A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources.
After racist and homophobic flyers were taped to walls and passed out by local junior high school students, community members in Cheyenne, Wyoming, gathered to respond—and move on. The Rev. Hannah Roberts Villnave of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Cheyenne, who identifies as queer, said, “I come to you as a special kind of tired. . . . But we are not too tired to get fired up and do something.” (Wyoming Tribune Eagle, 3.30.19)
The New Yorker interviewed Abel Prize-winning mathematician and UU Karen Uhlenbeck, discussing the gender politics of her field, among other things. Uhlenbeck noted that, “It’s really hard to describe to people who are not somewhere near me in age what it was like for women then. The women who had jobs during World War II were fired. Men came home from the war, and women sat home. . . . I figured if I’d been five years older, I could not have become a mathematician, because the disapproval would be so strong. (New Yorker, 3.28.19)
The Rev. Matthew Johnson’s volunteer work in Rockford, Illinois, was highlighted by the local newspaper. Johnson, senior minister of the UU Church of Rockford, volunteers with the Ready to Learn Team. “We are getting ready for a census of every kindergartner in Rockford,” he said. “There is a real energy to make change in our community so that all our children thrive.” (Rockford Register Star, 3.31.19)
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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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