Remembering Pete Seeger, and other UUs in the media

Pete Seeger memorials connect his UU faith to his music and activism

A researcher exploring Pete Seeger’s Springfield, Mass., roots highlights his family’s deep connections to Unitarianism and progressive activism. Seeger’s great-grandfather, Dr. Edwin Seeger, was an abolitionist and Unitarian in the 1800s. (The Republican – 1.28.14)

Columnist Andy Ray writes that he saw many similarities between himself, a United Methodist, and Seeger, a Unitarian Universalist. With Seeger’s passing, Ray felt that we lost a true American hero. (Current in Carmel – 1.29.14)

In a 2005 interview reprinted in the Dallas Morning News, Seeger was asked if he considered himself a Unitarian. He responded that although he rarely went to church, he considered himself a Unitarian in the deepest sense of the word. (Dallas Morning News – 1.28.14)

The Rev. Richard R. Davis of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Ore., remembered Seeger as a man who stood for his principles. Davis planned to share his music in a Sunday service honoring the singer. (Statesman Journal – 1.30.14)

Other stories remembering Pete Seeger include:

“The spiritual side of legendary folk singer Pete Seeger” (Deseret News1.29.14)

“Pete Seeger’s time comes” (Religion News Service1.28.14)

UU churches prepare for marriage equality in Va. and Okla., and more

As the debate over marriage equality heats up across their state, Unitarian Universalists in Harrisonburg, Va., voice their hope to ring their church’s bells at weddings for same-sex couples very soon. (WHSV News 3 – 1.24.14)

All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., will hold an engagement party at their church for same-sex couples who are awaiting a final ruling on the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. ( – 1.23.14)

After being legally married to her partner of 39 years in California, the Rev. Theresa Novak of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, has decided to leave the congregation and the state in order to live in California, where her marriage will be legally recognized. (Standard-Examiner – 1.25.14)

Speaking in support of asylum-seekers and immigrants at the Portland City Hall in Portland, Me., the Rev. Mykel Johnson of Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church in Portland connected their plight with Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech on the story of the Good Samaritan. (Portland Press Herald – 1.30.14)

A local art student, assigned the task of completing an interior drawing for a class midterm, chose to recreate the beautiful glass mosaic in First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, Mass., called “The Wanderer.” He hopes to raise awareness of the work as a part of New Beford’s history. (South Coast Today – 1.26.14)