Rabbi to lead Michigan UU congregation, and other UUs in the media

Congregation has had a 20-year relationship with their new rabbi

Although the decision of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Grand Traverse in Traverse City, Mich., to call the Rabbi Chava Bahle to serve as their new leader raised some concerns in the Jewish and UU communities, both Bahle and the congregation find it to be a natural extension of their long-existing relationship. (Huffington Post – 2.11.14)

Tulsa UUs ready for legalized same-sex marriage

All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., recently held a Standing on the Side of Love engagement party for same-sex couples to show Oklahoma and its residents that there is a religious community in the state that is ready to embrace same-sex marriage. (Tulsa World – 2.13.14)

Other All Souls engagement party stories include:

“Tulsa Church Throws Engagement Party For Same-Sex Couples” (NewsOn62.12.14)

“Tulsa Unitarian church hosts engagement party for same-sex couples” (Tulsa World – 2.12.14)

UUs join Moral March

Unitarian Universalists joined thousands from North Carolina and across the country to take part in the Moral March in downtown Raleigh, N.C., last weekend. The Rev. Jay Leach of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Charlotte walked with members of his congregation to encourage state leadership to do what’s best for all of North Carolina’s children, teachers, and voters. (Charlotte Observer – 2.8.14)

Other Moral March stories include:

“Religion at the Moral March” (Religion Dispatches – 2.10.14)

“‘Forward Together, Not One Step Back’: Moral March Brings Out Tens of Thousands of Progressives” (RH Reality Check – 2.9.14)

“March in Raleigh draws tens of thousands” (Daily Kos – 2.9.14)

More UUs in the media

Prominent local officials and citizens of all ages turned out at the First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, Mass., to take part in the 14th annual Frederick Douglass read-a-thon. Douglass had a historical connection to the congregation; his first job as a free man was shoveling coal for the church’s minister. (South Coast Today – 2.10.14)

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Birmingham, Ala., celebrated its 60-year history last weekend, including its connection to the Selma, Ala., civil rights marches, and looked to the future to discern the role they hope to play in the larger community. (al.com – 2.07.14)

In commemoration of Darwin Day, the Rev. Jacqueline Luck of the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Gray, Tenn., joined a panel discussion on religion and science at East Tennessee State University. She emphasized the importance of embracing mainstream science with her congregation. (Johnson City Press – 2.9.14)