NY congregation’s civil rights legacy, and other UUs in the media

Congregation’s civil rights legacy intersects with minister’s personal journey

During her tenure of more than ten years as minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau in Garden City, N.Y.*, the Rev. Hope Johnson has built a solid relationship with the congregation and continues its legacy of civil rights justice work. (Long Island Newsday – 2.13.14)

Other articles in the profile include:

“The Rev. Hope Johnson: Living a legacy” (Long Island Newsday – 2.13.14)

“Tackling civil rights from the pulpit” (Long Island Newsday – 2.14.14)

Celebrating Valentine’s Day by rallying for marriage equality

Williamsburg Unitarian Universalist Church members gathered at the county courthouse in Williamsburg, Va., to celebrate a recent federal court ruling that lifted Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage and vowed to continue to visit each Valentine’s Day until marriage equality comes to their state. (Virginia Gazette – 2.14.14)

Members of the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Neb., gathered at their state capitol on Valentine’s Day with their Standing on the Side of Love banner to celebrate the holiday by showing their support for marriage equality. (1011now.com – 2.17.14)

Other coverage of the Nebraska event includes:

“Marriage equality rally” (klkntv.com – 2.14.14)

“Unitarian Church of Lincoln shows support for marriage equality through rally” (Daily Nebraskan – 2.17.14)

Congregations get involved with community

Olympia Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Olympia, Wa., partnered with other congregations and community members to help shift the homeless population in their community from a temporary, rotating series of camps to permanent homes called Quixote Village. (The New York Times – 2.19.14)

Related: “Washington congregation creates permanent village for homeless” (uuworld.org – 11.11.13)

The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Shelter Rock in Manhasset, N.Y., celebrated a decade of providing financial support to students who wish to pursue music education. Their Edward Miller Memorial Scholarship is named for the congregation’s former music director and is funded by their annual “Cabaret at Shelter Rock” event. (Long Island Newsday – 2.19.14)

Newly installed minister, the Rev. Maddie Sifantus, discussed her plans to help First Unitarian Church in Milford, Mass., return to its former vibrancy by bringing together elders, arts, school, and faith communities. (The Milford Daily News – 2.8.14)

Correction 02.25.14: In the original headline and post, the UU Congregation of Central Nassau was identified as being located in Garden City, N.J. It is located in New York. Click here to return to the corrected paragraph.