Still seeking marriage equality, and more UUs in the media

UUs push for same-sex marriage rights

The Revs. Robin Tanner and Ann Marie Alderman, both ministers of UU churches in North Carolina, sought and were denied a marriage license as part of an action seeking to highlight that same-sex couples are prohibited from being legally married. (Charlotte Observer – 10.9.13)

The Rev. Mark Kiyimba, minister of the UU Church of Kampala, Uganda, will be among speakers at the March on Springfield for Marriage Equality on Oct. 22 in Illinois. (Chicago Pride – 10.14.13)

Randy Block of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network was quoted in a piece about a Michigan judge who has scheduled a trial to see if couples in that state should be allowed to marry. The Rev. Dr. Cynthia Landrum of the Universalist Unitarian Church of East Liberty was quoted in a report immediately following the judge’s announcement of the trial. (USA Today – 10.14.13, Jackson Citizen Patriot – 10.16.13)

Couple Tibby Middleton and Barbara Kenny celebrated their wedding at the UU Congregation of Frederick, Md., after 47 years together. The couple left Utah after facing persecution, came to Virginia, then moved to Maryland seeking a community that would welcome them. (Washington Post – 10.12.13)

UU churches honored among “best,” a controversial cross, and more

Tapestry, a Unitarian Universalist Congregation, was named “Best Church” by a local media outlet. (OC Weekly)

First UU Church of Houston was named the fourth-best church for LGBT people in Houston. (Houston Press – 10.17.13)

A controversial cross display will stay in place while the town of Middleborough, Mass., seeks private groups to take over its ownership and care. Originally built in the 1950s as part of an ecumenical effort that included the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Middleborough, the cross has since become the focus of complaints that it amounts to a violation of separation of church and state. UU Jeff Stevens spoke for moving the cross to private land at a public meeting. (Boston Globe – 10.13.13)

UUA President Peter Morales published a piece exploring science and meaning. (The New Atlantis – Summer 2013)

Oak Ridge UU Church started construction on its new building. (Oak Ridge Today – 10.17.13)

Several UUs were among a large group of faith leaders that visited politicians last week in an effort to encourage an end to the federal government shutdown (which subsequently ended later in the week). (The Nation – 10.16.13)

The Rev. Christian Schmidt, the writer of this column, was featured in a piece in the Malden Observer for his new ministry and installation ceremony, which included UUA President Peter Morales. (Malden Observer – 10.11.13) The Unitarian Universalist Church of Southeastern Arizon, in Sierra Vista, Ariz., a welcomed Christiane Heyde as its new minister. (The Sierra Vista Herald – 10.13.13)

A piece in the Indian Country Media Network discussed the UUA’s work on the Doctrine of Discovery. (Indian Country Media Network – 10.14.13)