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Supreme Court blocks same-sex marriage in Virginia
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed earlier this week to delay an appeals court ruling that would strike down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage. A constitutional amendment approved by Virginia voters in 2006 banned same-sex marriage and prohibited the recognition of legal marriages performed in other states. A network of state clergy, including the Rev. Linda Olson Peebles of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Va., have planned to attend courthouses across the state to begin performing wedding ceremonies once the ban is lifted. “It’s been a long journey,” she said. “We’re letting everybody know we’re going to be ready to join in Virginia moving forward, letting go of its sad history and moving forward.” (CBS News - 8.20.14)
“Clergy preparing for same-sex marriage ceremonies” (NBC 29 – 8.19.14)
“Same-sex marriage in Virginia blocked by Supreme Court” (WSET.com - 8.20.14)
Arizona UUs reach out to immigrants seeking sanctuary
Facing a deportation order, Mexico native Rosa Imelda Robles Loreto has taken sanctuary at the Southside Presbyterian Church in Tucson, Ariz., where community members have gathered in support of the 15-year Tucson resident, including the Rev. Matthew Cray and members of the UU Church in Amado, Ariz.. The Amado congregation has considered becoming a sanctuary church for other immigrants and is looking at how it can address needs in the community. (Green Valley News and Sun – 8.18.14)
“Child migrant crisis prompts some to open their homes” (KGOU.org – 8.17.14)
“Thousands of locals show support for woman in sanctuary” (KVOA.com – 8.21.14)
UUs work for social justice
One hundred people marched in a clergy-organized rally calling for the replacement of St. Louis County Prosecutor Robert P. McCulloch in the wake of the shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. The Rev. Julie Taylor, rally participant and minister at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church in Ellisville, Mo., said she had been to Ferguson and believed that clergy there had reduced tensions and saved lives. (St. Louis Post-Dispatch – 8.21.14)
In a Moral Week of Action event, the Rev. Lynda Smith of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Athens, Ohio, joined clergy from various faith traditions in front of the Ohio Statehouse to kick off a week of prayer aimed at encouraging legislators to govern with morality. (Columbus Dispatch – 8.22.14)
One Colorado, the state’s largest gay-rights group, awarded the Rev. Mike Morran of First Unitarian Society of Denver with one of six 2014 Ally Awards in recognition of his “efforts in advancing equality and making a difference in the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Coloradans.” Morran has been officiating commitment ceremonies for LGBT families for 17 years and worked to organize Colorado Clergy for Equality in Marriage. (Denver Post – 8.15.14)
UUA balances budget with cuts, $400K loan from endowment
Board approves revised budget to address $1.3 million shortfall.
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
Unitarian Universalist Association approves fossil fuel divestment
General Assembly vote endorses divestment, but allows for shareholder activism.