Embracing community at interfaith Thanksgiving services, and other UUs in the media

UUs mark Thanksgiving with interfaith services

Allyson Lent, the student minister of the UU Fellowship in Plattsburgh, N.Y., planned and led the Interfaith Council of Plattsburgh and Clinton County’s annual Thanksgiving Service. (Press-Republican – 11.23.12)

The Rev. Cynthia Landrum of the Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty in Clarklake, Mich., organized an interfaith Thanksgiving Eve celebration where representatives from different faiths could say a prayer or hymn and explain how their religion celebrates the holiday. She said, “It’s a wonderful experience, and it’s a gift to bring the community together, which is the main purpose.” (MLive.com – 11.20.12)

The UU Society of Greater Springfield, Mass., joined other local churches in an interfaith Thanksgiving service. The reporter relates one notable moment when Jennifer Seymour, wife of UU Society of Springfield’s minister the Rev. Jason Seymour, danced in the pews with her young son while the St. John’s Congregational church’s choir sang gospel music. (MassLive.com – 11.20.12)

Concert benefits Sandy victims, London church can wed same-sex couples, and more

The Bergen UU Relief Group is holding a Superstorm Sandy Benefit Relief Concert at the Central Unitarian Church in Paramus, N.J. The group is formed from a trio of New Jersey churches: Central Unitarian, the Unitarian Society of Ridgewood, and the Unitarian Congregation of the Palisades, and their purpose is to focus the time, talent, and money of their congregations to aid those in Bergen County who have suffered as a result of Sandy. (NorthJersey.com – 11.29.12)

The Newington Green Unitarian Church in London, England, has finally been given its license to marry same-sex couples. Originally, the 300-year-old church was denied the license by the London Fire Authority, despite already being allowed to marry heterosexual couples. The church’s minister, the Rev. Andrew Pakula, said, “To celebrate, we are giving the first couple to apply to have a same-sex partnership a free service, saving several hundred pounds.” (Islington Tribune – 11.30.12, EastLondonLines – 11.3.12)

More than 600 people attended the fifth annual Association Sunday gathering of eight central-Pennsylvania UU congregations, where they worshiped together and learned about Earth-based spirituality from guest speaker Starhawk. (bctv.org – 11.21.12)

The Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton, N.Y., is receiving an award from the Staten Island LGBT Community Center for its work with and support of the local LGBT community, including its “advocacy for civil rights, marriage and transgender equality.” (SILive.com – 11.26.12)