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Police were called when members of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Maryland, once again had their Black Lives Matter banner stolen from their property last weekend. The congregation is one of several in the community that have had their banners stolen or defaced in recent years. The local Episcopal Church eventually changed their sign from "Black Lives Matter" to "Dismantle Racism" after it was defaced multiple times. (Capital Gazette - 9.17.18)
“Police: 'Black Lives Matter' sign stolen from church in Maryland” (Delaware Online - 9.18.18)
“Black Lives Matter Signs Damaged Or Stolen In Several Cities, Police Say” (Chicago Defender - 9.18.18)
After its construction in Germany and residency in towns across the United States, a Walcker pipe organ, Opus 5347 will now call the Unitarian Universalist Church in Eugene, Oregon, home. In an effort to increase the organ’s use, it was deconstructed and moved to the congregation earlier this year in a process not unlike putting together a giant jigsaw puzzle. In addition to using it for choir accompaniment and chamber music, the congregation plans to make the organ available for University of Oregon students to practice on. (The Register-Guard - 9.20.18)
Amanda Udis-Kessler and Phoebe Lostroh made local news as they released their third album together under the band name Everysoul, “Rejoice! Songs and Hymns.” They hope to have it included in UU church music. Lostroh notes that Udis-Kessler is one of very few queer women writers to have a song in a U.S. church hymnal (she is author of hymn #1067 "Mother Earth, Beloved Garden" in the Unitarian Universalist Association hymnal, Singing the Journey). (Around the Block - 9.19.18)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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