Unity Temple, All Souls (DC) win big grants, and other UUs in the media

Churches win big grants for restoration

The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple UU Congregation in Oak Park, Ill., won a $10 million grant that will pay for major restoration work on the historic building. (Chicago Tribune – 5.15.13)

Ten Washington, D.C., projects were awarded large grants from the Partners in Preservation contest, including All Souls Church Unitarian, which will receive $50,000 to repair its bell tower. (The Washington Post – 5.4.13)

Boston bell-ringers, a call for safer factories, and more

An article in the Boston Globe explores the recent history of the bells at Arlington Street Church in Boston, and the people responsible for ringing them. (The Boston Globe – 5.8.13)

The New York Times reports that a coalition of religious groups and investors, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, is urging large retailers to sign a plan to improve factory safety in Bangladesh. (New York Times – 5.16.13)

Animals—and humans’ interconnection with them—were the focus of a Celebration of Human and Animal Companionship, part of the 100th anniversary celebration of UU Church of Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Post – 5.10.13)

Same-sex couples in Minnesota will be eligible to get marriage licenses starting August 1, and First Universalist Church of Minneapolis is preparing for dozens of weddings. (KAALtv.com – 5.14.13)

A slideshow of photos from the same-sex marriage victory at the Minnesota Capitol includes a shot of the Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, of the White Bear UU Church in Mahtomedi, and another with a woman in a Standing on the Side of Love shirt. (Twin Cities Daily Planet – 5.13.13)

Two years after after their church was destroyed in a fire, the congregation of the UU Church of Brunswick, Maine, has broken ground on a new home. (uuworld.org – 6.10.11, WCSH-TV – 5.12.13)

Cary Neeper, an author and member of the Unitarian Church of Los Alamos, N. Mex., was named a silver medalist in the 2013 Nautilus Book Awards for her teen novel The Webs of Varok. (Nautilus Books)

Namaqua UU Congregration in Loveland, Colo., held a Mother’s Day Stand for Peace. (Reporter Herald – 5.12.13)

Seth Carrier has been called as the new minister of the UU Church of Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Free Press – 5.9.13)