Selections from UU World’s weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.
More than 50 UU ministers joined the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline, answering the call for solidarity, prayer, and action with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the water protectors. (Chicago Tribune, 11.3.16)
An interfaith group organized by UUs in Quebec was prepared to sponsor three Syrian refugee families, but has been frustrated by delays. While it awaits paperwork from the United Arab Emirates, the group is raising funds for the families. The Unitarian Church of Montreal welcomed a nine-member Syrian family last November. (Montreal Gazette, 12.13.16)
The UU Congregation at Rock Tavern, New York, is receiving donations for refugee resettlement on behalf of the Greater Newburgh Interfaith Council. It recently presented the team with a $10,000 check from an anonymous local donor to go toward resettlement efforts. (The Chronicle, 12.28.16)
The Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, senior minister of First Unitarian Congregational Society in Brooklyn, New York, wrote about the repeated vandalism of their Black Lives Matter banner, including someone placing a Blue Lives Matter sign next to it. She agrees that police lives matter, but said the placement of the sign suggests that police “are targets of discrimination, humiliation, and violence on a par with people of color,” which is “to muddy the waters.” (The Guardian, 10.26.16)
Gayatri Patnaik, editorial director at the UUA’s Beacon Press, was recently profiled for her work at the publishing house and its focus on race, gender, and sexuality. (Publishers Weekly, 10.14.16)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
Lauren Walleser is the communications assistant in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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