Congregation sets a world record, and other UUs in the media

Record-setting carolers in Westport, Conn. (Courtesy Jim Keenan)
Members and friends of the Unitarian Church in Westport, Conn., set a world record Dec. 12 for the number of carolers going door to door. (Jim Keenan)

Connecticut congregation sets world record

Singing songs like “Let it Snow” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” the Unitarian Church in Westport, Conn., and members of the community have set the world record for the most carolers going house to house. Representatives from Guinness World Records awarded the “One Voice” event entry. Each of the 502 participant payed $10 to sing, and the money raised will support the Lily Sarah Grace Fund, which benefits the arts in under-funded elementary schools across America. While it did not set the record for largest gathering of carolers, the group did set the record for largest organized and sanctioned gathering of door-to-door carolers. (Westport Now – 12.12.12, Forbes – 12.12.12)

A video report of the event can be found here and a video of the singing can be found here. (, The Norwalk Daily Voice – 12.12.12)

Helping the homeless, speaking against bigotry, and more

Members of the social action committee of the Unitarian Universalist Bay de Noc Fellowship in Escanaba, Mich., among others, spoke to the Escanaba City Council about the city’s homelessness problem. Member Jim Rettig said the group is “seeking to have multiple commercial areas in the city zoned for transitional housing for the homeless.” (The Daily Press – 12.7.12)

The Revs. Becky and Mark Edmiston-Lange, co-ministers of the Emerson UU Church in Houston, Tex., joined other religious leaders in signing a letter addressing the members of the Islamic Outreach Center in Cypress, Tex., expressing their sorrow over a recent act of bigotry, saying they are “dismayed that still, our Muslim sisters and brothers are unfair targets of prejudice born of misplaced fear, ignorance and narrow mindedness.” (Houston Chronicle – 12.6.12)

The Northlake UU Church in Kirkland, Wash., celebrated same-sex marriages by offering couples a complete wedding package that included everything from the ceremony to cake and a champagne toast for only $25. ( – 12.10.12)

Police are still searching for whoever burglarized the UU Congregation of Fort Wayne, Ind., on November 15. There was a loss of electronics, gift cards from a scrip program, and cash totaling approximately $6,400. (Frost Illustrated – 12.12.12)