State Rep tells concerned minister to leave state, and other UUs in the media

State Rep tells concerned minister to leave state

The Rev. Audette Fulbright, minister of the UU Church of Cheyenne, Wyo., wrote to her state legislators recently to express concerns about House Bill 105, which would allow the carrying of concealed weapons at schools. The letter she got back from one of them—Republican State Rep. Hans Hunt—has gotten plenty of attention on the internet for its less-than-cordial tone, which can be summed up with the line: “If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave.” (Star-Tribune – 2.8.13)

See also:

State Representative Under Fire for Letter (KGWN – 2.22.13)
Minister Told by State Rep to ‘By All Means, Leave’ Wyoming Stands Her Ground (The Blaze – 2.28.13)
GOP State Rep. Hans Hunt Says ‘By All Means, Leave’ In Response To Wyoming Resident’s Concerns (Huffington Post – 2.25.13)
Blunt state rep tells woman to GTFO if she doesn’t like gun bill (MSN – 2.25.13)
‘I’ll be blunt. If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave.’ (Maddow Blog – 2.11.13)
Wyoming Lawmaker to Pro-Gun Control Minister: ‘If you don’t like the political atmosphere of Wyoming, then by all means, leave.’ ( – 2.25.13)

Voting rights activist Liuzzo’s legacy

With the U.S. Supreme Court hearing arguments over a challenge to the 1965 Voting Rights Act, CNN ran an excerpt from the book Children of the Movement about Viola Liuzzo, a UU who was killed while working for voting rights in Selma, Ala., and whose death helped the Act pass. (CNN – 2.28.13)

Read more about Liuzzo:

UU civil rights martyr posthumously honored ( – 11.10.06)
‘So nobly started’ (UU World – May/June 2001)

Religious people caring for the environment

After joining several youth and adults from his congregation at the “Forward on Climate” rally in Washington. D.C., the Rev. Ken Read-Brown, minister of First Parish in Hingham, Mass., reflects on the importance of climate-change activism. (The Hingham Journal – 2.24.13)

Jan Booher, a member of the UU Fellowship of Boca Raton, Fla., is coordinating an event for South Florida Climate Action Partners that aims to connect religious people who are concerned about the environment with scientists, urban planners, and environmentalists. (Sun Sentinel – 2.25.13)

Judy Moores, a member of the UU Church of Davis, Calif., is helping organize the multifaith environmental conference Climate Crisis: Putting Faith into Action. (Daily Democrat – 2.23.13)

Lincoln, activism, paper airplanes, and more

The New York Times Sunday Book Review explores Lincoln’s Tragic Pragmatism by John Burt, a Brandeis University English professor and member of the First Parish UU in Arlington, Mass. (NYTimes – 2.14.13)

Peace activist Curtis Bell, who is a member of the board of UUs for Justice in the Middle East, writes about parallels between U.S. and Israeli racism. (The Electronic Intifada – 2.21.13)

In two pieces for the Midland Daily News, the Rev. Jeff Liebmann, minister of the UU Fellowship of Midland, Mich., writes about the meaning of religion and investing in children. (Midland Daily News – 2.23.13, 2.24.13)

In the week leading up to Valentine’s Day, the UU Church of the Shenandoah Valley in Stephens City, Va., held “rolling” marriage equality vigils at locations around the area. (NVDaily – 2.11.13)

See also:
Local Church Advocates for Gay Rights (Winchester Star – 2.11.13)
Unitarians stand for marriage equality (Winchester Star – 2.14.13)

The Rev. David Carl Olson, minister of First Unitarian Church of Baltimore, Md., spoke to a group who gathered outside of a Walmart to protest low-wage employers and demand a higher minimum wage. (The Baltimore Sun – 2.21.13)

The UU Church of Marietta, Ga., hosted its annual Great Community Paper Airplane Contest. (The Marietta Times – 2.25.13)

Members of the Oak Ridge, Tenn., UU Church, who voted in September to sell their building and land to a commercial developer, have now purchased a parcel of land on which to build a new church. (Oak Ridge Today – 9.30.12, 2.27.13)

The UU Church of Farmington, Mich., is one of three local businesses and organizations being honored for their “community longevity.” (Observer & Eccentric – 2.21.13)

The Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, La., will ordain Nathan Ryan as a UU minister. (The Advocate – 2.27.13)

The UU Church of Savannah, Ga., celebrated the installation of their new minister, the Rev. David Messner. (Savannah Morning News – 2.24.13)