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Calling for climate justice, protecting and preserving natural resources
The Unitarian Universalist initiative Commit2Respond is in the spotlight for calling for spiritual action to fight climate change. UU leaders hope to inspire people of all religions to honor interconnectedness and work for positive change. (EcoWatch.com - 4.10.15)
The Rev. Kate Lehman is interviewed for her work as president of a West Virginia watershed association committed to protecting and preserving the streams and rivers in the state. Lehman describes the difficulty of supporting the watershed without long-range plans for sustainability. (The Star Democrat - 4.8.15)
Members of Towson Unitarian Universalist Church in Lutherville, Md., received a grant to build a rain garden on their property, which will keep most pollutants from going into the Chesapeake Bay watershed. The congregation’s Green Sanctuary committee applied for the grant, which includes a public workshop. (The Baltimore Sun - 4.9.15)
Other congregational news
Casas de Luz, a nonprofit based out of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of San Dieguito in Solana Beach, Calif., is celebrating ten years of building homes for those in need in Tijuana, Mexico. Since it began, Casas de Luz has grown from a project of a single member of the fellowship to a sustainable nonprofit. They will build their 40th home this year. (Del Mar Times - 4.7.15)
United First Parish Church in Quincy, Mass., will install the Rev. Rebecca Froom as senior minister. Froom will be the first female minister to lead the congregation in its long history. The church is known as the Church of the Presidents because Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams were members. (The Patriot Ledger - 4.6.15)
Unitarian Universalist connections with Buddhism
The Rev. Doug Traversa of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tullahoma, Tenn., points to the seventh Unitarian Universalist Principle to explain the affinity many UUs have with Buddhist practice. He sees Buddhist awakening to be similar to honoring the interconnected web of existence. (Lion’s Roar - 4.8.15)
UUA rededicates Selma memorial at Boston HQ
Bronze monument commemorates three civil rights martyrs killed in Alabama in 1965.
Climate Justice Month calls UUs to new campaign
Through Earth Day, series of invitations to join Commit2Respond, a new climate justice campaign.
Historic Universalist church destroyed by fire
First Universalist Church of Southold, New York, built in 1837, incinerated March 14.
UUA trustees mull their role in Starr King conflict
At Board of Trustees meeting in Alabama, UUA welcomes two new congregations, may have eight more by June.
In Selma, 'we are your partners forever'
More than 500 Unitarian Universalists join 50th anniversary march in Selma.
Muslim leader speaks to N.C. Unitarian Universalists
Charlotte UUs build interfaith partnership in aftermath of killing of three Muslims in Chapel Hill.
Twin Cities UUs focus on Black Lives Matter
Hundreds of Unitarian Universalists take part in Mall of America protests.
Starr King belatedly grants degrees to two students
On heels of report by ad hoc investigative committee, seminary puts professor on administrative leave.
UUA General Assembly returns to Portland in June
Registration opens March 2 for conference with climate justice theme.
N.H. woman sues to breastfeed at work
Unitarian Universalist sues former employer, helps draft law requiring private space to breastfeed children.