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.
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.
Social justice push marks minister’s retirement
More than 100 hours volunteered in honor of the Rev. Bill Breeden
In Arkansas, UU minister marries 12 gay couples
The Rev. Jennie Barrington performs some of the first legal same-sex marriages in the Deep South.
Banning gay marriage infringes religious freedom, UUs argue
Unitarian Universalists join historic suit against North Carolina law.
UUA's Boston guesthouse will close June 30
After Eliot and Pickett guesthouse closes, Club Quarters Hotel will house UUA volunteers.
Starr King names Rosemary Bray McNatt its next president
The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt to follow the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker as president of Starr King School for the Ministry.
For young leader, General Assembly is a spiritual practice
Planning Committee chair Bart Frost says GA 'shows how big our small faith is.'
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.
Once a Universalist college, Tufts welcomes UU chaplain
After five years as Oberlin chaplain, the Rev. Greg McGonigle settles into Tufts campus.
History buff creates videos of denomination's 'Long Strange Trip'
Six-DVD series traces roots of Unitarian Universalism from 1st century to present times.
Restaurant gives women from prison a new start
Unitarian Universalist minister’s work with imprisoned women grows into job program.
UU scientist battles arsenic-poisoned water in Bangladesh
Vermont chemist Seth Frisbie calls tainted wells the “largest human poisoning in history.”
Hoover, King lauded for decades of UUA service
Fighting for racial equality spurred both men’s work.
Jim Key wins moderator election in close contest
40 votes separated Key from Tamara Payne-Alex.
One lawyer's religious brief for marriage equality
Eric Isaacson has donated over 1,700 hours making the case for same-sex marriage, and judges have listened.
'Two Who Dared' puts UUSC founders' heroism on film
Documentary depicts little-known story of Martha and Waitstill Sharp’s efforts to save Jews and dissidents during WWII.
Legislator tells Wyoming minister to leave the state
Unitarian Universalist minister’s letter on gun control raises ire of state representative who says, ‘by all means, leave.’
New urgency spurs advocate for gun control
Pennsylvania UU continues decade-long quest to prevent gun violence.
In Afghanistan, UUs light chalice in new congregation
The Kandahar Crossing UU Fellowship is a peaceful refuge in a war zone.
Kay Montgomery announces retirement from UUA
After 30 years of service, executive vice president will step down in June.
Minister earns award from city he lobbied for change
Holland, Mich., grants Social Justice Award to the Rev. Bill Freeman in same room he led protest for LGBT rights.
Urban gardener hopes to turn foreclosures into farms
Milwaukee UU believes creating a 'harvestable city' will improve quality of life.
UU marine ecologist wins 'genius grant'
MacArthur Foundation recognizes Nancy Rabalais for work in Gulf Coast dead zones.
Harvest of Hope aids ‘invisible’ migrants
Florida-based foundation has donated more than $1M in direct aid to migrant farmworkers.
'Sinister Minister' pens UU-themed mystery series
The Rev. Dr. Judith Campbell publishing fourth Olympia Brown mystery in October.
Starr King names professor of UU history
The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie brings 'fresh eye' to understanding UU roots.
Meet a trustee: Pat Manley
Leadership training sharpened a congregational president’s skills.
UURISE gives radical hospitality to immigrants
Nonprofit group provides immigrant advocacy and education with a UU voice.
UUA, UUSC collaborate on social justice 'college'
Group will offer international service trips and social justice education.
Chalice maker, 92, lights his own chalice at GA
UU Mordecai Roth turned to chalice making after retiring from dentistry.
Meet a Trustee: David Jackoway
Heartland trustee seeks to connect UUs through technology and theology.
Meet a Trustee: Natalia Averett
Young adult trustee completes year as congregation president and UUA board member.
Photography exhibit focuses on lesbian life in Deep South
Photographs at Birmingham, Ala., civil rights museum include four UU families in show about inclusion and equality.
Dallas church raises $20K for wells in South Sudan
“Lost Boy” inspires congregation to give up drinks during Lent to provide water for villages.
Academia, ministry intersect in UU history post
Meadville Lombard appoints the Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk to endowed chair of UU history.
Moderator candidate: Tamara Payne-Alex
Lifelong UU strives to be ‘accessible’ moderator.
