A weekly guide to stories about Unitarian Universalists from other media sources
UU minister the Rev. Alexa Fraser gathered with other clergy in Annapolis, Maryland, to support state legislation that would allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication for terminally ill patients. Fraser’s interest is personal; she has a rare and aggressive type of gynecological cancer. “I love life,” Fraser said. “I love being a parent of my 20-year-old son and serving as a minister, and I am a new minister. It's all fresh and exciting to me, but now I know what I will likely die of. . . . I want the ability to choose a peaceful death with my family around me rather than one filled with pain or drowning in my body fluids.” (WBALTV, February 12)
Advocacy group Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions began just eight years ago in a Fairfax County, Virginia, church basement. From that small group, the nonprofit has grown to represent seventy-five congregations and communities. Its UU founder and board chair, Eric Goplerud, comments that, “As important as advocacy goals are, just as important is how we care about one another as whole people.” (Energy News, February 17)
The UU Congregation of Jamestown, New York, awarded the 2020 T. Richard Parker Award for Social Justice to the Jamestown Mobile Market, a group of volunteers who bring fresh fruit and vegetables to neighborhoods in Jamestown without access to grocery stores. (Observer, February 17)
In a Valentine’s Day interview, Jesse and Libby Parker identified their UU faith as something that keeps their marriage of forty-nine years strong. Calling Unitarian Universalism “a faith in justice,” they noted the importance of honoring the inherent worth of every human being, particularly in these intolerant times. (Northern Public Radio, February 14)
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The Rev. Heather Christensen wrote The Interdependent Web, UU World's weekly guide to Unitarian Universalist blogs, from 2011 until 2020. She lives with her two young children in Bellingham, Washington.
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