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Creating a safe space for students to succeed
Laura Potter, chair of religious education at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Harford County in Churchville, Md., was nominated by her high school math students to be Harford County teacher of the year. Making a safe space for learning, where students feel valued, is central to her teaching philosophy. (The Baltimore Sun - 4.22.15)
Minister discusses integration of spirituality, business
The Rev. Scotty McLennan, former dean of religious life at Stanford University, is interviewed about his views on the connections between business and spiritual life. He sees these as a natural pair, given that people in business spend much of their lives at work and want that time to be meaningful. (qz.com - 4.17.15)
When inclusive prayer is excluded
Joseph Laycock offers some analysis of the recent protest in the Iowa State House of a prayer given by a leader of the Covenant of Unitarian Universalist Pagans, Deborah Maynard. The protest highlights the faulty logic of religious freedom assumed by allowing different forms of prayer in public meetings. (Religion Dispatches - 4.16.15)
Interfaith family is united despite differences
John and Miriam Saxon are a married couple who not only practice different religious traditions but are also ordained clergy in different traditions. John, a Unitarian Universalist minister, sees little problem with Miriam’s role as an Episcopal priest because they are both spiritual pathways that lead to good. (WCNC News - 4.20.15)
UU connections to landmark LGBTQ issues
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va., is listed on a new online map of LGBTQ historic sites as the place where the Transgender Education Association was founded. The Unitarian Universalist Association in Boston is also listed as the location of the first legal same-sex marriage. The map was created by the National Park Service LGBTQ Initiative. (The Bay Area Reporter Online - 4.23.15)
The Unitarian Universalist Association is noted as a contributor to one of the largest amicus briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in support of marriage equality. The court will hear oral arguments in Obergefell v. Hodges, a same-sex marriage case scheduled to come before the court next week and widely expected to decide the legal status of same-sex marriage nationwide. (ThinkProgress.org - 4.21.15)
Virtual GA makes General Assembly available from afar
Nine workshops, plus plenary events and worship, will be streamed live.
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.