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Unitarian Universalists in the media

A frequently updated guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other sources around the web.

UUs respond to California same-sex marriage ruling, and more

UUs celebrate California’s marriage equality vote
Following the May 15 decision by California’s Supreme Court to legalize same-sex marriage, many same-sex couples who want to get married seem to be waiting for the other shoe to drop. Still, the Rev. Arvid Straube, minister of the First UU Church, says he expects to see plenty of requests for same-sex marriages in the next few months. (San Diego Union Tribune – 5.20.08)

The Rev. Debra Haffner, director of the Religious Institute on Sexual Morality, Justice, and Healing and an endorsed community minister with the Unitarian Church in Westport, Ct., writes about her feelings on marriage ceremonies and commitment following the California ruling. (Huffington Post – 5.16.08)

Marla Scharf, a board member at the First Unitarian Church of San Jose and a volunteer with the UU Legislative Ministry Action Network, California, writes about why marriage should be based on love and commitment rather than gender or race. (San Jose Mercury News – CA 5.20.08)

The Rev. Mike Young, minister of First Unitarian Church of Honolulu, writes about the triumph of California’s same-sex marriage decision. (Honolulu Star-Bulletin – Honolulu, HI 5.17.08)

Church’s OWL program profiled
A television station did a segment on the OWL (Our Whole Lives) sexuality education program at the First UU Society of Burlington, Vt. To watch the video, go to the website and click on “Talking STIs can be uncomfortable” in the sidebar.

Also in the media:

Ted Sorenson, an adviser and speechwriter for President John F. Kennedy, mentions his Unitarianism in an interview on The Diane Rehm Show. (WAMU – May 14, 2008)

The Green Valley News profiles Mary Lou Prince, music director at the UU Congregation of Green Valley, Az. (Green Valley News – Green Valley, AZ 5.15.08)

The UU Fellowship in Newark, Del., has opened its own nonprofit daycare center. (Newark Post – Newark, DE 5.22.08)

Congregants at the UU Church in Belfast, Maine, get a weekly lesson on green living. (Maine Coast Now – Bar Harbor, ME 5.15.08)

Members of the Hattiesburg, Miss., UU Fellowship joined 465 other groups across the nation to create a “Mother’s Day action gift” for climate change. (Hattiesburg American – Hattiesburg, MS 5.17.08)

In an article about whether churches should display U.S. flags, Judith Southard, president of First UU of West Volusia, Fla., says UU churches don’t display national or political flags of any kind. (Daytona Beach News-Journal – Daytona Beach, FL 5.17.08)

The UU Congregation of Danbury, Ct., has decided to join the New Sanctuary Movement. (Newsday – Long Island, NY 5.18.08)

This story on the flower communion at the Unitarian Congregation of Rock County, Wisc., gives a brief overview of UU beliefs, practices, and history. (Janesville Gazette – Janesville, WI 5.19.08)

Cedar Lane UU Church in Bethesda, Md., celebrates the 50th anniversary of its church building. (Business Gazette – Gaithersburg, MD 5.21.08)

The UU Fellowship of Midland, Mich., Social Justice Committee and the Michigan UU Environmental Justice Task Force sponsored a forum on coal energy and renewable energy sources. (The Saginaw News – MLive.com – Saginaw, MI 5.22.08)

Slave-owning ancestors, gay rights, and more

Minister explores ancestors’ slave trade involvement
While researching his family’s history, the Rev. David Pettee, director of Ministerial Credentialing at the Unitarian Universalist Association, discovered that his ancestors had been slaveholders and traders. In an effort to come to terms with this information, Pettee has traveled to Africa, spoken to descendants of the slaves his family owned, and done a lot of reflection. Friday, May 16 he was interviewed on WBUR’s On Point Radio. You can listen to the segment online. (WBUR.org – 5.16.08)

Pettee has also written several essays on his experience:

