Religious opposition to religious exemptions, and other UUs in the media

By Rachel Walden Hobby Lobby opinion is not the opinion of all religious people
The Rev. Emmy Lou Belcher, retired minister of DuPage Unitarian Universalist Church in Naperville, Ill., joined clergy and others for a protest outside a local Hobby Lobby store. The effort, which included handing out condoms, was intended to show that not all religious people support the U.S. Supreme Court’s position in the recent Hobby Lobby case. (Daily Herald – 7.3.14)
Other Hobby Lobby protest stories include:
“Activists Hand Out Condoms at Hobby Lobby to Protest Supreme Court Decision—Their Profession Though Might Surprise You” (The Blaze – 7.4.14)
“Even Clergy Are Against the Hobby Lobby Decision—And They’re Protesting in an Unexpected Way” ( – 7.4.14)
“Culture War Notes From All Over” (The American Conservative – 7.4.14)
“Small protest held outside Naperville Hobby Lobby over Supreme Court decision” (Naperville Sun – 7.2.14)
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) joined over 100 other faith leaders and groups in signing a letter urging President Obama to oppose religious exemptions as he considers anti-discrimination policies in federal contracts. (Religion News Service – 7.8.14)
News from UU congregations
Unity Temple in Oak Park, Ill., named a UUA Breakthrough Congregation in 2008, shares how giving away the money they collect each Sunday has increased their pledge drive by 14 percent. One member said the practice has shifted the congregation’s way of thinking from one of poverty to abundance. ( – 7.8.14)
When the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Somerset Hills in Somerville, N.J., moved into their new building, they purposely delayed dedicating it until renovations were completed that made it welcoming and accessible to all people. Each Sunday, they light a candle and acknowledge the progress they have made toward this goal. ( – 7.7.14)
After deciding as a congregation to take steps to be more environmentally sustainable, members of the Unitarian Universalist Church in Bloomington, Ill., learned that they could do even more if they became certified as a Green Sanctuary congregation by the UUA. They are actively completing a number of projects to achieve that goal. ( – 7.9.14)
The Shelter Neck Unitarian Universalist Camp in Burgaw, N.C., is a summer camp and retreat center with a rich historical connection to early Universalism in North Carolina and the Unitarian Universalist faith movement today. ( – 7.4.14)
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