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Book group brings Muslim and UU women together
Women from Unitarian Universalist and Muslim congregations in Silver Spring, Md., meet each month.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.14 NEWS

Helping to tip the scales
UU Fellowship of Topeka’s decades of involvement on LGBT issues
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.14 NEWS

Oregon ends same-sex marriage ban
Unitarian Universalist minister says the weddings she performed are among ‘highlights of my ministry.’
By Elaine McArdle 6.2.14 NEWS

Michigan UU ministers marry 200 same-sex couples
Unitarian Universalists performed two-thirds of marriages on one day licenses were issued.
By Elaine McArdle 3.31.14 NEWS

Emerging, alternative groups at UUA's growing edge
Total membership falls 1.2 percent; UUA counts 51 emerging groups, handful of experimental communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.14 NEWS

Kids' Service Team makes service fun, spiritual
In New Haven, Conn., the Kids' Service Team promotes 'having fun while doing good.'
By Elaine McArdle 2.24.14 NEWS

1,500 Unitarian Universalists join huge N.C. march
UUs from many states joined tens of thousands for 'Moral March' in Raleigh February 8.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.17.14 NEWS

Project cultivates Latino leaders for city's nonprofits
Jericho Road Lawrence's new project helps match Latino professionals with boards of city's nonprofits.
By Elaine McArdle 1.27.14 NEWS

Tax-exempt housing allowances for clergy thrown into question
Federal court decision opens controversy over constitutionality of long-used clergy benefit seen as offsetting low salaries.
By Elaine McArdle 1.13.14 NEWS

Group works to make congregations more accessible
EqUUal Access offers guidelines, is creating a congregational certification program.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.6.14 NEWS

UU minister says historic 'I do' in Hawaii
Eight minutes after same-sex marriage became legal, minister and fiancé wed at First Unitarian Church of Honolulu.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.9.13 NEWS

Arizona UUs mobilize to stop deportations
Protests and advocacy seek to keep families together and pressure Obama to halt deportations.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.25.13 NEWS

Washington congregation creates permanent village for homeless
At Olympia's Camp Quixote, 30 one-room cottages are near completion.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.11.13 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Winter 2013
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.4.13 NEWS

Congregational news, Winter 2013
Brief congregational news items from the Winter 2013 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 11.4.13 NEWS

Historic quilt becomes time capsule for Nebraska congregation
Omaha UUs restore and celebrate 1898 ‘signature quilt’
By Donald E. Skinner 11.4.13 NEWS

Congregations build bridges, relationships with Native Americans
Spurred by study of Doctrine of Discovery, UUs reach out to indigenous people.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.14.13 NEWS

Colorado UUs dry out from epic floods
Mountain Desert District creates relief fund for congregations, individuals
By Donald E. Skinner 10.7.13 NEWS

Restaurant gives women from prison a new start
Unitarian Universalist minister’s work with imprisoned women grows into job program.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 9.30.13 NEWS

Florida church welcomes Boy Scouts spurned by Baptists
After BSA allows gay scouts, UU Church of Fort Myers opens doors to three units.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.23.13 NEWS

Seeking growth, congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
Congregational mentoring program enters third year.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.13 NEWS

Slave Memorial honors builders of Charleston church
Original Colonial bricks reused to create monument in historic churchyard.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.19.13 NEWS

L.A. church joins lawsuit against government surveillance
Collecting call records violates First Amendment rights, lawsuit claims.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.29.13 NEWS

Clearwater UUs lauded for deep-seated social activism
For decades, congregation has advocated for civil rights, farmworkers, immigrants, and LGBT rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.15.13 NEWS

Four UU congregations pull investments from fossil fuel companies
Congregations divest to make statement against profiting from practices that contribute to climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.17.13 NEWS

After tornadoes, Oklahoma UUs aid undocumented immigrants
Interfaith effort brings services to people who, fearing deportation, don’t seek relief.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.10.13 NEWS

Beloved Cafe seeks new model for spiritual community
'Not all Unitarian Universalism has to happen at church,' say Bay Area entrepreneurs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.27.13 NEWS

Six UUs arrested in 'Moral Monday' protest
North Carolinians jailed for protesting conservative legislation; Texas UUs detained, deported after visiting factory in Mexico.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.20.13 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Summer 2013
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Allison Bennett 5.15.13 NEWS

Congregational news, Summer 2013
Brief congregational news items from the Summer 2013 issue.
By Michelle Bates Deakin and Donald E. Skinner 5.15.13 NEWS

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.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.6.13 NEWS

British Unitarians rally to save faith from extinction
‘Growing Unitarianism’ movement seeks to reverse decline and promote excitement.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.22.13 NEWS

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.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.15.13 NEWS

Gateway Fellowship forms from Arizona prison ministry
Inmates and members of Tucson congregation gather for monthly prison worship.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.8.13 NEWS

Virginia revival joins three congregations and campus ministry
500 worshipers gather for rousing service in college community.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.11.13 NEWS

First Parish Bedford funds gun buyback program
Massachusetts congregation seeks to ‘do something’ in response to Newtown massacre.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.4.13 NEWS

In Afghanistan, UUs light chalice in new congregation
The Kandahar Crossing UU Fellowship is a peaceful refuge in a war zone.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.18.13 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Spring 2013
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Allison Bennett 2.15.13 NEWS

Congregational news, Spring 2013
Brief congregational news items from the Spring 2013 issue.
By Allison Bennett 2.15.13 NEWS

