Activist Tim DeChristopher on Letterman, and other UUs in the media

Tim DeChristopher appears on Late Show

UU and climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who served a 21-month prison sentence for disrupting a 2008 federal oil-and-gas leasing auction, appeared on “The Late Show with David Letterman” on June 25, where he talked about his bidding experience, going to prison, and the new documentary about him, Bidder 70. (YouTube)

DeChristopher also spoke to the Courier-Journal when he was in Louisville, Ky., for the UUA’s General Assembly. (6.29.13)

For more on DeChristopher:

On banks of Ohio River, UUs rally for clean energy ( – 6.20.13)

Tim DeChristopher’s path (UU World – Winter 2012)

Activism is an act of faith (UU World – Winter 2012)

UU responses to marriage equality, Voting Rights Act rulings

The recent Supreme Court rulings surrounding marriage equality have reinvigorated marriage rights activists in New Jersey, where civil unions are legal but not same-sex marriage. The Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, of the UU Church in Cherry Hill, N.J., shared links to several recent news stories that include mentions of the congregation’s work in this area, including an opinion piece he wrote and two news videos, one of which featured he and his family. (The Inquirer – 6.27.13, Courier Post – 6.28.13, Channel 6 ABC – 6.27.13, Channel 3 CBS – 6.26.13)

The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt and the Rev. Meg Barnhouse, both UU ministers, respond with joy and outrage to the Supreme Court’s marriage equality rulings and its decision to throw out Section Four(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. (Huffington Post – 6.29.13)

With same-sex marriages set to resume in California, Conejo Valley UU Fellowship in Thousand Oaks, Calif., announced that it will waive its sanctuary rental fee for gay and lesbian couples who want to wed at the church. (The Acorn – 7.3.13)

Holocaust heroes, a day of service, and more

NPR’s “Here & Now” featured a story about the documentary Two Who Dared, which chronicles the work of a Unitarian minister and his wife who worked to save refugees during the Holocaust. (WBUR – 6.26.13)

First Parish UU in Kingston, Mass., held a Service Day, during which members volunteered to help individuals with various tasks or worked on community projects. (Wicked Local Kingston – 6.27.13)

DuPage UU Church in Naperville, Ill., a Green Sanctuary, was awarded an Earth Flag for environmental sustainability from DuPage County and SCARCE (School & Community Assistance with Recycling & Composting Education). (Chicago Tribune – 6.27.13)