Local Congregants Make History

LINCROFT, NJ – On Sunday, September 21, 2014 in New York City, 26 members and friends of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (UUCMC) shaped history as part of the largest environmental demonstration ever by marching in the People’s Climate March.

“Wow! I thought upon seeing the massive crowd as the UUCMC group reached Columbus Circle. I knew we would exceed the hope of 100,000 marchers,” said Rich Held, member of UUCMC and recent past –president of the UUCMC Board of Governance. “I thought maybe we will make a positive impact.”

Indeed impact was made. More than 400,000 marchers joined in the event designed to spark awareness of world leaders meeting that week at the UN Climate Summit. The UUCMC marchers were amongst the 1,500+ Unitarian Universalists that came from around the country to participate, including the Unitarian Universalist Association President, Dr. Peter Morales.

Laura Leineck, a Middletown member, commented, “Participating in the People’s Climate March was an experience of a lifetime. To be surrounded by so many people sharing the same purpose was exciting. People united can achieve anything. Addressing climate change and related social justice issues requires action that UU’s are known for.  Our grass root efforts will make a difference.”


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“Participating in the March meant the world to us as active members of UUCMC’s Social Action Committee and as citizens of the world!” stated Lynn Dash, one of the organizers of UUCMC’s efforts. “Care for the Earth and the importance of our interconnected web of existence are themes reflected in our Unitarian Universalist Principles.”

UUCMC is a welcoming, diverse, non-creedal religious community seeking spiritual growth in a just and peaceful world. The mission of UUCMC is to create community, transform ourselves and transform the world. At UUCMC, congregants strive to create an atmosphere that respects and values individual differences. Each person learns from one another and is enriched by the variety of religious and cultural experiences shared together. We offer Sunday services and religious classes at 9 and 11 a.m. which are followed by a social hour with refreshments and good conversation. For further information, please call the UUCMC office at 732-747-0707 or visit us on the web at uucmc.org.

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