Tim DeChristopher speaks from prison, and other UUs in the media

Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher speaks from prison

The San Jose Mercury News talks to Tim DeChristopher, the environmental activist and UU who submitted false bids on oil and gas leases, as he serves his two-year prison sentence and looks forward to a future career in ministry. (San Jose Mercury News – 5.4.12, uuworld.org – 3.7.11)

Preaching the gospel of ‘the Boss’

The Boston Globe explores the rock-inspired ministry of the Rev. Jeffrey B. Symynkywicz, minister of the First Parish Universalist Church in Stoughton, Mass., and author of The Gospel According to Bruce Springsteen. (Boston Globe – 5.7.12)

Read an excerpt from Symynkywicz’s book that appeared in the Winter 2008 issue of UU World.

UUs on same-sex marriage wins, losses

E.J. Graff, author of the Beacon Press book What Is Marriage For?, wrote about her great surprise and joy at President Obama’s announcement that he supports same-sex marriage. (The American Prospect – 5.9.12)

Though North Carolina voters ultimately passed Amendment One, which prohibits same-sex marriage in the state, UUs led a vocal opposition to the proposed amendment. (WSOC Charlotte – 5.7.12)

See also:
Local churches make final push for Amendment One (WCNC – 5.7.12)
Church leaders run the gamut when it comes to Amendment One (WNCT – 5.6.12)

A group of about 40 people gathered at an event sponsored by the North Kitsap UU Church in Poulsbo, Wash., to discuss strategies for supporting same-sex couples who want to marry. (Kitsap Sun – 5.8.12)

The UUA in the news, inspirational ministers, and more

The Unitarian Universalist Association wants to relocate its headquarters from its historic Beacon Hill location. (Boston.com – 5.9.12)

See also: Board OKs search for new Boston headquarters (uuworld.org – 4.30.12)

The UUA plans to put forth a proposal at the upcoming Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc.’s annual shareholder meeting that calls for the board to create a recycling strategy for its beverage bottles and cans and publicly report on its plan by September 1. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – 5.6.12)

Attendance at the First Parish Church in Taunton, Mass., has reportedly more than quadrupled since the arrival of its new minister, the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight, in April. (Taunton Daily Gazette – 5.6.12)

The Rev. Tim Kutzmark, minister of the UU Church of Reading, Mass., was part of a recent delegation that visited Afghanistan to study human rights and the state of U.S. and Afghan relations. (Wicked Local – 5.5.12)

The Rev. Fred Hammond, of the UU Congregation in Tuscaloosa, Ala., was one of six protesters handcuffed but not charged by police during a demonstration protesting the state’s stringent immigration law. (NECN – 5.3.12)

The Nashua Telegraph profiles the Rev. Steve Edington, who is retiring from his position as minister of the UU Church of Nashua after 24 years. (Nashua Telegraph – 5.6.12)

After a two-year search, the Unitarian Universalist Church in Meriden, Conn., has called the Rev. Dr. Jan Carlsson-Bull as its new minister. (Meriden Record-Journal – 5.9.12)

Members of the UU Church of Brunswick, Maine, which was destroyed in an electrical fire last June, are launching a capital campaign to raise $850,000 for a new building. (uuworld.org – 6.10.11, WCSH-TV – 5.4.12)

The UU Society in Stamford, Conn., reinstalled stained-glass windows of St. Peter and St. Paul, which were damaged during an organ tune-up two years ago. (Stamford Advocate – 5.8.12)