California church sues NSA, and other UUs in the media

Los Angeles church leads lawsuit against NSA

First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles is the lead plaintiff in a federal lawsuit against the National Security Agency, which the group of 19 organizations bringing the case says violated Americans’ “First Amendment right of association by illegally collecting their call records” as part of its antiterrorism surveillance program. (KCET – 7.16.13)

Among the many stories covering the lawsuit were:

Unitarians, gun lovers, and pot advocates sue the NSA over spying program (Mother Jones – 7.17.13)

Church, advocacy groups sue NSA over surveillance (PC World – 7.16.13)

Church, rights groups sue NSA over spying (Kansas City infoZine – 7.17.13)

Unlikely coalition sues NSA over phone surveillance (sv411 – 7.17.13)

Californians sue over NSA surveillance (Examiner – 7.17.13)

Dedham church hosts talk by Catholic reformist

More than 500 people gathered to hear the Rev. Helmut Schuller, a reformist Catholic priest from Austria, speak at First Church and Parish in Dedham, Mass. Schuller was supposed to speak at Dedham’s Saint Susanna Parish, but Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley banned his appearance, in part due to Schuller’s advocacy for ordaining women and married men, so the talk was moved to the UU church. (WBUR – 7.18.13)

See also: Priest says grouping parishes will weaken church (Boston Globe – 7.18.13)

Second fire damages UU church

A fire of unknown origin damaged the First Unitarian Cooperative Preschool in San Diego, Calif., on Tuesday, just six months after an arson fire damaged the same property. (KFMB – 7.16.13)

Toshi Seeger, wife of folk legend, dies

Toshi Seeger, wife of UU folk singer Pete Seeger, died at 91. They had been married for almost 70 years. (New York Times – 7.11.13)