UUs reflect on international violence, and other UUs in the media

UUs reflect on international violence

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister and founder of the New Life Unitarian Church in Kamapala, Uganda, discusses the violence against homosexuals in Uganda. (The Des Moines Register – 9.12.12)

Bruce Knotts, director of the UU United Nations Office, went on Freedom Radio to talk about how Gambians need to unite and liberate their country from dictator Yahya Jammeh. (Freedom Newspaper – 9.7.12)

The Rev. Bryan Jessup of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Fresno, Calif., was part of an interfaith panel discussion held in honor of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. (The Collegian – 9.12.12)

Focusing on human rights

In an article discussing the different religious views on doctor-assisted suicide, the Rev. Tim Kutzmark, minister of the UU Church of Reading, Mass., said, “Sometimes what is best and right for the individual is to claim that moment of death for themselves, knowing they are freeing themselves from . . . needless pain and suffering.” (The Boston Globe – 9.11.12)

Norma Bailey, president of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Central Michigan, presented a human rights ordinance for the Charter Township of Union that would protect people from discrimination. (Central Michigan Life – 9.13.12)

City of the Dead, experimental services, and more

The Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Muskegon, Mich., has finally reached a compromise with city commissioners concerning their wish to hold an educational “City of the Dead” event at Evergreen Cemetery in October. (Muskegon Chronicle – 9.11.12)

The All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., has started an experimental third service focusing on a humanist/naturalistic point of view to give a more pluralistic approach in tackling monthly themes from different angles. (Democratic Underground – 9.10.12)

A cracked stone at the top of the bell tower of the First Unitarian Universalist Church in Marietta, W. Va., has caused the street to be shut down. A new stone was crane-lifted to replace the cracked stone. (Parkersburg News and Sentinel – 9.8.12, The Marietta Times – 9.11.12)

The UU Congregation of Montclair, N.J., approves of building an assisted-living center next to them. Issues have come up concerning parking, closing times, and UU members of the Montclair Planning Board having conflicts of interest. (NorthJersey.com – 9.11.12)

The Rev. Colleen Squires, the new minister of All Souls Community Church of West Michigan in Grand Rapids, Mich., talks about being one of the few lesbians in the area who is legally married to her spouse. (The Grand Rapids Press – 9.10.12)

The Rev. Cynthia Barnes Johnson, a retired Unitarian Universalist minister who preaches regularly at the UU Fellowship of Door County in Ephraim, Wisc., wrote about how she discussed cremation with her grandchildren. (Door County Advocate – 9.7.12)