A big same-sex marriage in New Zealand and other marriage news
The Auckland Unitarian Church hosted one of the first same-sex marriages in New Zealand, officiated by the Rev. Matt Tittle. (New Zealand Herald – 8.18.13) See a video montage of the event here. (Global Spirit Films – 8.20.13)
See UU World‘s coverage here: ‘Fabulous Gay Wedding’ is New Zealand’s first.
The Rev. Roger Fritts, UU minister and author of For as Long as We Both Shall Live, was featured in a piece about writing wedding vows. (New York Times – 8.18.13)
Hotel in the sea, UUs speak out, and more
Star Island, a retreat center off the New Hampshire coast with roots in Unitarian Universalism and the United Church of Christ, was featured in a piece about island adventures.
The Rev. Galen Guenguerich, senior minister of All Souls Unitarian Church in New York City, wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post about science teaching in schools. (The Washington post – 8.20.13)
For the first time in its three centuries as a congregation, the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church of Scituate has a female minister, the Rev. Pamela Barz. (Wicked Local Scituate – 8.22.13)
A teen is on trial for the killing of an elderly couple, including Claudia Mapin, who had been a pastoral associate at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Davis. (Sacramento Bee – 8.14.13)
The First Unitarian Church of Los Angeles continues to make news for its decision to lead a lawsuit against the National Security Agency over privacy issues. (commondreams.org – 8.22.13)
See UU World‘s coverage of the lawsuit here.
The minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Midland (Texas), the Rev. Thomas Schmidt, was quoted expressing his disappointment at the closing of the local Planned Parenthood clinic. (mywesttexas.com – 8.22.13)