UUs speak for equality as Supreme Court meets, and other UUs in the media

As Supreme Court debates, UUs speak out for marriage equality

With the Supreme Court’s marriage equality hearings, it’s no surprise that there were lots of Standing on the Side of Love campaign sightings in the media recently. The distinctive yellow banners appeared in videos on CBC News, The Rachel Maddow Show, Anderson Cooper 360, ABC News, and in a Human Rights Campaign video. They also show up in a slideshow of photos from outside the court. (CBCNews / ABCNews – 3.26.13, NBCNews / CNN / YouTube – 3.27.13, New Civil Rights Movement – 3.26.13)

The Rev. Ed Hardy and First Parish UU Church of Plymouth, Mass., sent a resolution backing same-sex marriage to the Supreme Court. (Wicked Local Plymouth – 3.31.13)

The Rev. Charlie Davis, of the UU Church of West Lafayette, Ind., spoke at a rally for marriage equality. (Journal Courier – 3.28.13)

The Rev. Steven Protzman, of the UU Society of Iowa City, is quoted in an article about Iowa couples watching the Supreme Court arguments over marriage equality. (kcrg.com – 3.26.13)

The Rev. Jim Nelson, of Neighborhood UU Church of Pasadena, Calif., responds to some of the arguments he heard regarding Proposition 8. (LA Progressive – 3.27.13)

Ministers rally for immigrant rights

The Rev. Barbara Fast of the UU Church in Danbury, Conn., spoke at a prayer vigil for immigrant rights. (Danbury News Times – 3.28.13)

The Rev. Joan VanBecelaere, district executive for the Ohio Meadville District was part of a rally for immigration reform and is quoted in an article about the event. (Examiner – 3.27.13)

A ‘contemptuous’ article, a church prepares to rebuild, and more

Last week, I pointed to a questionably researched article about UUs and polyamory in the Washington Post. (Washington Post – 3.22.13)

Angry UU readers responded to the Post, calling the article “contemptuous” and saying they expected better than “unsupported generalizations and jokes about an entire faith.” (Washington Post – 4.2.13)

Meanwhile, Rush Limbaugh jumped all over the article as proof of the slippery moral slope he thinks same-sex marriage presents. (RushLimbaugh.com – 3.26.13)

Nearly two years after its building was destroyed in a fire, the UU Church of Brunswick, Maine, has permission to begin rebuilding. (The Forecaster – 3.27.13)

See related:
Fire devastates Maine church (uuworld.org – 6.10.11)
From salvaged pew, artisan crafts custom guitar (uuworld.org – 2.15.13)

High school freshman Tilcara Webb, a member of the UU Congregation of Santa Fe, N.Mex., writes about ways that youth groups are working to improve their communities and themselves. (Santa Fe New Mexican – 3.29.13)

First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y., donated a rare hand-printed book designed by Frank Lloyd Wright to the University of Rochester. (Rochester.edu – 4.1.13)

An expensive drum set was stolen from the UU Church of Valdosta, Ga. (WCTV – 3.26.13)

The Rev. Leaf Seligman of Fitchburg’s First Parish Church UU in Fitchburg, Mass., and the Rev. Susan Suchocki Brown, of First Church UU in Leominster, Mass., both appear in an article about Easter. (Sentinel and Enterprise – 3.31.13)

The Rev. Jeanne Lloyd is the new settled minister of the Mattatuck UU Society of Woodbury, Conn. (The Waterbury Observer – 3.30.13)

Ashley Horan is the new consulting minister at the UU Church of Joliet, Ill. (The Herald-News – 3.27.13)