A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.
Members of North Unitarian Universalist Congregation in Lewis Center, Ohio, were excited for the U.S. Supreme Court to rule on marriage equality. They planned to hold an open house for any same-sex couples who wish to marry in their church on the July 4 weekend. (The Columbus Dispatch - 6.22.15)
Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Knnoxville, Tennessee, planned to have weddings for same-sex couples regardless of the way the Supreme Court ruled. (Local8Now.com - 6.25.15)
The Rev. Lynn Kerr of the Maumee Valley Unitarian Universalist church in Bowling Green, Kentucky, announced she would be available at her local county courthouse to perform same-sex weddings should the U.S. Supreme Court rule in favor of marriage equality. (Toledo News Now - 6.25.15)
The Rev. Mary Ann Macklin of the Unitarian Universalist church in Bloomington, Indiana, was interviewed about preaching forgiveness after the tragic shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. She was struck by the grace shown by victims’ families after the shooting. (NPR Morning Edition - 6.22.15)
At a vigil held in the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Boulder, Colorado, the discussion was about racial justice and the Black Lives Matter movement. Many asked how many more black lives would have to be lost before people acknowledged the reality of racism in this country. (Daily Camera - 6.23.15)
Several UU congregations in East Tennessee came together to mourn the loss of life in Charleston and reflect on the tragic shooting at Tennessee Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in 2008. (Local8Now.com - 6.21.15)
During a thunderstorm earlier this week, the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Queens, New York, was struck by lightning and caught fire. Thankfully, no one was injured as around 60 firefighters responded to put out the blaze. (New York Daily News - 6.24.15)
Wildfires in Southern California spread for miles last week, leading 200 campers at Camp de Benneville Pines in Angeles Oaks to be evacuated. Although the camp itself did not suffer any damage due to the fire, evacuations and road closures have created financial hardship for the beloved UU camp and conference center. (89.3 KPCC - 6.19.15)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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