Church targeted in arson, and other UUs in the media

Church targeted in arson

The First UU Church of San Diego, Calif., was targeted in a case of arson. The fire broke out in and around a shed on the property and spread to playground equipment and a storage room but was put out before it could damage the inside of the main building. ( – 1.6.13)

Standing on the Side of Love on “Biggest Loser”

The Standing on the Side of Love campaign made a brief appearance on the season premiere of reality TV show “The Biggest Loser.” The opening montage on contestant Jackson Carter featured him standing in from of an SSL banner. He also spoke about how he was bullied for being gay, which contributed to his weight problem. The banner can be seen at the 12:12 mark in the video. ( – 1.6.13)

Two arrested after church break-in, and more

Two men were arrested for breaking into the UU Church of Owensboro, Ky. Upon apprehension, police discovered that the phone of one of the suspects contained sexually explicit photos of apparent minors. (SurfKY News – 1.9.13)

The First UU Church of Youngstown, Ohio, is having its damaged steeple removed. The congregation is exploring its options, which range from restoring the steeple to replacing it with solar panels or wind turbines. (Youngstown Vindicator – 1.10.13)

The Davies Memorial UU Church in Camp Springs, Md., was featured in a news broadcast covering the passing of same-sex marriage laws in Maryland. (NBC Channel 4/Youtube – 1.1.13)

Andy Reese, ministry associate at the UU Church of Augusta, Maine, is quoted in an article about the area’s largest interfaith event, “Keeping the Dream Alive: Why Dr. King Still Matters.” (The Augusta Chronicle – 1.11.13)

The Oak Ridge UU Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn., is considering buying land at the east end of town after agreeing to sell their current church so that the town can make a new shopping center. (Oak Ridger – 1.9.13, WBIR-TV – 10.1.12)