Couple’s WWII heroism subject of film, and other UUs in the media

Unitarian couple’s WWII heroism subject of film

Artemis Joukowsky III has directed and co-produced a documentary film, Two Who Dared: The Sharps’ War, about the work his grandparents—Unitarians Martha and the Rev. Waitstill Sharp—did to aid refugees and dissidents in Europe during World War II. The film has been screening at film festivals, museums, libraries, and churches, and has won several awards. (The Recorder – 4.3.13)

See also:
‘Two Who Dared’ puts UUSC founders’ heroism on film ( – 4.1.13)
Church reflects on message of ‘Two Who Dared’ (Quad-City Times – 4.2.13)
Story of Courage and Rescue during World War II to be Shown at Venues Around the Country (San Francisco Chronicle – 4.8.13)
USC Upstate sponsors movie screening of “The Two Who Dared – The Sharps’ War,” April 7 (USC Upstate – 4.4.13)
FPUU to show premiere of ‘Two Who Dared’ (Canton Citizen – 4.4.13)

UUA, UUSC show support for marriage equality

UUA President Peter Morales and United Church of Christ President Geoffrey Black spoke about supporting marriage equality at a joint event in Providence, Rhode Island. (The Boston Globe  – 4.6.13)

On the fourth anniversary of Iowa legalizing same-sex marriage, the Rev. Jay Wolin of the UU Congregation of Quad Cities talks about the joy it has brought him to perform same-sex weddings, and how he believes society is shifting toward acceptance of marriage equality. (WQAD – 4.3.13)

UUs seek improved gun regulation

The Rev. Bill Sinkford, senior minister of First Unitarian Church in Portland, Ore., and former UUA president, spoke at a large gun safety rally, saying that, “The tougher the gun safety laws are in any state the fewer gun deaths there are.” (Statesman Journal – 4.4.13)

Members of the UU Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, Calif., put together a petition that asks the city council to encourage gun control by limiting the number of stores that sell firearms and opposing gun shows at the county fairgrounds. (U-T San Diego – 4.7.13)

Church’s ad pledges support for LGBT community, and more

Eight Denton, Tex., churches, including the Denton UU Fellowship, ran an ad in the local paper pledging support for and inclusion of the LGBT community. (Dallas Voice – 4.1.13)

The Rev. Michael A. Schuler, minister of First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisc., is quoted in an article about churches using social media to attract members. (The Capital Times – 4.4.13)

The Rev. Lara Hoke, of the UU Congregation in Andover, Mass., is quoted in a Boston Globe story about hundreds of people gathering for an immigration reform rally in Boston. (4.7.13)

The Social Justice Committee of the UU Congregation in Binghampton, N.Y., hosted a panel discussion on immigration. (WBNG – 4.7.13)

See also: Local Church Discusses Immigration (WICZ – 4.7.13)

With a plan in place to rebuild the UU Church of Brunswick, Maine, which was destroyed in a 2011 fire, the minister and members talk about how the spirit of the old church will live on in the new building. (Bangor Daily News – 4.3.13)

First Parish in Taunton, Mass., has started offering Soulful Sundown services. (Taunton Gazette – 4.7.13)

The Rev. Don Garrett, minister of the UU Church of the Lehigh Valley in Bethlehem, Pa., writes about how UU congregations embrace the American value of e pluribus unum, “out of many, one.” (The Morning Call – 4.5.13)

The Rev. David Green, minister of Amarillo UU Fellowship in Texas, writes about the benefits of being a “giver.” (Amarillo Globe-News – 4.5.13)

The Rev. Tom Goldsmith, of First Unitarian Church of Salt Lake City, lead a “Funeral for the Future” service to protest the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline project. (The Salt Lake Tribune – 4.4.13)

Zach Wahls, author of My Two Moms, talks about growing up as the child of a lesbian couple and about his work to end the Boy Scouts’ ban on gay members. (Globe Gazette – 4.7.13)

See related: Young activist takes on Boys Scouts (UU World – Winter 2012)

Pete Seeger joined composer/guitarist Jim Scott and others in a benefit concert for the UU Service Committee. (Daily Voice – 4.7.13)

The Rev. Sean Parker Dennison is the new settled minister of the UU Congregation in McHenry, Ill. (Northwest Herald – 4.4.13)