Claiming Our History, Warts and All (UUA.org – 5.10.07)

The Ties that Bind: A Deeper Exploration of My Family’s History with the Slave Trade (UUA.org – 11.20.07)

California rules in favor of marriage equality
A statement from UUA president the Rev. William Sinkford appeared in a compilation of reactions to California’s recent ruling in favor of same-sex marriage. The California Supreme Court ruled on Thursday, May 15 that the state’s ban on same-sex marriage was unconstitutional. (The Bay Area Reporter – CA 5.15.08)

Read President William G. Sinkford’s statement. (UUA.org – 5.15.08)

UUA pushes Verizon to adopt nondescrimination policy
The UUA, which owns 1,300 shares of Verizon common stock, has been pushing the company to add a gender identity clause to its nondiscrimination policy. (Artvoice – Buffalo, NY)

The proposal to amend Verizon’s equal employment policy to prohibit discrimination based on gender identity was voted down May 1, but backers, including the UUA’s treasurer and vice president of finance Tim Brennan, said they were encouraged by the support they got and plan to continue pushing the matter. (Bay Area Reporter – 5.8.08)

Also in the media:

A statue of the Rev. Thomas Starr King, the Unitarian minister credited with keeping California in the Union during the Civil War, is being replaced in the U.S. Capitol’s National Statuary Hall Collection. (Washington Times – 5.15.08)

UU congregations join other New York churches to raise relief funds for Burma (Myanmar). (Newsday – Long Island, NY 5.10.08)

The UU Congregation of Danbury, Ct., is voting at its annual meeting on whether to join the New Sanctuary Movement. (Danbury News Times – Danbury, CT 5.11.08)

Prairie Circle UU Congregation in Grayslake, Ill., was recognized by the UUA as a member church. (Waukegan News Sun – Waukegan, IL 5.9.08)

In honor of its 300th anniversary, First Unitarian Church in Bedford, Mass., will offer tours of its historic church and grounds. (SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford, MA 5.10.08)

The UU Church of Hagerstown, Md., opens its labyrinth to the public each month. (WHAG – Hagerstown, MD 5.11.08)

Children at the Cape Area Family Resource Center afterschool program will plant and care for a garden prepared by members of the UU Fellowship of Cape Girardeau and the Southeast Missouri Climate Protection Initiative. (Southeast Missourian – Cape Girardeau, MO 5.12.08)

Florida UUs in the news, Ric Masten dies, and more

Florida UUs in the news
The 2008 UUA General Assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is less than two months away, and stories about UU activities and faith are beginning to pop up in Florida’s media coverage.

The Rev. Susanne Nazian, consulting minister for the UU Congregation of Venice, Fla., answers a Q&A about UU beliefs and work. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL 5.3.08)

An article on Tallahassee.com looks at national and local efforts to get the word out about Unitarian Universalism through advertising campaigns. (Tallahassee.com – Tallahassee, FL 5.2.08)

A group of more than 20 Florida spiritual groups and churches, including Manatee UU Fellowship in Bradenton and Interweave Sarasota, hosted an interfaith worship service as part of Sarasota’s Gay Pride Week. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL 5.3.08)

Ric Masten remembered

The Rev. Ric Masten, a poet, artist, and UU community minister whose song “Let It Be a Dance” is well-known in UU congregations, died of prostate cancer May 9. (The Herald – Monterey County, CA 5.11.08)

UU World profiled Masten a few years ago: See Dancing through Life” (November/December 2004).

