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Maine UU state advocacy network pushes for minimum wage increase
The Maine Unitarian Universalist State Advocacy Network and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee have partnered to push for an increase in the federal minimum wage through a campaign called “Wage Outrage,” that calls on Maine Republican Senator Susan Collins to help resurrect a bill that would raise the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 an hour. “It’s just anti-American to think that a person could work that much—that many hours—and not be able to support their family,” said Dale McCormick, Augusta city council member and co-chair of the Maine UU State Advocacy Network. (MPBN News – 9.4.14)
More on minimum wage:
Las Cruces councilors to decide path for $10.10 minimum wage measure (Las Cruces Dun-News – 9.6.14)
Advocated unveil ‘Living Wage’ proposal for Sonoma County (The Press Democrat – 9.8.14)
Church offers community financial literacy program
The Rev. Ian White Maher of Original Blessing in Greenpoint, N.Y., a new Unitarian Universalist congregation, has partnered with financial planners in his Brooklyn neighborhood to develop a five-part seminar series called “Money Matters.” The seminar addresses important topics such as budgeting and goal setting, and also incorporates the societal and spiritual aspects of money, commerce, and the economy. “We explore the psychology behind money and the economic system that keeps us running in circles and tied to jobs we don’t like because we are afraid of our financial futures,” Maher said. “When earning more money becomes our only goal, it is very hard to feel satisfaction with our lives, particularly when our money habits have us constantly reacting and never really planning.” (CNBC – 9.10.14)
More news from UUs and congregations:
A recent pride rally in the NOTO Arts District of Topeka, Kans., drew about 500 people to celebrate the LGBT community. The event featured speakers from event planners, teens from the local LGBT community, and others, including the Rev. Sarah Oglesby-Dunegan of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Topeka, who praised the growing acceptance in the community and urged the crowd to “stand on the side of love.” (Topeka Capitol Journal - 9.6.14)
A scholarship program from Aiken Unitarian Universalist Church in Aiken, S.C., and Parents, Families, and Friends of Lesbians and Gays (PFLAG) recently recognized its first recipients who have demonstrated the PFLAG values of education, support, and advocacy through excellence in their educational achievements and leadership activities. (Aiken Standard – 9.8.14)
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.
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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.
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
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31 UUs arrested at immigration protest at White House
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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
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