Dropping love bombs, and other UUs in the media

UU youth get their congregation involved in random acts of kindness

Youth from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of La Crosse, Wisc., are leaving handmade gifts around their community as a way to spread kindness, peace, and joy to others. With the help of their congregation, they have “love bombed” their local city hall, nursing homes, and hospitals. (News8000.com – 3.3.14)

Supporting expanded health insurance coverage, and more

As part of ongoing “Truthful Tuesday” protests of South Carolina’s refusal to expand Medicaid, 11 people were arrested for blocking the entrance to a Statehouse parking garage. The Rev. Pat Jobe of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, S.C., was among those arrested. (943wsc.com – 3.5.14)

In letters sent to members of the Florida Legislature, the Rev. Wayne Robinson, recently retired from All Faiths Unitarian Congregation in Fort Myers, Fla., urged them to show mercy and provide health coverage to Floridians too poor to qualify for subsidized plans under the Affordable Care Act. (Health News Florida – 3.3.14)

Lyn Betz, an intern minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Concord, Ma., shared her experience obtaining affordable health insurance under the new Affordable Care Act after spending years struggling to get coverage on the open market because of a pre-existing condition. (Concord Monitor – 3.2.14)

The Rev. Kit Ketcham of the Pacific Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Astoria, Ore., shares her personal journey in understanding and embracing LGBTQ friends and loved ones and how it inspired her passionate advocacy for helping them attain equal rights. (The Daily Astorian – 2.28.14)

The Rev. Terence Ellen of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Greater Cumberland, in Cumberland, Md., was arrested along with three others during a peaceful protest of a planned liquefied natural gas facility at Cove Point in Southern Maryland. (thebaynet.com – 2.27.14)

Living out their commitment to use their new church building to be of service to the community, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills, in Somerville, N.J., has partnered with United Way of Northern New Jersey to provide free  onsite tax-preparation services. (The Messenger-Gazette – 2.28.14)

UUA President the Rev. Peter Morales helped Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisc., dedicate their new sanctuary, intentionally expanded to seat 350 so that the congregation could welcome more newcomers. (postcrescent.com – 2.28.14)

Gladys Sanchez will be the new director of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of DeKalb, Ill. Born in the Philippines, Sanchez will bring a global perspective and an emphasis on youth engagement in social justice to the congregation’s religious education program. (Daily Chronicle – 2.28.14)

For this year’s birthday celebration of early Unitarian pioneer the Rev. Dr. Joseph Priestley, Unitarian Universalists of the Susquehanna Valley in Northumberland, Pa., have invited members from Mount Vernon Unitarian Church in Alexandria, Va., to present a special program on Priestley. (The Daily Item – 3.4.14)