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U.S. Marshal Chase White was killed in Tucson, Arizona, this week, while serving an arrest warrant. White was the son of the Rev. Lynnda White, who serves the UU Church of Peoria, Illinois. (Journal Star, 11.30.18)
The UU Congregation of York, Pennsylvania, hosted an annual memorial service this week remembering victims of homicide. UUCY’s minister, the Rev. Gabriele Parks, said to those gathered, "You . . . have experienced a very complicated grief, because homicide is still one of the deaths that people have a hard time talking about." (York Dispatch, 12.3.18)
The Wampanoag Nation and the Rev. Brenda Haywood, of the Unitarian Universalist Meeting House of Provincetown, Massachusetts, worked together to propose that a Wampanoag memorial be included in the plan to restore a park that commemorates the signing of the Mayflower Compact. The Select Board rejected the proposal, creating instead a separate process for considering such a memorial. In response, Haywood said: “There is not a statue, a street name, or a park that says the Wampanoag met the European presence coming into our town. I think it would be an injustice to change the location of this monument. It is as important as the Mayflower Compact and should have a prominent position within this town. They have waited 400 years. I think it’s time now to do the right thing.” (Cape Cod Times, 12.1.18)
Congregations in Blount County, Tennessee, are working together to open a Warming Center to serve those who are homeless in their communities. Foothills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Marysville, Tennessee, has joined this interfaith effort. (Citizen Tribune, 12.2.18)
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado, gathered this week to advocate for the release of Samuel Oliver-Bruno, an immigrant who was arrested as he left the sanctuary congregation in North Carolina where he had been staying. Ingrid Encalada Latorre, an immigrant who has been living in the Boulder church, was among those in attendance. (Daily Camera, 11.29.18)
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The Rev. Heather Christensen writes “The Interdependent Web,” UU World’s weekly guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs. She lives with her partner Liesl and their two young children in Bellingham, Washington.
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