Also in the media:

The UUA, which owns 1,300 shares of Verizon common stock, is pushing the company to add a gender identity clause to its nondiscrimination policy. (Artvoice – Buffalo, NY)

Kate Burns (a UU) and Sheila Schroeder were convicted of trespassing for staging a sit-in at the Denver county clerk’s office when they were refused a marriage license. (Rocky Mountain News – Denver, CO 5.7.08)

The UU Congregation of the Lowcountry in Bluffton, S.C., hosted a dinner and fundraiser for Upendo Village, a nonprofit that helps people with HIV/AIDS in Kenya. (Hilton Head Island Packet – Hilton Head Island, SC 5.3.08)

Rethink, a group of middle school students from New Orleans, will speak at an annual UU youth conference in Massachusetts. (Duxbury Reporter – MA 5.8.08)

The Rev. Roy Phillips, who led Unity Church-Unitarian in St. Paul, Minn., for nearly three decades, died April 24 at age 66. (Minneapolis Star Tribune – Minneapolis, MN 5.3.08)

The Rev. Beverly Boke, minister of the UU Church in Newport News, Va., writes about what UUs believe. (Daily Press – Newport News, VA 5.3.08)

The Live Oak UU Congregation in Goleta, Calif., broke ground on a new sanctuary. (The Santa Barbara Independent – Santa Barbara, CA 5.4.08)

Updated 5.12.08. Chris Walton contributed to this week’s blog.

Q&A with a Kennedy speechwriter, and more

Kennedy speechwriter, UU publishes new book
The New York Times interviewed Ted Sorensen, a speechwriter for John F. Kennedy, Unitarian, and author of the forthcoming memoir, Counselor: A Life at the Edge of History. (New York Times – 4.27.08)

Also in the media:

Grist Magazine publishes a speech delivered by UU Ken Ward on Earth Day at the UU First Church in Jamaica Plain, Mass., about the importance of caring for the planet. (Grist Magazine – Seattle, WA 4.29.08)

Universiti Teknologi Malaysia lecturer Dr. Mohamad Tajuddin says mosque designers could learn a lot from the work of Frank Lloyd Wright, such as the Meeting House he created for the First Unitarian Society of Madison, Wisc. (Malaysia Star – Malaysia 4.27.08)

See also: Frank Lloyd Wright’s Unitarian Universalist churches (UU World – May/June 2005)

The Rev. Barb Greve, a transgender UU minister, leads the annual service on gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people and their experiences at the UU Church of Newburyport, Mass. (The Daily News of Newburyport – Newburyport, MA 4.25.08)

Twelve same-sex couples renewed their vows at the First Unitarian Church of Rochester, N.Y. (Rochester Democrat and Chronicle – Rochester, NY 4.27.08)

The North Shore Alliance of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, which is hosted by the First Universalist Church of Salem, Mass., holds its first fundraising event to help the group offer more comprehensive services to its youth membership. (New England Blade – Boston, MA 4.24.08)

The Rev. Leaf Seligman, minister of the First Parish UU Church of Fitchburg, Mass., writes about how multifaith programs and work can strengthen a congregation. (Fitchburg Pride – MA 4.25.08)

Harvard Law School Professor and famed author, Randall Kennedy, paid tribute to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by reading his “I Have a Dream” speech at the annual Music Sunday of the First Parish UU in Bedford, Mass. (Bedford Minuteman – Concord, MA 4.26.08)

Earth Day coverage, a minister’s book, and more

UUs embrace environmental causes
Though not all of these stories directly mentioned Earth Day, UU churches received a marked increase in environment-related press over the recent Earth Day weekend.

The Green Sanctuary Committee of the First Unitarian Society of Plainfield, N.J., is focusing on energy conservation. (New Brunswick Home News Tribune – New Brunswick, NJ 4.22.08)

The Williamsburg Unitarian Universalists of Williamsburg, Va., help build a green biofuel plant. (William and Mary News – Williamsburg, VA 4.22.08)

The UU Church of Sarasota, Fla., hosted an Earth Day public forum and service. (Sarasota Herald-Tribune – Sarasota, FL 4.19.08)

Members of the UU Fellowship of Columbia, S.C., held a “bike-in” to encourage people to walk or bicycle to church if they are able. (The State – Columbia, SC 4.19.08)

