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Beacon Press Director Helene Atwan was interviewed about the upcoming book launch of Defying the Nazis: The Sharps’ War, the tie-in to the eagerly anticipated Ken Burns documentary of the same name set to air September 20 on PBS. Atwan discusses wanting to publish the book since she learned author Artemis Joukowsky, the Sharps’ grandson, began working on it years ago. The book is due out September 6, and Unitarian Universalists are taking up action projects to support the Sharps’ legacy. (Publishers Weekly – 9.1.16)
First Parish in Bedford, Massachusetts, is one of several congregations from numerous progressive faiths using the First Amendment to back their social justice work. The congregation has been in the news recently for its fight to add solar panels to its church in keeping with the UUA’s commitment to environmental justice and combating climate change. (Columbus Dispatch – 9.2.16)
Harvard Divinity School has opened a special exhibit for its bicentennial year, “Faces of Divinity: Envisioning Inclusion for 200 Years.” The exhibit tells the story of the School since its founding in 1816, highlighting how it became a multireligious divinity school. Photographs in the exhibit include those of UUs, including Dana McLean Greeley, former president of the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), and other clergy marching to the funeral of James Reeb, who was killed in Selma, Alabama, in 1965. Andover-Harvard Theological Library holds the UUA’s archives. (Harvard Gazette – 8.30.16)
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Lauren Walleser is the communications assistant in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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