Colbert jokes about ‘cult of Unitarianism,’ and other UUs in the media

Stephen Colbert jokes about ‘dangerous cult of Unitarianism’

Unitarianism was mentioned on The Colbert Report Thursday night. Colbert said that while the Rev. Billy Graham, after meeting with Mitt Romney, has removed Mormonism from his list of cults, Unitarians are still on the list. (02:55) Said Colbert, “Oh yes, the dangerous cult of Unitarianism. Their rules are so loose that their three sacred texts are the Old Testament, the New Testament, and Free To Be You and Me.” (The Colbert Report – 11.1.12)

It should be noted that the Rev. Billy Graham’s website has taken down the section about cults. (

Politics, a paranormal pastor, and more

The Rev. Meg Riley, of the Church of the Larger Fellowship, wrote about the upcoming vote concerning the marriage amendment in Minnesota and how various members of the Catholic faith are responding to it. (Huffington Post – 10.31.12)

Iowa Supreme Court Justice David Wiggins spoke at the Peoples Church UU in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, about the role of the judicial branch and how it does not have a political agenda. Wiggins is facing a retention vote to keep his job, as conservatives want him removed from the bench for having taken part in the court’s unanimous 2009 ruling that paved the way for same-sex civil marriage in Iowa. (The Gazette – 10.28.12)

According to Atala Toy, an author and spiritualist in Geneva, Ill., the spirit of the Rev. Augustus Conant, the first pastor of the UU Society of Geneva, who served the congregation from 1842 to 1857, haunts the UU church. Toy said that she “met” Conant a few years ago during a Geneva History Center ghost tour. (Kane County Chronicle – 10.31.12)

Dr. Paul Louis Metzger wrote an article responding to a piece on religious tolerance written by the Rev. Dr. Marilyn Sewell, former senior minister of the First Unitarian Church of Portland, Ore. (Huffington Post – 11.1.12, 10.19.12)