Asking questions leads to Jeopardy! win, and other UUs in the media

UU is three-day Jeopardy! champ

Tim Anderson, music director at the UU Church in Rockford, Ill., recently appeared as a contestant on “Jeopardy!” Anderson was a three-day champion, earning $58,001. (Rockford Register Star – 6.6.13, 6.12.13)

‘God Revised’ author talks religion, community

Paul Hiebert interviews the Rev. Galen Guengerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City and author of God Revised: How Religion Must Evolve in a Scientific Age, about Unitarian Universalism, God, community, and religious fundamentalists. (Pacific Standard – 6.6.13)

Teens tour civil-rights hotspots, the sexualization of warfare, and more

After a month spent studying the people, places, and events of the civil rights movement, a group of 10 teenagers from University UU Society in Orlando, Fla., took a five-day tour of civil-rights memorials and museums in Georgia and Alabama. One of the participants, describing the tour, said it was “eye-opening that it all really happened and it was more of a movement than a brief turbulence in history.” (Orlando Sentinel – 6.10.13)

Bank Street Unitarian Chapel in Bolton, England—one of about 20 churches in the country to be granted the right to perform same-sex civil partnership ceremonies—is celebrating its first bookings for such ceremonies. (This Is Lancashire – 6.9.13)

In an article about same-sex marriage in Maryland, James Gibbons Walker, of the UU Fellowship of Southern Maryland, talks about his congregation’s support for marriage equality and how he is “very happy” to perform same-sex weddings. ( – 6.7.13)

Watch a video about the founders of St. Louis who are buried in Bellefontaine Cemetery, including notable Unitarian the Rev. William Greenleaf Elliot. (KTVI – 6.12.13)

The Rev. Dr. Stan Sears, of the Auburn, N.Y., UU Society, reflects on the show “Game of Thrones,” its parallels with our society, and the sexualization of warfare. (The Citizen – 6.9.13)

In an article about parents talking to their kids about sex, Wendy Shaver, a member and former youth director of the Unitarian Church of Harrisburg, Pa., discusses the Our Whole Lives (OWL) program and why she talks openly to her daughter about sex and sexuality. ( – 6.9.13)

The Rev. Steve Aschmann, minister of the UU Congregation of Erie, Pa., writes about Unitarian Universalism and the personal “journey of faith.” (Erie Times-News – 6.8.13)

Hundreds of Moral Monday protestors, among them many UUs, gathered in Raleigh, N.C., to speak out against Republican-proposed policies they say will hurt the poor. (The Herald-Sun – 6.10.13)

The UU Church in Meriden, Conn., presented its Humanitarian of the Year award to Sharon Scully. (Meriden Record-Journal – 6.9.13)

UUs in the Media will be on hiatus while I am at General Assembly and will return on June 28. You can follow daily General Assembly news and events on UU World‘s GA blog.