Civil rights activists remembered, and other UUs in the media

UUs profiled for roles in civil rights struggle

With the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr’s famous “I have a dream” speech approaching, Unitarian Universalists have been in the news for their roles in the civil rights movement. The Rev. Eugene Pickett, a former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, was interviewed about the March on Washington. (Religion News)

UU Viola Liuzzo, who was killed in 1965 while working for voters’ rights in Alabama, was profiled this week as part of a series on civil rights martyrs. (NPR – 08.12.13)

Teen activism, health care oddities, and more

A UU teen in Charlottesville, Va., Hayley Owens, is working on measures to help prevent teen pregnancy as part of the National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy’s Youth Leadership Team. (The Daily Progress – 08.11.13)

Casas de Luz, a social action project sponsored by the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito, Calif., will get the proceeds of a benefit concert organized by two teenagers. (Del Mar Times – 08.11.13)

The Unitarian Universalist Association’s health plan director, Jim Sargent, was quoted in a story about a quirk in health care legislation that makes church employees who use church-sponsored health plans ineligible for certain credits. Several religious groups are working with politicians in an attempt to fix the issue. (Huffington Post Religion – 08.09.13)

The Rev. Chuck Freeman, director of the Texas Unitarian Universalist Justice Ministry, is organizing a Clergy Gitmo Justice Fast in solidarity with detainees at Guantanamo. (Huffington Post – 08.12.13)

The Auckland, New Zealand, Unitarian Church will host the wedding of a couple who won a radio competition to be one of the first same-sex couples married in New Zealand after the original site, an Anglican church, was prohibited from doing so by church officials. (Harbour News – 08.16.13)