Media roundup: Excitement continues over marriage ruling

Media roundup: Excitement continues over marriage ruling

A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.

Sonja L. Cohen


Members of First Unitarian Church of Louisville, Kentucky, celebrated the Supreme Court’s recent marriage equality ruling and finally removing a “ Civil Marriage is a Civil Right” banner that has been displayed on the church since 2005. (– 7.2.15)

Three UU congregations in Texas have joined a nationwide effort to marry 51 same-sex couples in 48 hours on July 11 and 12 in celebration of the SCOTUS ruling. ( 7.7.15)

In a three-part series on reactions to marriage equality, Joan Lacktis, president of Sierra Foothills Unitarian Universalists in Auburn, California, is quoted as saying of her congregation, “We are thrilled and delighted,” and called the decision “long-overdue.” ( Auburn Journal- 7.9.15)

Brian Lecluyse and Troy Chamniss, a couple for 18 years, were married Thursday at First Unitarian Universalist Church in Lubbock, Texas. ( Lubbock Avalanche-Journal- 7.9.15)

The Rev. Lynn Gardner and the Rev. Wendy Bartel, ministers at Sierra Foothills UU Church in Auburn, California, are pleased with the marriage equality decision but say they will continue working for equal rights in areas such as housing and employment. The couple has been married since 2008. ( Auburn Journal- 7.6.15)

UU values in the world

Beacon Press author Cornel West, who was the Ware Lecturer at the 2015 UUA General Assembly in Portland, Oregon, discussed race, theology, and justice on KBOO community radio. ( KBOO Community Radio– 7.3.15)

In the congregations

The Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, voted to divest all fossil fuel stocks from their investment portfolio. ( The Marblehead Reporter- 7.9.15)

One Sunday a month, the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Restoration in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, holds Jazz Vespers, which recently drew a standing-room-only crowd. ( The Philadelphia Tribune- 6.26.15)

First Unitarian Church of Worcester, Massachusetts, installed the Rev. Sarah C. Stewart as its settled minister. ( Worcester Telegram– 6.27.15)