Milwaukee congregation a divestment leader, and other UUs in the media

Milwaukee congregation to divest from fossil fuels

First Unitarian Society of Milwaukee, Wisc., has joined the divestment movement, announcing its plan to sell all holdings in fossil fuel companies as a way to combat climate change. The congregation says they are the first religious institution in the country to completely divest from fossil fuels. (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – 7.20.13)

See also: Four UU congregations pull investments from fossil fuel companies ( – 6.17.13)

Related: The 2013 UUA General Assembly voted to adopt an Action of Immediate Witness that called for delegates to “begin a denomination-wide conversation within their congregations about divesting from fossil fuels or exercising shareholder influence.” ( – 6.23.13)

Feeding the hungry, rallying for gun safety, and more

The Social Action Committee of the Unitarian Church in Summit, N.J., donated $2,000 to Summit Helping Its People, a group that feeds area residents in need. (Independent Press – 7.21.13)

Survivors of gun violence, including Tammy Sommers, who was injured during the 2008 shooting at Tennessee Valley UU Church in Knoxville, joined others to rally for legislation that would expand background checks for gun buyers. ( – 7.28.08, – 6.25.13)

The Interfaith Peace Camp, a weeklong camp that teaches children about the meaning of peace in different religions, celebrated its 10th anniversary. (Danbury News Times – 7.20.13)