Installation includes justice work
Rather than simply install its new minister, congregation launched day of community service.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.15.13 NEWS

Dallas Unitarians fund well in South Sudan
'Lost Boy' returns to Dallas with report about water well dug with help from First Unitarian Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.4.13 NEWS

UUs give money and muscle to Sandy relief efforts
Disaster-relief fund tops $306,000.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 1.7.13 NEWS

Westport carolers set record, raise money
Singing from door to door, Connecticut carolers help fund arts in schools.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.24.12 NEWS

From salvaged pew, artisan crafts custom guitar
Auctioned instrument raises money for rebuilding church in Brunswick, Maine.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.17.12 NEWS

UUs celebrate historic wins for marriage equality
Popular votes in Maine, Maryland, and Washington approve same-sex marriage; Minnesotans reject marriage ban.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 11.12.12 NEWS

Sandy spares East Coast UU churches; damages Ohio congregation
New York, New Jersey churches reach out to congregants and prepare for Sunday services without power.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.12 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Winter 2012
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Allison Bennett 11.1.12 NEWS

Congregational news, Winter 2012
Brief congregational news items from the Winter 2012 issue.
By Allison Bennett 11.1.12 NEWS

UUs rally for marriage equality in four states
Ballot questions in Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, and Washington draw UU support, advocacy.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 10.22.12 NEWS

Rochester congregation is new home for UU boutique
New York church will expand UniUniques with traditional and edgy items.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.8.12 NEWS

Suburbs reach out downtown
Unitarians worship at 9 o'clock in the suburbs, 11 o'clock downtown.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12 NEWS

'Learning Garden' sows connections between church and community
Pasadena congregation transforms barren corner into fertile partnership.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.17.12 NEWS

From Arizona to North Carolina, 'UndocuBus' draws UU support
Cross-country ride raises awareness of undocumented immigrants and their struggles.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.10.12 NEWS

On Katrina anniversary, New Orleans congregations weather Isaac
Three area congregations emerge unscathed from Category 1 hurricane
By Donald E. Skinner 9.3.12 NEWS

Useful resources, Fall 2012
Useful resources from 'InterConnections,' the newsletter for lay leaders.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.12 NEWS

Congregational news, Fall 2012
Brief congregational news items from the Fall 2012 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Michelle Bates Deakin 8.15.12 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Fall 2012
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.15.12 NEWS

Youth ‘pilgrimage’ to GA opens eyes and hearts
Minnesota youth group took winding spiritual journey to Phoenix to prepare for Justice General Assembly.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.30.12 NEWS

Kalamazoo congregation lauded for wide-ranging social justice efforts
People’s Church earns UUA’s 2012 Bennett Award for social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.25.12 NEWS

'Justice for everyone'
Unitarian Universalists in Danbury, Connecticut, help immigrants directly every week.
By Kimberly French 6.11.12 NEWS

Chicago UUs broadcast worship on progressive radio
‘Food for the Soul’ airs every Sunday evening, attracting thousands of listeners.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.28.12 NEWS

Congregational news, Summer 2012
Brief congregational news items from the Summer 2012 issue.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.15.12 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Summer 2012
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.15.12 NEWS

Dallas church raises $20K for wells in South Sudan
“Lost Boy” inspires congregation to give up drinks during Lent to provide water for villages.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.7.12 NEWS

Florida UUs campaign for impoverished migrant workers
Pickets and fasting raise awareness of agricultural workers’ low pay and dangerous conditions.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.23.12 NEWS

Congregations encouraged to study Doctrine of Discovery
Fellowship in Bellingham, Wash., has been longstanding supporter of indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.26.12 NEWS

Month-long campaign spreads justice and love
From MLK Day to Valentine’s Day, Standing on the Side of Love inspires thousands to engage in social action.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.27.12 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Spring 2012
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Julia Angley 2.15.12 NEWS

Congregational news, Spring 2012
Brief congregational news items from the Spring 2012 issue.
By Julia Angley 2.15.12 NEWS

Silver sale raises $1.6M for Massachusetts church
Funds will help pay for renovations to Dorchester congregation’s historic building.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.6.12 NEWS

UU prevails in challenge to prayer at meetings
U.S. Supreme Court lets ruling stand that sectarian prayers violate separation of church and state.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.12 NEWS

Congregations study, plan for Justice GA
Immigration education, fundraising, and advocacy help UUs prepare for June meeting in Phoenix.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.23.12 NEWS

Maine congregation rebuilding after fire
After ceremony to say goodbye to 126-year-old building, church is razed.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.26.11 NEWS

Phoenix UUs protest conservative policy conference
ALEC targeted for promoting Ariz. SB 1070 as model immigration law.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.5.11 NEWS

Two churches become Occupy sites
Unitarian Universalist Church of Ogden, Utah, loans lawn to protesters; Occupy Grand Rapids camps beside Fountain Street Church.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.14.11 NEWS

'Tree of Life' mosaic takes root at California church
From broken jewelry, keys, and coffee cups, congregants create eight-foot, collaborative artwork.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.24.11 NEWS

Rochester church's rap video goes viral
Unitarian church invested 400 hours in Homecoming Sunday video.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.10.11 NEWS

Report catalogs abuse of immigrants at Mexican border
No More Deaths, a ministry of the UU Church of Tucson, finds a ‘Culture of Cruelty’ among Border Patrol.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.11 NEWS

