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The Rev. Clark Olsen of Asheville, N.C., recalls in vivid detail the fateful evening when, as he walked with clergy colleagues near Walker’s Café in Selma, Ala., they were attacked and the Rev. James Reeb was mortally wounded. (Asheville Citizen-Times - 1.17.15)
Acknowledging his privileged position, retired minister the Rev. Gordon Gibson says he was glad to be of use to his denomination during the civil rights movement in 1965. He traveled to Selma to support voting rights then and observed that new voting requirements in some Southern states are returning to those old ways. (wate.com - 1.19.15)
UU honored at MLK celebration, clergy witness for racial justice
The Rev. Roger Bertschausen of Fox Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Appleton, Wisc., was given a legacy award at the town’s Martin Luther King Jr. celebration, an event he helped found 25 years ago. (post-crescent.com - 1.18.15)
See also: “MLK celebration’s message resonates” (postcrescent.com - 1.21.15)
Unitarian Universalist ministers joined others in the Washington, D.C., area to stage a “die-in” demonstration during lunchtime in the cafeteria of the U.S. House of Representatives. They hoped to bring legislators’ attention to underlying issues of the #BlackLivesMatter movement. (Huffington Post - 1.21.15)
Other stories about the die-in include:
“‘Black Lives Matter’ protesters stage ‘die-in’ in Capitol Hill cafeteria” (The Washington Post - 1.21.15)
“Clergy Stage a Die-in at Congressional Cafeteria for Black Lives Matter” (ColorLines - 1.21.14)
Congregation protects immigrant seeking stay of deportation
First Unitarian Church of Denver, Colo., is one of six faith communities in that state that have come together to provide sanctuary for undocumented immigrants facing deportation. Arturo Hernandez Garcia has been living in the basement of the congregation since October 2014 as he fights deportation proceedings. (Newsweek - 1.21.15)
Other Denver sanctuary stories include:
“Battle Over Deportation as Republicans Try to Roll Back Obama Immigration Policies” (The New York Times - 1.16.15)
“Immigration vote sends chilling message to those facing deportation” (The Denver Post - 1.15.15)
Two more Starr King professors resign
Organization of community ministers condemns school's actions; UUA leaders express dismay about 'heated rhetoric and broken relationships.'
Judge halts Sheriff Arpaio's workplace raids
Unitarian Universalist minister, a plaintiff in class-action suit, elated by victory in immigrant rights case.
Janapol: Youth observer on UUA board
Benji Janapol is serving a one-year term as the Youth Observer on the UUA Board of Trustees.
Burnette: Former fundamentalist wants to foster UU growth
New UUA trustee, a minister in Arizona, sees unique role for Unitarian Universalism.
Rivera: Lack of diversity in UUA inspired her board service
Christina Rivera began her three-year term on the UUA Board of Trustees in June 2014.
UUA's new HQ gets top green building designation
24 Farnsworth Street office building awarded LEED platinum certification.
Seminarian's injury inspires coordination in Berkeley protests
Unitarian Universalist ministry students work together in #BlackLivesMatter protests after one was bloodied by a police baton.
Board names first African American chair of MFC
Jesse King, lay leader in Colorado, will chair UUA Ministerial Fellowship Committee.
St. Louis Unitarian Universalists stand in solidarity
Vigils, educational events, fundraising continue in aftermath of Ferguson grand jury decision.
Unitarian Universalists work for LGBT rights in Africa
Congregational partnerships and United Nations advocacy challenge oppressive laws.