Moderator candidate: Jim Key
District leader describes himself as ‘evangelical UU.’
Meet a Trustee: Erik David Carlson
Carlson is committed to creating better services for youth and young adults.
Environmental activist Tim DeChristopher isolated in prison
Move allegedly follows complaint from U.S. congressman over DeChristopher email.
Pedaling for hope
Bicycling ministers turn long-distance rides into opportunities to raise funds and awareness for charitable causes.
UU prevails in challenge to prayer at meetings
U.S. Supreme Court lets ruling stand that sectarian prayers violate separation of church and state.
Bay Area clergy arrested at Occupy Oakland
Unitarian Universalist ministers participated in interfaith vigil as police in riot gear slashed tents.
NASA fellowship named for UU astronomer
Known as “Mother of the Hubble,” Nancy Grace Roman hopes to inspire girls to pursue careers in science.
Meet a Trustee: Catherine Cullen
Legal training, Buddhism inform the Rev. Catherine Cullen’s work on UUA board.
ESPN film examines curses and scapegoats
Unitarian Universalist minister lends religious perspective to questions of fan behavior.
Meet a trustee: Clyde Grubbs
The Rev. Clyde Grubbs brings history of activism, ministry to UUA Board of Trustees.
Iowa UU named rural 'Champion of Change'
White House honors Linda Barnes, who spreads the word about the importance of food diversity.
UUA president convicted in civil disobedience case
The Rev. Peter Morales guilty of misdemeanor in Ariz. protest of SB 1070.
Arizona minister guilty in SB 1070 protest case
Frederick-Gray convicted of misdemeanor for actions protesting anti-illegal immigration law.
DeChristopher receives two-year prison sentence
UU climate-change activist tells court: ‘I will continue this fight.’
Georgia minister joins hunger strike
To protest immigration law, Unitarian Universalist minister Jeff Jones launches weeklong fast.
Peace Corps sparks life of social justice
President of UU-UNO bridges life in Nigeria and U.S.
Anderson honored with clergy award
Planned Parenthood honors Rochester, N.Y., minister for reproductive rights advocacy.
UU professor target of GOP probe after questioning conservative bill
William Cronon at center of storm over academic freedom in Wisconsin.
UU legislator leads marriage equality fight in Maryland
Rich Madaleno is ‘an inspiration and mentor’ in advocacy for LGBT rights.
FBI reopens investigation into murder of James Reeb
Forty-six years after death of Unitarian Universalist minister in Selma, investigators seek new evidence in unsolved case.
Utah UU convicted for environmental activism
Federal jury faults Tim DeChristopher for blocking auction of oil and gases leases.
Morales visits Unitarians and humanitarian partners in India
UUA President on two-week visit with Holdeen India partners and Unitarians in North East India.
Cases dismissed for many Phoenix protesters
Court dismisses cases against 17 UUs, finds three others not guilty for SB 1070 protests.
Dunning celebrates persistence in repeal of DADT
Zoe Dunning, a retired Navy commander and Unitarian Universalist, stood by President Obama’s side as “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” was repealed.
Phoenix court dates scheduled for many UU arrestees
Most expected to plead 'not guilty' for protesting Arizona anti-illegal immigration law.
Wyoming UU’s winter charity walk raises $6K
Month-long, 200-mile trek reveals the kindness of strangers
Charges dropped against UU arrested in Phoenix protest
First arrestees found ‘not guilty’; charges dropped against second group
UUA plans 50th anniversary celebration
Big events scheduled for 2011 General Assembly in Charlotte, N.C.
New LGBT coordinator will emphasize trans issues
'It's time to give attention to the trans community,' says new UUA program coordinator Delfin Bautista.
Utah man's actions blocked oil and gas leases
Salt Lake Unitarians support environmentalist Tim DeChristopher.
William Schulz named new UUSC president
Schulz chosen for his leadership on human rights.
UUs share their own immigration stories
Immigration problems beset ministers as well as lay people.
Cultivating an abandoned place
The Rev. Ron Robinson's unconventional church in Turley, Okla., focuses on service.
Morales questions Dalai Lama about science and religion
UUA president part of a discussion with Dalai Lama at IARF Congress in India.
29 UUs arrested in Phoenix protest
Unitarian Universalists demonstrate against Arizona's SB 1070.