Alabama UUs join fight against immigration law
Rallies, hearings, and trainings aim at dismantling far-reaching anti-immigrant measure.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11 NEWS

Tropical storm floods Pennsylvania congregation again
BuxMont UU Fellowship scurries to clean up extensive water damage before 50th anniversary celebration next week.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.12.11 NEWS

15 UUs arrested during Tar Sands Action
Two-week protest draws Unitarian Universalists from across the country to highlight perils of pipeline and climate change.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11 NEWS

Hurricane Irene damages Carolina congregations
New York, Pennsylvania churches suffer flooding, but Vermont congregations spared.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.5.11 NEWS

UUs raise funds for Filipino church
An American minister, filmmaker, and swimmer pool their talents for the UU Church of the Philippines.
By Julia Angley 8.22.11 NEWS

Congregational news: Fall 2011
Brief congregational news items from the Fall 2011 issue.
By Donald E. Skinner and Julia Angley 8.15.11 NEWS

Tar Sands Action inspired by a UU's civil disobedience
Environmentalists plan protests at White House.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11 NEWS

Disaster hits three congregations
Storms and fire struck UU congregations in Alabama, Massachusetts, and Maine.
By Julia Angley and Michelle Bates Deakin and Donald E. Skinner 8.15.11 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Fall 2011
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Julia Angley 8.15.11 NEWS

New York UUs celebrate marriage equality
Interfaith efforts help sway legislature to make New York sixth state to allow same-sex marriage.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.1.11 NEWS

Massachusetts church goes Hollywood
First Parish in Brookline, Mass., to star in upcoming Adam Sandler film.
By Julia Angley 7.25.11 NEWS

U.S. churches unite to support Uganda school
Annual sponsorships from American Unitarian Universalists will aid school started by Ugandan UU minister.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.4.11 NEWS

Justice work earns award for Minnesota church
First Unitarian Universalist Church of Rochester, Minn., receives UUA’s Bennett Award.
By Julia Angley 6.20.11 NEWS

Fire devastates Maine church
UUA’s Northern New England District sets up relief fund for 125-year-old church.
By Julia Angley 6.10.11 NEWS

Tornado topples steeple of Massachusetts church
Relief fund will aid congregation and members affected by the storms.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.6.11 NEWS

'Time banks' earn interest of UU churches
Members find the exchanges build community and save money.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.23.11 NEWS

Congregations take 'Leap of Faith'
UUA pilot program helps congregations mentor one another.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.16.11 NEWS

Tornado-struck towns begin recovery
Unitarian Universalist Trauma Ministry prepares congregation for the road ahead.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.9.11 NEWS

Ads spread message of Unitarian Universalism
R.I. campaign targets ‘people who are UUs but don’t know it.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.9.11 NEWS

Atlanta-area ministers decry immigration bill
Unitarian Universalist ministers call Georgia bill 'racist' and 'bad for business.'
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.2.11 NEWS

Utah UUs arrested in energy protest
Washington, D.C., sit-in inspired by trial of Tim DeChristopher.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.2.11 NEWS

Undeterred, Colorado UUs prepare for new marriage-equality battle in 2012
Area churches pool resources to hire intern for advocacy work.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.25.11 NEWS

'Bright and shining church' rises from Katrina's floodwaters
Community Church in New Orleans celebrates new building, five years after hurricane.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.18.11 NEWS

With kidney donation, congregation extends 'circle of care'
Member to donate kidney to religious education director, as others fundraise and cook.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 3.21.11 NEWS

Wisconsin UUs continue month-long protest for workers’ rights
Governor signs bill to curtail collective bargaining, but demonstrations continue.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.21.11 NEWS

Oregon UU church builds Cuban alliances
Cuba AyUUda fosters Cuban-U.S. relations.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.28.11 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Spring 2011
News about congregational building programs.
By Jane Greer 2.15.11 NEWS

Fire destroys 100-year-old Oregon church
UU Fellowship of Klamath County grieves loss of building.
By Jane Greer 1.24.11 NEWS

Ann Arbor congregation uses wind power
Unitarian Universalist congregation builds wind turbine; Minnesota church to do the same.
By Jane Greer 1.10.11 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists honor transgender deaths
Congregations becoming more aware of transgender issues.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.6.10 NEWS

Offering a room to asylum seekers
Members of two N.J. Unitarian Universalist congregations host political asylum seekers as part of interfaith group.
By Jane Greer 11.15.10 NEWS

Congregational news, Winter 2010
Brief congregational news items from the Winter 2010 issue.
By Jane Greer 11.1.10 NEWS

UUA launches Leap of Faith program
Growth program sets up mentoring relationships for twelve UU congregations; Association Sunday gifts provide funding.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.10 NEWS

89 UU congregations join Global Day of Action
Unitarian Universalists promote environmental stewardship with '10-10-10' events.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10 NEWS

UU ministers speak out in support of gay teens
Unitarian Universalists use sermons, letters, and YouTube videos to confront bullying.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.18.10 NEWS

Gainesville UUs respond to Qur’an-burning threat
Gainesville, Fla., interfaith community coalesces around threat to burn Muslim scriptures on 9/11 anniversary.
By Jane Greer 9.20.10 NEWS

UU congregations work for immigrant justice
Unitarian Universalists find many ways to help immigrants.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.10 NEWS

Congregational news, Fall 2010
Brief congregational news items from the Fall 2010 issue.
By Jane Greer 9.1.10 NEWS

