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Rebuilding taught congregation resiliency
After a fire in 2011 destroyed much of their church, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick, Me., celebrated the completion of their new building last week. Participants were moved by how well the congregation came together throughout the rebuilding process and showed how resilient they really were. (WLBZ2 - 4.7.14)
With more than $1 million dollars donated to the capital campaign after the fire burned their building, the Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick was proud to show off their new 21st century church, which includes pieces of the old church and a broader emphasis on accessibility. (The Forecaster - 4.3.14)
Minister dies from injuries in drive-through accident
The Rev. Georgette Wonders, minister of the Bradford Community Unitarian Universalist Church in Kenosha, Wisc., died April 11 from severe head injuries she sustained in a freak accident at a drive-through restaurant earlier in the week. (Kenosha News – 4.11.14)
More news from UU congregations
Current and former members of the Sanford Unitarian Universalist Church in Sanford, Me., will travel from across New England to join together in a reunion celebration. With no particular agenda, the reunion will be an opportunity for guests to share music, memories, and camaraderie. (Weekly Observer - 4.3.14)
The Unitarian Universalist Church in Summit, N.J., will honor Earth Day this year with a free environmental film series that will include a question and answer session following each movie. Members hope the series will help inspire people to care about their food, water, and air. (Independent Press - 4.4.14)
The Rev. John Crestwell Jr. is profiled for his innovative AWAKE Ministries at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis, Md. In the interview, Crestwell shares insights on how his early upbringing, seminary education, and the region in which he lives have all shaped his approach to ministry. (CapitalGazette.com - 4.6.14)
In their series on immigration, Public Radio International profiles the Rev. Cheng Imm Tan on her first days in America after emigrating from Malaysia. After overcoming a number of initial cultural shocks and difficulties, Tan eventually moved to Boston and became a UU minister and the founding director of the Office of New Bostonians. (Public Radio International - 4.3.14)
A member of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Baton Rouge, La., reflects on the circular window in her church’s building and how it has helped guide her spiritual journey during Sunday worship services. (The Advocate - 4.9.14)
The Rev. Jeff Liebmann of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Midland, Mich., takes an in-depth look at how the family that owns Hobby Lobby, the recent defendants in the U.S. Supreme Court case regarding insurance coverage for contraception, acts upon their religious values through their business. (Midland Daily News - 4.5.14)
The Melbourne Unitarian Peace Memorial Church in East Melbourne, Australia, is speaking out against a shift in national public policy in that country that it sees as undermining public protections in a variety of areas, from health care to consumer protections to labor laws. (The Age - 4.9.14)
Starr King names Rosemary Bray McNatt its next president
The Rev. Rosemary Bray McNatt to follow the Rev. Dr. Rebecca Parker as president of Starr King School for the Ministry.
UUA Presidential Search Committee begins its work
Created by 2010 General Assembly vote, committee will pick two nominees for 2017 UUA presidential election.
UUA names new Stewardship and Development director
Mary Katherine Morn will succeed Terry Sweetser as chief fundraiser in August.
Morales champions reproductive rights outside Supreme Court
Peter Morales claims access to contraception is “a constitutionally protected right to religious freedom.”
Michigan UU ministers marry 200 same-sex couples
Unitarian Universalists performed two-thirds of marriages on one day licenses were issued.
Emerging, alternative groups at UUA's growing edge
Total membership falls 1.2 percent; UUA counts 51 emerging groups, handful of experimental communities.
UUA sells three buildings for $23.6 million
Sale of 25 Beacon Street headquarters, Eliot and Pickett Houses finalized.
Uncontested elections will add 2 new trustees
2014 General Assembly will elect four trustees and a financial advisor.
For young leader, General Assembly is a spiritual practice
Planning Committee chair Bart Frost says GA 'shows how big our small faith is.'
'Love Reaches Out' is theme of 2014 General Assembly
Labor disputes limit available hotel rooms, but other options remain available.