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Friday, March 28, 2003

Week one.

A round-up of news stories about how Unitarian Universalist congregations, which overwhelmingly opposed going to war, are responding during the first week of combat:

"The Unitarian church [in Vancouver, Wash.] has hung a poster in the foyer that says, 'Loved ones in military service, our hearts are with you.'" (Oregonian) ... "First Unitarian Church of Wilmington [Del.] recently collected toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap and other toiletries for 178 kits that will be donated to the American Friends Service Committee..." (News Journal) ... "The Rev. Nana Kratochvil, whose Harbor Unitarian Universalist Congregation [in Muskegon, Mich.] has hosted meetings of Citizens for Global Peace and Justice, has taken to wearing a button that asks, 'What Would Jesus Bomb?'" (Chronicle) ... "St. Basil's Episcopal Church and the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Tahlequah [Ok.] have joined in an effort to offer the community a place to gather and watch the war coverage on televisions." (Daily Press) ... "Two pastors who recently returned from Baghdad projected the images on a screen in the basement meeting room of the Unitarian Church in Summit [N.J.], trying to illustrate the human consequences of war." (Newsday) ... "With the war on Iraq under way, [Peyton Bendix] and other members of the Countryside Church Unitarian Universalist in Palatine [Ill.] are starving for more insight into the region and its people. So, Bendix and fellow parishioners have organized a three-part series to enhance overall understanding of Islamic countries rather than just focusing on terrorism or the war with Iraq." (Daily Herald) ... "'We shouldn't think of this as an anti-war rally,' [the Rev. Thomas] Perchlik said. 'We are committed to this war and must see it through. This is a peace rally.'" (Star Press)

Copyright © 2003 by Philocrites | Posted 28 March 2003 at 2:31 PM

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