Remembering civil rights heroes, and other UUs in the media

Minister who survived attack honors James Reeb

The Rev. Clark Olsen joined members of All Souls Unitarian Church in Washington, D.C., to honor the memory of the Rev. James Reeb who died in Selma, Ala., 49 years ago while participating in the historic civil rights march held there. Olsen survived the attack that killed the Rev. James Reeb. ( – 3.9.14)

Viola Liuzzo will be among the women honored at the Michigan Women’s Historical Center and Hall of Fame for the significant roles they played in the struggle for civil rights. Randy Block, of the Michigan Unitarian Universalist Social Justice Network, also hopes that less visible women like Nellie Cuellar will become more well-known through such exhibits. (Detroit Free Press – 3.9.14)

Rethinking worship for non-UUs, helping the homeless, and more

Members of the lay-led Bismarck-Mandan Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Bismarck, N.D., have started a new service series to respond to our denomination’s call to become more inclusive to the wider community. The new services will be held on Wednesdays and focus on learning and discussion of different religious and philosophical traditions. (Bismarck Tribune – 3.8.14)

Faced with the difficult situation of offering adequate help to the homeless population coming through her church’s doors, the Rev. Christana Wille McKnight of First Parish Church in Taunton, Mass., partnered with another local minister to support his existing outreach ministry and help those in serious need in their community. (Taunton Daily Gazette – 3.7.14)

Woodinville Unitarian Universalist Church in Woodinville, Wash., is hosting a homeless camp called Camp Unity for the fifth time. The camp provides housing for people not served by existing state programs, and the congregation has been grateful for their help in maintaining and repairing the church. (The Woodinville Weekly – 3.11.14)

Despite the generally conservative culture in Mississippi, some towns in the state have passed resolutions supporting full equality for all in their community, including Oxford, Miss. A divinity school student and member of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Oxford, Gail Stratton, feels welcome and supported there. ( – 3.11.14)

After a so-called Arizona-style anti-gay bill was introduced in Mississippi, leaders in the state are divided over whether to support it. The Rev. Todd Allen of Our Home Universalist Unitarian Church in Ellisville, Miss., sees the law as a clear way for businesses to use their religious beliefs to refuse service to gays and lesbians. (Edge Boston – 3.8.14)

Christine Bailey, a member of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, Calif., organized a multi-faith exploration of a spiritual and moral response to climate change because she sees our actions or inaction on this planet as the greatest moral issue of our time. (The Sacramento Bee – 3.14.14)

When Megan and Daniel James were invited to talk with the youth at the Champlain Valley Unitarian Universalist Society’s Our Whole Lives class in Middlebury, Vt., they were impressed by the maturity of the group of 12- to 15-year-olds and their comfort with asking questions in a probing, but respectful way. ( – 3.4.14)

First Unitarian Church of Seattle’s early building is profiled for its unique construction and the special role the space played with the congregation and other entities for dramatic plays and concerts, which is a tradition that continues in the church’s current building as well.  (The Seattle Times – 3.7.14)