UN panel warns against gay ‘conversion,’ and other UUs in the media

UN panel looks at dangers of gay ‘conversion therapy’

Bruce Knotts, director of the UU United Nations Office, and Mordechai Levovitz, the LGBT advocacy coordinator there, organized a panel at the United Nations Church Center to discuss the harmful effects of gay “conversion therapy.” The panel, the first at the UN to directly address this issue, included mental health experts, human rights advocates, religious leaders, and a former patient. (Huffington Post – 2.1.13)

Scouting alternative continues to grow

FOX 13 has a news video about the first meeting of Navigators USA Chapter 37 at the UU Church of Ogden, Utah. Navigators is a co-ed scouting alternative that emphasizes respect for one another and the environment. (FOX 13 News – 2.5.13)

See related: Alternative scouting group starts to grow (uuworld.og – 3.14.11)

In the congregations

The Unitarian Church of Staten Island, N.Y., has opened the borough’s first Little Free Library, a free-standing book-lending structure located outside of the church that invites people to “take a book, return a book, or keep it forever.” (SILive.com – 2.4.13)

The Huntersville Herald has a profile of the three-year-old UU Fellowship of Lake Norman in Mooresville, N.C. (Huntersville Herald – 2.7.13)

Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of West Lafayette, Ind., have made immigration as a moral issue a priority, hosting book discussions, films screenings, and forums on the topic. (Journal & Courier – 2.1.13)