Environmentalist wants churches to take action, and other UUs in the media

UU environmentalist calls on churches to lead

Tim DeChristopher, the UU environmentalist who served time in a federal prison for interfering with a 2008 government oil and gas lease auction, writes about why he thinks churches need to take the moral lead on climate change. (Yes! Magazine – 3.27.15)

See also: “Activism is an act of faith” by Tim DeChristopher (UU World – Winer 2012)

Discrimination not a religious value

The Rev. Debra Haffner, director of the Religious Institute and a community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Conn., responds to Indiana’s “Religious Freedom Restoration Act” and argues that “discrimination is never a religious value.” (Huffington Post – 3.31.15)

Other stories including UU responses to the Religious Freedom Bill include:

“Gay community protests religious freedom law” (Chicago Tribune – 3.27.15)

“How Illinois’ religious freedom law differs from Indiana’s” (WQAD.com – 3.31.15)

“North Carolina considers Indiana-like religious objection law” (Kentucky.com – 4.1.15)

“Protestors Gather At Capitol Against Religious Freedom Bill” (GPB.org – 3.31.15)

“The Sunday After” (Indiana Student Daily – 3.30.15)

In the congregations

The UU Church in Livermore, Calif., partnered with a local United Methodist church to open a free laundry facility for homeless residents. (San Jose Mercury News – 3.31.15)

The UU Congregation of Atlanta, Ga., helps promote a love of reading by providing free books in English and Spanish to Hispanic youth under 17 as part of its annual Fiesta de Libros. (AJC.com – 3.27.15)

All Souls Unitarian Church in Tulsa, Okla., held a service that recreated a 1965 service in support of civil rights marches in Selma, Ala. (Tulsa World – 3.30.15)

A woman was arrested after she intentionally set fire to the foyer of First Parish Church in Plymouth, Mass., Sunday evening, causing damage to the carpet and some furnishings. (South Coast Today – 3.31.15)

The Shreveport Times profiles the Rev. Barbara Jarrell, minister of All Souls UU Church in Shreveport, La., who recently underwent a double mastectomy for breast cancer. (The Shreveport Times – 3.31.15)