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Churches win big grants for restoration
The Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Unity Temple UU Congregation in Oak Park, Ill., won a $10 million grant that will pay for major restoration work on the historic building. (Chicago Tribune – 5.15.13)
Ten Washington, D.C., projects were awarded large grants from the Partners in Preservation contest, including All Souls Church Unitarian, which will receive $50,000 to repair its bell tower. (The Washington Post – 5.4.13)
Boston bell-ringers, a call for safer factories, and more
An article in the Boston Globe explores the recent history of the bells at Arlington Street Church in Boston, and the people responsible for ringing them. (The Boston Globe – 5.8.13)
The New York Times reports that a coalition of religious groups and investors, including the Unitarian Universalist Association, is urging large retailers to sign a plan to improve factory safety in Bangladesh. (New York Times – 5.16.13)
Animals—and humans’ interconnection with them—were the focus of a Celebration of Human and Animal Companionship, part of the 100th anniversary celebration of UU Church of Long Beach, Calif. (Long Beach Post – 5.10.13)
Same-sex couples in Minnesota will be eligible to get marriage licenses starting August 1, and First Universalist Church of Minneapolis is preparing for dozens of weddings. (KAALtv.com – 5.14.13)
A slideshow of photos from the same-sex marriage victory at the Minnesota Capitol includes a shot of the Rev. Luke Stevens-Royer, of the White Bear UU Church in Mahtomedi, and another with a woman in a Standing on the Side of Love shirt. (Twin Cities Daily Planet – 5.13.13)
Namaqua UU Congregration in Loveland, Colo., held a Mother’s Day Stand for Peace. (Reporter Herald – 5.12.13)
Seth Carrier has been called as the new minister of the UU Church of Muncie, Ind. (Muncie Free Press – 5.9.13)
Six UUs arrested in 'Moral Monday' protest
North Carolinians jailed for protesting conservative legislation; Texas UUs detained, deported after visiting factory in Mexico.
Texas congregations form social justice network
The Texas UU Justice Ministry seeks to amplify UU voices in the public square.
Minister embarks on Dallas-to-Concord fundraising ride
To raise money for the Jericho Road Project, the Rev. Dr. Daniel Kanter is cycling from Texas to Massachusetts.
Three districts vote to become MidAmerica Region
Shift toward regionalization aims to create greater connections among congregations.
Consultant to aid impasse between UUA board, administration
Trustees and executive staff agree to hire help to resolve long-standing tensions.
UUA membership is flat in 2013
Over eight-year period, UUA shows slight increase, as other American denominations post double-digit declines.
British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction
‘Growing Unitarianism’ movement seeks to reverse decline and promote excitement.
UUA, UCC presidents rally for gay marriage in R.I.
Morales, Black urge Rhode Islanders to lobby their state senators after marriage equality bill passes the House.
UUA announces new executive structure
Harlan Limpert to become 'chief operating officer' as Kay Montgomery retires from office of executive vice president.
Gateway Fellowship forms from Arizona prison ministry
Inmates and members of Tucson congregation gather for monthly prison worship.