Offering sanctuary. The Rev. Chris Jimmerson of First UU Church of Austin, Texas, said that providing sanctuary to undocumented migrants gives his church members a real connection to their religious values. (WOAI.com, 1.4.15)
Supporting Muslims. More than 100 people turned out for a rally organized by Shawnee Mission UU Church of Lenexa, Kansas, to show support for Muslims in their community. (Fox4KC.com, 12.12.15)
New UUSC VP. Human rights lawyer Rachel Gore Freed is profiled as she takes the position of vice president and chief program officer at the UU Service Committee. (The Patriot Ledger, 12.11.15)
Better sex-ed. UUA Program Associate for Our Whole Lives, Dr. Melanie Davis, is interviewed about the urgent need for comprehensive sexuality education at all levels of public school education. (The Columbia Chronicle, 2.8.16)
Housing families. The UU Church of Marblehead, Massachusetts, began providing temporary overnight housing in their church to homeless families. (The Salem News, 12.28.15)
Sheltering LGBT youth. The Unitarian Church in Summit, New Jersey raised nearly $7,000 for a local organization that runs a shelter for homeless LGBT young people. (NJ.com, 2.3.16)
Preventing violence. The UU Community Church of Augusta, Maine, is partnering with the Family Violence Project to help people in their community, especially children, learn to recognize violence and speak up about it. (CentralMaine.com, 2.1.16)
More stolen banners. In Reno, the UU Fellowship of Northern Nevada has had its Black Lives Matter banner stolen or vandalized eight times since it was first installed last August. (MyNews4.com, 2.5.16)
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Rachel Walden is the communications specialist in the UUA Office of Information and Public Witness.