazette – 4.21.12)

A group gathered for a workshop at the First UU Church of Berks County in Reading, Pa., to sculpt clay bones in support of the anti-genocide group One Million Bones. (Reading Eagle – 4.23.12)

A tree planted at the Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville honors the victims of violent crimes, including the 2008 church shooting. (KnoxNews.com – 4.24.12)

See also: Tree planted for victims of Knoxville church shooting (WVLT – 4.23.12)

Members of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island, N.Y., celebrated Earth Day by pledging to take part in a 40-day environmental commitment. (SILive.com – 4.21.12)

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