Annapolis-area churches, including the local UU church, are becoming more environmentally active. (Annapolis Capital – Annapolis, MD 4.19.08)

North Carolina churches, such as the UU Fellowship of Wilmington, are supporting environmental causes and activism in many different ways. (StarNewsOnline.com – Wilmington, NC 4.21.08)

Reviewers praise minister’s book on Founding Fathers
A review of the Rev. Gary Kowalski’s recent book Revolutionary Spirits: The Enlightened Faith of America’s Founding Fathers on page 33 of the May/June Utne Reader, not yet online, says: “Who knew that George Washington avoided references to God or Jesus? Or that Thomas Jefferson edited the miracles out of his version of the New Testament? In Revolutionary Spirits, author Gary Kowalski, a Unitarian minister, captures the quirky personalities and nontraditional religious views of these freethinking liberals.”

The book also received a lot of positive press back in February. Seven Days said Kowalski’s “crisp tour through this feisty period of American history charmingly distills the founders’ vigor and vitality” (2.20.08). A review in the Rutland Herald/Times Argus included an interview with Kowalski and made comparisons with today’s political climate (2.17.08). The book was also reviewed on Vermont Public Radio (2.18.08).

See also:
Religious liberalism of America’s ‘founding fathers’ (UU World – Spring 2008)

Revolutionary Spirits, by Gary Kowalski (San Francisco Humanities Review)

Revolutionary religion revealed (Burlington Free Press – 4.25.08)

Book paints complex picture of Founding Fathers’ faith (USA Today – 2.12.08)

Also in the media:

Unity Unitarian Church in Islington joins Newington Green Unitarian Church, a 300-year-old church in north London, in refusing to conduct weddings until same-sex couples receive equal marriage rights in the United Kingdom. (Islington Gazette – London, England, UK 4.17.08)

The Rev. Clifford Reed, minister of the Unitarian Meeting House in Ipswich, England, is calling for a ban on Sunday-morning football (soccer) games, which he says are noisy and disruptive to churchgoers. (Times Online – UK 4.22.08)

First Unitarian Church in New Bedford, Mass., celebrates its roots and the congregation’s 300th anniversary with a Walden-inspired lecture open to the community. (SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford, MA 4.19.08)

The UU Society of Fairhaven, Mass., plans a peace walk in response to recent local violence. (SouthCoastToday.com – New Bedford, MA 4.18.08)

Dan Mac Alpine, a UU and senior editor of the Beverly Citizen, reflects on attending his first Seder. (Wicked Local Topsfield – Beverly, MA 4.21.08)

Debbie Boen of the UU Fellowship in Clarksville, Tenn., talks about wisdom gleaned from frequent church visitor J.J. Kent, a Lakota-Sioux Indian. (Clarksville Online – Clarksville, TN 4.18.08)

And in pop culture news, apparently a recent episode of the ABC TV show Desperate Housewives included a scene where Bree suggested Lynette go to a UU church (because we’re open to asking questions).

God, race, politics, and more

UUA president on God, race, and more
UUA president the Rev. William G. Sinkford was interviewed at length in the St. Petersburg Times by Bill Maxwell, a Times columnist and fellow UU. The interview was featured on the front page of the Perspectives section and appears in a longer form on the paper’s website. (St. Petersburg Times – FL 4.11.08)

Praise for new Forrest Church book
The New York Review of Books praises the Rev. Dr. Forrest Church’s book So Help Me God: The Founding Fathers and the First Great Battle over Church and State in the May 1 issue (subscription req’d). “Church has certainly written an illuminating and entertaining work of history, and the best account of the first five presidents and their relation to religion that we have,” writes Gordon S. Wood. (New York Review of Books – 5.1.08)

See also: “America’s Founding Faiths” by Forrest Church (UU World – Winter 2007)

Also in the media:

