Congregational film series profiled, and other UUs in the media

People travel from across Illinois for congregation’s film series

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Decatur, Ill., has been showing films on environmental-justice themes for seven years, and their audience continues to grow. Members select films with compelling stories that are timely and highlight aspects of many types of environmentalism. (Herald-Review – 2.22.14)

More news from UU congregations

After reading this year’s UUA Common Read, Behind the Kitchen Door by Saru Jayaraman, members of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Mankato, Minn., decided to take what they learned into their community. Visiting a different restaurant each week, members talk with managers about the importance of giving staff the option to take sick leave. (The Free Press – 2.21.14)

In researching a historic candlestick owned by the congregation, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society in Stamford, Conn., discovered a connection to the Civil Rights Movement. The member found a copy of an open letter sent from the 1963 sixth grade religious education class to the children of Birmingham, Ala., with condolences on violence their city had been experiencing. (Stamford Advocate – 2.26.14)

After members spent a month reflecting on the transformative power of love at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, Mass., they felt ready to take their love into the world in each and every one of their words and deeds. (The Marblehead Reporter – 2.24.14)

Religious education students at First Unitarian Universalist Church of Indiana, Pa., helped support a county-run hunger program for children as their social justice project. They created money-collection jars for taking special collections during February and shared their ideas about why this program is so important. (The Indiana Gazette – 2.22.14)

North Shore Unitarian Universalists of Lacombe, La., were profiled in their local news for the labyrinth on their church grounds. A spokesperson from the congregation explained that the labyrinth is a meditational tool they use to help members begin their spiritual journeys. ( – 2.25.14)

When some members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio, explained that as humanists, they did not believe in a higher power but in reason and humanity, the interfaith community group of which they are members, called Building Responsibility, Equality and Dignity or BREAD, agreed to change the wording of their materials to acknowledge this perspective. (The Columbus Dispatch – 2.21.14)

First Unitarian Universalist Church of Columbus, Ohio, is profiled for embracing diverse religious beliefs and practices. As non-theistic members of the church have increasingly found a home there, they are eager to reach the broader community of people they know hunger for a similar connection. (The Columbus Dispatch – 2.21.14)

The Rev. Tricia Hart recently took a position as interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Charleston, W.Va. In an interview with the city’s newspaper, she discussed her religious background and what she hopes to help the congregation achieve during her time there. (Charleston Daily Mail – 2.25.14)

After initially wanting to decline a request to help shelter some of the local homeless population near the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Salem, Ma., the Rev. Richard Davis changed his mind, remembering the importance of how empty space helps us remain open to possibilities. (Statesman Journal – 2.21.14)