UUs respond to recent shootings, and other UUs in the media

UUs respond to recent shootings

UUA President Peter Morales released a statement responding to the tragedy in Newtown, Conn., saying, in part: “This is a time for embracing one another and helping each other find strength and solace.” (UUA.org – 12.14.12)

The Rev. Rick Davis of the UU Congregation of Salem, Ore., facilitated an interfaith vigil to mark the recent shootings at Clackamas Town Center and in Newtown, Conn. Said Davis, “People just need to gather and be reminded there’s a sense of community and that there are helpers.” (Statesman Journal – 12.17.12)

At the River of Grass UU Congregation in Davie, Fla., children cut red hearts out of paper and wrote words of support, such as “Our hearts are with you” and “We’re sad for you,” to send to the Newtown survivors. The Rev.  Amy Carol Webb said, “There are many more people who are trying to change the world for the good than there are trying to hurt.” (Sun Sentinel – 12.16.12)

The Piedmont UU Church in Charlotte, N.C., held a candlelit vigil to honor the lives lost in the shooting in Newtown. (Salisbury Post – 12.17.12)

The Rev. Josh Pawelek, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Society: East of Manchester, Conn., was a guest on NPR’s On Point program “The Spiritual Challenge of Newtown.” (WBUR – 12.21.12)

The ‘end of the world,’ and more

The Rev. David Green, minister of the Amarillo UU Fellowship in Amarillo, Tex., delivered a sermon on the end of the Mayan calendar where he noted that being drawn to the end of the world isn’t particular to modern life. (Amarillo Globe-News – 12.19.12)

In celebration of Human Rights Day, UUs gathered in front of the city hall in Bainbridge Island, Wash., for the Interfaith Council’s Fifth Annual Community Read-In of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. (Bainbridge Island Review – 12.17.12)

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