Steve Shives follows up a previous article on the popularity of homeschooling among fundamentalist Christians with this article about liberal homeschoolers, including Unitarian Universalists. (American Chronicle – Beverly Hills, CA 4.11.08)

The UU Society of Iowa City, Iowa, is helping to arrange a play focusing on the life and trials of Clarence Darrow as part of the celebration of the 100th anniversary of their building. (Iowa City Press Citizen – Iowa City, IA 4.10.08)

The Chalice UU Congregation in Escondido, Calif., and the Palomar UU Fellowship in Vista are helping to support a new LGBTQ Pride Center at Cal State San Marcos. (North County Times – Escondido, CA 4.12.08)

Eighth-graders at the First Unitarian Society of Newton, Mass., raised about $1,800 to buy meals for a homeless shelter in Boston during a Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. (Newton TAB – Needham, MA 4.15.08)

Community members prepare to celebrate the planet at EarthFest, a day of free activities, many of which are sponsored by the UU Congregation of Northern Chautauqua, N.Y., which founded the festival in part to mark the church’s 25th anniversary. (Jamestown Post Journal – Jamestown, NY 4.17.08)

Chris Walton contributed to this week’s blog.

Marriage equality, interest in atheism, and other news

UK Unitarian church bans weddings
To protest the unfair religious marriage rights of same-sex couples in the United Kingdom, the Newington Green Unitarian Church, a 300-year-old church in north London, announced that it will continue to do blessings but will no longer conduct full weddings. The congregation’s unanimous decision, the first of its kind in Great Britain, came after the British Unitarian national conference called for the Civil Partnership Act to be changed to allow religious content in civil partnership registrations. (BBC News – UK 4.8.08)

See also: The Church Where You Can’t Marry (Camden New Journal – London, UK 4.4.08)

A place for the nonbelievers
Despite the results of the recent Pew Forum Religious Landscape Survey, which showed that the vast majority of Americans believe in a god, the number of books and general interest in atheism and secular humanism appears to have grown over the last few years. (Evansville Courier & Press – Evansville, IN 4.5.08)

Dave Dierdorff, board chair of the Juneau, Alaska, UU Fellowship writes about why atheists do belong in church. (Juneau Empire – Juneau, AK 4.9.08)

Also in the media:

The Cape Cod Times takes a look at church signs (also known as wayside pulpits), the idea for which was first brought to North America by the Rev. Henry Hallam Saunderson, a Unitarian minister. (Cape Cod Times – Hyannis, MA 4.7.08)

The Oneonta Community Health Center, a free health-care clinic that started as a social outreach project of the UU Society of Oneonta, N.Y., has found a site and set an opening date. (Oneonta Daily Star – Oneonta, NY 4.7.08)

The Rev. Sylvia Falconer, minister emerita of the Greeley, Colo., UU church writes about the importance of recognizing the meaning and purpose of our religious rituals and symbols. (Greeley Tribune – Greeley, CO 4.5.08)

The UU Church of Tampa, Fla., hosted Gayla 2008, sponsored by the GLBT UU group Interweave in celebration of diversity and equality. (Tampa Tribune – Tampa, FL 4.5.08)

Local potters contributed more than 250 bowls to the First UU Church of Parkersburg, W.Va.’s annual Empty Bowls event, which raises money for programs that help end hunger. (Parkersburg News – Parkersburg, WV 4.7.08)

The Rev. David Blanchard, minister at the UU Church of Utica, N.Y., opines on the topic of “color blindness.” (Utica Observer Dispatch – Utica, NY 4.4.08)

As husband and wife “evolutionary evangelists” the Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow travel the country speaking, media coverage of their unique message continues. (Gresham Outlook – Gresham, OR 4.4.08)

See also: Welcome to the Ecozoic Era (UU World – Spring 2006)

Literary UUs, a Gulf Coast reminder, and more

UUs on the bookshelf
The Christian Century gave the Rev. Kate Braestrup’s best-selling memoir, Here If You Need Me, a positive review in its March 25 issue, now available online. (The Christian Century – 3.25.08)

