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Citizens for Economic Justice argues only human beings are people
An offshoot of the social justice committee of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, Conn., Citizens for Economic Justice, has begun gathering signatures in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, which granted free speech protection to the political contributions of corporations. The group is associated with the national Move to Amend organization, which seeks to amend the Constitution so that the Bill of Rights applies only to human beings. Voters in the state’s 10th Bristol District will vote on the amendment in November. (South Coast Today – 8.27.14)
Climate change supporters gather in Iowa
Cross-country marchers visited Davenport, Iowa, earlier this week as part of the Walkers on the Great March for Climate Action. The walkers, who left Los Angeles in March and are expected to reach Washington, D.C., by early November, drew a large crowd of supporters, including members of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Quad-Cities, Davenport. UU minister the Rev. Jay Wolin told those attending “We are one with the universe. If we harm it, we harm ourselves. Let us walk gently upon the earth.” (Quad-City Times – 8.24.14)
Other climate news:
Earth and Spirit: Marching for our climate (Wicked Local – 8.23.14)
More from UUs and congregations
A week after a request to remove a deportation order was denied, fifteen-year Tucson, Ariz., resident Rose Imelda Robles Loreto continues to live in a Tucson church while support for her cause grows. More than 3,250 have signed a website petition asking President Barack Obama to close Loreto’s case. The Rev. Matthew Crary and members of the Santa Rita Choral from the Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Amado, Ariz., have launched a website to bolster Loreto and other supporters. (Green Valley News and Sun – 8.24.14)
Disappointed by the latest ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court delaying same-sex marriage in Virginia, the Rev. Scott Sammler-Michael of Accotink Unitarian Universalist Church in Burke, Va., remains prepared to perform wedding ceremonies. “It’s an amazing time to live through all this stuff,” he said, “where it looks like we’ve regressed 40 years; but you take a couple steps forward, a couple steps back. You’ve gotta hope that you can enjoy the show.” (The Connection – 8.27.14)
UUA balances budget with cuts, $400K loan from endowment
Board approves revised budget to address $1.3 million shortfall.
Missouri UUs hold vigils, collect food for Ferguson
UUA president decries 'profoundly unsettling' images of police action after killing of Michael Brown.
Iowa UUs win victories in decriminalizing HIV status
Unitarian Universalists lead efforts to decriminalize HIV status in Iowa.
31 UUs arrested at immigration protest at White House
Unitarian Universalists made up largest contingent in interfaith action July 31.
UUA sells last Beacon Hill building for $11.5 million
41 Mt. Vernon St., former Beacon Press headquarters, will become condominiums.
Social justice push marks minister’s retirement
More than 100 hours volunteered in honor of the Rev. Bill Breeden
From dormitory to transformational community
Bethany House, a Universalist-founded boarding house for young women in Boston, adds transitional housing mission.
Results of UU World's 2013 readership survey
UU World's readership survey also offers an updated profile of the UUA's membership.
Book group brings Muslim and UU women together
Women from Unitarian Universalist and Muslim congregations in Silver Spring, Md., meet each month.
Helping to tip the scales
UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues