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Series of Repo Choice Articles on UUA.org

I'm assuming that UUA.org will not retire it's own stories (and thus cut off our access to them the way news sites do) so I'm just pasting the link. Great story! http://www.uua.org/news/newssubmissions/63142.shtml

Find Us and Ye Shall Seek

Those of you who are paying attention may have noticed that the UUA took out an ad in Time magazine that coincided with Association Sunday. Both are part of a broad plan for growing our denomination. This arrived in my email box today:

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The Unitarian Universalist Association's national marketing campaign continues in this week's TIME Magazine and online at Time.com.

The November 5th issue of Time (on newsstands now) carries a UUA ad on p71 with the headline "Find Us and Ye Shall Seek" and an "advertorial" on p72 with the headline "Seek and You Shall Find." The advertorial directs readers to Time.com/ReligionPages, sponsored by the UUA and located on the TIME magazine website.

Immigration

In response to increasing hostility towards immigrants, Latin/Hispanic immigrants in particular, both in the public sentiment and legislation, a New Sanctuary Movement has emerged. The UUA is the only religious organization that has signed on to the New Sanctuary Movement. I'm quite proud of this as I see it as us living our values - respecting the inherent worth and dignity of all and relating to others with justice, equity, and compassion (our first two principles). For as long as there is such gross economic inequity between countries, I cannot fault anyone for trying to make a better life for their kids even if it isn't "legal." I take seriously the idea of "Welcoming the Stranger." So I was more than a little surprised a couple of days ago to find that some of my fellow UUs favor "securing the border" between the U.S. and Mexico.

Praise for OWL

Just Say Know Finally, faith-based sex education that doesn’t leave teens groping in the dark by Ken Picard (10/17/07). When Jason Gerrard started eighth grade at Edmunds Middle School in Burlington, his formal sex education to that point might have been acquired somewhere between the pharmacy and the produce section of his local supermarket. “It was just your typical demonstration of how to put a condom on a banana. That’s about it,” Gerrard recalls. “All the kids laughed and asked silly questions. It was nothing special.” Apparently, Gerrard’s mother wasn’t much more informative on the subject. “She never wanted to talk to me about sex ed, as I found out not too long ago,” adds the now 17-year-old, a freshman at the University of Vermont.

Iowa UU Minister Marries Couple

Same-Sex Marriage Ruling Put On Hold Ames Gay Couple Gets Married August 31, 2007 DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Polk County judge issued a stay early Friday afternoon against his own ruling that says same-sex couples can get married in Iowa. On Thursday, a Polk County District Court Judge Robert Hanson declared the state's ban on gay marriage unconstitutional. Hanson said the state law allowing marriage only between a man and a woman violates the constitutional rights of due process and equal protection. The 63-page ruling gives all Iowans --- gay or straight -- the right to marry. Polk County recorder Julie Haggerty said Friday morning that she is not permitted to accept any more applications from gay couples until after the high court rules. A Des Moines minister married two Iowa men Friday morning in the state's first legal same-sex marriage.

Women fight for religious authority

·As females make uneven progress across faiths, some wonder why it is taking so long to reach the 'stained-glass ceiling' By Rebecca Rosen Lum CONTRA COSTA TIMES Article Launched: 07/22/2007 03:03:56 AM PDT When Diane Miller realized she wanted to be a minister, she had two simultaneous, opposing thoughts: "Yes, absolutely," and "Oh, no." "I had never heard of a woman minister, met one or seen one," said Miller, who graduated from Harvard Divinity School in 1976. When she was a young seminarian, the president of the Unitarian denomination actively opposed the ordination of women. He couldn't keep women from entering the seminary, but "he was very effective at discouraging congregations from hiring women." Fast forward 20 years. Miller serves as interim senior minister at Mt. Diablo Unitarian Universality Church. Women now outnumber men in Unitarian Universalist seminaries.

UU minister Fred Small makes Grist's Top 15 Green Religious Leaders

Fred Small doesn't merely preach about the sanctity of creation: he has organized protests at car dealerships, urged his fold not to buy SUVs, and gotten himself arrested outside a U.S. Department of Energy building during a nonviolent protest on behalf of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. A minister at First Church Unitarian in Littleton, Mass., and founder of Religious Witness for the Earth, Small believes faith groups need to do more to respond to environmental crises. He recently organized a nine-day, 85-mile Inter-Faith Walk for Climate Rescue, during which more than 800 walkers called on the U.S. government to reduce globe-warming emissions 80 percent by 2050. "Living as we do, we are stealing from our children and grandchildren," says Small.

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