In the media: Former UUA president performs wedding for web mogul

Former UUA president Buehrens performs wedding for web mogul

Former UUA President John Buehrens officiated at the $10 million wedding of Napster creator and Facebook founding president Sean Parker last weekend. The fantasy-themed wedding, held in a forest in Big Sur, California, reportedly had 300 guests, elaborate sets, and clothing by an Academy award-winning costume designer. Sadly, the article doesn’t mention what Buehrens wore—feel free to speculate. (Daily Mail – 6.2.13)

Texas state rep talks religious diversity, a roller derby Sunday service, and more

Rep. Donna Howard, D-Austin, a UU, recently spoke out for religious diversity at the Texas Legislature, which begins each session with a prayer, saying in part: “So before we begin . . . let us collectively observe a moment of silence while we individually look to whatever source we choose and invoke guidance and inspiration for the work before us and the decisions we will be making.” (Austin-American Statesman – 6.1.13)

Watch a video of the Hard Knox Roller Derby Team taking part in a Sunday service at Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, Tenn. (WBIR – 6.3.13)

The UU Fellowship of Athens, Ga., held its inaugural Harry Potter-themed youth camp. (Athens Banner-Herald – 6.5.13)

Read more about UU summer programs for kids: ‘The only place I can really be me‘ (UU World – Summer 2013)

The Rev. Nate C. Walker, minister of First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia, Pa., talks to the Philadelphia Daily News about his church and about the UU faith. ( – 6.1.13)

Read more about First Unitarian Church of Philadelphia: Saving a historic church (UU World – Fall 2011)

The Rev. Robert Murphy, minister of the UU Fellowship of Falmouth, Mass., has experience ministering to people who have lost homes and businesses to hurricanes, so to mark the beginning of hurricane season he held an interfaith prayer service to “reflect on community needs in a changing environment.” (Cape Cod Times – 6.1.13)

Enjoy a short news video of the UU Church of Binghamton, N.Y., hosting a Pride Community Picnic in honor of LGBTQ Pride Month. ( – 6.2.13)

Members of the Unitarian Church of Staten Island in New Brighton, N.Y., participated in Staten Island’s ninth-annual LGBT Pride Parade and Festival. (Staten Island Advance – 6.1.13)

The UU Congregation of McHenry, Ill., recently voted to adopt the name Tree of Life Unitarian Universalist Congregation. (Chicago Tribune – 6.3.13)

Members of the UU Church of Greater Lynn in Swampscott, Mass., voted to call the Rev. Dr. Victoria Weinstein as their new minister. (The Marblehead Reporter – 6.4.13)

Eliza Tupper Wilkes, a Universalist who founded, among other things, at least 11 churches, is buried in her husband’s grave, with no marker of her own or indication that she is buried there. Members of All Souls Church in Sioux Falls, S. Dak., hope that will change. ( – 5.31.13)