Mingling Souls upon Paper: An Eighteenth-Century Love Story, a new book by Bonnie Hurd Smith, explores the romance between feminist and writer Judith Sargent Murray (1751-1820) and her second husband, Universalist preacher John Murray (1741-1815). (Gloucester Daily Times – MA 4.2.08)

FEMA trailer is reminder of work still to do
A FEMA trailer, identical to the ones people displaced by Hurricane Katrina live in, stopped by the Unitarian Church of Westport, Ct., as part of a UUSC campaign to raise awareness about the Gulf Coast Housing Recovery Act. (Wilton Villager – CT 4.4.08)

Also in the media:

The UU Congregation of Danbury, Ct., is preparing to vote on whether it should join the New Sanctuary Movement, meaning it would provide help and potentially offer sanctuary to illegal immigrants. (Danbury News Times – Danbury, CT 3.30.08)

See also:
County Fair: Universal Love (fairfieldweekly.com – Norwalk, CT 4.3.08)

New immigrant sanctuary movement calls for ‘prophetic hospitality’ (uuworld.org – 5.25.07)

A small group of community members in Winters, Calif., marked the fifth anniversary of the Iraq invasion with a protest as well as a vigil at the nearby Sacramento UU Society. (Sacramento Bee – CA 3.30.08)

The Witness the Cost of War memorial at the UU Church in Rutland, Vt., remembers U.S. troops killed in Iraq with a small gold star; the number of stars recently hit 4,000. (Rutland Herald – Rutland, VT 3.28.08)

Lynne Readett joined the fewer than 60 active Unitarian ministers in the UK after her ordination at the General Assembly of Unitarian and Free Christian Churches. (Wigan Today – Wigan, England, UK 4.1.08)

Several clergy members in Maryland, including some UU ministers, say they won’t sign marriage licenses until same-sex marriage is made legal in their state. (Baltimore Sun – 3.31.08)

A four-person panel of religious leaders at a “Homosexuality and Religion” discussion, including UU minister Carolyn Brown, said that God doesn’t condemn homosexuality or other alternative lifestyles. (University of Evansville Crescent online – Indiana 3.28.08)

The UU Fellowship of Fayetteville, Ark., a Welcoming Congregation, gets a brief mention in this article about a city’s quarterly Diversity Weekend. (Arkansas Democrat Gazette – AR 3.30.08)

“Evolutionary evangelist” husband and wife team the Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow continues to get press. (Inside Bay Area – Oakland, CA 3.29.08)

See also: Welcome to the Ecozoic Era (UU World – Spring 2006)

Radio program explores new humanism, and more

Exploring humanism
This week’s episode of “Speaking of Faith,” a religion program broadcast by American Public Media, looks at the tradition of humanism in the segment “Exploring a New Humanism.” Listen to the program, watch video, and read related material at the show’s website, speakingoffaith.publicradio.org. (Speaking of Faith – 3.27.08)

Read more about “new humanism”: Does humanism need to be new? (uuworld.org – 6.4.07)

Also in the media:

A Canadian family that has traveled approximately 10,000 miles without using fossil fuels stopped in at the UU Fellowship of Gainesville, Fla. (High Springs Heralds – High Springs, FL 3.27.08)

In honor of Women’s History Month, New West pays tribute to suffragette the Rev. Olympia Brown, a Universalist and America’s first ordained female minister. (New West – Missoula, MT 3.26.08)

UUA President William G. Sinkford shares some insights on being the first African American head of a predominantly white denomination. (The Daily Voice – New York, NY 3.21.08)

The Wednesday Journal writes about one of the most famous Unitarians, Ralph Waldo Emerson.(Wednesday Journal – Oak Park, IL 3.25.07)

A crowd gathered at the Dublin Unitarian Church for an annual service remembering those who died as a result of conflict in Northern Ireland. (RTE.ie – Ireland 3.21.08)

