Congregation gives $680K for Sandy relief, and other UUs in the media

UU congregation gives $680,000 for Sandy relief

The UU Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., will give $680,000 in grants to five area organizations for Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Read more about Shelter Rock’s history of charitable giving through its Veatch Program. (The Island Now – 3.28.13, UU World – Fall 2005)

Immigration reform, an end-of-life bill, and more

The Boston Globe picked up an AP story about the UUA moving its headquarters from Beacon Hill to South Boston. (Boston Globe – 3.24.13)

See also:
UUA to purchase new Boston headquarters ( – 3.15.13)
Farewell, 25 Beacon Street? (UU World – Spring 2013)

An article about faith groups working for immigration reform includes efforts by the Unitarian Universalist Association’s “Standing on the Side of Love” campaign to mobilize nationally during Congress’s upcoming in-state district work period. (American Progress – 3.25.13)

Members of the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y., were on hand for a rally in support of immigration reform. (Democrat and Herald – 3.22.13)

The Rev. Douglas Peary, president of the UU Society of Meriden, Conn., is interviewed in an article about a proposed end-of-life bill. The Rev. Joshua Pawelek, of the UU Society: East in Manchester, Conn., is quoted in another article about the proposed bill.  (The CT Mirror – 3.20.13, Westport News – 3.21.13)

Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville is donating 100 percent of the money collected during a Sunday service to help fund the University of Tennessee’s Sex Week, a student-organized event focused on topics of sex, sexuality, and gender. (Channel 6 – 3.24.13)

The Rev. Jay Leach, of the UU Church of Charlotte, N.C., joined other local religious leaders to commemorate the 48th anniversary of the Selma to Montgomery civil rights march. ( – 3.25.13)

An article about musician Catie Curtis, who has performed at the White House holiday concert for three years running, mentions her “increasing participation with Unitarian Universalism.” (Metro Weekly – 3.21.13)

Members of First UU Church of Stockton, Calif., are celebrating the congregation’s 100th anniversary. ( – 3.23.13)

And finally, a reporter for the Washington Post clearly had to dig pretty deep to find any sources for an article about UUs and polyamory, citing a 2007 sermon and the 2004 writings of a former UUA employee. (Washington Post – 3.22.13)