The Unitarian Universalist Association just recently had their 44th General Assembly. The UUA passed resolutions against the use of torture, in support of tackling world poverty, as well as calling for the abolition of the death penalty and reform of the criminal justice system. One event held by this church gathering was a dance party for delegates and the Fort Worth-Dallas gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community.
Few denominations in this country could hold such an event. But there is the United Church of Christ which will be holding it's General Synod July 1-5 in Atlanta and they'll be considering a resolution in support of gay marriage both in the civic arena and within the denomination. It's a move which the president of the UCC has endorsed. A good place to catch up on the proceedings of this gathering and the resolutions being considered is to visit the UCC bloggers site.
Chuck Currie will be one of the folks in Atlanta sharing his thoughts on the goings on of this gathering as the UCC debate everything from investment in Israel to gay marriage to issues of christology. The only disappointment besides my lack of being able to attend these meetings is the media blackout which occurs when religious liberals meet unless of course there is a fight. On the other hand evangelical groups pronouncements regularily get covered.
This ends up producing a lopsided view of the faith. But I think the UCC understands this media terrain which is why they've done a lot to break through this barrier with clever campaigns such as God is Still Speaking, the tv ads showing bouncers throwing folks out of the church and even the adoption of Sponge Bob. They've also done a lot to make their own media, which the new UCC news site and their bloggers site is a testament to. The media saviness of the UCC needs to be rub off on other mainline denominations.