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All Souls Unitarian Universalist Congregation in New London, Connecticut, recently purchased the house next door to its church. It has enough space for two families to live on the first and second floors. The congregation hopes to use the space to welcome refugee families. “This is what our country is supposed to be about,” said the congregation’s minister, the Rev. Carolyn Patierno. (WTNH – 5.2.16)
“New London church buys home to welcome refugees” (The Day – 5.2.16)
“Refuge under renovation in New London” (Fox News 61 – 5.4.16)
When leaders of the Unitarian Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, discovered that the church’s property was once a sugar cane plantation that enslaved 44 people in the 1850s, they set out to learn more. Through their Naming Project, they discovered and have publicly displayed the names of each of the slaves, in part to challenge the community to wrestle with its history of slavery. (The Advocate – 5.1.16)
Members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of the South Hills received approval for a $2 million expansion of their 100-year-old building. The congregation is currently struggling to fit its 200 members into two Sunday services. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette – 4.29.16)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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