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The Rev. Elizabeth Stevens from the Unitarian Universalist Church of the Palouse in Moscow, Idaho, spoke at the Women’s March of the Palouse, saying that the march was about protecting human values. “We will not tolerate hate, we will not tolerate harassment,” she said. (Lewiston Tribune, 1.21.19)
The Annapolis, Maryland, chapter of Coming to the Table, an organization that works toward racial reconciliation, met recently at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis. One of the participants, Mary Dadone, who is white, said, “We are there to get better. We are there to work on ourselves. We are there to quit harming ourselves and others.” (Baltimore Sun, 1.21.19)
Margit Griffith, director of religious education at First Parish of Lincoln, Massachusetts, spearheaded a coordinated effort to provide support for government workers affected by the shutdown. “Everybody is concerned,” she said. “I started getting nervous that there would be sixteen diaper drives and no canned food.” (Wicked Local, 1.18.19)
Magic Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Twin Falls, Idaho, purchased its first permanent home. Members of the fellowship, which started meeting in 1992, said they are glad to be able to focus on growth and welcome in the new location. The Rev. Elizabeth Green, the congregation’s minister, said, “It takes vision, patience, and perseverance to establish a religion in a town. . . . I think that Unitarian Universalism is a force for good in communities. I’m proud of this congregation.” (Magic Valley, 1.19.19)
The Rev. David Robins, a retired UU minister who lives in Peterborough, Vermont, recently published a “no holds barred” memoir, including accounts of being enlisted as the family’s protector from an early age. He writes that, “with my stellar record of childhood irresponsibility, lack of common sense, oblique eye-hand coordination (and lack of coordination in general) and occasional bloodshed on my part, my father gave me the shotgun and put me in charge of guarding the house and my mother, brother, and sister when he was at work.” (Sentinel Source, 1.20.19)
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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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