Unitarian Universalism

For 3 weeks, clergy and immigrants fasted to pressure lawmakers for pathway to citizenship

June 30, 2021

(RNS) — For about two years, Rosa Gutierrez Lopez avoided deportation by taking sanctuary in Cedar Lane Unitarian Universalist Church, residing in the Bethesda, Maryland, church just nine miles from the White House.

Now, Gutierrez Lopez — who is living independently with her children after she was granted a stay of removal — is urging lawmakers to enact policies that offer a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants like herself.

Lately, she’s been back in church — but this time, at Lutheran Church of the Reformation in Washington, D.C., where she has joined...

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More than 4,200 UUs ‘Circle ’Round’ virtually for 2021 General Assembly

June 28, 2021

With 4,224 registrants from across the United States and world, the Unitarian Universalist Association’s second all-virtual General Assembly, held June 23–27, 2021, was both a joyous celebration and a solemn recognition of the widespread trauma of 2020, including the nearly million people around the world who died during the COVID-19 pandemic and the ongoing murders of Black people and other people of color by police.

The theme for GA 2021 was “Circle ’Round for Justice, Healing, Courage.” The first General Assembly led by the UUA’s new co-moderators, Charles Du Mond and the...

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‘Coming Back to God’: Religious Leaders Say Sacramentans Relied More On Faith During Pandemic

March 31, 2021

When Sacramento State University classes went online because of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, 19 year-old Nicole Oneto moved back in with her parents about an hour south of Fresno.

“I was brought back into this bubble again,” said Oneto about feeling isolated in her rural hometown of Woodlake. She lives on 10 acres and doesn’t share some of the worldviews as her neighbors.

So earlier this year, she decided to start logging into the Sunday church services at the Unitarian Universalist Society of Sacramento, where her grandparents attend.

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Ohio Quietly Passes A Bill That Could Bankrupt Churches Linked To Fossil Fuel Protests

December 19, 2020

Ohio lawmakers faced fierce blowback last winter over a bill that would escalate criminal charges on fossil fuel protesters and threaten religious organizations or nonprofits that support such demonstrations with crushing fines. 

By then, the state Senate had already passed the proposal, known as SB-33. At House hearings that lasted until early 2020, however, some 171 opponents testified against the effort they said risked chilling free speech and preventing the faithful from exercising their spiritual duties at a moment when scientists credibly argue that new fossil fuel...

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Massachusetts is a hotspot for houses of worship turning to solar power, trailing only behind California

October 2, 2020

Massachusetts is known for its historic buildings and churches but some of these houses of worship are getting a very modern update as they turn to solar power.

In 2019, at least 64 houses of worship in the commonwealth had solar installations in operation, according to a report from Interfaith Power and Light. The numbers were up 14% from 2017 and only trailed behind California, which had 190 congregations, according to the...

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UUA closes Boston office, discourages large gatherings

March 11, 2020

Leaders recommend suspending worship gatherings and other large events; staff are working from home; UUA events in the next month have been moved online or canceled.

In ongoing efforts to promote public safety during the COVID-19 outbreak, the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) is requiring all staff in its Boston office to work from home until further notice. UUA events and meetings scheduled during March and early April have been canceled or moved online. The UUA is also encouraging congregations and groups to suspend in-person gatherings of more than twenty-five...

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We the (faithful) People: A coalition of religious groups is pushing to redefine faith in Colorado politics 

March 11, 2019
coalition of faith groups is showing up at the state capitol every Tuesday and taking on two big tasks: Pushing legislators for policy that reflects their values and trying to redefine the political voice of the faithful in Colorado. At the launch of Faithful Tuesdays in February, prayers from a Reform rabbi and a Unitarian pastor caused the heads of those gathered to bow, and short sermon-style speeches from a Catholic priest and an African Methodist Episcopal layperson echoed around the grand halls on th

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At Interfaith Pride Service Clergy Speak On Journey from Silence to Celebration - SpokaneFāVS

June 10, 2016
In its 25-year history clergy have occasionally come together during Spokane Pride to celebrate and worship with the local LGBT community. But longtime OutSpokane board member Bridget Potter said until Wednesday evening, she had never seen such a diverse group of faith leaders speak up about the struggles and rights of gays.

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