Highlights from other news organizations’ coverage of Unitarian Universalists and their congregations.
Marcus Harrison Green of Westside UU Congregation in Seattle shared his experience of internalized racism as a black man in a predominantly white community. He acknowledges both the difficulty and importance of having a public conversation about racism. (Yes! Magazine, 10.16.15)
The Rev. Fred Small left his congregation, First Parish in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to become a full-time climate change activist, launching a new interfaith nonprofit called the Creation Coalition. (WBUR, 9.29.15)
The Rev. Diane Rollert of the Unitarian Church of Montreal, Canada, discussed her congregation’s decision to sponsor a refugee family from Syria. (Montreal Gazette, 12.3.15) (See our related story.)
Although its fourth “Black Lives Matter” banner remained intact, River Road UU Congregation in Bethesda, Maryland, decided to replace it with a more powerful display of support—people now stand outside the church holding signs to show their support and engage directly with passersby. (Washington Post, 10.7.15)
The Parliament of the World’s Religions convention drew 10,000 people to Salt Lake City to envision a truly global interfaith movement. The Rev. Patty Willis of South Valley UU Society in Cottonwood Heights, Utah, wrote and performed a special hymn for the gathering and led the crowd in singing along. (Salt Lake Tribune, 10.16.15)
The Religious Institute, a group founded by UU minister the Rev. Debra Haffner, leads the national religious support for Planned Parenthood. (Christian Examiner, 9.30.15)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.
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