New Orleans UU churches alive—and struggling
Three New Orleans churches and a Gulfport, Miss., congregation struggle to regain members five years after Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.30.10 NEWS

Building houses, strengthening a church
Service trips to Nicaragua help revitalize Wisconsin church.
By Jane Greer 8.16.10 NEWS

Two UU congregations plan to start radio stations
Programming will be mostly secular but will include some UU content.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.2.10 NEWS

UUs make lifestyle changes for 40 days
Campaign honors 40th anniversary of Earth Day.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.7.10 NEWS

Church sues over zoning
Brief congregational news items from the Summer 2010 issue.
By Jane Greer 5.15.10 NEWS

UUA raises funds for southeastern flood victims
Will help Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee and Kentucky.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.10.10 NEWS

Hundreds of congregations mark 40th Earth Day
Many Unitarian Universalists focused on ‘ethical eating.’
By Donald E. Skinner 5.3.10 NEWS

Faced with budget cuts, UU congregations rally
Lack of money brings anxiety, but also generosity, gratitude.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.5.10 NEWS

UU campaign honors Earth Day’s 40th anniversary
Forty congregants asked to give something up for 40 days.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.29.10 NEWS

Events to mark Margaret Fuller’s bicentennial
Dozens of events scheduled nationwide to celebrate the legacy of noted feminist, journalist, and Transcendentalist.
By Kimberly French 3.15.10 NEWS

Church coffee house welcomes GLBTQ youth
Massachusetts UU congregation works with other community groups to sponsor teen program.
By Jane Greer 3.15.10 NEWS

Ugandan UUs oppose anti-homosexuality bill
Unitarian Universalists mobilize opposition to legislation that could make homosexuality a capital crime.
By Jane Greer 2.22.10 NEWS

Church's $600K gift to aid hungry
Brief congregational news items from the Spring 2010 issue.
By Jane Greer 2.15.10 NEWS

Rzepka steps down from CLF’s global ministry
In ten years leading the Church of the Larger Fellowship, the Rev. Dr. Jane Rzepka brought Unitarian Universalism’s “church without walls” to the Web.
By Jane Greer 2.8.10 NEWS

Cuba turns away visiting church group
Unitarian Universalist cultural exchange group had made 13 trips before being turned away in December.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.18.10 NEWS

D.C. gay marriage law signed at Unitarian church
Interfaith clergy coalition mobilized to promote same-sex marriage in nation’s capital.
By Jane Greer 12.21.09 NEWS

UU church service offers alternative to Black Friday
St. Paul, Minn., church studies ways to “reclaim Christmas.”
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.09 NEWS

Chalica, new weeklong UU holiday, slowly gains adherents
One of the seven UU Principles honored each day.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.7.09 NEWS

Transylvanian partner church gives surprise gift
Unitarians in Székelykeresztúr raise $10,500 for their partner church in Massachusetts.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.9.09 NEWS

UU congregations observe International Day of Climate Action
Unitarian Universalists insulate windows, plant flowers, organize carpools to reduce carbon footprint.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.09 NEWS

Congregational news roundup, Winter 2009
Jordan School alumni, junior philanthropists, church anniversaries, and more.
By Jane Greer 11.1.09 NEWS

Congregations raise money for UUA diversity initiatives
Almost 500 congregations sign up for Association Sunday
By Donald E. Skinner 10.12.09 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists lobby for health care reform
Individuals and congregations write letters, visit legislators, and meet to promote health care reform
By Donald E. Skinner 10.5.09 NEWS

Nine same-sex Minnesota UU couples marry in Iowa
Unity Church-Unitarian sponsors 'Love Bus' to Des Moines UU Church.
By Jane Greer 9.21.09 NEWS

'Army Wives' features UU child dedication ceremony
TV episodes set in Charleston, S.C., Unitarian church.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 8.10.09 NEWS

Knoxville churches mark shooting anniversary
Congregations reflect on difficulties, opportunities for growth.
By Jane Greer 8.3.09 NEWS

UUs cheer legalization of gay marriage in New Hampshire
‘Live Free or Die’ state now place to ‘Live Free and Marry’
By Donald E. Skinner 6.8.09 NEWS

New Orleans UU congregations still welcome help
Area churches organize to coordinate fundraising, volunteers.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 6.8.09 NEWS

Illinois church collects veterans’ stories
Unitarian Universalist church’s oral history project opens up conversations about military service.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.25.09 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriage victories
Iowa City congregation hosts marriage ceremony; Sinkford hails new Maine law.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.11.09 NEWS

Utah a 'great place to be a Unitarian Universalist'
Unitarian Universalist Association's General Assembly meets in Salt Lake City, June 24-28.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09 NEWS

Congregations prepare to elect new UUA president
Delegates may vote at General Assembly in June or by absentee ballot.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.4.09 NEWS

Speakers series boosts Fla. fellowship into public eye
‘Celebrated Speakers’ series pays for huge building, increases congregation’s public visibility.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.27.09 NEWS

UUs raise money for homeless by sleeping outside
Hundreds of volunteers sleep outside in ‘cardboard cities’ in March action
By Donald E. Skinner 4.6.09 NEWS

California congregation forms ties with Tijuana families
Unitarian Universalist fellowship delivers food, supplies, and letters to new-found friends in Tijuana.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.09 NEWS

