UUA president arrested rallying for immigration reform, and other UUs in the media

Morales arrested at immigration reform protest, and other actions

Despite a federal government shutdown, things aren’t quiet in Washington, D.C., where Unitarian Universalist Association President Peter Morales was arrested, along with politicians and others, during a protest for immigration reform. He writes here about his reasons for protesting.  (Denver Post – 10.9.13, Washington Post – 10.8.13, Boston Pilot – 10.8.13, & Huffington Post – 10.9.13)

See UU World’s coverage and a photo gallery of the day.

Rev. Fred Small, senior minister of the First Parish in Cambridge, Mass., spoke at a rally urging Boston-area NPR affiliate WGBH to remove conservative billionaire David Koch from its board of trustees, in part for his support of industry that and regulations that encourage climate change. (Boston Herald – 10.10.13)

Jesse Jaeger, executive director of Unitarian Universalist Mass Action, a statewide legislative ministry in Massachusetts, was interviewed about his organization’s work to get the Trust Act, which would keep local law enforcement from sending cases to federal officials, passed. (Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise – 10.4.13)

Building news and same-sex marriage

The Unitarian Universalists of Central Oregon broke ground on a new building; it currently meets in rented space. (Cascade Business News – 10.1.13)

Gunnison Memorial Chapel at St. Lawrence University in Canton, N.Y., was severely damaged by a fire and subsequent winds. The university was founded by Universalists, has as its current president UU minister William Fox, and the chapel was named for Almon Gunnison, a Universalist minister who was the university’s president from 1899-1913. (North Country Now – 10.7.13)

First Unitarian Church of Sioux City, Iowa, dedicated its building’s new accessibility features, including a lift and bathroom. (Sioux City Journal – 10.8.13)

The Rev. Manish Mishra-Marzetti, senior minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cherry Hill, N.J., was interviewed about his joy after hearing that a judge in New Jersey said same-sex couples must be allowed to marry. (Philly.com – 9.30.13)