In the media: DeChristopher tells Moyers why he is going to seminary

Tim DeChristopher tells Bill Moyers why he’s headed to seminary

Bill Moyers interviews activist and UU Tim DeChristopher about his trial, the future of the environmental movement, the necessity of civil disobedience, and why he wants to be a UU minister. DeChristopher was recently released after spending 21 months in federal prison for disrupting a 2008 oil and gas auction.

Why Tim DeChristopher Went to Prison for His Protest from on Vimeo.

A transcript of the interview is also available on the site. ( – 5.24.13)

More UU activists in the news

The Times of Trenton profiles climate change activist Ellie Whitney, a member of the UU Congregation of Princeton, N.J. ( – 5.27.13)

See related: Read Whitney’s Winter 2012 UU World article, How to meet the climate crisis.

South Church in Portsmouth, N.H., has voted to divest its holdings in fossil fuel stocks over the next five years. (Portsmouth Herald – 5.27.13)

See related: In the Summer 2013 issue of UU World, Tim Brennan, UUA treasurer and chief financial officer, and the Rev. Fred Small, minister of First Parish in Cambridge, Mass., debate whether UUs should divest from fossil fuels.

May 27 was the birthday of 19th-century Unitarian and activist Julia Ward Howe, who founded Mother’s Day and wrote the lyrics to “The Battle Hymn of the Republic,” and the Northwest Herald marks the day by looking back at her life. (Northwest Herald – 5.27.13)

See related: Mother’s Day for peace, as Julia Ward Howe intended ( – 5.19.08)

Congregational news

The UU Society of Bangor, Maine, is having a centennial rededication of its building, which replaced one that was destroyed in the town’s “Great Fire of 1911.” Watch the video to see some lovely footage of the interior of the building and its artifacts. (Bangor Daily News – 5.26.13)

The Rev. Wayne Robinson of All Faiths Unitarian Congregation in Fort Myers, Fla., is retiring. ( – 5.25.13)