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Elaine McArdle

Elaine McArdle is a UU World senior editor. An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience, she has written for the Boston Globe and Boston Globe Magazine, Harvard Law Bulletin, Northeastern Law Magazine, and many others. She was a radio commentator for KUNM in Albuquerque and is the co-author of The Migraine Brain: Your Breakthrough Guide to Fewer Headaches, Better Health (Free Press, 2008). She is a member of First Unitarian Church of Portland, Oregon, where she now lives.


Articles

Starr King seminary continues investigation of students
Excitement over new president marred by ongoing controversy over withheld degrees and search committee leaks.
By Elaine McArdle 11.21.14

Immigrant finds sanctuary in Denver Unitarian church
Denver-area Unitarian Universalist congregations join new sanctuary movement.
By Elaine McArdle 11.10.14

Is ALEC afraid of Unitarian Universalists?
Business group that drafts conservative legislation targets UUs in fundraising email.
By Elaine McArdle 11.3.14

Sale of mineral rights brings $944K to UUA
Lois and Ken Carpenter's gift of mineral rights, once thought worthless, is windfall to UUA.
By Elaine McArdle 10.27.14

Board thanks Carpenters for $944K gift at October meeting
UUA will not need loan from endowment, although financial challenges remain.
By Elaine McArdle 10.27.14

Marriage equality 'is going to last'
After Supreme Court action, same-sex marriage now legal in 32 states.
By Elaine McArdle 10.20.14

Looking to get more involved in climate justice? Commit2Respond
A movement open to all, calling all to action on a moral imperative.
By Elaine McArdle 10.13.14

80 congregations now hire membership professionals
Most UUA growth last year happened in congregations with paid membership coordinators.
By Elaine McArdle 10.6.14

Reeb Project aims to fight voter suppression
Charlotte congregations and All Souls in D.C. cooperate to work on voters' rights in North Carolina.
By Elaine McArdle 9.22.14

Updates from the People's Climate Train to New York City
Updates throughout the week from the People’s Climate Train en route to New York City.
By Elaine McArdle 9.16.14

UUA Breakthrough Congregation: Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado
The Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, Colorado, needed transformation. What a difference five years has made!
By Elaine McArdle 9.15.14

Susan Frederick-Gray v. Joe Arpaio
The Rev. Susan Frederick-Gray joins federal class-action lawsuit against Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.
By Elaine McArdle 9.15.14

Fired up: General Assembly report, 2014
General Assembly energized Unitarian Universalists with new models of ministry and outreach.
By Elaine McArdle 9.8.14

Missouri UUs hold vigils, collect food for Ferguson
UUA president decries 'profoundly unsettling' images of police action after killing of Michael Brown.
By Elaine McArdle 8.25.14

UUA balances budget with cuts, $400K loan from endowment
Board approves revised budget to address $1.3 million shortfall; 'InterConnections' ceases publication.
By Elaine McArdle 8.25.14

Iowa UUs win victories in decriminalizing HIV status
Unitarian Universalists lead efforts to decriminalize HIV status in Iowa.
By Elaine McArdle 8.18.14

What is developmental ministry?
A new program matches congregations with ministers to solve specific institutional problems.
By Elaine McArdle 8.15.14

31 UUs arrested at immigration protest at White House
Unitarian Universalists made up largest contingent in interfaith action July 31.
By Elaine McArdle 8.11.14

Starr King seminary withholds diplomas amid investigation
School trying to trace leaked documents from presidential search process.
By Elaine McArdle 6.6.14

Oregon ends same-sex marriage ban
Unitarian Universalist minister says the weddings she performed are among ‘highlights of my ministry.’
By Elaine McArdle 6.2.14

At WaterFire, 'love is the transformative element'
Public witness event at 2014 General Assembly will send UUs into public art festival with a message of love.
By Elaine McArdle 5.19.14

In Arkansas, UU minister marries 12 gay couples
The Rev. Jennie Barrington performs some of the first legal same-sex marriages in the Deep South.
By Elaine McArdle 5.19.14

Banning gay marriage infringes religious freedom, UUs argue
Unitarian Universalists join historic United Church of Christ lawsuit against North Carolina's same-sex marriage ban.
By Elaine McArdle 5.12.14

Board wants new process for handling complaints about clergy misconduct
UUA Board of Trustees also votes to support business resolution on fossil fuel divestment.
By Elaine McArdle 4.21.14

At detention center, immigrants kept indoors for years
Unitarian Universalists continue vigils outside Washington facility where detained immigrants are held.
By Elaine McArdle 4.14.14

Morales champions reproductive rights outside Supreme Court
Peter Morales claims access to contraception is “a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom.”
By Elaine McArdle 3.31.14

Michigan UU ministers marry 200 same-sex couples
Unitarian Universalists performed two-thirds of marriages on one day licenses were issued.
By Elaine McArdle 3.31.14

Kids' Service Team makes service fun, spiritual
In New Haven, Conn., the Kids' Service Team promotes 'having fun while doing good.'
By Elaine McArdle 2.24.14

Project cultivates Latino leaders for city's nonprofits
Jericho Road Lawrence's new project helps match Latino professionals with boards of city's nonprofits.
By Elaine McArdle 1.27.14

Tax-exempt housing allowances for clergy thrown into question
Federal court decision opens controversy over constitutionality of long-used clergy benefit seen as offsetting low salaries.
By Elaine McArdle 1.13.14

Kay Montgomery's retirement marks end of an era
Kay Montgomery has held the number two position on the UUA staff for almost thirty years, becoming its 'heart and nervous system.'
By Elaine McArdle 6.10.13

One lawyer's religious brief for marriage equality
Eric Isaacson has donated over 1,700 hours making the case for same-sex marriage, and judges have listened.
By Elaine McArdle 6.3.13

New urgency spurs advocate for gun control
Pennsylvania UU continues decade-long quest to prevent gun violence.
By Elaine McArdle 2.25.13

Starr King names professor of UU history
The Rev. Dr. Susan Ritchie brings 'fresh eye' to understanding UU roots.
By Elaine McArdle 8.27.12

Academia, ministry intersect in UU history post
Meadville Lombard appoints the Rev. Dr. Nicole Kirk to endowed chair of UU history.
By Elaine McArdle 4.23.12

Churches not exempt from employment discrimination law, UUA says
UUA joins amicus brief in U.S. Supreme Court case to limit use of 'ministerial exception.'
By Elaine McArdle 12.19.11

Passing it on from the land of plenty
Eddie O'Toole ships American surplus to Honduras, dramatically affecting people's lives.
By Elaine McArdle 10.10.11

Peace Corps sparks life of social justice
President of UU-UNO bridges life in Nigeria and U.S.
By Elaine McArdle 5.30.11