Members of the UU Church of Marblehead, Mass., mark the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq with a demonstration calling for an end to the violence. (Marblehead Reporter – Marblehead, MA 3.24.08)

The UU Church of Glens Falls, N.Y., celebrated Palm Sunday by focusing on our connection to the environment. (Glens Falls Post-Star – Glens Falls, NY 3.23.08)

Husband and wife team the Rev. Michael Dowd and Connie Barlow travel across America to preach the gospel of evolution. (Contra Costa Times – Walnut Creek, CA 3.24.08)

See also: Welcome to the Ecozoic Era (UU World – Spring 2006)

The Missourian profiles John Clark, an activist and member of the UU Church of the Larger Fellowship. (Columbia Missourian – Columbia, MO 3.23.08)

UUs mark Iraq War anniversary, and more

UUs mark anniversary of war in Iraq
Unitarian Universalists marked the fifth anniversary of the war in Iraq with protests, vigils, singing, and more.

More than 500 people gathered at the First UU Society of San Francisco for a peace vigil and march. (San Francisco Chronicle – CA 3.17.08)

A war protest in Hartford, Ct., ended with the arrest of five people, including the Rev. Kathleen McTigue, minister of the Unitarian Society of New Haven, Ct. (Hartford Courant – CT 3.19.08)

About 200 people gathered at the UU Society of Sacramento, Calif., for a candlelight vigil protesting the Iraq War. (News10.net – Sacramento, CA 3.19.08)

See also: Sacramento anti-war protesters hold candlelight vigil (Sacramento Bee – CA 3.20.08)

The First UU Church of Niagara in Niagara Falls, N.Y., protested the war with a silent vigil. (Buffalo News – NY 3.20.08)

Members of the Champlain Valley UU Society in Middlebury, Vt., sing for peace. (Middlebury Campus – Middlebury, VT 3.20.08)

A new peace pole at the Prescott UU Fellowship in Prescott, Az., installed around the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War, is a reminder of the congregation’s commitment to peace. (Prescott Daily Courier – Prescott, AZ 3.16.08)

Fidelity urged to divest genocide-linked investments
The Boston Globe reported on the shareholder vote on Fidelity mutual funds led by Investors Against Genocide, and notes that the UUA is one of the organizations supporting these efforts. (Boston Globe – 3.20.08)

See also: UUA pressures Fidelity over Sudanese investments (uuworld.org – 5.18.07)

Also in the media:

Camp Quixote, a tent camp for the homeless, prepares to return to the Olympia, Wash., UU Congregation. (The Olympian – Olympia, WA 3.14.08)

See also: Washington church hosts tent city (uuworld.org – 2.23.07)

The New Republic reviews a new biography of Margaret Fuller, the early
19th-century feminist and Transcendentalist, in the March 26 issue,
available online to subscribers only. (“A Noble Career,” Christine Stansell, The New Republic 3.26.08)

The book is Margaret Fuller: An American Romantic Life Volume II: The Public Years by Charles Capper (Oxford Univ Press).

The Christian Century gives the Rev. Kate Braestrup’s memoir, Here If You Need Me, a positive review in its March 25 issue (not yet available online). (The Christian Century – 3.25.08)

The Rev. Mary Wellemeyer, minister of the UU Church of Manchester, N.H., reflects on the various ways we experience Easter. (NewHampshire.com – Manchester, NH 3.19.08)

The Santa Barbara Independent gives a basic overview of the UU faith. (The Santa Barbara Independent – Santa Barbara, CA 3.16.08)

The Wenatchee World offers a list of five things you should know about Unitarian Universalism. (The Wenatchee World Online – Wenatchee, WA 3.14.08)

More churches are embracing eco-friendly practices and technology. (Greater Milwaukee Today – WI 3.13.08)

Chris Walton contributed to this week’s blog.

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