UU speaks at Democratic National Convention, and other UUs in the media

UUs focus on LGBT rights

Zach Wahls, YouTube sensation/college-student-turned-LGBT-activist, spoke at the Democratic National Convention on Thursday. Raised by two mothers, the University of Iowa engineering student became famous in 2011 after his impassioned speech to the state legislature on behalf of marriage equality went viral. Watch Wahls’s DNC speech here. (Huffington Post, YouTube – 9.6.12)

Zach Wahls was also featured in the Winter 2011 issue of UU World.

Chief Officer of the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches, Derek McAuley, says that Lynne Featherstone’s departure from her position as Minister for Equalities will raise uncertainty about equal marriage plans. (Ekklesia – 9.5.12)

Same-sex families held a picnic at the First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Pa., in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Pennsylvania Supreme Court recognizing the right of same-sex couples to adopt each other’s kids. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 9.2.12)

After searching for a year, the Bay Area UU Church in Houston, Tex., welcomed openly gay pastor the Rev. Bruce Beisner. (Houston Chronicle – 9.7.12)

Arrest catches UU community off guard

Members of the UU Congregation of York, Pa., were shocked when a member they had raised money to give a heart transplant to was indicted on child pornography charges. The Rev. Robert Renjilian assured that the man was not a religious education leader and that “UUCY’s policy requires background checks on leaders who work one-on-one with students and to have two leaders present in classes with children.” (York Dispatch – 9.6.12)

English congregation hosts historical show

The Underbank Unitarian Chapel in Stannington, Sheffield, will be showing local historical photographs and other artifacts this weekend. (Postcode Gazette – 9.4.12)