At least eight families in the Rogue Valley UU Fellowship in Ashland Oregon have lost homes to wildfires that continue to rage in Oregon and other western states, according to the congregation’s minister, the Rev. Sean Parker Dennison. Almost everyone in the congregation, which has about 150 members, was forced to evacuate, although most have now returned home.
Annie Scott, a member of the UUA’s Pacific Western Region Congregational Life staff, says it is unknown if other UUs have lost homes due to the extensive fires.
The Unitarian Universalist Association’s Disaster Relief Fund is collecting donations to assist UU communities and their partner groups affected by the fires, and the Ashland congregation has already received a grant from the fund, according to Rev. Dennison.
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