Meet Karen Uhlenbeck, The First Woman to Ever Win the ‘Nobel Prize of Math’

Karen Uhlenbeck
Karen Uhlenbeck

When Dr. Uhlenbeck found out she’d won, she was leaving her Unitarian Universalist Church when she received a text message from a colleague telling her to look out for a call from Norway. “I pressed the button and called [the Abel committee] back and they told me I’d won—and I had to sit down,” Dr. Uhlenbeck told Glamour.

Read the whole story…

Seeking Sanctuary

sandra_lopez_and_rev._shawna_fosterIt is a sad day when people who are otherwise good human beings are in fear of our government due to arbitrary laws that are designed to protect the privilege of one group of people over the welfare of others. Are the controls in place reasonable? Who gets to decide what immigration laws are reasonable?

Into this arena steps Sandra Lopez. I don’t know her story, but she has sought sanctuary in the Two Rivers Unitarian Universalist church’s parsonage, Carbondale, Colorado.

There are no illegal people, just people who draw a line on a map and say that anyone who crosses that line without permission will be arrested. How did the people drawing the lines get that right?

Local minister tended to Charlottesville victims

Deane Oliva

Deane Oliva and other clergy members, there as part of the Charlottesville Clergy Congregate initiative, immediately formed human walls Aug. 12 around the victims of a speeding car that had plowed into them until help arrived.

“We formed screens around the injured people – they couldn’t breathe,” said Oliva, an affiliate minister at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bowling Green.

“It was horrible.”

Read the full article: Local minister tended to Charlottesville victims

A safe place to park and ‘camp’

Bolan Meek, a volunteer at the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, points to an area in the back of the church where overnight parking for campers will be allowed. [Daily Tidings / Jamie Lusch]

Three parking spaces sit empty but numbered and ready for so called “car campers” behind the Rogue Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship church at 87 Fourth St., Ashland, Oregon. They are next to a small vegetable garden and a locked portable toilet. These spaces are for people who live in their cars and need a safe and welcoming place to park, sleep and function without getting a citation under the city’s ban on “camping.”

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Children find new friends at Macon mosque

Children from High Street Unitarian Universalist Church hand out friendship cards to children at the Islamic Center of Macon
Children from High Street Unitarian Universalist Church hand out friendship cards to children at the Islamic Center of Macon Sunday. Jason Vorhees

The handmade card that Hisham Yacout held in his hands was nothing fancy, just a red lace heart pasted on pink construction paper, but it meant a lot to him.

Hisham, 14, attends the Islamic Center of Macon. The card came from about 25 children of the High Street Unitarian Universalist Church of Macon, as well as other children in the community. The children visited the mosque Sunday to deliver friendship cards to the Muslim children there having school.

“It makes me happy that they spent their time making cards for us,” Hisham said. “It was a really nice gesture.”

Read the full article: Children find new friends at Macon mosque

Pulling in news from all over

Since this site is about what Unitarian Universalists Do, I’ve pulled in as many news stories as I can from many sources (list too long to enumerate!).

This was inspired by, and includes content from UUpdates – along with a good bit of information from other sources.

Many retired or dormant sites are included, with the idea that a single site to search all those sites. Note that while excerpts or the full text of many sites are searchable in the database, I am not currently displaying all of the text, just the page title and a link to the original page.

The formatting still needs a bit of tweaking, but there’s a wealth of stories collected already. As I refine this system, it will have fewer spurious entries and better search ability.

Go check it out on the stream page, and contact me with your feedback!


Unitarian Universalists helped start Thanksgiving. Now they have second thoughts.

November 23 at 2:29 PM

Most Americans see Thanksgiving as a celebration of their national roots — and few are so tied to the holiday as Unitarian Universalists.

Many of the churches established by the Pilgrims and other early colonists in New England eventually became Unitarian Universalist churches. Sarah Josepha Hale*, the woman whose 17-year campaign finally convinced Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday, was reportedly involved in Unitarian communities herself.

Yet despite those deep roots, Unitarian Universalists aren’t feeling so sure nowadays about America’s national day of turkey and stuffing.

…Read the entire article on The Washington Post

Dear Abby…

From Dear Abby column, January 23, 2016:

Lapsed Christian Misses Church, but Not Religion

DEAR ABBY: I was raised in the Christian faith by my pastor parents. As I reached my early teens, I realized that those beliefs didn’t really fit, and I gradually stopped attending church. I stayed away all through college. My time away only solidified that, in terms of belief, Christianity wasn’t for me.

After I graduated this year, I realized I missed the community and ritual of the faith and the church. There are a number of churches in my area, but I feel guilty attending one when I don’t believe in the same things as the other members. My family always taught me to be considerate of the beliefs of the people around me, and it seems dishonest to go to a service and listen to prayers my heart doesn’t embrace.

I’d still like to attend church. Have you any suggestions for what might be a good course of action? Should I go to church or stay home? — UNORTHODOX IN OHIO

DEAR UNORTHODOX: You don’t have to stay home. Instead, explore a denomination that has no dogma or creed. One in particular, Unitarian Universalism, has been mentioned before in this column.

Unitarian Universalists believe in the dignity and worth of every human being, and encourage and support others in following their personal spiritual paths. If you would like more information, visit


On the same day, she also included some sensitive and sensible advice in a column titled: “Tomboy’s Unhappiness May Be Start of Gender Change