UU minister featured in Atlantic gay-marriage story, and other UUs in the media

Minister featured in Atlantic cover story about same-sex marriages

The Rev. Rob Hardies, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., is featured with his fiance, Chris Nealon, and their son, Nico, in the cover story of The Atlantic‘s June issue, “The Gay Guide to Wedded Bliss.” The Rev. Lynn Strauss, of the UU Church of Rockville, Md., is also interviewed in the article, where she describes a “marriage boom” in her congregation since same-sex marriage was legalized—and not just among same-sex couples. (The Atlantic – June 2013)

UUs want Boy Scouts to take equality further

On May 23, the Boy Scouts of America voted to officially allow openly gay scouts, but the group will continue to reject gay leaders. The decision caused strong reactions from all sides, with some saying it doesn’t go far enough toward inclusion and others saying the move will alienate conservatives.

UUA President Peter Morales released a statement saying that “this decision falls short of affirming the worth and dignity of all who would like to participate in scouting.” International publication Pink News wrote about Morales’s statement, and the Denver Post quoted him in a story about mixed reactions to the news. (UUA.org 5.24.13, Pink News – 4.22.13, Denver Post – 5.23.13)

In a statement issued by the Human Rights Campaign, Zach Wahls, a UU, Eagle Scout, and executive director of Scouts for Equality, said: “We welcome the news that the ban on gay scouts is history, but our work isn’t over until we honor the Scout Law by making this American institution open and affirming to all.” (Advocate – 5.24.13)

Wahls also appeared on MSNBC’s The Last Word, where he discussed the historic decision and why he thinks the scouting group needs to be welcoming to gay participants of all ages. (MSNBC)

See related: Zach Wahls takes on Boy Scouts (UU World – Winter 2012)

Youth reflects on service trip, congregation honored at Gala, and more

Nicholas Lombardy, a member of the First Church Unitarian of Littleton, Mass., youth group, reflects on a recent service trip he and others from his congregation took to Jamaica. (The Littleton Independent – 5.18.13)

The Rev. Nan L. White emailed to let us know that more than 50 UUs from four congregations were among the crowd of 400 people at the Penn Center’s annual 1862 Circle Gala, during which the UU Fellowship of Beaufort, S.C., was honored for its support of the Center and of Gullah culture. (Beaufort Gazette – 5.18.13)

See related: A quiet revolutionary (UU World – Spring 2013)

Sarah Campbell received the Clara Barton Sisterhood Award at First Unitarian Church of Pittsburgh, Pa., for her outstanding contributions to the church and community. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 5.20.13)

The Rev. Robert West, a former UUA president, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree at the recent Lynchburg College graduation ceremony. (News & Advance – 5.18.13)