Congregations celebrate fall holidays, and other UUs in the media

Congregations celebrate fall holidays

The Unitarian Church in Summit, N.J., is celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. (Independent Press – 10.25.12)

For Halloween, the UU Congregation of Marblehead, Mass., is hosting its second annual “Great Pumpkin Carving Contest,” and the UU Church of Little Rock, Ark., is hosting a live staging of The Rocky Horror Picture Show. (WickedLocal – 10.19.12, – 10.24.12)

The UU Congregation of the Palisades in Englewood, N.J., will commemorate the Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, the “Day of the Dead.” ( – 10.25.12)

The UU Congregation of Charleston, W.Va., is holding a Witchy Weekend, which will include a Psychic Fair, the annual Witches’ Ball, and a ceremony observing Samhain—a Gaelic festival marking the end of the harvest year and the beginning of winter. (Charleston Daily Mail – 10.25.12)

Physician-assisted suicide, Houston church hosts conference, and more

The Rev. Tim Kutzmark of the UU Church of Reading, Mass., once again discussed “Dying with Dignity” and why he now supports it. In the November 6 election Massachusetts will be voting on Question 2, which will decide whether or not “to allow a physician licensed in Massachusetts to prescribe medication, at a terminally ill patient’s request, to end that patient’s life.” (AP, – 10.20.12, 2012 Information for Voters)

The Emerson UU Church in Houston, Tex., will be hosting the 9th annual Houston Bioneers Conference, which will provide “social and scientific innovators with the opportunity to share ideas and solutions to issues facing the economy, city, environment and humanity.” (Ultimate Memorial – 10.25.12)

The Rev. Darcy Baxter of Starr King UU Church in Hayward, Calif., along with other religious leaders, condemned Indiana Senate Candidate Richard Mourdock’s horrifying statement that pregnancies as a result of rape are a “gift from God” and as such women who become pregnant from rape should be denied abortions. (ThinkProgress – 10.25.12)

The Mission Peak UU Congregation in Fremont, Calif., has hired Washington High teacher Teri Hu to teach a free class that will focus on critically acclaimed literature banned by the Fremont school board. (San Jose Mercury News – 10.23.12)

The Rev. Eugene R. “Guy” LaMothe has been hired as the new minister of the All Souls UU Church in Watertown, N.Y., becoming “the shepherd of two flocks” as he now splits his time between working on his farm and at the church. (Watertown Daily Times – 10.23.12)