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Sanctuary seeker takes refuge from deportation at UU church
In an effort to avoid being forcibly deported by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Arturo Hernandez became Colorado’s first sanctuary seeker earlier this week, and has taken refuge at First Unitarian Society of Denver. Hernandez, a 15-year resident of the state, hopes to draw attention to the issue of immigration and the separation of immigrant families. (The Denver Post – 10.22.14)
First person in Colo. claims sanctuary to avoid deportation (Public News Service – 10.22.14)
Same-sex marriage ban lifted in Wyoming, other states
Same-sex marriages became legal in Wyoming earlier this week after State Attorney General Peter Michael filed a notice saying that the state will not appeal a judge’s order overturning its ban on same-sex ceremonies. Unitarian Universalist Church of Cheyenne minister, the Rev. Audette Fulbright, was on hand outside of the Laramie County Courthouse to oversee one of the state’s first same-sex ceremonies. (Wyoming Tribune Eagle – 10.21.14)
S.C. county awaits its first gay marriage after ruling (Nogales International – 10.21.14)
Gay marriage to begin in Wyoming (Wyoming Tribune Eagle – 10.21.14)
Same-sex marriage arrives in Wyoming (Wyoming Public Media – 10.21.14)
Idaho Falls church rejoices start of same-sex marriages (Local News 8 – 10.19.14)
Marriage equality in Fairfax and beyond (The Connection – 10.21.14)
UUs stand for racial justice, call to end police brutality
Residents of Rockford, Ill., rallied against police brutality this week in the wake of the unarmed shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, and called for an end to “unnecessarily aggressive police tactics, mass incarceration, and racism.” The protest was organized by the Unitarian Universalist Church in Rockford and the local Anti-Racism Network (MyStateLine.com – 10.23.14)
Race protest draws 75 in Montclair (TheAlternativePress.com – 10.23.14)
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80 congregations now hire membership professionals
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Reeb Project aims to fight voter suppression
Charlotte congregations and All Souls in D.C. cooperate to work on voters' rights in North Carolina.
At least 1,500 Unitarian Universalists join People's Climate March
Unitarian Universalists came from across the U.S. to the People's Climate March in New York City.
Updates from the People's Climate Train to New York City
Updates throughout the week from the People's Climate Train en route to New York City.
Susan Frederick-Gray v. Joe Arpaio
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray joins federal class-action lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
Fired up: General Assembly report, 2014
General Assembly energized Unitarian Universalists with new models of ministry and outreach.
New crowdfunding site draws $100K for UU projects
Donors pledge $100,000 through Faithify.org for Unitarian Universalist projects in first two months.
Evanston Unitarian church installs rain gardens
Gardens naturally absorb 25,000 cubic feet of water each year.
UUA balances budget with cuts, $400K loan from endowment
Board approves revised budget to address $1.3 million shortfall.