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Mission to Utah—UUA General Assembly

I am staying in a big old lovely house 2 miles from the downtown hotels and convention center.  My  former intern has always been resourceful, and she and her husband found this house to rent online and recruited several other ministers to stay here and share the cost.  An added temptation is that she is a chef and maybe some day she will want to cook while we are here.  There are two straight clergy couples and four other people.  One couple is a mixed marriage:  he went to Starr King School for the Ministry  and she went to Meadville Lombard Theological School; he supports Peter Morales for UUA president and she supports Laurel Hallman.

Yesterday I went for a ride around Salt Lake City with collegial friends Barb and Bill, who served the South Valley UU Church till 2006.  They showed me Salt Lake City’s century-old, New England-style First Unitarian Church (closer to where we are) as well as the neighborhood they used to live in.  The church is in a capital campaign to raise a few million for an expansion.  Sort of makes the small goal of $17,000 for the Entry Way Project back home seem very small, and quite doable.

Today, Tuesday, is the day for the continuing education programs of the Unitarian Universalist Ministers Association.  Gotta catch the bus!

Barb was invited once by a female state senator from SLC to give the opening  blessing at the Utah legislature, thus being the first woman clergy person to do so.  On top of that, the senator told her afterwards that it was the first time the words “gay and lesbian” had been spoken publicly in that chamber!  Now there are at least two openly glbt legislators.


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