Marriage and divorce, shootings, and other UUs in the media

Unitarian chief officer talks religious marriage with British PM

Hundreds of people attended the British Prime Minister’s annual reception for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community at 10 Downing Street. Derek McAuley, chief officer of the UK’s General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, attended the event and spoke with Prime Minister David Cameron about the importance of equal religious marriage. (PinkPaper – 6.23.12, – 6.24.12)

Illinois UUs join marriage equality demonstration

Members of the Mt. Vernon, Ill., UU Fellowship participated in a large protest against the Jefferson County Board’s resolution against marriage equality. See videos of the demonstration on and (Southern Illinoisan, Mt. Vernon Register-News – 7.24.12, WSIL, KFVS – 7.23.12)

Colorado shooting recalls painful memories in Knoxville

Images of the recent shooting at a Colorado movie theater are causing victims of other attacks to experience flashbacks, including Tammy Sommers, who was wounded during the 2008 shooting at Knoxville’s¬†Tennessee Valley UU Church.¬†(CNN – 7.26.12, WBIR – 7.20.12)

How UUs mark divorce

A Huffington Post article about divorce rituals from around the world includes the UU “ceremony of hope,” in which the community that helped the couple celebrate the start of their marriage is also there to mark its end. (Huffington Post – 7.21.12)