Cincinnati churches continue racial reconciliation
Unitarian Universalists build relationships with descendents of black minister spurned by Unitarians in 1930s.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 2.23.09 NEWS

Knoxville churches honor shooting victims; killer pleads guilty
Unrepentant shooter urged others to ‘kill liberals’; Unitarian Universalists undaunted.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.16.09 NEWS

UU children help struggling families feed pets
North Carolina children raise money to provide pet food for families struggling with recession.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.9.09 NEWS

Inaugural celebrations
Unitarian Universalists mark the inauguration of Barack Obama as president of the United States.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.26.09 NEWS

'Charged-full living'
UUA-sponsored WellSprings Congregation takes a different approach to new church development.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.09 NEWS

Texas UUs collect shoes for children in Chupaderos, Mexico
Plano UU church works with Baptist congregation to send shoes, gifts at Christmas
By Donald E. Skinner 12.15.08 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists mobilize against state ballot initiatives
Ballot initiatives in Arizona, Florida, and Arkansas aim to limit rights of same-sex couples to marry, adopt.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.31.08 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists work to preserve gay marriage in Calif.
UU Legislative Ministry opposes California’s Proposition 8 as an attack on marriage equality.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 10.20.08 NEWS

Hurricanes damage UU churches, homes in Texas
Sense of “normalcy” destroyed for many repeat hurricane victims.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.22.08 NEWS

New Orleans UUs mark third anniversary of Katrina
Community Church demolishes building; Hurricane Gustav disrupts Katrina commemorations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.1.08 NEWS

Sierra Club highlights UU environmental initiatives
National report on religious environmentalism honors Unitarian Universalist projects.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.25.08 NEWS

Knoxville UUs tear garment to mourn shooting victims
Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Knoxville mourns victims of church shooting.
By Jane Greer 8.18.08 NEWS

Knoxville church adapts to aftermath of shooting
TVUUC leaders grateful for outpouring of support, preparing for long road to recovery.
By Jane Greer 8.11.08 NEWS

Knoxville stands with grieving UUs after shootings
UUA president delivers message of hope one day after shooter's rampage in Unitarian Universalist church.
By Jane Greer 7.30.08 NEWS

Unitarian Universalist buildings going green
Congregations increasingly applying green building techniques.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08 NEWS

Two Unitarian Universalists killed in church shooting
Knoxville shooter may have been motivated by ‘hatred of the liberal movement.’
By Donald E. Skinner 7.28.08 NEWS

UU congregations support extended sites
Churches nurture growth through satellite locations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.21.08 NEWS

UUA districts in Midwest raise funds for flood relief
Churches stay dry, but some Unitarian Universalists lose homes.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.08 NEWS

UUA team studies resource distribution to congregations
'Congregations Come First' task force looks at ways to support congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.16.08 NEWS

Mother's Day for peace, as Julia Ward Howe intended
Kansas City Unitarian Universalists promote Mother's Day founder's message of peace.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.19.08 NEWS

Rochester youth raise money for Mexican border town
Unitarian Universalist youth spend a night in tents to raise money.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08 NEWS

Unitarian Universalist congregations celebrate Earth Day
Growing environmental awareness leads to activism year-round.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.08 NEWS

New Orleans UU churches launch fundraising campaign
Money to be used to restore churches; separate campaign to fund ethical living center.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.7.08 NEWS

Florida ad campaign boosts church attendance
Tampa Bay Unitarian Universalist churches launch three-month ad campaign.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.08 NEWS

Pennsylvania church cleans up oil spill
Small UU congregation needs to raise $45,000.
By Jane Greer 3.3.08 NEWS

Churches sponsor drop-in centers for gay teens
Unitarian Universalist congregations in Tennessee, Utah, and Maryland affirm LGBTQ youth.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.08 NEWS

Concert for Appalachian mountaintops
Kentucky church youth group raises money to stop mountaintop removal coal mining.
By Jane Greer 2.8.08 NEWS

'Survivor' seed money grows a fellowship hall
TV show prize inspires California congregation to build.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.25.08 NEWS

UU congregations home to diverse musical groups
From community bands to family choirs, musical groups enhance Unitarian Universalist congregational life.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.28.07 NEWS

Murders, suicide rock Florida congregation
Five members of Clearwater Unitarian Universalist congregation dead.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.21.07 NEWS

Arson suspected in Pasadena church fire
Throop Unitarian Universalist Church waits for investigation's results.
By Jane Greer 12.7.07 NEWS

Fire relief fund helps California UUs recover
California Unitarian Universalists deal with smoke-damaged homes in fire's aftermath.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07 NEWS

Winterfaith series honors diverse religious holidays
Illinois Unitarian Universalist fellowship organizes interfaith series.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.30.07 NEWS

Congregations welcome transgender people
Unitarian Universalist churches, General Assembly affirm transgender people.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.23.07 NEWS

Oregon church plants a parking lot
Grass-porous pavement provides alternative to asphalt.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.16.07 NEWS

Exhibit features D.C. church's activist clergy
History of a church shown through clergy activism.
By Jane Greer 11.16.07 NEWS

California UU congregations regroup as fires ebb
Few lost homes but smoke damage is extensive.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.2.07 NEWS

Sinkford urges churches to seek international partners
UU Partner Church Council looking for more church partners.
By Jane Greer 10.26.07 NEWS

California fires affect UU congregations
Three hundred Unitarian Universalists evacuate.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.26.07 NEWS