UU fights ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’
Retired naval commander advocates for law’s repeal.
UU youth’s activism for GLBT rights honored
Danielle Smith meets President Obama at special White House reception
Couple makes backyard camping a lifestyle
Massachusetts pair has been sleeping outdoors for a year.
UU partner in India wins international peace prize
Ela Bhatt, founder of India’s largest women’s union, awarded 2010 Niwano Peace Prize.
Clements to leave UU Service Committee
UUSC president chosen to head Harvard’s Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
Ups and downs in fight for marriage equality
The Rev. Keith Kron on the fight for marriage equality and other aspects of Unitarian Universalist support for GLBT people.
UU dads adopt five at-risk children
New documentary focuses on the Rev. Greg Stewart, Stillman Stewart, and their five sons
UU minister nominated for Grammy award
The Rev. Dan Schatz honored for tribute album to UU folksinger Utah Phillips.
Ten-year-old refuses to stand for Pledge of Allegiance
Boy who attends Arkansas UU church protests unequal treatment of GLBT people.
UUA staff restructuring adds new V.P. position
Limpert named as vice president of Ministries and Congregational Support.
UU wins Military Chaplain of the Year award
Rev. Rebekah Montgomery also awarded bronze star.
UU secretaries of state stress importance of voting
California and Minnesota secretaries of state to receive Wilton Prize at UUA General Assembly.
UU convicted of littering while supplying humanitarian aid
Ministry provides water, supplies to migrants crossing Arizona desert
Unitarian Universalists decry Calif. gay marriage ruling
State Supreme Court 'takes away rights,' says UU minister arrested at protest in San Francisco.
Sinkford to join UU Urban Ministry staff
UUA president accepts one-year appointment after conclusion of term.
UU children help struggling families feed pets
North Carolina children raise money to provide pet food for families struggling with recession.
UU minister challenges S.C. 'I believe' license plates
Judge stops legislature's plans to issue license plates depicting a cross.
UU leads Arkansas anti-death penalty campaign
Social activist David Rickard bases action on UU First Principle.
UU minister to lead former Universalist college
The Rev. Dr. William L. Fox elected St. Lawrence University’s eighteenth president.
New ministry to train congregants in construction skills
TUUL-Belt Ministry to deploy UUs to disaster sites for rebuilding, pastoral care
Unitarian Universalist elected to U.S. House
Walt Minnick of Idaho joins two fellow UUs in Congress.
UU candidates hit the campaign trail
Several UUs are running for election or re-election in November.
Joe Barnhart remembers friend Linda Kraeger
Knoxville church-shooting victims part of a close-knit circle of family and friends.
Two Unitarian Universalists killed in church shooting
Knoxville shooter may have been motivated by ‘hatred of the liberal movement.’
California Unitarian Universalists celebrate gay marriages
Unitarian Universalist couples, ministers, congregations celebrate now-legal marriages.
Dan Brody seeks reelection as UUA financial advisor
Newton, Mass., finance expert seeks second term as UUA officer.
Mother's Day for peace, as Julia Ward Howe intended
Kansas City Unitarian Universalists promote Mother's Day founder's message of peace.
Harvard names first Emerson UUA professor
Dan McKanan, historian of religious left, appointed by Harvard Divinity School.
Career diplomat heads UU United Nations Office
Bruce Knotts brings experience, savvy to UN office.
Laurel Hallman, candidate for UUA president
Minister of First Unitarian Church of Dallas.
Two UU ministers arrested protesting war
In Washington, Sinkford urges political leaders to seek forgiveness for Iraq war.
Peter Morales, candidate for UUA president
Minister of Jefferson Unitarian Church in Golden, Colorado.
'Survivor' seed money grows a fellowship hall
TV show prize inspires California congregation to build.
UU minister joins Army as a chaplain
The Rev. George Tyger prepares for summer deployment.
Murders, suicide rock Florida congregation
Five members of Clearwater Unitarian Universalist congregation dead.
Scholarships aid UU doctoral students
Revitalized program increases scholarship amounts.
Young adult summer internships combined service, spirituality
14 UU college students took part in Summer of Spirituality and Service.
UU minister performs Iowa's first same-sex wedding
Gay couple married by Unitarian Universalist minister.
