Congregations embrace jazz in worship, and other UUs in the media

Congregations embrace jazz in worship

The Atlantic looks at the use of jazz music in Christian worship, and talks to the Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York, whose congregation has held jazz services since 2000. (The Atlantic – 3.14.13)

Guengerich also appears in a 2003 UU World feature article about jazz and Unitarian Universalist theology.

UUs work to improve their communities

A small group of volunteers, primarily members of the UU Church of Fresno, Calif., has been working to improve conditions in local homeless encampments. ( – 3.14.13)

First Religious Society (UU) of Newburyport, Mass., has joined with three other area congregations to raise money to restore and maintain a local playground. (Newburyport Daily News – 3.18.13)

The Champlain Valley UU Society in Middlebury, Vt., hosted a forum on “Our Guns, Our Towns, Our Questions,” to help educate the community about current firearms regulations and the ways firearms affect peoples’ lives. (The Addison Independent – 3.14.13)

Mysterious graffiti, immigration reform, and more

A stencil-style graffiti image of 18th-century writer Mary Wollstonecraft has appeared on the side of the Newington Green Unitarian Chapel in London, England, coinciding with a current campaign to create a statue to the feminist icon. (Islington Gazette – 3.15.13)

In an article about clergy seeking immigration reform, the Rev. Susan Karlson, of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton, N.Y., talks about the difficulties immigrants often face trying to access government services, healthcare, and more. (Staten Island Advance – 3.16.13)

UU Treasurer Tim Brennan talks about the Association’s decision to leave its historic home on Beacon Hill and relocate to South Boston. (WBZ-AM Radio – 3.15.13)

The Rev. Jeff Liebmann, of the UU Fellowship of Midland, Mich., is quoted in a story about a stalled state Senate bill that would let health care insurers and providers opt out of offering services based on moral objections. (90.5 WKAR – 3.15.13)

The Rev. Dr. Stanley Sears, of the UU Society of Auburn, N.Y., writes that, rather than giving something up for Lent, he uses it as an opportunity to talk about faith. (The Auburn Citizen – 3.17.13)