Louisiana UUs decry racism in 'Jena Six' case
Two Unitarian Universalist congregations protest racial injustice.
By Jane Greer 9.14.07 NEWS

New congregation in Ohio displaced by flood
Findley, Ohio, church regroups after losing possessions.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07 NEWS

UUs help launch New Orleans 'Resurrection Project'
Gulf Coast Unitarian Universalists gather for second anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.07 NEWS

Baton Rouge church honored for hurricane relief
Congregation coordinated UU Gulf Coast relief volunteer effort.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07 NEWS

Volunteers still needed in New Orleans
Unitarian Universalists invited to help New Orleans rebuild.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.07 NEWS

Mississippi church plans new building
After Hurricane Katrina swamped its lot, Gulfport UU church moves inland.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.24.07 NEWS

Church rebuilds in Katrina's wake
Small group ministry 'the spiritual glue' that held Louisiana congregation together.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.17.07 NEWS

Racism subject of church group's play
Dignity Players tackle social justice themes.
By Jane Greer 8.3.07 NEWS

New Orleans church slowly regains strength
First UU Church prepares to welcome new minister, finish rebuilding.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.3.07 NEWS

New Orleans church returns to old neighborhood
Congregation moves into house next to destroyed church building.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.27.07 NEWS

UUs get serious about carbon offsets
Congregations and individuals explore ways to reduce carbon emissions.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 7.13.07 NEWS

UUs 'most visible' at Florida's largest pride festival
Annual gay pride event draws more than 150 UUs from 7 congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.6.07 NEWS

'High-Five' challenge increases giving at New York church
Staten Island congregation responds to call to compensate staff fairly.
By Jane Greer 7.6.07 NEWS

Churches take steps toward diverse, multicultural future
Congregations respond to the General Assembly's challenge to examine race and class.
By Donald E. Skinner and Tom Stites 6.11.07 NEWS

Maryland congregation meets in a yurt
Sugarloaf Congregation of Unitarian Universalists builds inexpensive new home.
By Jane Greer 5.15.07 NEWS

New playground illustrates UU Seven Principles
Texas church helps design and build Principles-themed playground.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 5.4.07 NEWS

Shocked congregation grateful for help
UUs reach out to Blacksburg church reeling from Virginia Tech massacre.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.20.07 NEWS

Youth group practices philanthropy
Pay It Forward project gives Boise youth opportunity to invest in others.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 4.13.07 NEWS

Youth service trip stranded by blizzard
Chicago Unitarian Universalists come to aid of Mass. teens returning from service project.
By Jane Greer 3.23.07 NEWS

Couple's peace witness inspires congregation
Rochester, N.Y., couple builds peace network in their church.
By Jane Greer 3.23.07 NEWS

Florida UUs rally in support of fired city manager
Ouster of official undergoing gender reassignment captures national attention.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.16.07 NEWS

Washington church hosts tent city
Homeless encampment permitted to stay 90 days.
By Jane Greer 2.23.07 NEWS

Tennessee church loses building in fire
Religious education building completely destroyed, no injuries.
By Donald E. Skinner 2.23.07 NEWS

Freedom to Marry group honors Unitarian Universalists
Three Massachusetts congregations honored for gay marriage advocacy.
By Tom Stites 2.16.07 NEWS

Hundreds of UUs attend Iraq protest in Washington, D.C.
Unitarian Universalists from 13 states travel to capitol.
By Jane Greer 2.2.07 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists protest Iraq surge
UUA president criticizes Bush for troop increase.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.19.07 NEWS

Starr King announces online leadership courses
"Seminary for the Laity" will offer courses for congregational leaders.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.12.07 NEWS

Mississippi church celebrates centennial
Universalist church survives in conservative religious environment.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.5.07 NEWS

Congregation pledges to halve holiday spending
Rochester, N.Y., church raises more than $60,000 for charity.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.22.06 NEWS

Churches respond to global AIDS crisis
Unitarian Universalist congregations raise funds, lobby for international AIDS relief.
By Jane Greer 12.8.06 NEWS

UU congregation evicted by Catholic landlord
New Jersey diocese terminates lease because of gay rights speaker.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.1.06 NEWS

Feast and famine at church supper
Guests experience wealth and poverty at Swampscott, Mass., ‘Hunger Banquet.’
By Jane Greer 11.24.06 NEWS

Vandals target two churches’ liberal symbols
Congregations respond with forgiveness, activism, and increased security.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.24.06 NEWS

Seattle UU church honors minister
New fund recommits church to social justice.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06 NEWS

Cause of UU church fire unknown
Rock Tavern congregation meeting in borrowed space.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.10.06 NEWS

Renewed UU funding supports New Orleans church staff
FY07 disbursements pay church staff for another year.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.27.06 NEWS

UU church display a reminder of domestic violence
Silhouettes of slain women memorialize domestic homicides.
By Jane Greer 10.27.06 NEWS

Chapel finds new home at UU church
Despite city snafus, chapel moves across street.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.20.06 NEWS

Unitarian Universalists condemn 'torture' law
Several UU groups say Military Commissions Act allows torture and strips detainees of habeas corpus rights.
By Jane Greer 10.20.06 NEWS

Next round of UU grants to the Gulf
Funds used for affordable housing, worker protection, and youth outreach.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.6.06 NEWS

Honolulu UUs celebrate three holidays
Interfaith service held at Hawaiian capitol draws sixty.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.29.06 NEWS

