Media roundup: UUs offer vigils, reflection, support following presidential election

Media roundup: UUs offer vigils, reflection, support following presidential election

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

Lauren Walleser


Unitarian Universalist congregations across the country, including at least five in the state of Maine, held vigils following Donald Trump’s victory in the U.S. presidential election. Many ministers offered reflections, words of support, prayers, and a recommitment to justice as members expressed fear about what the results will mean for the rights of LGBTQ people, immigrants, Muslims, and others. “People have concerns about xenophobia, racism, and [Trump's] bullying attitude and sexual objectification of women. These are the opposite of our values and so people are feeling heartbroken,” said the Rev. Myke Johnson of Allen Avenue UU Church of Portland, Maine. The Portland vigil was attended by about 90 people. ( Bangor Daily News- 11.11.16)

More coverage:

“Yorkers meditate, reflect on election” ( York Dispatch- 11.9.16)

“Trump’s victory emotional for many” ( Durango Herald- 11.10.16)

“Charlottesville church hosts prayer vigil in response to election results” ( Charlottesville Newsplex- 11.10.16)

“Group gathers at Colorado Springs center to show post-election community strength” ( Colorado Springs Gazette- 11.10.16)

“Local ministers pray for peace after election” ( Chattanooga Times Free Press- 11.9.16)

“Trump victory concerns local refugees” ( Montgomery Advertiser- 11.9.16)

UU clergy, UUA president join pipeline protest

More than 50 Unitarian Universalist ministers joined more than 500 clergy to protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, answering the call for solidarity, prayer, and action with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation and the water protectors. Nearly two dozen clergy came from Massachusetts alone, mostly mainline Protestant and UUs, including the Rev. Peter Morales, president of the UUA. Ministers who attended continue to reflect on their experiences as media outlets cover the ongoing protests. ( Boston Globe- 11.4.16)

More coverage:

"More than 50 UU clergy join action at Standing Rock" ( UU World- 11.7.16)

“Photos: Clergy for Standing Rock” ( Bismarck Tribune- 11.3.16)

“18 arrests at the Capitol after clergy join DAPL protest at Standing Rock” ( Prairie Public News- 11.4.16)

“Pastor overwhelmed at response at pipeline protest site” ( Green Valley News- 11.5.16)