Media roundup: UUs speak out against immigration raids

Media roundup: UUs speak out against immigration raids

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


UUs speak out against immigration raids

At a recent press conference in Boston, Massachusetts, the Rev. Wendy von Courter, minister of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Marblehead, urged President Obama to show the same compassion for Central American children as he did when he wept for child victims of gun violence in America. ( Boston Globe– 1.9.16)

The Rev. Maria Cristina Vlassidis Burgoa of first Unitarian Church in Brookline, Massachusetts denounced the deportations at a recent rally in Boston and cited her own experience as an immigrant. "I came to this country fleeing the terror of the Pinochet military dictatorship in Chile," Vlassidis Burgoa said. (– 1.14.16)

More coverage:

“Boston community and religious leaders call for an immediate halt to ICE raids” ( Sampan– 1.8.16)

Activist Tim DeChristopher on environment, evil

UU and climate activist Tim DeChristopher, who served a 21-month prison sentence for disrupting a 2008 federal oil-and-gas leasing auction, talks to ecoRI News about his observations and insights into the environmental movement. ( ecoRI News– 1.11.16)

See also:

“Tim DeChristopher: Prison taught me to believe in evil” (– 1.11.16)

"Tim DeChristopher's path" ( UU World- Winter 2012)

Crowd shows up to ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’

About 130 people from the community and congregation turned out for an ‘Ask a Muslim Anything’ event at First Church in Salem, Massachusetts. The event was the first in a series to increase understanding of the Muslim faith and encourage open dialogue about it. ( Salem News- 1.10.16)

Interfaith blessings

The Huffington Post has an interview with the Rev. Erik Martinez Resly about growing up in an interfaith family and about his work as lead organizer of The Sanctuaries in Washington, D.C. (Huffington Post – 1.13.16)

The Rev. Megan Lynes, minister of First Parish in Bedford, Massachusetts, writes: “In our aspirations for love and peace this year, let us be attentive to those who our society would have us forget or cast out.” ( Bedford Minuteman- 1.11.16)