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New Orleans church supports women’s clinic
Despite harassment from pro-life protesters during a worship service earlier this year, members of First Unitarian Universalist Church of New Orleans, La., are providing religious support for the construction of a much-needed Planned Parenthood clinic in that city. (Cosmopolitan - 1.23.15)
More stories of UUs working for reproductive justice:
“Reverend Nathan Ryan speaks during protests against The Response: Louisiana” (The Daily Reveille - 1.24.15)
“Roe v. Wade marked with call to action” (The Courier-Journal - 1.26.15)
UU clergy say religious freedom bills are discriminatory
The Rev. David Messner of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Savannah, Ga., joins other clergy who are voicing opposition to a recent “Religious Freedom Bill” because it would open the door to discrimination against minorities in the workplace or in being refused services. (wsav.com - 1.23.15)
The Rev. Duncan Teague sees recent religious freedom legislation as just an attempt by people who do not like the increasing rights that same-sex couples are achieving nationwide to slow its progress in Georgia. (GA Voice – 1.22.15)
Sustainable renovations, cranes for Ebola victims, and the morality of drones
Living out the Seventh UU Principle and investing in the future of their congregation, the Unitarian Church of Lincoln, Neb., recently completed a $2.5 million renovation to its building that will help reduce the congregation’s carbon footprint and offer a more comfortable space in which to worship. (Lincoln Journal Star - 1.23.15)
To honor the Sixth UU Principle and share a sense of hope with the recipients, the youth group at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Durango, Colo.. folded 1,000 origami paper cranes and shipped them to Sierra Leone, the African nation that has been hardest hit by the Ebola outbreak. (Durango Herald - 1.23.15)
The Rev. Chris J. Antal of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Rock Tavern, N.Y., participated in the first Interfaith Conference on Drone Warfare, in part because his experience as a military chaplain showed him the moral pain that soldiers experience from harming civilians with drone strikes. (Philadelphia Inquirer - 1.25.15)
Two more Starr King professors resign
Organization of community ministers condemns school's actions; UUA leaders express dismay about 'heated rhetoric and broken relationships.'
Judge halts Sheriff Arpaio's workplace raids
Unitarian Universalist minister, a plaintiff in class-action suit, elated by victory in immigrant rights case.
Janapol: Youth observer on UUA board
Benji Janapol is serving a one-year term as the Youth Observer on the UUA Board of Trustees.
Burnette: Former fundamentalist wants to foster UU growth
New UUA trustee, a minister in Arizona, sees unique role for Unitarian Universalism.
Rivera: Lack of diversity in UUA inspired her board service
Christina Rivera began her three-year term on the UUA Board of Trustees in June 2014.
UUA's new HQ gets top green building designation
24 Farnsworth Street office building awarded LEED platinum certification.
Seminarian's injury inspires coordination in Berkeley protests
Unitarian Universalist ministry students work together in #BlackLivesMatter protests after one was bloodied by a police baton.
Board names first African American chair of MFC
Jesse King, lay leader in Colorado, will chair UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
St. Louis Unitarian Universalists stand in solidarity
Vigils, educational events, fundraising continue in aftermath of Ferguson grand jury decision.
Unitarian Universalists work for LGBT rights in Africa
Congregational partnerships and United Nations advocacy challenge oppressive laws.