UU sexologist faces off against Bill O'Reilly
The Rev. Debra Haffner promotes comprehensive sexuality education.
Leon Spencer honored with UUA's highest award
Pioneer in UUA's antiracism and antioppression efforts recognized.
UUA treasurer takes lead in socially responsible investing
Under Tim Brennan's leadership, UUA investments used to effect corporate change.
Unitarian Universalist heads Islamic investing group
Blake Goud promotes 'halal' investing through Portland foundation.
Unitarian Universalist spiritual directors form network
Network can help religious liberals find a spiritual director.
Preparing for military chaplaincy
Two Unitarian Universalist seminarians say many in military receptive to liberal religion.
Couple's peace witness inspires congregation
Rochester, N.Y., couple builds peace network in their church.
Teen raises money for Botswana orphanage
After working at orphanage, Unitarian Universalist Annie Arnzen is eager to give back.
Beth Miller leads department in transition
UUA's multifaceted ministry staff group broadens its mission.
Meadville Lombard announces new scholarship
Spencer and Susan Lavan support academic excellence with gift.
Centenarian ordained to honor long service
Muriel Davies ordained by Maryland church she founded almost 50 years ago.
UU civil rights martyr posthumously honored
Viola Liuzzo inducted into the Michigan Women’s Hall of Fame.
UU astronomer's ashes en route to Pluto
Late astronomer's widow reflects on planet's demotion.
UUs mobilize against genocide past and present
U.S. Holocaust museum honors Unitarian couple; UUs rally for Darfur.
UU shot in Seattle hate crime
American Muslim gunman shoots 5, kills 1 at Jewish Federation.
Mississippi UU volunteer coordinator to start in August
Mission is to help UUs who want to volunteer in Mississippi
Unitarian minister's TV special celebrates 'American Creed'
The Rev. Forrest Church writes Hallmark Channel documentary.
Legally married same-sex couples--two years later
UU gay and lesbian couples reflect on life after Massachusetts marriage ceremonies.
Unitarian couple honored for World War II rescues
Cofounders of UU Service Committee posthumously honored in Jerusalem ceremony.
UU volunteers help with Gulf Coast reconstruction
Youth groups, individuals line up to help.
California church develops mental health ministry
Community minister and new curriculum raise awareness.
Three UUs arrested at Capitol budget protest
Interfaith protest against proposed federal budget cuts.
Unitarian couple honored for World War II heroism
Israel honors cofounders of UU Service Committee.
Unitarian Universalist witch loses Supreme Court appeal
Court rejects public prayer case without comment.
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
Schulman's legacy includes $4.5 million gift
Retired minister's $4.5 million bequest will support scholarship, building loans, and other projects.
Flooded New Orleans church a 'horrific' scene
The Rev. Marta Valentin returns for a first-hand look at a hurricane-ravaged church.
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.
Jason Shelton's music aims for transformation
Nashville music ministry brings new energy to Unitarian Universalist worship.
Baton Rouge swells with displaced people
UUA president expresses outrage at government’s hurricane response; donations to UUA-UUSC fund reach $386,000.
Volunteers worship in damaged La. church
Volunteers spend weekend fixing one New Orleans-area church; donations to UUA-UUSC relief fund top $343,708.
Maryland UUs battle for marriage equality
Same-sex couples sue for marriage licenses in Baltimore.
New Orleans minister looks for her congregation
Unitarian Universalists donate $141,739 online in two days to help hurting congregations.
First UU minister named Zen master
The Rev. James Ishmael Ford is the first Unitarian Universalist minister to be named a Zen master.
Gitmo's first female chaplain is UU
The Rev. Cynthia Kane is one of four military chaplains at the U.S. detention center at Guantanamo Bay.
Donors pool resources in 'giving circles'
'Shared Giving' circle created at UU Church in NC.
$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.
Financial advisor Ladd departs
Elected UUA term ends.
UUA president arrested in protest at Sudanese Embassy
President Sinkford among initial signers of Save Darfur Coalition unity statement.
Dedicating their lives to children
Parents of 21 devote themselves to work worldwide.
UUA awards at 2009 General Assembly
UUA honors Debra Bowen, Mark Ritchie, Eric Isaacson, and the Rev. Alice Blair Wesley.
Portrait of a President
Painting by Shelley Thayer Layton presented on June 3, 2009.