Assembly Backs Gay, Immigrant Rights
Unitarian Universalists ended their annual General Assembly meeting in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with a call to oppose ballot measures in Florida and California that would outlaw same-sex marriages.
Delegates also called for an end to what they called the "present day slavery" of undocumented immigrants. The five-day meeting ended Sunday.
"Our vision of justice is not limited to concern for one oppressed group," said the Rev. William Sinkford, president of the Unitarian Universalist Association, at a rally. "It's a vision of justice in which all American families are valued. We say that the Beloved Community must have room for all of us."
In addition to the resolutions supporting immigrant and gay rights, the assembly passed resolutions advocating a higher minimum wage, alternative energy sources and a single-payer national health-care system, as well as opposing military engagement with Iran.
-- Religion News Service
CHURCH CLOSURE TALKS
Angry Parishioners Storm Out of Meeting
With food rations and toiletries stacked on a back pew, defiant parishioners of a New Orleans church scheduled for closure as part of a post-Katrina downsizing plan angrily rejected all talk of closing their parish.
But after a heated meeting on Monday, parishioners returned to their homes without seizing the church in protest, as they had said they might.
The Archdiocese of New Orleans had summoned parishioners of St. Henry Catholic Church to meet with three volunteer facilitators who were to help the church fashion new leadership as their 152-year-old parish closed and merged with two others.