New York UUs reaping bountiful harvest
Organic gardening project distributes fresh produce to food pantries.
By Jane Greer 9.15.06 NEWS

Fire destroys Rock Tavern UU church
UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, N.Y., loses sanctuary and classroom buildings.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.15.06 NEWS

UUs knit baby caps to save lives
Knitting group supplies caps to newborns in developing countries.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.8.06 NEWS

New Orleans UUs mark Katrina anniversary
New Orleans congregations observe hurricane's anniversary with worship, dinner, and theater.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06 NEWS

UU Weekend Warriors take on New Orleans
Baton Rouge UU group makes monthly visits to help clean up.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.29.06 NEWS

Transylvanian Unitarians rebuild, look to future
Donations restore villages ravaged in last year's floods.
By Jane Greer 8.25.06 NEWS

New survey of UU congregations shows growth potential
Faith Communities Today update shows rising number of growing churches.
By Donald E. Skinner and Christopher L. Walton 8.21.06 NEWS

Knoxville UU teens demonstrate for right to hold hands in public
After facing harassment, gay teens organize protest drawing 200.
By Jane Greer 8.4.06 NEWS

Anti-abortionists target UU church in Mississippi
Effort to close Mississippi's last abortion clinic targets church in Jackson.
By Jane Greer 7.21.06 NEWS

Rochester UU church’s marriage equality banner vandalized
Church members carry torn sign in Rochester gay pride parade.
By Donald E. Skinner 7.14.06 NEWS

Tree-planting ministry takes root
Simple act of planting trees can lessen global warming
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06 NEWS

Eastern storms damage two UU churches
Church basements and rugs the victims of late-June downpours
By Donald E. Skinner 7.7.06 NEWS

Congregational leaders gather for training conference
'UU University,' on eve of General Assembly, focuses on lay leadership.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.23.06 NEWS

Program strengthens church social justice work
UUA Social Justice Empowerment Program helps churches focus.
By Jane Greer 6.9.06 NEWS

UUA marks Welcoming program milestone
500th UU church completes Welcoming Congregation program.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06 NEWS

Summer volunteers welcome in New Orleans
Renovated lodging allows UU church to host volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 6.2.06 NEWS

Immigration 'close to home' for Southwestern UUs
Border state UUs concerned about Mexican immigrant rights.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.26.06 NEWS

UU ministers protest Marriage Protection Amendment
Religious leaders travel to Washington.
By Jane Greer 5.26.06 NEWS

Regional conferences train new young adult leaders
New conferences bring UU young adult leadership training to the local level.
By Jane Greer 5.19.06 NEWS

Hundreds use opportunity to junk old computers
Michigan interfaith alliance’s e-waste collection nets 300 tons.
By Jane Greer 5.8.06 NEWS

Health-care coverage for uninsured church staff
UUA announces new nation-wide coverage.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.5.06 NEWS

Church offers classes on science of evolution
Kansas UU church offers refresher biology course to public.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.28.06 NEWS

Light bulb program a bright idea
Congregation is a model of environmental activism.
By Donald E. Skinner 4.14.06 NEWS

Six UU groups make quilts for interfaith exhibit
Boston show brings diverse traditions together.
By Jane Greer 3.31.06 NEWS

UUs mark anniversary of Iraq war
Unitarian Universalists mark third anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq with peace vigils, rallies, and sermons.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.24.06 NEWS

SRI teleconferences offer free education
The UUA’s committee on socially responsible investing sponsored three free teleconferences; more are planned.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.17.06 NEWS

California church develops mental health ministry
Community minister and new curriculum raise awareness.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.10.06 NEWS

South Dakota UUs fought state abortion ban
UUs risk public censure and even harassment.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.3.06 NEWS

UUA to help congregations with international connections
Director of Partner Church Council hired to lead UUA's review of international work.
By Jane Greer 3.3.06 NEWS

Church groups organize in more states for marriage equality
Developments in Unitarian Universalist advocacy for marriage equality.
By Jane Greer and Tom Stites 2.20.06 NEWS

Unitarian church drops lawsuit over Mormon plaza deal
Salt Lake City First Amendment fight comes to an end.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.30.06 NEWS

UU church hosts Senator Kennedy for living wage rally
Event promotes economic justice.
By Jane Greer 1.23.06 NEWS

Two dozen UU churches start podcasting
Unitarian Universalist churches broadcast sermons online.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.16.06 NEWS

Hurricanes’ devastation is emotional as well as physical
Florida UUs uneasy about third stormy year; Louisiana church is hiring to help volunteers.
By Donald E. Skinner 1.2.06 NEWS

Church celebrates members' World War II heroism
At celebration of Unitarians who saved refugees from Nazism, a challenge: Who will help the victims of genocide in Darfur?
By Michelle Bates Deakin 12.19.05 NEWS

Alternative gift fairs support good causes
Churches support charitable organizations by sponsoring alternative gift fairs for Christmas.
By Donald E. Skinner 12.19.05 NEWS

Churches give away Sunday collection
Entire nonpledge Sunday offering donated to community groups every week.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.28.05 NEWS

Churches relying on renewable energy sources
Wind, solar, and geothermal power are among sources.
By Jane Greer 11.28.05 NEWS

Transylvania flood fund tops $275,000
U.S. churches aid historic Unitarian communities.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05 NEWS

