Teen fights South African poverty, and other UUs in the media

Teen works to eliminate poverty in South Africa

Miranda Lynch, from the UU Congregation of Atlanta, Ga., talked to CNN about her nonprofit organization, Isipho, which is designed to use gardening to help eliminate poverty in the South African village of iNzinga without causing dependance. (CNN – 10.12.12)

UU World profiled the Lynch family and Isipho in the Winter 2011 issue. (UU World – Winter 2011)

UUs defend marriage equality

The Ginter Park Baptist Church in Richmond, Va., is in trouble with the Baptist General Association of Virginia for ordaining an openly gay man. The Rev. Jeanne Pupke, senior minister of the First UU Church of Richmond said on the subject, “I find it disappointing in this day and age that we still are finding ourselves singling out groups of people as though it weren’t true that Jesus would have said that the Great Commandment is to, ‘love one another as I have loved you.'” (WWBT – 10.12.12)

The Rev. Theresa Novak of the UU Church of Ogden, Utah, and her partner, Anne Spatola, received Equality Utah’s Allies for Equality Award for the work they have done to bring awareness to the LGBT community. They were given the award at the Equality Utah 2012 Allies Dinner (featured at 1:25:00). (Youtube.com – 10.15.12, 10.16.12)

The UU Church of Ogden, Utah, was also featured as a Breakthrough Congregation in the Summer 2012 issue of UU World. (UU World – Summer 2012)

The Rev. Al Boyce, of Vassalboro, Maine, wrote a column on behalf of the Religious Coalition Against Discrimination asking for Maine voters to support love. (Morning Sentinel – 10.18.12)

The Rev. Carie Johnsen of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta, Maine, was one of ten religious leaders who showed support for marriage equality on Sunday. (WCSH-TV – 10.14.12)

Reverence for life, solar projects, and more

The Rev. Marilyn Sewell, former senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Ore., wrote an article talking about intolerance in religion. (Huffington Post – 10.19.12)

The Unitarian Universalists of the Chester River in Chestertown, Md., will be holding a “Reverence for Life” weekend with the goal of building “a greater understanding of and appreciation for all living creatures.” (The Star Democrat – 10.12.12)

The 375-year-old First Parish Church in Taunton, Mass., is undergoing renovations, which include new paint, a new ceiling, remodeling some of the rooms, and adding an LCD projector to the chapel. (The Taunton Daily Gazette – 10.12.12)

The UU Church in Spokane, Wash., is installing 75 solar panels. Its partner, SustainableWorks, a statewide nonprofit that helps groups with energy efficiency projects, is calling this one of the largest projects in the state. (Equities.com – 10.18.12)

The First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, Ontario, will be hosting a concert/reception to benefit the nonprofit organization Just Food and will feature songs with food themes. (Ottawa Citizen – 10.15.12)

The Rev. Pam Rumancik of the UU Church of Chattanooga, Tenn., gave an invocation as Hamilton County commissioners stood and bowed their heads in a moment of silence. Months earlier they had been sued for allowing prayers to be offered in Jesus’s name during their meetings. (Nooga.com – 10.17.12)