140 congregations show Wal-Mart film
Many Unitarian Universalists join economic justice campaign against retailer.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.21.05 NEWS

Acts of kindness in a hurricane's aftermath
Unitarian Universalists work tirelessly to help the displaced residents of the Gulf Coast states.
By Michelle Bates Deakin 11.7.05 NEWS

New Orleans congregations begin healing process
Hurricane Katrina scatters, then unites Louisiana Unitarian Universalists; no church damage reported from Hurricane Wilma.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.31.05 NEWS

Minister fasts 30 days to protest Iraq war
Members of the First Unitarian Universalist Society in Syracuse, N.Y., joined the Rev. David Blanchard's fast for peace
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05 NEWS

Challenge grant to aid hurricane recovery
Shelter Rock's $500,000 matching grant could push the Gulf Coast Relief Fund over $3 million.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.17.05 NEWS

Hurricane relief fund reaches $1.5 million
Congregations establish partnerships to help Unitarian Universalist communities affected by hurricanes.
By Donald E. Skinner 10.3.05 NEWS

Bare naked church ladies
Church's playful fundraising calendar celebrates senior women.
By Jane Greer 10.3.05 NEWS

Flooded New Orleans church a 'horrific' scene
The Rev. Marta Valentin returns for a first-hand look at a hurricane-ravaged church.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05 NEWS

Mississippi Red Cross chapter led by Unitarian Universalist
'My mission has been to live up to the image of Clara Barton,' says Red Cross staffer; Mississippi, Alabama congregations pick up after storm.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.26.05 NEWS

Minister visits flooded church, reports total loss
Future of flooded New Orleans congregation uncertain; Unitarian Universalist congregations adopt affected churches and families.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.19.05 NEWS

Unitarians in Transylvania suffer in floods
Partner churches help historic Unitarian communities; UUA raises relief funds.
By Jane Greer 9.19.05 NEWS

New Orleans church gathers by conference call
Growing UUA-UUSC hurricane relief fund raises $857,648; anonymous donor gives $100,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.13.05 NEWS

UU hurricane relief effort sets $1 million goal
'Spectacular response' will aid congregations and agencies.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.9.05 NEWS

Baton Rouge swells with displaced people
UUA president expresses outrage at government’s hurricane response; donations to UUA-UUSC fund reach $386,000.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.7.05 NEWS

All Souls rings 'Abolition Bell' for Iraq dead
Historic church bell rings in Washington, D.C., for war dead.
By Jane Greer 9.6.05 NEWS

Volunteers worship in damaged La. church
Volunteers spend weekend fixing one New Orleans-area church; donations to UUA-UUSC relief fund top $343,708.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.6.05 NEWS

New Orleans minister looks for her congregation
Unitarian Universalists donate $141,739 online in two days to help hurting congregations.
By Donald E. Skinner 9.2.05 NEWS

UUs respond to hurricane's devastation
UUA sets up emergency relief fund; members open their homes to refugees from New Orleans
By Donald E. Skinner 8.31.05 NEWS

New salary recommendations
Tenth anniversary of guidelines for fair compensation.
By Donald E. Skinner 8.22.05 NEWS

Ad campaign successful in Houston area
Houston area campaign giving churches new energy.
By Amelia Koford 8.4.05 NEWS

$2.1 million gift will aid small congregations
One major gift will help small congregations in New Hampshire and Vermont; another secured the future of a Florida congregation.
By Staff Writer 8.1.05 NEWS

Congregational anniversaries, 2004-2005
UU churches celebrate their beginnings.
By Amelia Koford 7.28.05 NEWS

Pennsylvania congregation supports girls in Mozambique
UU's have found a way to help educate Mozambican girls.
By Staff Writer 7.25.05 NEWS

Fellowship named for Goodloe
Bowie, Maryland, congregation honors African American pioneer.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

Reston banners destroyed twice
Vandals destroyed 'Civil Marriage is a Civil Right' banners.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

Large churches meet in Boston
UUA triennial conference.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

Podcasting helps spread UU message
Ministers use new technology to reach the masses.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

South Carolina kids honor MLK
Greenville, S.C., UU Fellowship cooperates with Presbyterian church.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

UU evangelism fosters new church growth
Marketing efforts underway
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

Latin American UUs assemble to form AUULA
Unitarian Universalism gaining popularity in Latin America.
By Staff Writer 5.1.05 NEWS

Valentine campaign in California
UUs organize for marriage equality.
By Donald E. Skinner 5.1.05 NEWS

New solar panels electrify church
Carmel, California, church builds in sustainable manner.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05 NEWS

Hope amidst disappointing election results
Cincinnati offers a bright spot.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05 NEWS

Town founded by Unitarians marks 150th
Lawrence, Kansas, celebration.
By Staff Writer 1.1.05 NEWS

Unitarian church sues Salt Lake City again
First Unitarian Church sues city a second time over sale of Main Street to LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.03 NEWS

Salt Lake UUs challenge Mormon control of city block
Court sides with Unitarian defense of free speech on city block purchased by LDS Church.
By Donald E. Skinner 3.1.03 NEWS

The greening of our churches
Congregations find ways to live the Seventh Principle.
By Donald E. Skinner 11.1.01 NEWS

Sheltering the faith, Winter 2011
Brief news items about congregational building programs.
By Julia Angley NEWS

Congregational news, Winter 2011
Brief congregational news items from the Winter 2011 issue.
By Michelle Bates Deakin and Julia Angley NEWS

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